Colonia Assoluta 2003

Colonia Assoluta by Acqua di Parma
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Colonia Assoluta is a perfume by Acqua di Parma for women and men and was released in 2003. The scent is citrusy-fresh. It is being marketed by LVMH. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Bitter orange, Pimento
Heart Notes Heart NotesJasmine, Vetiver, Ylang-ylang, Cedar
Base Notes Base NotesOakmoss, Resin, Patchouli, White musk

Ratings

Scent

7.4 (209 Ratings)

Longevity

6.4 (157 Ratings)

Sillage

5.7 (147 Ratings)

Bottle

7.6 (146 Ratings)
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Rej

23 Reviews
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The strength and beauty of the best classics!
Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta is an example of the best iconic school of citric barber style perfumes. It is on the wave of Chanel Pour Monsieur or YSL pour homme. So it's herbal, dry citrus, spice on a well basis well built of woods. It has a fragrance that distances itself from modern perfumes. What is most striking is the refinement and harmony of this symphony of notes. It is a perfume for People trained in classic and slightly Vintage fragrances. In my opinion one of the best perfumes of the Acqua di Parma line! Currently discontinued.
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TruuMax
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Helpful Review    7  
Down on the west coast...
If West Coast of Lana del Rey was a fragrance, it would probably smell like this one.

In the first moment at the beginning we find ourselves on a beach. Almost alcoholic bitter orange with a touch of crushed fir needle and an almost creaky bergamot surround us, while the salty and driftwood spray of the sea comes closer and closer to our feet.

With time, this cocktail salt note settles into a herbaceous woody base... The fir-needle impression remains, only this time interspersed with clean musk, dry patchouli and the poorly definable acidity that remains from the top note
From a windy and tipsy day at the beach to a noble but not perfect Cadillac convertible in a few hours.

+portability+

Very elegant and special. Just by the slightly defusing towards the brother more pleasing but nevertheless conspicuous and certainly no 0815 Einheitsbrei. Nevertheless quite heavy and herbaceous for a typical summer cologne.

I would rather use it in the evening, because after 1 1/2 hours on my skin it becomes rather herbaceous and gloomy instead of light and cheerful.

+Durability and Sillage+

Shelf life's okay. In good warm conditions around 4 hours, with a slightly higher dosage even up to 6.

The Sillage is present, pleasant and especially for summer evenings with friends it is stable enough to attract attention but never to be the annoyingly exaggerated perfume futzy.

+flacon+

Optically simple but noble like everything from AdP.

But what is really great is the spray button, which can blow out very small bumps as well as real wafts of mist.
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Serenissima
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Helpful Review    6  
Freshness with barbs
With the temperatures of the last time of course also I fished out the refreshing, cooling smells from my sample boxes.
The selection is quite large, so I preferred "Colonia Assoluta" from Acqua di Parma before I threw myself into the next scent turmoil.
"Colonia Assoluta" - that sounds great; the absolute Cologne: well, let's see!

But "Hello!" - who's going to extend their elbows here?
Immediately a quite sharp spearhead of fragrances pushes itself into the foreground. I haven't been able to find out who has to position themselves like this yet.
Is it really the fresh, spicy top note of bergamot, bitter orange and a wonderful dose of pimento?
There's no time to think about it: a glowing, mature jasmine is coming along, casually lounging on large green cushions of vetiver and cedar.
This scented heart seems pretty pert, but gets a soft glow through a powerful gift of Ylang-Ylang. That's good!
Oak moss, resin and patchouli appear here in a classic way and musk doesn't get out of hand either.
So it should all be very nice.

Actually, it contains everything that should make up a fresh and aromatic summer scent.
So what irritates me about "Colonia Assoluta"?
For me this fragrance composition, which I expected so much from, has some spines and quite sharp teeth.
Because not only my sense of smell did not feel good; I also got many little pustules on my stomach!
Yes, on my stomach!
With many fragrances I use the belly as a projection surface - there is more space; experience has shown that this is also a place where more warmth develops than e.g. at wrists and elbows.

So I am not happy with this test result at all; in addition, "Colonia Assoluta" stays with me relatively long.
Despite the big name and some advance praise on my part, Adolfo Dominguez' "Agua Fresca" won this summer fragrance competition - and with lengths.
I have already left my surprising visit in a commentary.

