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Acqua di Parma Colonia (1916)
by Acqua di Parma

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Acqua di Parma Colonia information

Year of Launch1916
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 710 votes)

People and companies

HouseAcqua di Parma
Parent CompanyLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton
Parent Company at launchAcqua di Parma

About Acqua di Parma Colonia

Starts off with a snappy citrus bite then dries down into a more mellow lemony odor with a slight floral undertone. [AN]

Acqua di Parma Colonia fragrance notes

Reviews of Acqua di Parma Colonia

Oviatt Show all reviews
United States
Acqua di Parma’s Colonia has been a favorite of mine for years during which time it went from being a well-kept Italian secret to becoming a global phenomenon with multiple lines and flankers. The Grant/Gardner/Niven mystique never fails to entice and the brand has been developed in an extraordinarily smart and successful way. Beautiful packaging! What about the scent itself? Well, it is a classic cologne with its citrus and lavender construct. In that regard it sits nicely among other great classics like Guerlain’s Eaux, 4711, etc. Colonia, however, ramps up the floral aspect of cologne with a strong damask rose in its heart notes. This pushes it dangerously close to the overly floral, lipstick territory from which I tend to run. However, in this case it is so well done that it is actually perfection. The whole cologne vibe is grounded with sturdy base notes of vetiver, patchouli and sandalwood—all stalwarts of traditional masculine perfumery—which not only give Colonia greater depth and greater lasting power but balance the rosy, lipstick note making the whole thing entirely unisex and surprisingly sexy, come to that. Wonderful grooming products as well, especially the aftershave which I think is among some of the best on offer.
20th March, 2020
ad_scott Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Amazing fragrance, smells wonderful; old school and Hollywood. Reminds me of my grandad. Colonia is a dusty citrus scent. Longevity could be better but to be fair the product is an eau de cologne meaning it is weaker than eau de toilette and eau de parfum. I think it's worth it to invest in a bottle just to admire the scent alone.
19th January, 2020
You get what is written on the bottle: the definition of "eau de cologne". Fresh citruses, with an aromatic heart, and a musky/ambery base.
As expected for an EDC, it quickly falls to a skin scent, and longevity is poor (2-3 hours at most). This has been designed to be sprayed on handkerchief, so that make sense.

That said, the pricing is not ok. Indeed, and EDC - especially a typical very light one like this one - should not cost more than $40-50 for a 100ml bottle.
For this reason, it will only get a neutral rating from me.
10th July, 2019
If it would've lasted longer I would give it a Neutral rating, but for the price, Colonia is at the very bottom of my buy list.

My wife said I smell like Campho-Phenique, so a clear Neutral rating at best even though I actually like the opening blend.
07th July, 2019
Tried it with nose set to "favourable". Nice start, but soon becomes powdery-sweet, I guess due to amber/musk. Not as cloying as Cool Water drydown, but still sweet to my nose. Disclaimer: I've got a thing about "fresh" fragrances that go sugary, so feel free to ignore me. Meanwhile, I'm sticking with L'Eau Boisée, no sugary stuff there.
01st July, 2019
A classic fragrance and with good reason. It makes me feel incredibly confident when I wear this and adds a sense of glamour and sophistication. I probably can't add much to what has been said a million times already, only that this is THE fragrance which marks me out from the generic mainstream fragrances which are worn everyday. I know, that when I wear this, that I am walking in a sophisticated tradition going back over a hundred years and no one around me will have this on. Probably my all-time favourite.
09th June, 2019

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