Colonia Sandalo 2016 Eau de Cologne Concentrée

Colonia Sandalo (Eau de Cologne Concentrée) by Acqua di Parma
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Colonia Sandalo (Eau de Cologne Concentrée) is a popular perfume by Acqua di Parma for men and was released in 2016. The scent is woody-spicy. It was last marketed by LVMH. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamotBergamot LemonLemon OrangeOrange PetitgrainPetitgrain
Heart Notes Heart NotesCardamomCardamom LavenderLavender
Base Notes Base NotesIndian sandalwoodIndian sandalwood Tonka beanTonka bean AmberAmber

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7.9186 Ratings

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7.8160 Ratings

Sillage

7.2161 Ratings

Bottle

8.1168 Ratings

Value for money

7.353 Ratings
Submitted by Michael, last update on 01.08.2022.
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Moritz2020
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Less helpful Review    5  
The cool gentleman
This fragrance is perfect for a gentleman. Cool, distant and noble.
The woody base is complemented by slightly sweet, but never mushy notes.
I prefer to wear this fragrance in the office with a suit. In this setting he shines.
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The art of conscious carrying
The headline captures the character of the fragrance very well, I think. This fragrance is truly not a "no-brainer", so no fragrance that you can apply carelessly in almost any situation, without touching. On the contrary, it is a true "brainer", meaning one that you should choose wisely. It's a fragrance that you should think about. And for that reason alone, it has currently advanced to one of my favorite ones.
In addition, the attitude circulates that AdP CS should rather be assigned to the set man in the best age. On the former, the gender, I go with. For me, a very clear men's fragrance.
With the age I am ambivalent. I think here the noble and sublime DNA contributes its part to the fact that this fragrance should be worn with precision and style. Of course, it is easier for a "grown man" (I would like to deliberately not specify an age) to create this atmosphere of self-confidence and authenticity, than, for example, an unsteady, searching and in parts insecure to naive "young man". But this can also carry it, just the danger of "getting it wrong" is probably greater.
AdP CS is indeed the only one of this "Eau de Cologne Concentree" series, which I have smelled so far, but I dare say that all releases can be attached to this distinguished, Italian-style, classically noble label. The presentation alone: brown glass with a shimmering bronze label emblazoned with the traditional coat of arms is indicative of this in my eyes. In comparison, the Blu Mediterraneo range seems far more youthful, playful and light. In addition, the unisex classification, which runs almost without exception through the entire series. Ultimately, these fragrances correspond to pronounced summer scents, with a view to the flacon design (not least underpinned by the latest new release, the AdP
Blu Mediterraneo Bergamotto Di Calabria La Spugnatura), however, it is deliberately addressed a broader and more impressionable target audience. What I absolutely do not want to speak badly, because ultimately, the "blue" serve as a gateway into the world of AdP. So too, in my case. About Fico de Amalfi I learned to love the Italian traditional house and have become a fan of it downright.
And just by the AdP CS this affection was strengthened immensely.
He has a demeanor that is very difficult to grasp and describe. Accordingly, I was surprised when I smelled him for the first time. I bought it here in the souk as an almost full 100 ml bottle, including OVP. More or less blind, because only the reviews and statements here have moved me to get it. And I am very glad about it.
When talking about AdP and the in-house DNA, I can say that there is a lot of emphasis here. The typical citricism always resonates, especially at the beginning of course. But it never goes away completely, it is only complemented by further tones in the performance. Especially in combination with lavender and cardamom it develops a liaison, which for me forms the association with a bright/white and warm summer breeze. Not the kind that almost slays you in the middle of summer. Much more one that surrounds you in the evening, in cooled down temperatures, far away from oiled, sweaty and tanned skin. Here strikes no club and a fortiori I do not want to speak here of a "beast" or "sillage monster", but for an understatement fragrance, it is already very understatement or better, it radiates this understatement character very strongly outward, as if really everyone should perceive that this is a fragrance that radiates this subtle, feingesitige, self-confident and sublime gesture.
Provided that there is a certain sensitivity and you choose this fragrance very consciously, it is the absolute foundation of what makes the person of the wearer. He gives you this power resting in itself, patience, balance and very much dignity. He doesn't make those around you doubt your choice in any way. It makes this connection with you as the wearer that not every fragrance can achieve with such precision. This leads to a balance between scent and person, a ying and yang that forms a unity and cannot be considered detached from each other. Therefore, it will not evoke compliments, but not because it is too weak or not noticed. No, the compliments don't come because this fragrance says that it doesn't need compliments. He is 100% aware of his performance every second and therefore needs no recognition whatsoever. He would much rather be left uncommented upon to enjoy the moment, without projecting on individual elements.
As mentioned before, the danger of dressing up with AdP CS is always there. I would like to reiterate that at this point. But with purposeful engagement and understanding of this fragrance, it brings an immense amount of joy because it shows you that no fragrance in the world can transform its wearer. What it can do, however, is bring a person's sense of self, good self-image, and skillful reflection to the outside world. And not striking, but außerordenltich unique.
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Very helpful Review    14  
Eau de Cologne Concentree vs. Eau de Parfum
