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    Default A Better Alternative to Acqua di Parma Colonia?

    Hey guys,

    I bought a bottle of Acqua di Parma Colonia a couple of years ago, but as I started to dive deeper into fragrances, I just left it in the dark and haven't used it until lately. I just can't stop using it - I love that classic cologne aura that I get from this bottle. Actually, it does seem to have somewhat good longevity on me. I sprayed my neck and sides and could smell it for half a day (although I might add that the heat might've helped, it was a pretty hot day). If there's a better alternative that has longer longevity and wider sillage, I'd love to go for it.

    Do you guys have any recommendations? Perhaps something that's a step above a cologne? I'm not that restricted by any budget, so I'd be able to go a bit higher, if it's worth it.

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    Default Re: A Better Alternative to Acqua di Parma Colonia?

    Eau de Guerlain. Even current one is very good.
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    Although not the exact same , but still in the same genre, would be tom ford’s neroli portafino , you can go for the forte for more longevity.

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    Also check eau sauvage by Dior

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    Default Re: A Better Alternative to Acqua di Parma Colonia?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Potato View Post

    Do you guys have any recommendations?
    Cologne Sologne or Cologne Grande Luxe
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    Default Re: A Better Alternative to Acqua di Parma Colonia?

    Quote Originally Posted by thrilledchilled View Post
    Eau de Guerlain. Even current one is very good.
    I'll check that out. Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hsx View Post
    Although not the exact same , but still in the same genre, would be tom ford’s neroli portafino , you can go for the forte for more longevity.
    I've owned both the regular and the Forte version (still have a bit of the regual EDP left). They both perform horribly on me. I could smell AdP Colonia for much longer compared to the Neroli Portofinos.

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    Also check eau sauvage by Dior
    Already tried it, not quite what I am looking for.

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    Cologne Sologne or Cologne Grande Luxe
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    Default Re: A Better Alternative to Acqua di Parma Colonia?

    I would check out another Italian brand, Lorenzo Villoresi. His Acqua di Colonia is a step above AdP in my opinion. Uomo may also be of interest.

    Another favourite of mine is Heeley's Oranges & Lemons which is the same idea but with a prominent tea note. The downside is weak performance.

    I would honestly say that Tom Ford's Neroli Portofino is a step down on Acqua di Para in terms of "quality", if you can really assess such a thing. It smells more synthetic, is based upon more of the house's signature DNA, and isn't as pleasing to my nose. However, if you go for Neroli Portofino Forte it will likely perform slightly better than any of those mentioned so far. Both the fragrances I've mentioned are 'better' than either AdP or TF...in my opinion. I'm wrestling with both at the moment in terms of which to potentially add as a cologne-style fragrance.

    You might, however, be interested in trying Acqua di Parma's more recent 'flankers' to their Colonia range - Assoluta, Essenza, Intensa, and the just-announced Futura. I can attest that the first 3 are all, again, 'better' in that they will perform better and, frankly, smell much more suitable to the modern world than the original. Alternatively, their upscale Note di Colonia line is a step up on their more bogstandard releaes and, actually, I'd say your best bet would be to try those - but they're not cheap. If the choice is between spending $300 on Neroli Portofino, or $300 on Note di Colonia 1, it's not even a contest in my opinion, the Acqua di Parma is hugely superior to the Ford.
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    Default Re: A Better Alternative to Acqua di Parma Colonia?

    What'd you guys say about Penhaligon's Castile?

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    Default Re: A Better Alternative to Acqua di Parma Colonia?

    Ill throw in Chanel Eau de Cologne
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    Default Re: A Better Alternative to Acqua di Parma Colonia?

    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    Ill throw in Chanel Eau de Cologne
    I'll need to test that one. I actually visited the Chanel store last week and bought Bois des Iles, but I didn't think of testing the Eau de Cologne. Is it more similar to Colonia compared to Dior Cologne Royale? I own the latter and don't use it that much. Also, I think I've heard that Chanel's Eau de Cologne is actually an EdT?

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    Default Re: A Better Alternative to Acqua di Parma Colonia?

    To me ADP Colonia smells a little bit closer Cologne Royale than Eau de Cologne.

    Chanel Eau de Cologne is an EDC
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    Seconding especially ADP Colonia Assoluta, Eau de Guerlain and TF Neroli Portofino among the ones mentioned

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    Default Re: A Better Alternative to Acqua di Parma Colonia?

    Seconding The Chanel as well. very fresh. Not necessarily more long lasting that AdP, but a good alternative.

    As for Castile, I find it a bit too soapy, but it has its estimators. If you like the genre, worth trying.

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    Default Re: A Better Alternative to Acqua di Parma Colonia?

    Xerjoff's Nio & Renaissance
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    Default Re: A Better Alternative to Acqua di Parma Colonia?

    Quote Originally Posted by PaveLL View Post
    Xerjoff's Nio & Renaissance
    Both are great choices from Xerjoff, pricey but well made.
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    Default Re: A Better Alternative to Acqua di Parma Colonia?

