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    Default Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    Im in the blind-buying mood right now, and i want an Acqua di Parma as i dont have one yet, if i dont like it i can easily sell it. which one of these do you recommend?

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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    Colonia & Assoluta.

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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    I have only tried Intensa. It's OK if you want a citrus/leather mix.

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    The straight up Colonia.
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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    I would personally choose Assoluta. It and Colonia are sparkling citrus frags,though Assoluta will last longer on the skin. Intensa has an almost negligible citrus, and a predominant synthetic, dry wood accord. I bought Intensa blind, and it wasn't one of my better decisions. To each his own though; I realize Intensa has many fans.

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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    I like Intensa, although none of the acqua di parmas have any kind of staying power on me.

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    Assoluta has the best sillage and staying power, and is the most modern scent among the three. I've owned all three and it's the only one I still own. My wife loves it on me. She smelled the shirt I wore and just raved...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckW View Post
    Assoluta has the best sillage and staying power, and is the most modern scent among the three. I've owned all three and it's the only one I still own. My wife loves it on me. She smelled the shirt I wore and just raved...
    sounds great!

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    Assoluta without question. Versatile, long-lasting and very very pleasant.
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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    Colonia. It has some history, the other two don't.

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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    My preference is Colonia > Intensa > Assoluta.

    Colonia is the most short-lived on me, and also the most "classic"-smelling of the three. They're all good, I must add.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deviant View Post
    Assoluta without question. Versatile, long-lasting and very very pleasant.
    Your top 6 looks great, a little off topic, but what is Bois Marocain like?

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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckW View Post
    Assoluta has the best sillage and staying power, and is the most modern scent among the three.
    IMO Intensa has these qualities, not Assoluta.
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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    Intensa.

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    Assoluta for me.....I have both and Love them.....I feel that Assoluta is the better choice for me!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    IMO Intensa has these qualities, not Assoluta.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sorcery of Scent View Post
    Intensa.
    Ditto
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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    I prefer Assoluta, but I'm not too keen on any of them. Be sure to check out their latest, Colonia Essenza...

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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    Intensa for a more sophisticated dry down. Colonia for an elegant cologne.

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    I haven't smelled the Absoluta, but every time I wear the Intensa I get compliments. Then again I do douse myself.
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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    I'm a big fan of both Colonia and Colonia Assoluta. Both recommended. I'll be looking for a bottle of one or the other soon.
    Haven't tried Intensa or Essenza.

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    Just get Colonia - if you like it you can explore the three variations but, while probably well intentioned, IMO they don't come close.

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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    Quote Originally Posted by mr. reasonable View Post
    Just get Colonia - if you like it you can explore the three variations but, while probably well intentioned, IMO they don't come close.
    Yup, I sure agree with that.

    But woe is I, I'm always in the minority with my appreciation and experience of Colonia. For me it lasts and lasts and lasts. A full day plus from an "eau de cologne." Very odd that many others don't experience that, although I know many BNers do. I'm convinced Colonia, the original, the un-messed with, the tried and true, the one from 1916, the one they can't replace, the one they can't improve on, the one that's hands down among the best if not the best of citruses, is the one that you should buy, Jlouismi.

    Check the others out down the road. Life is big enough to experience all three. Get Colonia and ask for samples of the other two "because I'm considering a next purchase." Because that's what you'll be doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    IMO Intensa has these qualities, not Assoluta.
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    I love Assoluta, didn't like Intensa and Colonias history could never live up with the great Assoluta.
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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    I tested all three the same day and chose Assoluta. I have really enjoyed it over the last 2 years. I now find myself wanting to go back for Colonia, now i am ready to live with its relatively less longevity. Liberal applications under shirts and under-shirts solves this issue for me. Longevity apart, Colonia is the more interesting frag.
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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    I love Assoluta, which is a modern take on the original Colonia. Great lasting power and as gentlemanish as the original version. Intensa is a bit heavy on lemon and the leather base is quite pleasant but not really versatile...
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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    Assoluta. Not only do I receive great compliments from both guys and girls, I think it's one of the best smelling frags of all time. My opinion of course.

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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    Quote Originally Posted by DustB View Post

    But woe is I, I'm always in the minority with my appreciation and experience of Colonia. For me it lasts and lasts and lasts. A full day plus from an "eau de cologne." Very odd that many others don't experience that, although I know many BNers do. I'm convinced Colonia, the original, the un-messed with, the tried and true, the one from 1916, the one they can't replace, the one they can't improve on, the one that's hands down among the best if not the best of citruses, is the one that you should buy, Jlouismi.
    I agree with you DustB. And your experience matches mine!
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    Default Re: Colonia, Assoluta or Intensa?

    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!!

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