Colonia Essenza 2010 Eau de Cologne

Colonia Essenza (Eau de Cologne) by Acqua di Parma
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Colonia Essenza (Eau de Cologne) is a popular perfume by Acqua di Parma for men and was released in 2010. The scent is citrusy-fresh. It is being marketed by LVMH. Pronunciation
Scent goes well with Colonia Oud / Colonia Intensa Oud (Eau de Cologne Concentrée)
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Perfumer

Michel Almairac

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesLemonLemon
OrangeOrange
BergamotBergamot
Mandarin orangeMandarin orange
GrapefruitGrapefruit
NeroliNeroli
PetitgrainPetitgrain
Heart Notes Heart NotesRosemaryRosemary
Lily of the valleyLily of the valley
RoseRose
JasmineJasmine
CloveClove
Base Notes Base NotesVetiverVetiver
PatchouliPatchouli
White muskWhite musk
AmberAmber

Ratings

Scent

7.9486 Ratings

Longevity

6.9407 Ratings

Sillage

6.4401 Ratings

Bottle

8.3402 Ratings

Value for money

7.768 Ratings
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9.5
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9
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8
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10
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MrTee

12 Reviews
MrTee
MrTee
Helpful Review    3  
Class in a bottle!
This is what I'd call 'Class in a bottle' What a masterpiece this is.
It comes out the gate swinging with bursts of realistic citrus notes and neroli, and as it settles down, there is no escaping the sheer elegance and quality of this juice, believe me, you will stand out.
This fragrance is a throwback to a time that you want to remember, the people, the places, and all the happy moments that you don't ever want to forget.
9
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6
Longevity
7
Sillage
6
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FvSpee
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FvSpee
Top Review    38  
Neukölln 18: It's like Christmas!
The sample of this fragrance was talked up to me in the souk with the same arguments that are commonly used in the souk of Agadir or in the bed linen shop in Berlin-Zehlendorf: You'll have a lot of fun with that one, it's always taken with great pleasure, it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Accordingly, I approached the test listlessly, especially as I was bothered by the pompous name: the essence, the epitome, the essence, as if this were the liquefaction of the philosopher's stone. Had I still known at the time that the seven A's, who almost always have the same cologne taste as me (Parma, Yatagan, Salva), Essenza here all rated rather ungädig, the sample might have gone straight into the nomadic box.

Fortunately, I tested Essenza yet (on Christmas Eve), because this substance comes for me very close to the fully realized implementation of the idea of a classic cologne expanded into a full-fledged perfume. Similar to the AdP classic from 1916, it is indeed a colonia in name, but the projection is considerable for it, the fragrance fabric is firm and dense and the shelf life is about six hours.

Essenza opens with a powerful, richly radiant, classic Agrumorama, which vibrates, sounds and reverberates, as if the well-trained abbot had struck the three-meter cologne gong of the temple before dawn with a club swing directly from the Hara. Even at that moment, Frau von Spee, although just engrossed in complete self-absorption in a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle (Toronto city panorama), came forward from the background with her first expressions of enthusiasm.

In the further (very dynamic) course shows even better perhaps than in the recently commented set Hermès classic, how to do it right, the classic simple Farina formula enriched by floral, spicy and woody chords. Namely, in a way that retains the character as a cologne, but adds more color, density and depth, and builds it into a proper progression. And not in such a way that the cologne sinks as such. Compositionally, it's like turning a terse novel (we're not talking The Magic Mountain or The Dream of the Red Chamber) into a redundancy-free eight-hour movie. Chapeau.

I take it in this order, without any discordant breaks or ever completely losing sight of the fresh-citrusy feel, that after the brilliant symphonic-hesperidic opening, the phases are roughly as follows: a citrusy-floral phase (jasmine and rose definitely not distracting, barely noticeable, smells more like cheerful florals to me, adding richness and softness to the citrus, in the style of violets and lilies of the valley), a longer clovey-spicy episode (well noticeable but never dominant, Essenza is no Old Spice), then a gradual turn into green-spicy-woody-mossy (with slight sweetness) and then a cheerful-woody finish.

No unpleasant musky fluffiness or sunscreen on me. An absolutely convincing fragrance experience and a clear: "buy the" vote on the part of the owner of the 50% share package (plus golden share) in the Spee AG. Conclusion: I join this time not the A faction, but Chizza and Fittleworth (and many others, such as Bastian last), who have given this fragrance very good marks.

