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Bummer Intensa is my least fave.
But then again you did not like Colonia or Assoluta as much...I did, So there is hope!
Cool; psyched to hear more as people get to try this.
'...And you'll carry me down on your dancing
To the pools that you lift on your wrist...'
Tried this today and I am having a hard time 'pegging' it. It seems as if it is a subdued version of Intensa, yet with a verrrrry subtle powdery feel- kind of like the austerity of Habit Rouge. There is an evening vibe to it but I cannot figure out what it is from? I just do not know if it is substantially different enough from the other three to warrant a purchase. Need more wearings first.
A subdued version of Intensa???
Now that is worrying. Pass.
How does this even qualify as a review?
Let's simply list the top, mid and base notes by prefacing each with a sentence such as...
Acqua di Parma Essenza di Colonia starts off with a (insert top notes here)
After about thirty minutes the heart of the fragrance takes over and the scent of (insert mid notes here)
At the end of the day, Acqua di Parma Essenza di Colonia will leave you with (insert base notes here)
C'mon Cathy! My 6 year old niece can do better.
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I have lost interest in this one, per the descriptions.
I am surprised this thread has gone dormant.
I did test this yesterday. (Just because I said I lost my interest, doesn't mean I lost all my interest). To me, its character is more similar to Assoluta than Intensa. The grapefruit note comes through clearly. And it seems woody, irrespective of the published notes.
Finally tested it:
Topnotes are a near dead ringer for the original Colonia, and after a few minutes, it opens up into a scent that is literally 80% identical to Adolfo Dominguez Vetiver Hombre. The other 20% is some original colonia and some 90's scent like a Perry Ellis or Swiss Army or something. But the green-tonic/soapy-vetiver note from Domiguez is the star of the scent, no question.
But essentially it's Colonia with the powdery notes gone, most of the bulgarian rose gone (unfortuneately), and a HUGE helping of Domiguez Vetiver Hombre...
...won't be buying it.
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As with Colonia and Assoluta, this one ends up smelling way too much like some sort of industrial cleaning product for my liking.
Got a sample from Nordstrom's when I was there yesterday. Haven't had a chance to check it out yet, but the bottle is pretty cool. The sample is like a little exact replica of the full sized offering!
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I sampled this last night. While the other Colonia's focused more on the citrus & rose, to me this one was more about fine soap. This is closer in vibe to Prada Amber or Puro Lino than the other Colonia's, imo. It's nice, but I haven't decided if it's bottle worthy or not. I'm leaning towards no...
I sampled Essenza yesterday. I own Intensa and love it precisely because it's the angsty 'black sheep' of the family. Essenza seems like the sibling with no clear identity to me. It's definitely got citrus up front, but with none of the panache of Colonia or Assoluta. The clean patchouli-white musk base note is indeed woody, but lacking the leather and incense that give Intensa its surprising depth. It's quite pretty -- pleasantly soapy florals, very soft and warm musk -- and just as refined as the other three, but nowhere near as characterful. I also think the clove note, albeit quiet, was giving me a headache.
I think it's worth another try, but not sure yet if that bitchin' bottle is worth the money.
I tried this recently during a visit to Philly, and I *loved* it. But I've also been on an orange blossom/neroli kick, and this has loads of the latter. It reminds me of a great old-fashioned barbershop soap, with echoes of the original Neutrogena. (Is there sandalwood in there?) I kept getting whiffs of it afterward, and it cheered me up. I'm at least getting a decant.
Last week I caved and bought a bottle. The juice was nice enough - citrusy up top, great for continued warmth in the Midwest, and the bottle IS pretty cool. I wore it for a day or so and realized that it just isn't that big a deal. Colonia (which I already have) is a bit more unique, and there are so many others in this genre that I think are better.
Returned my bottle to Neiman's today.
I just revisited this again, and I do appreciate the fact that a large portion of the original colonia (citruses, verbena, rose, tonka, musk) is very intact in this flanker. I also greatly appreciate the lack of "old powdery" notes, that were my biggest critique of the original colonia. I still very much dislike the vetiver note and other green notes Essenza shares with Adolfo Dominguez Vetiver Hombre, as they don't seem to mesh well with the rest of the composition to me.......and for my first 5 tests of Essenza, I never even let the card dry for more than 3-4 days before throwing it out, dissapointed the synthetic Vetiver was so strong that it drowned out the rose/tonka I love so much in the original. But after letting the heavily sprayed card dry a week, the final drydown of pink rose, unisex floral musks, and tonka bean is awesome in essenza. man i can't get enough of this sweet rose drydown, I just wish the heart had less synthetic vetiver, and I wish the top had even more citrus.
Perhaps another more summery flanker, featuring all the same elements that Essenza shared with the Original Colonia, only with more Citrus, perhaps even more of the unisex floral notes, Rose, tonka, and unisex musk, is in the works....? *crosses fingers*
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New release Special Edition bottle, exclusive to Selfridges in the UK.
Now I'm a huge fan of AdP, and have collected their Special Editions in the past, but the price of this one is a joke IMO. I'm sure that the last Special Edition 180ml release (Assoluta 10th anniversary) was £110....I'll be passing this time.