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    acqua di parma colonia assoluta or essenza? main differences and best performances.
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    Assoluta is a citrus fwd spicy/powdery version of colonia
    Essenza is a neroli fwd clean/soapy fresh out of the shower vibe

    I dont like powdery scents so for me essenza is the winner.

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    Default Re: acqua di parma suggestion

    I have castile...Which la similar to this?

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    Castile is similar to essenza

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    Default Re: acqua di parma suggestion

    Agree. Essenza is soapier, so I prefer assoluta.

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    Assoluta is the more youthful of the 2. Fresher. Essenza is literally 'Colonia Soap'. Very nice but I'm surprised it gets picked as the standout. If you want something ore masculine, with a bit more spice and leather, look at Intensa. All 3 perform similarly to be honest.
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    Default Re: acqua di parma suggestion

    Since you have Castile, I'd suggest Assoluta which is different.

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    I get decent performance out of Essenza.
    More so than other AdP's so far.

    Haven't tried Assoluta though

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    Default Re: acqua di parma suggestion

    Having tried both, prefer Assoluta. Find it fresher.
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    Assoluta ins't more produced, instead you have Pura

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robispi2 View Post
    Assoluta ins't more produced
    Reference?
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    Because I insist upon being the lone voice crying out in the wilderness, allow me to boldly proclaim that Colonia Pura is the highlight of the Colonia line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabar View Post
    Reference?
    What do you mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robispi2 View Post
    What do you mean?

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    He inquires the source for your statement regarding the discontinuation of said fragrance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sambuccashake View Post
    He inquires the source for your statement regarding the discontinuation of said fragrance.
    I know for sure but i can't tell you more

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    Assoluta is certainly still readily available (at least in the UK).

    Out of the two I prefer Assoluta. The citrus notes are definitely on the 'tart' side, which I like, and to be honest the first time I tried it on my skin it brought back memories of how Chanel Pour Monsieur EDT develops on me. Maybe the fact they share similar notes helps? I can understand why some have described Assoluta to be a bit 'powdery.' I think it's well balanced with the floral, spicy and woody notes and a bit more complex than Essenza.

    I don't think there's a lot between them in terms of performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robispi2 View Post
    I know for sure but i can't tell you more
    This forum has a history of flippant speculation regarding reformulations and discontinuations. I and others will ask for your source of information. If just a rumor, it's probably better to keep to oneself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jabar View Post
    This forum has a history of flippant speculation regarding reformulations and discontinuations. I and others will ask for your source of information. If just a rumor, it's probably better to keep to oneself.
    Ok, next time i'll keep for myself no problem. Sorry

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    Just buy Cologne Grand Luxe by Fragonard: it's the best Acqua di Parma

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    Essenza has more personality for me. I get that it does smell more "old man-ish" but there's something about it that stands out for me. Though of all of them, my favorite in the last couple of years has been Pura.

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    Depends what you’re after...

    Essenza is a modern take on the original Colonia and more similar to Castile. More citrusy with soapy florals and elegant, but less versatile. Better with a dress shirt and a fresh shave.

    Assoluta is a more wearable and casual option. Still fresh with more muted citrus and florals, but with a longer lasting sweet woody base. You can dress it up, but still fine with a T-shirt and jeans.

    If you have to choose one for everything, I’d get Assoluta, but as part of a collection I find Essenza more interesting, but wear it less often.
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    I like Assolputa better of the two.
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    Default Re: acqua di parma suggestion

    Of these two: Assoluta.

    Of the whole line: Intensa and the original.
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    Colonia Essenza is the Colonia Classica's deepest version. It's little bit more intense, has more ingridients like grapefruit, amber & patchouli.
    Dressed from night gentlemen but also day time.
    Now are coming 5 more fragrances from new Signature Collection.
    You will enjoy it for sure
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    Quote Originally Posted by deltasun View Post
    Though of all of them, my favorite in the last couple of years has been Pura.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robispi2 View Post
    Now are coming 5 more fragrances from new Signature Collection.
    You will enjoy it for sure
    Hmm do you have more on this?
    Link, rumours and so on.

    Interesting!

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    Default Re: acqua di parma suggestion

    Assoluta for me. Superb summertime fragrance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sambuccashake View Post
    Hmm do you have more on this?
    Link, rumours and so on.

    Interesting!
    Have a look...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robispi2 View Post
    Have a look...

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    Hmm where is that from? My googling powers fail me.
    Notes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sambuccashake View Post
    Hmm where is that from? My googling powers fail me.
    Notes?
    One's of 5th Signature Collection...

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