What surprises will the other samples of "Acqua di Parma" hold?
Let's wait and see!
First of all I have to give my stomach a rest; these pimples still itch.
Too bad and a bit disappointing!
It shows once again: initial sympathy can be attenuated sensitively by getting to know each other better.
It's a good thing that I only have one bottling - of course it can continue to wander!
"Buon Viaggio, Colonia Assoluta!"
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Numcks4frags

14 Reviews
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It grew on me
2018 Update - After repeated wearings, I've come to find that I really enjoy this much more than after the initial wearing that prompted the review below. Once I came to terms with this being a very different fragrance than the original - not a flanker - I was able jettison the bias of an irrelevant benchmark and judge this on its own merits - as a well-constructed citrus - woody - patchouli construct with a touch of amber and floral sweetness - jasmine/rose.

Old (2013) Review - I have to say this is a bit of a disappointment to me after the original, which is one of my all time favorites. The citrus opening on this one seems more synthetic and lacks the original's nice balance with an herbal note. There is less complexity and less quality to my nose. The dry down is also very pale and never completely looses the touch of sweet industrial solvent that spoils this for me. Not a negative because overall it's still a decent, wearable fragrance. It's just that its a bit like the undistinguished child of a legendary parent to me.
WildGardener

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Colone d'assaut
A radiant sweet powdery orange heralds the arrival of a capsicum and citrus accord that forms the backbone of Colonia Assoluta. Eventually the powder gathers strength to return as an orange flower and ylang set piece.

Sadly all the fine work on the carefully controlled development is for nothing. When I wear this, everything becomes overpowered by the shrill top note of capsicum which I find intolerable - it makes my teeth ache as though I'm biting an iron bar. What's more, it's got massive longevity and holds out right through the evolution, only fading away in the deep dry down.

This paprika / chilli note is the prototype of the high pitch sulphur compounds found in todays designer masculine. Credit or execration (depending on your view) should go to Bertrand Duchaufour and Jean-Claude Ellena who used it first in 2003.
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Miaw2

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Great cologne!
Great option for summer. Classy and elegant.

In my opinion the pimento note and the ylang-ylang give an edge to this fragrance. I would say this is a green floral fragrance.

It reminds me a bit of Guerlain's Cologne Du 68 when dries down (a little powdery).

Great sillage and projection for a cologne. Definetely worth it.

Updated January 2014
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Drseid

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The Result Of Two Masters Working Together...
It took me a few wears to completely understand and love this scent. On first wearing, I immediately fell in love with the top notes that are a beautiful classic smelling orange and lemon citrus blast that is quite similar to the original AdP Colonia and must be the JC Ellena part of the scent. They are his best work outside of his masterpiece, TdH in my opinion, and are absolutely incredible.

The problem I originally had with Assoluta was the Duchaufour amber and musk base that came off as a bit too feminine for my tastes initially. After a few more wearings (and after exploring other Duchaufour scents like Amouage Jubilation XXV) I have come to appreciate the dry-down almost as well as the opening. I still prefer the top notes and wish they lasted longer, but the whole package is a very strong overall work. Longevity for an EdC is incredible as I get about 10 hours.

So, I guess the real question remaining is did these two top tier noses improve on the classic AdP Colonia scent? I think the answer is "yes" in many ways and "no" in others. The opening and longevity are improved but I still prefer the original dry-down to some extent. I think I prefer the original by a slight margin, but both scents are so strong in the EdC category and different enough from each other that I feel they are both deserving of strong consideration for anyone's scent wardrobe. I own and will wear both with great enjoyment and pride. 4 out of 5 stars.
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Sherapop

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Absolutely Not Colonia
I am confused by the naming of Acqua di Parma COLONIA ASSOLUTA, which suggests that it is a stronger, more "absolute" or pure version of COLONIA. In fact, it's a completely different composition. Among many other differences, lavender and rosemary are conspicuously absent from ASSOLUTA; resins are happily present; and this one strikes me as more feminine than masculine, rather than vice versa!

These differences are all improvements to my nose. COLONIA ASSOLUTA is a very subtle, smooth, resinous perfume with such an understated presence that it seems more like a base than a full-fledged perfume. I'm not that surprised, though, since minimalism is Ellena's signature style. Overall, I think that I find his work more conceptually than perfumically appealing. I would definitely wear ASSOLUTA, if I had a bottle, but I also wouldn't go out of my way to obtain one.

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ToreterToreter 2 years ago
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2 me is a middle way btween Colonia & Essenza. Not as sweet & not that acid. Smells actual & pleasant. Nice alternative. Lasts good.7,5/10

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