For me it's Assoluta hands down.
Thread: what is the best Acqua di Parma?
i want to get my first one. wanted to know what the consensus is around here.
do you think AdP are quality frags? worth the price?
For me it's Assoluta hands down.
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Start with Colonia. It's been around since 1916 - proof that it's a great scent. So refined, so versatile, so perfect for any occasion. You won't ever regret having this in your collection. Bonus points for wearing it in chic resort settings, where it seems to be scent de rigueur. . . all for the better, IMO. . .
Intensa, for me.
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Do the Blu Med. ones not count in this discussion? I liked Mirto the best of any I tried....from your list, I would go Colonia
Assoluta all the way!
I am going to be the "Black" sheep (pun intended) and say Essenza.
All are nice implementations of the same theme. Very Euro and classically understated.
Assoluta is the one that takes me somewhere special.
Colonia (original). A solid summer favourite of mine, and the dusky rose note in the drydown is something else.
A couple of years back when I was exploring this house, I tested both the original and intensa versions at the same time (sprays on each hand). The latter completely overwhelmed the former, and I (mistakenly) thought the original was a lightweight. Luckily, I carried on testing the two separately, and found the original more to my liking. Longevity and projection are excellent. This scent make me want to don a white linen shirt, slick my hair, board my (imaginary) yacht and set sail for the Med.
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I don't think there is a consensus. Opinion is probably fairly evenly divided among the various products.
I vote for the original Colonia.
In my book Assoluta is soooo much better than all other together!
I've spent quality time with all four and Colonia is still the only one for me.
Is it / has it been meddled with? I really hope LVMH bean counters or IFRA restrictions don't screw this one up - it would be a real loss if they mess with it. To be honest I think the flankers are pretty redundant - Assoluta is wearable I guess but it has lost the casual breeziness of the original IMO.
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Colognia Original for me...is fresh citrus smelling and i like it most of the others!
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I like Assoluta, the original Colonia is very nice, but does not work on my skin. I find assoluta a bit more round and with no "powdery" rose. I think the three former ones are on a league of their own as for their elegance and versatitlity, but I didn't make up my mind about Essenza yet...
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To me, both Cologna and Assoluta
Intensa - Last much, much longer than the original and the dry down is a beautiful wood/leather/citrus combo that's great.
Assoluta, though I really enjoy the original Colonia as well. Haven't tried the others yet.
Been wearing Colonia and Intensa quite regularly, and for now, I'm torn between those 2. Possibly Intensa with an edge over the regular, at this very moment. It really depends on my mood...
Here's to hoping they release another modern flanker not so full of synthetic vetiver like Essenza...focusing much more on the exact same citrus/verbena/rose/tonka used in the original.
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i like the colonia in the edc form i think am i the only one who feels this way?
Assoluta for me.....I also Love Colonia.....I want to try Essenza!!!
Essenza is getting clobbered. It wasn't that bad...
My fav is Colonia Intensa of the regular line - all the good stuff from the original but a but creamier. Their blu line is pretty incredible too but I like too many if those to name one.
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+1 for Essenza
Quite like the soapiness from opening
I have recently switched to liking Intensa best.
Essenza--seems to have superior longevity for me too
I've tried all four, own Assoluta and Intensa and like Essenza.
I don't dislike the original Colonia but if I am going to go for a very fresh citrus, I'll wear Trumpers GFT which I think it one of the best of the genre.
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I own and prefer wearing Intensa, but do think that the original Colonia is actually the better scent. Come to think of it, I need to retest it - I may prefer it to Intensa now, given how my tastes have changed.
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OKay so my sample decants of these came today from Perfumed Court (except Essenza, which isn't available yet). First impressions:
Colonia (original): the finest lemon top note I've ever smelled. settles into a soft and beautiful balance of florals and citrus. wow, what a winner. pure Italy.
Assoluta: I was expecting a lot from this after it's top finish in the poll. but I wasn't terribly impressed. It smells a lot like CREED's Aubepine Acacia to me, with a good dose of lavender on top. Clean smelling and neutral.
Intensa: aside from the fact that I'm still questioning if PerfumedCourt accidentally decanted Rose 31 instead of Intensa, I like it. But I swear this smells almost identical to Rose 31 to me. That dirty, spicy rose vibe. I find this to be a little more well rounded, however.
Colonia to many is the benchmark eau de cologne though it is of the more floral and sweeter type. I suspect it no longer uses all natural ingredients though. It is simply citrus (lemon), flowers (verbena, rose, ylang), and musk. It could probably do without the ylang though.
I have owned both Colonia (Original) and Intensa and just purchased Essenza; so far, I would say Intensa but that might change shortly when I try out the Essenza sample I just received today. So I might be changing my post/response here on the fact of trying out the Essenza sample. I hope this helps some?...
I wore Essenza for Thanksgiving today and it smells refined and classy...like all the other Acqua di Parma fragrances.
Personally my two favorites are:
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At the moment: Intensa. I`ve order Assoluta today (blind), and I`m very excited!
My favorite is Essenza. Longevity and sillage are very weak, however.
I've tried Colonia and Essenza. I prefer the Essenza, really classy and longevity is pretty good on me.
I'm an Assoluta man.
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I really prefer the Assoluta compared to the others
I liked colonia better than assoluta but I've yet to try Intensa
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Colonia and Intensa for me..
Absolutely *love* the Colonia scent and like Assoluta. Colonia is easily my favorite though.
I tried three scents from AdP and one stood out - something that smelled very powdery (I like powder/dust ). Which one could this be?