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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    Quote Originally Posted by DustB View Post
    The straight up Colonia.
    No question.
    Assoluta imo has way too much bitter "brut" notes
    And intensa is some anemic woody-wannabe
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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    Colonia, the original and the best!

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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    Colonia - without a doubt

    I own Assoluta, too, but NEVER use it - smells synthetic to me.

    Intensa is good.

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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    If it's your first purchase, get Colonia. I wear both Colonia and Intensa. Tried Essenza last weekend; seems to me very similar to Colonia. The new black bottle is very cool, however.


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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    I did not like the woodiness and leather of Intensa, seemed to go against the grain of the 'Colonia' essence for me. As for Essenza it just did not distinguish itself sufficiently to warrant a purchase - although I agree about the bottle; very classy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neal View Post
    I did not like the woodiness and leather of Intensa, seemed to go against the grain of the 'Colonia' essence for me. As for Essenza it just did not distinguish itself sufficiently to warrant a purchase - although I agree about the bottle; very classy.
    Essenza is an odd one isn't it? You want to like it . . .

    The opening is pure Colonia - tried 'em side by side - twins. Then it sort of veers of into 'inoffensive vaguely woody something' territory . . . it just seems a bit characterless. There's nothing actually wrong with it but I just can't help wondering . . . why?

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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    Quote Originally Posted by jlouismi View Post
    Thanks to all of you for your input, from what i can see, here are the votes according to what people have recommended..

    Colonia - 7 Votes
    Assoluta - 11 Votes
    Intensa - 7 Votes

    You guys dont make this easy do ya!!
    There was a poll on this a year or two ago (find it via the search function) and it was pretty evenly split for all three. Rather remarkable, in my opinion.
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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    Colonia is a wonderful rosy eau de cologne and one of the best available. It may be too rosy for some but it is what I imagine the 19th Century aristocracy might have worn. I would recommend it along with Eau du Coq and Villoresi as the best extant eau de cologne unless has the luck to acquire vintage Farina like I did by chance on German eBay!

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    Intensa is beautiful. Assoluta smells like soap.

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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    My order of preference is the order they are in the thread title.
    Last edited by Davem81; 21st June 2012 at 08:59 AM.
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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    essenza

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    Assoluta. Colonia is a bit dull, and Intensa and Essenza not to my taste. I get a synthetic vibe from Intensa and Essenza is less citrus and more floral (not in a good way).

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    I have Colonia which, for me, is a great fragrance in the summer. I love it. I have wanted to buy another Parma but testing here is not possible. I've tried reading reviews here but people are really divided on the different scents. I'll just have to wait until I've got time while travelling soon to try them and decide.
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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    Quote Originally Posted by neo_angel View Post
    essenza
    I like this very much too, and would probably place it 2nd out of the 4. However, I do have longevity issues with it.
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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    I know blind buying is bad and all, but I blind bought Assoluta and it turned into one of my top 3 favourite fragrances. I give Assoluta a slight lead over Colonia, but they're really both fantastic fragrances.

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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    Colonia Assoluta is a high-quality and elegant Eau de Cologne with good projection, a 2-3 hour, scent cloud before passing to a skin scent, as well as good longevity, at least 7 hours, and will shine in spring, summer, and fall.

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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    Colonia>Assoluta..........................>Intensa
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