Acqua di Colonia 1996

Acqua di Colonia by Lorenzo Villoresi
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Acqua di Colonia is a popular perfume by Lorenzo Villoresi for women and men and was released in 1996. The scent is citrusy-fresh. It is still in production.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Elemi resin, Lavender, Orange, Petitgrain, Lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesClove, Neroli, Sage
Base Notes Base NotesMusk, Rosemary

Ratings

Scent

7.9 | 58 Ratings

Longevity

6.4 | 40 Ratings

Sillage

5.5 | 39 Ratings

Bottle

7.5 | 32 Ratings
Submitted by Chemist, last update on 18.10.2020.
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8.5
Scent
5
Longevity
5
Sillage
FvSpee
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Top Review    29  
Neukölln 9: The ideal overall Cologne
Because of my cologne series, some of you have already booked me as the monomaniacal and slightly quirky cologne guy from around the corner. This gives me reason to emphasize (in! all! form!) that my fragrance interests are quite broadly based. I also like patchouli and frankincense, oud, labdanum and myrtle, and my favourite scents include Opium pour homme and Antaeus. Yes, sir!
That is why I have considered whether I should consciously choose a non-cologne for my fragrance test no. 1000. Inspired by Gold's great commentary, I thought of the original Miss Dior from 1947, of which I have owned a (still unopened and reverently eyed) sample container for weeks now, thanks to a generous perfuma.

But it's just that I really enjoy working my way through the Cologne universe by smelling and writing. Because I find it highly interesting, incredibly versatile and, wrongly, often left out a little bit as inferior. And that's why this time again a Cologne has become a Cologne.

Lorenzo Villoresi is an Italian born in 1956, who has long run a perfume label in Florence that bears his name. He doesn't make fashion, only fragrances, and he doesn't make them for any label, but uncompromisingly himself and as he wants (well, he will have collaborators, even the great Florentine painters didn't paint every oil ham themselves, they had their "schools" for that). He has a certain (also biographically based) inclination to oriental scents, but this inclination is not rigid and exclusive. I only knew two "white" scents of him, Teint de Neige (snow-white skin) and Iperborea (approximately: north wind), which I found both very unusual and valuable (but not necessarily created for me).

Now then, his colonia! I start with the surroundings and work my way to the actual fragrance.

We are (unsurprisingly) not dealing with a cheap product here. In his online shop Mr. V. offers the fragrance for 84 Euro at 50 ml and for 116 Euro at 100 ml. I find it very funny that for 174 Euro there is also the "king's flacon", which also contains 100 ml, but where the cap and the label are silver-plated instead of simple metal. About 60 Euro for a probably thousandth of a millimeter thick silver layer - that's a great offer for real snobs and for people who like Mr. Villoresi so much that they just want to give him a royal tip under the pretext of such a purchase!

The shelf life of colonia is a few hours. The fragrance thus occupies a fairly exact middle position between the very volatile classic colognes from 4711 to Guerlain on the one hand and, for example, the yellow-labelled Colonia of Acqua di Parma created in 1916 (which has a practically full-day shelf life).

Villoresis AdC begins with a brilliant thick, juicy, deep yellow lemon zest. There is no bergamot, no neroli, no sour lemon - just the plump, aromatic lemon peel. The second, even in the first minute, I am joined by a very soft, fine "brown" note: I had thought of a hint of nutmeg or caraway, but after a look at the scents I assume that I was dealing with cloves and sage (which are only recorded in the heart).

In the further course of the performance the other notes of this colonia unfold, yes, it really blossoms (but always remains finely discreet). Depending on the phase in which you smell, and on how you calibrate your nose, you can smell an almost arch-classical farinic (the five notes of lemon, bergamot, neroli, rosemary and lavender are completely present) or you can smell a bright, so to speak, white-yellow tinted cologne with the bergamot preponderance (known to regular readers of my comments) (in fact, at about minute 5 this fragrance reminds me strongly of the Cologne Classique from Alpa, which I love, but only costs 1% of this fragrance). If you focus on the lavender, you can enjoy it, if you smell the orange notes, you can smell them almost as beautifully as an eau de Portugal (I agree with Yatagan that this is also a very nice petitgrain scent), and finally the spicy-brown, clovey touch remains present, as if the scent also wants to put out the feelers towards "colonial goods".

So this fragrance is like a panopticon, bringing together everything that the Cologne universe has to offer. To paraphrase Friedrich Engels, it is, to put it mildly, the idealistic overall Cologne.