As a postscript, it seems to me that the fragrance is at least as much an Almairac as a Parma. A closer look at the perfumer reveals that the olfactory equivalent of a frequent writer was at work here. Almairac is listed here with 186 (!) fragrances - and that's practically not a whole series, no, he's worked for about 70 brands (I imagine him as a traveling zampano who certainly needs an agent to handle business). The labels he's touched fragrances for range from "car trash and car crash" (Porsche, Jaguar, Bentley, Mercedes) to "bling bling" (Gucci, Escada, Montblanc), the "models and fashionistas" genres (Jil Sander, Jette Joop, Naomi Campbell) and "chronic bronchitis" (Davidoff, Dunhill) to the respectable "classics" (Rochas, Shiseido, van Cleef & Arpels) and "niche" (Le Labo, L'Artisan Parfumeur) departments, as well as the special "brands I've never heard of" category (Anna Sui, Ghost, Emeshel). His work includes Zen by Shiseido (quasi-signature of Mrs. von Spee) and Bottega Veneta women's version (I love wearing it).

Merry Christmas to you all, especially from the bottom of my heart to those who have to spend the holidays alone, whether once due to pandemic or repeatedly for other reasons!
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8.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
9
Bottle
Lukbab

5 Reviews
Lukbab
Lukbab
   1  
Gentlemanly
My 2nd proper niche fragrance, my 1st niche fragrance my wife hate. Truth is you have to have some prepositions to wear this:

- You have to be over 30
- You have to wear a suit
- You have to be in a proper society/event
- You must like neroli

And you have to be OK with animalic notes! This scent is not fun, it is proper gentlemanly fragrance with extremely strong neroli notes and somewhere in the background, oakmoss as well which makes it somehow more animalic than Kouros (in a different way but hope you know what I mean)

Truth is, I only check one item from the list - I like neroli, but still, this is magical. The weather must be under 20 degrees Celsius (yet over 5) then the fragrances is the best. Therefore great for spring and fall, OK for cooler summer evenings and for high society events.

Try before you buy!!!

Scent: 8,5/10
Longevity: 8/10
Sillage: 7/10
Value: 7/10 (although I was lucky and bought second hand bottle for 18 EUR/99ml - the guy really hated it)
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10
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8
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9
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Bastian
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Bastian
Very helpful Review    20  
Mister Perfect Joy of Living
What connects me with Acqua di Parma?
Of course my roots which are in Sardinia.
I love the easiness of the people in Italy. Even if it is not always easy for you, you know how to live your life with a lot of joy.
The life there is a togetherness and always sociable.
And all this is in the perfumes of AdP.
Especially in Colonia Essenza.
A certain subtle citrus freshness that knows how to inspire Not too intrusive and overloaded with ingredients.
I'm sure it's not a performance monster that will make a mega development over time. Absolutely not.
But then what is so interesting about this fragrance? On the one hand, the fragrance gives the wearer a certain elegance.
No matter how you are dressed, it somehow always fits and always has style and a touch of sexyness without being pushy.
I think the price is absolutely justified for this fragrance. From 80-120 euros depending on the size of the bottle is a fair price.
Also the shelf life is quite acceptable for a Colonia. With me it lasts up to 6 hours.
And the spray heads are one of the best in the perfume heaven Conclusion as a whole.....
Linear, stylish, noble, sexy, elegant and somehow unique If anyone can create Colonia fragrances, then Acqua di Parma.
And with the Colonia Essenza you have succeeded in creating a really great fragrance.
My heart beats for this fragrance A love that will certainly not end.
Mille Grazie Parma
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7
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6
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ScentGrail

24 Reviews
ScentGrail
ScentGrail
   1  
Italian Maestro
Once in a while, a perfume sneaks up into your life and changes your perspective about a certain perfume group. For me, that group was fresh florals.

Colonia Essenza is one of those rare gems which shattered that perspective for me.

Here are my 5 quick takes:

- An excellent choice for the classy gentleman
- Fresh and Floral scent family
- Created by master perfumer Michel Almairac
- Long-lasting eau de cologne best used in warmer weather
- Youngsters should sample it before purchase

It is a masterpiece and true holy grail signature perfume.

