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

7.9499 Ratings

Longevity

6.9419 Ratings

Sillage

6.5412 Ratings

Bottle

8.3413 Ratings

Value for money

7.581 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 07.10.2021.
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10
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7
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8
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9
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Gandix
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Gandix
Gandix
Top Review    36  
Summer Longing
Since eternal times I carry this longing in me,
the longing for the south of Italy and the sea.
So far, I have not come further than Jesolo.
But now I'm sitting on the train,
my Luna next to me,
as luggage only a backpack.
The destination....open.
I want to let myself drift.
3 months off I have taken...

Slowly the train rolls in.
The ride will probably be boring.
But already in Munich a woman gets on,
Italian, unmistakably...
What a coincidence.
She's not sitting down properly yet she's already starting to talk...
About her family the visit to a friend here in Munich...
Spellbound I listen,
as she tells of her home, a smile on her face.
The time flies by.
Eventually she dozes off,
and I look out the window...

The high Alps already behind us,
even in the carriage I notice.. that the air is different...
Slowly the sun rises...
The train rolls along the beautiful Lake Como...
I enjoy the sight,
the lake sunk into the mountains,
the beautiful houses,
with the gorgeous gardens...
I know I'm on the right track...
Then I too doze off for a moment,
just in time to wake up again.. as the train travels along the coast by the sea.
Tuscany, I still remain on the train,
my dream is further south.
The Italian girl is still there too,
Francesca is her name...
In Positano she is at home...
And promptly she invites me,
to spend the first days with them.
I don't say no because that's exactly what I wanted...
Get to know the country and its people,
far away from mass tourism.

So, together with her, I get off the train,

Warmth embraces me.
The climb to the house of my new acquaintance
is exhausting,
but the view is worth every breath.
I look down the slope,
and see the gardens with their many lemon trees,
whose fragrance gently fills the air...
See the endless expanse of the sea,
the azure sky.
I breathe deeply and feel freedom and peace.

And I know why I'm here,
why this longing tormented me...

For I dreamed of lemon groves
Lemons with skins as yellow as the sun...
I dreamed of the sea,
azure as the sky,
Taste in my dream the salt on my lips...
I dreamed....

*Love as deep as the sea....
and as eternal as time....*
(Peter Maffay)

This fragrance embodies for me like nothing else the longing for Italy and the sea, and this year, unfortunately, it had to remain a dream and a longing...
But one day I will sit on the train ...;)
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6
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6
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7
Pricing
Purim
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Purim
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Laundry day at granny's
A sterilely tidy room. The floor, as well as the walls, are dressed in easy-to-clean tiles, of course in pure white. And right there in the middle of the room is a steaming wooden tub filled with hot water and kilos of portioned white laundry. In front of it is an old woman, who calmly makes ponderous courses in that very tub with her wooden spoon.

With this impression, the little water from Parma welcomes me: wash day at Omma. As she has always done... felt since 1916. The soap scent smells into the basement hallway and upstairs and awakens associations with purity, cleanliness and a certain order. If it weren't for a few spritzes from those little bottles that Grammy only recently got her hands on.

They were filled with a lemon oil and the other vial smelled just like some of the guests at the first hotel on the square. Grandma always admired them. For their smell, which for them was synonymous with luxury and money. And how did the guests not always rave about the clean-smelling bedclothes? So in with the vials in the wash...it couldn't hurt, she thought to herself.

And no, Grandma was right: these notes actually do not hurt, but they are also only able to cover up the vibe that regularly moves through her house when it's wash day again. Soap and uncompromising cleanliness is the measure of all things. The spicy scent of the wooden tub she perceived anyway only when she rinsed out the soap decoction...

Refreshing towel? Toilet scent? So an overly over-interpreted scent that warms to her great past? Well, I certainly wouldn't offer myself as a star witness in its defense, knowing that there certainly seem to be people who like that vibe. And they certainly get a great crafted fragrance.

For me, however, it's nothing. Like laundry day at Grandma's - as experimental as she may be set - no: I don't want to smell like that. But she also always airs properly. The pepped up soap scent has then also soon warped again... some find it a pity, the other not even so
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9.5
Scent
9
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8
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10
Bottle
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
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7
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6
Bottle
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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7
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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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6
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10
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ScentGrail

26 Reviews
ScentGrail
ScentGrail
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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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PhilOSN
Less helpful Review    7  
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 ;)
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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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SpicyDice

2 Reviews
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SpicyDice
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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.
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BertolucciKBertolucciK 2 months ago
8
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6
Longevity
6
Sillage
8
Bottle
Sharp, manly, a bit old school opening with citruses, neroli and spices. The drydown is floral and soapy clean. Cologne for classy gentlemen
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 3 years ago
6
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7
Longevity
7
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8
Bottle
Too soapy and old. 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
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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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