For me, Acqua di Colonia is also a very beautiful fragrance, full of substance and character, rather masculine, impressive and very well made (even if you do without the silver-plated cap). It has enough stability to be absolutely wearable all year round, even in slippery weather like today. I see it more dignified than sparkling primarily on men's Ü40 (I don't want to keep any female student from taking a test, it's a free country!), all in all it goes well with an Italian tailor-made suit as well as with an autumnal umbrella from Brigg & Sons.

Villoresi was unable to trigger the last fireworks of enthusiasm, tender affection or erotic crackling with this work, which is why he still scored 8.74 points in the overall standings, unlike Yatagan, Murderer Bee and Magic 600.
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Sillage
8
Bottle
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Top Review    15  
Top marks are theoretically
In the school and study time there were these birds, the teachers and professors, who categorically excluded the awarding of top marks. Top marks were theoretical, because in practice there was no absolute perfection.
If I was an educator, I'd be just such a bird. I like to be knee-deep in the ratings here anyway, but the top rating is reserved for my two favourites.
This is my strategy that I have consistently pursued so far A few weeks ago, the test of Sous le Vent already shaken this rating system, and Villoresi's Colonia is now finally toppling it.

Acqua di Colonia is not perfect, far from it. But it perfectly fits my obsession with the ideal Colognes.
It starts with bitter lemon zest and tangy petitgrain and is almost directly lined with rough, sharp, almost cutting lavender, which already won me over with Inglese and Uomo - also from Villoresi. There is a very fine note of soap, as it is often caused by cloves, but too subtle for the fragrance to really drift into soap.
Later, when the citrus notes slowly fade away after about three hours, rosemary is added to the lavender, and the fragrance touches the aquatic, before a slightly resinous base with a dark undertone, evoking the association of the smell of salt-damp skin, comes to the fore and can keep the nose busy for another two hours.
Overall, this is not too light-footed, but with the necessary transparency to look at the heat of the coming weeks in a more or less relaxed way.
And all of this executed in a valence that is a joy to behold. Just as the touch of wild silk or real Persian is a pleasure, as is the taste of young Calvados or the sight of the fine line of Monet's garden paintings. How Eva Podleś enchants the ear to Prokofiev's Nevsky.
Already other Villoresi's have impressed me because of their quality, they seem natural and apart from the sometimes somewhat special compositions there are no additional disturbing factors And although I will not go and throw all the other colognes out of my collection I have to say for myself concerning the colognes: it will never get better
And Sous le Vent gets the well-deserved 100% afterwards.
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Top Review    40  
Analytical approach
Lorenzo Villoresis Acqua di Colonia is my latest acquisition and I think it might be interesting to tell you about the background of this acquisition. The story shows the efficiency of our search mask.
If you don't know them: At the bottom right of the start page there is a link to "Search" and behind it there is a whole series of settings, namely under "Filter & Sort" the so-called "Details" on gender, production status and editions, you can sort by "Brand", under "Year" there are time-specific settings that also cover entire areas (you can, for example, display all scents from the 80s) and under "Scent" you can include or exclude several scents.
So now I'm going to try a very analytical approach and include all the fragrances I love, namely lavender (what else?), petitgrain (one of my secret favourites), bergamot, lemon, as well as neroli (my favourite flowery note, please don't confuse it with orange blossom) and then exclude oud, amber, amber and frankincense, because I don't want a fragrance that overshadows the above-mentioned light notes too much. I have also excluded all fragrances that are no longer produced, so that the fragrance is also available. This should result in the ideal combination of cologne and lavender scent. If you now suspect that the system is failing in its accuracy, you have done the calculation without the host (perfume), because in fact, an exciting result is shown, especially if you sort the 14 results by the number of ratings: You get a clear picture of the popular and readily available fragrances with the desired ingredients.

In this list there were indeed fragrances that I had loved for many years, such as Uomo by Lorenzo Villoresi, Colonia del Forte 1265 and a fragrance that I had long forgotten: Lorenzo Villoresi Acqua di Colonia. Since I had dark memories of having tested it before and liked it very much, I ordered it after this somewhat abstract selection process and am thrilled:
rine cologne note to start with, followed by a very light lavender note, and in the heart the indicated clove also appears as a hint. In addition, a little resin is noticeable without changing the character of the fragrance.

Experiment successfully completed.
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