    IMO,

    Guerlain - Le Frenchy

    It is a more accentuated version of Colonia. I thought Le Frenchy was Colonia at first smell from a tester strip. I actually prefer Le Frenchy of the two. I highly recommend this alternative. It's so close to the signature notes of Colonia that I paired the Acqua di Parma shaving soap and Colonia deodorant stick with Le Frenchy. I have said multiple times that Le Frenchy is an odd name considering that it smells remarkably like an Italian-style fragrance. And yes, Le Frenchy has better longevity and projection/sillage.
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    Default Re: A Better Alternative to Acqua di Parma Colonia?

    Eau Sauvage and Eau de Rochas are far better for me while doing a similar thing.
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    Default Re: A Better Alternative to Acqua di Parma Colonia?

    As some have already mentioned, I would just recommend the Colonia flankers - Assoluta, Essenza, and Intensa. All very nice, and all very similar vibe to the original.
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    Default Re: A Better Alternative to Acqua di Parma Colonia?

    +1 for Eau de Guerlain. The best overall citrus fragrance in my opinion. No other eau de colognes come close.

    Also good is Chanel's Eau de Cologne.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slpfrsly View Post
    I would check out another Italian brand, Lorenzo Villoresi. His Acqua di Colonia is a step above AdP in my opinion.
    I would agree with this and was going to mention it as well. Al Haramain Portfolio Neroli Canvas is along the lines of Essenza and Tom Ford's Neroli Portofino if you're looking at that route, but is longer lasting and a fraction of the price (see reviews on YouTube and Fragrantica to see how it measures up.)
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    There is no better alternative than Colonia!!!!


    I also get good longevity with Colonia but some complain about that. Have read a variety of opinions on longevity on the flankers, some say more some less. I find Intensa sub par, the worst ADP. Essenza is quite close to Colonia and may last longer so you may want to give it a try.

    Castille is very good, but it's more orange and less citrus. Not directly comparable, I own both and like both but it is not a substitute. If you want to go more away from the citrus Cartier Zeste de Soleil is very good. But it doesn't have the magic of Colonia!!! I just bought a 6 oz last month.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Potato View Post
    What'd you guys say about Penhaligon's Castile?
    That one is closer to Colonia Essenza, in my opinion, but it is pretty nice. Worth a shot.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Potato View Post
    I'll need to test that one. I actually visited the Chanel store last week and bought Bois des Iles, but I didn't think of testing the Eau de Cologne. Is it more similar to Colonia compared to Dior Cologne Royale? I own the latter and don't use it that much. Also, I think I've heard that Chanel's Eau de Cologne is actually an EdT?
    The Chanel is really nice, but I don't think I've ever tried a fragrance with less longevity. As I remember Cologne Royale was pretty close and performed better. But you should probably try it out for yourself.

    A fragrance with an old school touch with the soapy part of the Colonia boosted is Boucheron Pour Homme. Ever tried that one?
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    Default Re: A Better Alternative to Acqua di Parma Colonia?

    ... you ask for an alternative? here is one! Whether better ... ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paradeiserl View Post
    ... you ask for an alternative? here is one! Whether better ... ..

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    This is one I've wanted to try.
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    Default Re: A Better Alternative to Acqua di Parma Colonia?

    Quote Originally Posted by slpfrsly View Post
    I would check out another Italian brand, Lorenzo Villoresi. His Acqua di Colonia is a step above AdP in my opinion.
    I keep meaning to try this but every time I do, something else creeps up above it in the priority list. How similar is it to AdP and is it long lasting?

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    Default Re: A Better Alternative to Acqua di Parma Colonia?

    Quote Originally Posted by rum View Post
    I keep meaning to try this but every time I do, something else creeps up above it in the priority list. How similar is it to AdP and is it long lasting?
    It's closer to 4711 than AdP. I get around 3-4 hours out of it.
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    Default Re: A Better Alternative to Acqua di Parma Colonia?

    Quote Originally Posted by slpfrsly View Post
    It's closer to 4711 than AdP. I get around 3-4 hours out of it.
    That's interesting and very helpful actually. Is this based on a recent-ish bottle?

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    Default Re: A Better Alternative to Acqua di Parma Colonia?

    I don't think if there's anything out there LIKE the original Colonia, maybe Tonda?

    Seriously though, it's hard to capture the magic of this classic. I like Pura from the line, and I've seen others say it's a more modern take on the original. I love Pura, but wouldn't call it a substitute for the original. It definitely performs better, but not sure it would scratch the same itch.
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    Not identical or anything, but I often wear Monsieur de Givenchy when I'm in the mood for something like ADP Colonia. It can be had at discounters for about half the price of ADP Colonia. Chanel pour Monsieur and Dior Eau Sauvage scratch that itch too, but price wise are a little more than ADP Colonia at discounters, so no point. I believe YSL pour homme is in the same vein too, just haven't tried it
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