Acqua di Parma Colonia - fragrance for women and men

Colonia by Acqua di Parma - "Pure Italian essence. An exquisite blend of Sicilian citrus fruits and flower essences, from crisp English lavender, rosemary, verbena, and Bulgarian rose to the warm notes of vetiver, sandalwood and patchouli. Acqua di Parma Colonia, the first authentically Italian cologne, made its debut in 1916 and was soon an international success. With skillfully blended natural essences, Colonia is a fragrance that continues to seduce both men and women, untouched by time and fashion. In addition to the classic fragrance, a complete range of bath and body products delicately perfumed with Colonia is also available."

Acqua di Parma Colonia Fragrance

Acqua di Parma Colonia Fragrance

Acqua di Parma Colonia - fragrance info

Perfume House Acqua di Parma
Introduced 1916
Scent Classification Citrus
Fragrance Notes Top -- Sicilian citrus fruits
Heart -- English lavender, rosemary, verbena, Bulgarian rose
Base -- vetiver, sandalwood, patchouli
Package Design Art Deco bottle, 1916
Print/TV Campaign  
Available Products Eau de Cologne 1.7oz, 3.4oz / $100-138
Body Lotion 5oz / $74, Shower Gel 6.7oz / $51, Powder 3.5oz / $50, Deodorant 2.7oz / $40

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Acqua di Parma Colonia

Colonia. In the art of haute parfumerie, the struction of a classic Eau de Cologne is distinguished by citrus top notes, floral heart notes blended with spicy aromatic accents and rounded off with woody base notes. Using the highest quality ingredients, Acqua di Parma Colonia offers four exquisite interpretations of this timeless structure. Colonia Essenza, Colonia, Colonia Assoluta, and Colonia Intensa.

The Origin - Culture and History. Compositioin of Brilliance: 1916. A small factory of essences in the ancient heart of Parma, the sophisticated, aristocratic city of Giuseppe Verdi and Stendhal. It was here, with visionary and evolved sensibility, that master parfumeurs created an unusually refreshing, crisp and subtle fragrance, so different from the strong and intense perfumes that were vogue in those years. Acqua di Parma Colonia. Its sophisticated alchemy was an instant success, and would soon become a timeless classic. Colonia Assoluta and Colonia Intense were borne of the same skill and passion. Subtle, musical variations created by Acqua di Parma, a master parfumeur of haute parfumerie.

The Fragrance - Art and Nature. The Best of Italian Citrus Fruits: Incomparable sensations of freshness and luminosity. In the art of haute parfumerie, the classic structure of eau de cologne finds its most enhancing expression in top notes of citrus fruits, with a body of floral mid notes that blend with light hints of spice and hers, rounded-off on woody base notes. Acqua di Parma Colonia offers three interpretations of this essential structure, all boasting excellence, and only the finest, selected ingredients: bergamots from Calabria, lemons and oranges from Sicily, orange blossoms and petitgrain, the twigs of the orange tree. Special extraction methods include the pressing of the peel so as to obtain the precious essential oil it contains, which is then used directly in the creation of the fragrance.

The Icon - Style and Elegance. The Art Déco Bottle: An icon of sensuality and deisng. The celebrated Art Déco bottle, created in 1916, with its essential and ever so modern lines and bakelite lid, has become the distinctive mark of the three fragrances. Skillful craftsmanship is revealed in every last detail -- from the labels, featuring the écusson royal of Parma, which are still applied by hand, one by one, to the handcrafter gaufrage of the cylinder-shaped box, in the characteristic yellow of Acqua di Parma. The labels and lids feature colours evoking the connotations of each fragrance: black and white for Colonia, silver for Colonia Assoluta, and bronze for Colonia Intense. Designed exclusively for a cosmopolitan public, of innate class.

Source: (Oct. 2011)

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Allure - April 2013
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Fragrance News - Dollars & Scents -- Don't judge a book by its cover -- or a perfume by its bottle. Fragrance experts single out the best scents under $60 (and explain why "smelling like cheap perfume" isn't the insult it used to be).

CK One, $42 -- This unisex citrus-herbal blend was an enormous hit in the '90s. Today, insiders praise it as "incredible," says [scent-designer Dawn] Goldworm. "And the perfumers who worked on it, Harry Fremont and Alberto Morillas, are still some of the best in the industry. So many people try to rip off CK One in laundry detergents and niche fragrances." The scent introduced a new kind of citrus note to Americans, says [perfumers Francis] Kurkdjian. "Prior to CK One, you'd find citrus notes mostly in a cologne, like Acqua di Parma Colonia or Guerlain Eau de Cologne. CK One set up a pattern of fragrances being sexy and fresh, and before that you couldn't imagine those qualities being together.

(Guarnieri, Anne-Marie. "Fragrance News." Allure Apr. 2013: 194-200)

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Allure - Sept 2012
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Masculine-Feminine Scents
Let's put it this way: Men's colognes want to rescue you from a burning building, while most women's scents want to talk about their feelings. And some women find it sexy to wear the strong but silent types themselves. The idea appeals to French jewelry designer Aurelie Bidermann... Her father is a fan of Carven Vetiver, and so is she, "He's been wearing it forever and ever," says Bidermann. "I always loved it, and I also wear it." She rotates through an additional trio of citrusy colognes: Hermes Eau d'Orange Verte, Acqua di Parma, and Bonpoint, a fragrance for children that is similar but considerably lighter than the other two. "I don't like girlie scents at all, and I don't like when they're floral," she says. "I love eau de cologne." Perfumer Sophia Grojsman explains, "Men's fragrances are often clean and fresh. And some women's fragrances are too heavy and sweet. For everyday use, those lighter, fresher smells can be more appealing."

(Guarnieri, Anne-Marie. "Phenomenon." Allure Sept. 2012: 122-133)

Acqua di Parma Colonia Fragrance Articles
Elle - Oct 2011
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Editor's Pick
Finland's Editor-in-Chief: Mirva Suakkola's signature scent, Acqua di Parma Colonia, sparkles with bright, timeless citrus notes.

(Saukkola, Mirva. "Beauty: Counter Culture." Elle Oct. 2011: 314)

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