Rarely have I seen or smelled such a perfect scent, especially since I didn't expect anything from it, also owed to the fact that the yellow and blue AdPs are quite nice, but nothing more. The concept of playing with the lemon at the beginning to attract the nose is old, also well known with candidates like Eau Sauvage (not to be confused with the horrible Sauvage and its even more horrible offshoot) or even Pour Monsieur, although AdP still pushes the game that way. Nothing wrong with the lemon at the beginning, when it's joined by lovely other scents in the heart and base. I find that if you can manage that, then for me the lemon at the beginning is always quite seen, although it is even nicer if it still remains a bit present in the background until the end, which in my opinion is the case here. Very few manage that these days. Both versions of the Sandalo really have their justification in my opinion. It is all the sadder that Vintage is being discontinued. The dying of the good fragrances does not stop. (Here also a cross reference to the Acqua Amara, already gone, although only 2014 came out) On the other hand, one must then nowadays with umpteen offshoots of a Stronger with you zumüllen let, which no one seriously needs. Strictly speaking, it wouldn't even have needed the origin variant of this crap. If Armani has done anything right in the gourmand realm in recent years, it's the 2021 code. It almost made it into my collection as it's really good, but only almost. Neckbreaker was then in the end effect the vanilla.
But back to the Sandalo.
Both Sandalos together is the wood and citrus construct, which is implemented for my taste in the Vintage rather a little better, and is limited to the important and essential, and exactly thereby better. The new version is somewhat complemented by creamy-sweet notes, which is more in line with today's zeitgeist, and it could also appeal to the buyer group of under 30 years, although an AdP fragrance, no matter which, is not made for the bubi-ish clientele. I've only been aware of the fragrance for a short time, yet I find the Vintage so perfect that I immediately looked to see which major online retailer was selling it at what I assumed was the best price. When I saw that Vintage is no longer available at all from the big 3 online retailers, I saw the disaster approaching and immediately asked at the 2 premium stores in Würzburg. Yes unfortunately, the Vintage was discontinued, is no longer distributed in Germany, and only remaining stocks can be picked up online. A small ray of hope remains, the inquiry with AdP directly is written, with some luck it remains in Italy at the market, and can be ordered evt. from there. I really play with the thought to put me still 2 180s in the cupboard. Especially because of the price. Vintage you get a 180 for around 80 euros, and for the EdP 100s you pay easily 140-220 euros, which now raises the question, is the old junk, and therefore discontinued, and the new EdP really worth its price all the more. If it were the other way around, it would be even more coherent for me, since I find the Vintage as mentioned worlds better, so good that I would give it (if that were possible) a 12.0. Nevertheless, in direct comparison, the new EdP is somewhat beaten off, (with a good 8.5) nevertheless, I would prefer it to 95% of everything you get these days, no matter what price category.
What is somewhat confusing, is also the designation of the type of fragrance of the two, and what is written on it really contrary to what one then may or should expect, (also under the further consideration of the color scheme), so with durability and sillage.
When I tested the new black EdP, and then looked here in the rating, I was of the opinion that with H+S as stated here, yes, that fits. Should then he brown, so weaker in color, and also with Cologne Concentree as designation stated really be stronger? I thought no, since it is the Vintage, surely many (older and conservative) AdP lovers (who are more attached to the light AdPs) rated it worlds stronger, because they just also tend to rate the very light AdPs more with 7, although actually only a 6 in H+S is already more than what it is then. While my package was on its way, I was thinking several times, oh God, did I make a really shitty blind purchase? The expectations were high, but not too high. And were they disappointed? No, not really. The way this is in here with 7.5 to 8 on average, yeah that's right. Anyone seriously talking about a cologne here is wrong. If either candidate is an EdP, it's definitely the cologne. Just had an experience again the other day just before this, an absolutely beautiful new release, also a cologne, also rated 7.5/7.5, then turned out to be window dressing. It was / is the new Azzaro Cologne Intense. So from the scent truly perfect. Who can be content with a little less H+S, or often times nachsprüht, which is still well served with this cologne. From a fragrance point of view, an absolute 10. This raises the question for me, why do so many excellent fragrances too often have to be so weak. And why on earth do so many 2000s and 2010s junk gourmands have to be so unbearably annoyingly loud. Sorry, I don't know.
I have thus found for me once again an indisputably perfect fragrance. Whether I should now find this good, I also do not know, especially since the mega Vintage will unfortunately soon die out. The EdP can not hold a candle to the Vintage in any form, both not from the fragrance and not from the presence. But if he should be dead at some point then completely, then in any case prefer the black, still better than much of what you have to endure mithin.
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Enter Sandalo
Oh what do I love this one! Typical Italian Acqua di Parma in the fresh citrusy opening developing into a classy creamy sandalwood. Nothing too complex, but all of the notes have been blended so well together. There are a lot of good spicy-woody fragrances out there, but none to my knowledge with such an outstanding fresh opening. Both longevity and sillage are good. Nothing beastmode here, but it doesn’t have to be. Elegant and classy for the more classic gents out there. You can’t go wrong with this one. My favourite out of the Colonia collection.
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Must've dropped some wood in the Essenza pot
Take a Colonia Essenza from Acqua di Parma, throw a little sandalwood and some spices in it and you get Colonia Sandalo. At first I thought I had applied the wrong scent, but no, those who love Colonia Essenza or like it and are looking for a more masculine version for the transition months or winter will be very satisfied with the Colonia Sandalo. The basic scent DNA is identical from my point of view.

The performance, i.e. durability and projection are a bit better than with the Essenza. The initially rather fresh notes develop over time into a rather spicy and woody construct
An interesting fragrance with the typical Acqua di Parma DNA.
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JoaoMartinsJoaoMartins 2 years ago
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The perfect office scent for me. Opens with an aromatic citrusy lavender mix and dries down to a beautiful spicy green and woody scent.
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KingPinKingPin 3 years ago
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Don Corleone reincarnated as a perfume. Smells of dark rum, burnt wood and sandalwood.
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