Acqua Essenziale Colonia (2015)

Acqua Essenziale Colonia by Salvatore Ferragamo
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Acqua Essenziale Colonia is a perfume by Salvatore Ferragamo for men and was released in 2015. The scent is fresh-citrusy. It is being marketed by Salvatore Ferragamo Group.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Coriander, Aquatic notes
Heart Notes Heart NotesOrange blossom, Lavender, Clary sage
Base Notes Base NotesAmbroxan, Tonka bean, Haitian vetiver

Ratings

Scent

7.3 (43 Ratings)

Longevity

6.8 (39 Ratings)

Sillage

6.0 (40 Ratings)

Bottle

7.3 (48 Ratings)
Submitted by Michael, last update on 07.10.2019.
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MrHonest

67 Reviews
MrHonest
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Italia does Sauvage
Perhaps it was a coincidence that both Acqua Essenziale Colonia and Dior’s Sauvage edt were released in the same year, because I can’t help but think that if Dior was an Italian brand, this is what Sauvage would smell like (notice the similarity in notes??)

To me, the opening is extremely reminiscent of an herbal green soap - definitely along the lines of AdP’s Colonia but nowhere near the authenticity. There’s no blast of alcohol (a surprise to be sure from a relatively cheap fragrance), but a sharp bergamot comes out in full force with clary sage and perhaps a tinge of orange blossom to give it an almost petitgrain quality. I absolutely love the opening and wish it would stick around for longer, but within 2 minutes, the fragrance begins to make some weighty turns.

As the greenness quickly overtakes the citrus, it brings in a slight minty affair (along the lines of a lavender leaf) and combines with the emerging aquatic notes to produce an interesting aroma that to me, is reminiscent of bad breath. You read correctly. There’s something in the blend on skin (definitely a product of lavender and something else) that gives it a weird funk during the transition at about the 5 minute mark. Fortunately, it only lasts for about 8-10 minutes before the sweet tonka breaks through and produces that ever-so-contemporary contrast between citrus and heady sweet notes.

Fifteen minutes in, the contrast peaks with a sharp, orangey bergamot and clary sage on one end, and a sweet tonka and amboxan (aka sugar water) on the other. And now for the coolest part - amidst the eye of the hurricane, a smooth lavender note lovingly bisects the two ends and squeezes them all together into a single blend. The end result is a sweet, quasi-barbershop combination of lavender and tonka, lying on a bed of powdery greenery and ambroxan. Whew. What a ride.

Of course, there are a few tiny hints of that bad-breath odour that peek through at about the 30-40 minute mark but they dissipate rather quickly (never to return) to be replaced by that soapy vibe once again. Total longevity is about 4-5 hours on me, but that's to be expected from a freshie.

Overall though, the general vibe I get is of a traditional Italian green-lavender soap made “modern” by immersing it in ambroxany sugar water. I know, I know. It is even worth mentioning anymore? I suppose the traditional nature of the fragrance could remind some people of grandma’s bathroom, toilet cleaner, or the disinfected tiles of a european barbershop, but to me, it’s far more understated and perhaps even a little too much so.

Personally, as far as Italian-leaning inexpensive fragrances go, I slighlty prefer Ferrari’s Bright Neroli, and for just a little more – Intenso by D&G. At the very least, both will give you better projection and despite preferring the smell of both Acqua Essenziale Blu and the original, neither will give you that soapy vibe that Colonia has in spades. A simple fragrance, sure, maybe even a little boring, but I’m keeping my bottle just so I can continue experiencing that awesome introduction – an opening…..I can’t refuse.
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MrTee

9 Reviews
MrTee
MrTee
An absolute hot weather gem!
This fragrance is an absolute stunner. Another masterful creation from Alberto Morillas.

I've been testing it for the past few days and I find it to be an enjoyable, mood lifting fougere fragrance. Based on my personal experience, it is best when it's applied right after that morning shower. The soapiness vibe in this fragrance, keeps you feeling refreshed for many hours even when its really hot.
Season: Spring/Summer
Time of Day: Best from Morning to Late Afternoon. Evening wearable too.
Presentation: 9/10
Scent: 9/10
Longevity: 8:10
Silage: 7:10
Value for money: 9/10
Ernie824

77 Reviews
Ernie824
Ernie824
A Fresh Aquatic Citrus Scent
SOTD (Scent of the Day): Salvatore Ferragamo Acqua Essenziale Colonia EDT

An awesome aquatic/citrus fragrance, from the opening to my nose scent already the aquatic and citrus notes, like the bergamot, orange blossom and as well I detect the sage and lavender which gives that spicy vibe in my opinion, it will be my staple to my summer rotation, notes are well blended. A freshie office scent as well and is a must buy. Probably in my top ten of fragrances for spring/summer.

Rating

Scent: 8.25/10
Design/Presentation: 8/10
Value: 8.5/10
Longevity/Performance: 9/10: 8-10 sprays: Lasted on my skin/skin scent around between 12-15+ hrs
Overall: 8.25/10
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Timon912

3 Reviews
Timon912
Timon912
Helpful Review    1
Spring-Aquatic Winner
This stuff is one of my favorites for daily use. The opening is a bit "soapy", but not in a bad way. Then it changes in to a fresh spring/summer scent with a bit of soap in the background. The bergomot here is really nice, as is the dry-down, which is pretty unique and amazing smelling--hard to describe. My only complaint is that at times the Clary Sage is a bit too overpowering to the point where it is imbalanced, but then it calms down again. I love sage anyways because it reminds me of nature walks. The sillage and projection is pretty good for a few hours, and it lasts as a very nice skin scent for about 6-7 hours for me. All in all, a good one, and quite unique. It's kind of an aquatic spring scent, and quite well made.

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KingPin 8 months ago
Classic generic aquatic summer scent. Not bad but there are thousands like it.
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MrTee 8 months ago
This is another awesome creation by the masterful Alberto Morillas. It has a very unique vipe to it, perfect for the Sprint/Summer season
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