If you are interested in my perfume work, and would like to check out the full review,
you can find me on my scentgrail website and social media's under the Scent Grail name. Cheers.
PhilOSN
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Less helpful Review    5  
The gas station smell
Without being disparaging - unfortunately the smell reminds me of a typical gas station toilet
However, I do not want to criticize the quality
A great Italian fragrance
Unfortunately, it doesn't smell as intoxicating
But maybe I always went to the wrong gas station and my nose is deceiving me ;)
5 Replies
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7
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Fr3yA
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Fr3yA
Helpful Review    11  
Pure nostalgia, a classic!
Colonia Essenza was a blind purchase for my husband, he wanted an everyday scent that not everyone has and now he's leaving for the summer. After a little research we came to Acqua di Parma, there we already tested some fragrances that we liked very much and online we found really good offers.

Finally the day came, we were both very excited! After the first sprayer I immediately had a flashback to my grandpa!!! Don't get it wrong, in the best way, to be wonderfully reminded of my grandpa, who passed away almost exactly 20 years ago! Unbelievable how scents can be memorized and immediately bring back memories.
The fragrance then also develops very quickly in another direction but the opening notes were nostalgia pure.
My husband - who liked the scent very much - was immediately insecure, he does not want to smell like a grandfather :) It was only the first few seconds and we know that Aqua di Parma makes classic scents and is the origin of Colonia 1918. So it fits together very well.

I immediately inquired about my grandpa's fragrance, it was Tabac Original and indeed, the top notes are very similar with neroli, citrus notes and petitgrain!
Afterwards Aqua di Parma Essenza becomes creamy and stays fresh the whole time. I don't want to scare anybody away by my association, it doesn't seem old-fashioned to me, but rather classic, or the original reinterpreted.

Conclusion: I love this scent! It's a classic Not necessarily suitable for people who always want the latest or the latest trend.
I am happy to be reminded of my grandpa and my husband has got used to it by now and enjoys his new classic everyday scent :)
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7
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8
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SpicyDice

2 Reviews
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SpicyDice
   7  
Sun cream to spray (without UV protection)
From Acqua di Parma I only knew the oud, but it was a bit too pungent in my nose. Now I am looking for a summery scent, of which I simply have too few in my collection.

The notes looked masculine and summery to me, so I ordered a sample of them.
Right after spraying it on, I thought to myself, sunscreen! The citric notes in combination with the lily of the valley and the rose probably result in exactly this citric-floral scent that I know from sun cream.

Of course, one associates the scent of sunscreen with summer, since it is mostly used in summer when you lie on the beach in the sun.

In itself a pleasant fragrance that men and women can wear in summer. Tendally I see it rather with men because of the very discreet amber note, but a self-confident woman will definitely get away with it ;)! The durability is quite good for a fresh scent and it projects quite okay in a medium distance, of course it's not a room filler, but it's not an intimate projection either, just something in between.
GewoonBB

59 Reviews
GewoonBB
GewoonBB
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Colonia Essenza (@Nose.Knows.No.Notes)
• ACQUA DI PARMA COLONIA ESSENZA •

I recently tried Colonia Oud as my first Acqua Di Parma, I went in with high expectations and left a bit dissappointed. This time around my expectations were lowered and I had a much better time with Colonia Essenza.

Essenza opens with a very bright and sharp citrus accord. There's a distinct neroli and orange scent, but it has a tartness closer to lemon. That initial sharpness does fade away quickly and almost instantly this does what I expected it to do; become a fresh, masculine, aftershave/cologne style fragrance. It's incredibly smooth and I'd say more classy than the Colonia Oud.
As expected, the citrus becomes more of a background accord in the drydown, where a musky and soapy vetiver scent becomes more prominent, giving this it's clean 'fresh out of the shower' connection. There's a hint of neroli and zestiness left to save it from becoming too bland, but the drydown isn't as nice as the opening. This is more the nature of the beast with the style of fragrance than it's a negative comment on Colonia Essenza.

Performance is good for a freshy. It doesn't blow my mind, but I'm pretty sure this is better value for your money than Tom Ford's Neroli Portefino is (although I haven't tried the Forte flanker). Colonia Essenza does not make me regret my purchase of Bvlgari's excellent Wood Neroli. Colonia Oud has a bit more depth and masculinity than Wood Neroli, where Wood Neroli tries to hold on to the citrus opening more than turning into an aftershave style fragrance. Performance on both are equally decent, so at the lower pricepoint the Bvlgari is a great alternative. I do recommend everyone trying Acqua Di Parma Colonia Essenza though, as it does exactly what it sets out to do, without any flaws I can detect •

Please follow my IG @Nose.Knows.No.Notes for more reviews and fragrance photography.
8.5
Scent
8
Longevity
8
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8
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MajorTom
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Very helpful Review    16  
Il Nobile
If you have a penchant for fragrances, you will inevitably come into contact with the Acqua di Parma brand - usually during a holiday in bella Italia at the latest. And then often the absolute classic, namely the Colonia, is the "entry drug" to further variants. That was the case with me, too, until I saw this black bottle sometime, which, however, with the inscription Colonia Essenza, suggested a stronger flanker than a complete independence. And so it happened that various representatives of the brown- and blue-colored bottles of the same brand first came to me before I paid even closer attention to the black one.

As I said, I only expected a higher tightness of the chained elements. But only 30 seconds after the start of the test it was clear that something was coming through the sprayer, which can't deny a vague relationship with the original Colonia, but in reality is quite different.

The start is incredibly fruity, at first almost a bit too much, which was the result of some tropical fruits pelting into me. I smell lemon, orange and mandarin, and I really smell the full program. After a few minutes this arrangement has settled and leaves a fresh fruity impression. So far so good. In contrast to the "normal" Colonia, I find that, starting with the heart note, the differences become greater. Quite positive, I think. The fruity carpet is given a soft shell, owed to the flowery echoes that blend in. Lily of the valley and rose, so it says in the pyramid, I also mean to hear a trace of Iris, but so be it.

But the momentum that fascinates me comes to the fore with the base note. For where the normal Colonia adds a few woody notes to its fruity base and ends rather cautiously, the Essenza becomes really exciting at first and puts in the highest gear to accelerate again. It draws a bow to the noble, to the noble, to the elegant. And I suspect that the addition of musk is what gives the Essenza that drive. A great dry down, long lasting and equally long lasting impression. This mix at the end has to be done first.

Find the fragrance incredibly successful, wearable basically all year round. Goes in the summer with 36 degrees just like in the winter by the somewhat heavier base. Due to his noble and elegant impression, which he leaves with me, a fragrance for just as fine occasions as I think, one for the opera, for dignified dinners, perfect for tuxedos or suits in general.
Sillage is neat, even in the late afternoon I was still asked which scent I wear. Shelf life loosely 12 hours. The bottle as such is analogous to all other AdP's, simple and beautiful, but the black colour emphasises its special position. Where the blu mediterraneo line is more like a summery attitude and the rich brown bottles are at home in the spicier segment, Colonia Essenza is an exotic, but a very fine one.

Clear test recommendation. I turned the test into a purchase.

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Statements

TombbbTombbb 1 year ago
5
Scent
Fresh-herbal, very sharp. Smells like a toilet flush/detergent to me. It might be well crafted, but I can't get rid of that connotation
MillanderMillander 2 years ago
7.5
Scent
8
Longevity
8
Sillage
8
Bottle
I think this is one of the best masculine summer fragrance after the first heavy hour.
Jazzy76Jazzy76 2 years ago
7.5
Scent
7
Longevity
7
Sillage
8
Bottle
a timeless and "old school" aromatic cologne for the dandies of the 21st century.Discrete but perceivable at the same time. Very high price
KingPinKingPin 2 years ago
7
Scent
7
Longevity
7
Sillage
8
Bottle
If given the choice, stick to the original.
RocendrollRocendroll 3 years ago
7
Scent
8
Longevity
6
Sillage
[Tak] Miks czegoś taniego, trochę wody kolońskiej, trochę cytrusowej świeżości. Rześki. Trochę nie elegancki, trochę słodkawy - na lato
HermeshHermesh 6 years ago
7
Scent
7.5
Longevity
5
Sillage
7.5
Bottle
Classic Cologne with pronounced notes of neroli and bergamot. One of the decent implementations of an old theme.

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