One day in Sicily, Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa

Those of you who have been following my blog for at least 2-3 months probably managed to notice that I have a soft spot for Italian perfumery. But this is not only about the perfume art in Italy. I really like the way people live there, their attitude, their big family meals, gelatos and of course the the essence of Italian fashion. The house of Acqua di Parma really fits the bill when it comes to Italian elegance and sophistication in fragrance and accesories. Established in 1916 this small brand grew into an iconic name. Many celebrities from Europe and US use products from their offer.

Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa immediately bursts with a generous dose of extra juicy citrus blend. It’s very lively, vigorous and energetic mix that will offer you some of its energy in no time. This mix is composed most likely of grapefruits, oranges, tangerines and lemons; pulp and rinds. 15 minutes later the explosion of citrus fruit becomes a little bit more edgy and aromatic thanks to the bergamot and its green peel which has a nice and zesty smell. This fragrance is like a wake up.

A while later the composition becomes more spicy. A nice dose of cardamom, which despite the fact it belongs to the ‘cold spice’ category, it adds some warmth and gentle spiciness to the composition. The creators paired it with ginger which adds more prominence to the spicy accord. It also brings some sparkling fizziness like in a ginger ale. It also adds some freshness to Colonia Intensa. Leather is the aroma that appears next and it enters around the end of 1st hour. It has a little bit pungency at first but generally speaking it could be described as stylish and elegant. Its full-bodied aroma is substantial but also gentle and not overwhelming.

After some time you can smell a beautiful neroli note. It’s a bit cold, giving you a chill going along your spine. It’s fresh and effervescent, at the same time there is something soapy about it that gives you an impression of absolute cleanliness. To be honest the contrast between the soapy neroli and a bit dirtier leather is very intriguing and it smells so good! One of the key-role notes in Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa is the benzoin resin. It adds much more density, structure and depth to this vibrant composition of citrus and spices. Benzoin in this perfume smells a tad creamy, balsamic and warm. I also get a feeling like it has some sort of caramely undertone which makes me think of traditional Polish fudge which is probably one of the yummiest sweets from Poland.

Later on Colonia Intensa becomes more of a woody composition. We have a lot of cedar here which is dry and earthy (no sweat!), some addition of guaiac wood for more structure and a bit darker flavor. There is also artemisia that adds some herbal, slightly medicinal and green tones as well. The drydown makes a focus on balsamic myrrh combined with the earthy and woody scent of patchouli. All this is placed on a musky base which adds a finishing touch of surprising freshness. This is the kind of fragrance that will make you feel pampered each time you wear it.

Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa is a beautiful composition of truly Italian roots. The blend of energetic citrus, spices and woods is very classy and quite timeless I think. The composition veers a little bit towards masculine but woman should have no problem with borrowing this perfume from their men. The sillage of this perfume is rather average and it goes low after 1,5 hours. The longevity isn’t outstanding – on me it was 4-6 hours of a rather faint aroma. Despite that I think that it’s a great perfume. Colonia Intensa was launched in 2007 and it’s a follow-up of Colonia from 1916. Created by Alberto Morillas and Francois Demachy (now in Dior division).

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16 thoughts on “One day in Sicily, Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa

  1. Maria Ho says:

    I need to revisit my sample :)!

  2. rickyrebarco says:

    Good afternoon, Lucas. This juice sounds wonderful. I had been thinking about trying it, but I had been waiting for a really good analysis of the fragrance and now I have it. I think my husband would love this one! He’s been wearing the traditional oriiginal Acqua di Parma for years.

  3. jillie says:

    Is this similar to the original? I haven’t smelt that for a long time. It was a favourite of that smooth gentleman, Cary Grant, and it would have suited him well I think. I always like a good citrus and I think this looks like another one of those that my husband and I would like/fight over!

    • lucasai says:

      I haven’t try the original Colonia, so I can’t compare. I suppose that it was even more natural as it was created before constant restrictions era.
      I think both you and husband would love it

  4. stina says:

    Will have to give this a try, it sounds gorgeous (I love cardamom).

    How does it compare to Limone di Sicilia (I know you like that one)?

    • lucasai says:

      Limone di Sicilia is much more prominent citrus and it has that gorgeous zesty feeling. Colonia Intensa becomes more spicy than citrus at some point.

      • stina says:

        [Sigh]… they both sound good! Think I’ll give Colonia Intensa a try first; the spiciness might make it more versatile season-wise. Am already looking forward to unpacking my ambery-spicy fragrances for fall/winter.

        Thanks for helping sort the lemmings! (Like cutting cows out of a herd or something.)

  5. Mary K says:

    I’ve got a bottle of this and enjoy it. I definitely do not find it to be too masculine. I think anyone could wear it, and it’s great when the weather is really warm.

  6. hajusuuri says:

    This sounds fabulous! I’ll have to remember to try it the next time I go to Saks. I don’t recall if Barneys or Bergdorf carry the line. Actually, Neiman Marcus does so I think Bergdorf would have it. I just converted some American Express points to gift cards in anticipation of buying perfume for “free” πŸ™‚

    • lucasai says:

      Thanks sweetie!
      I hope that you will like it when you give it a try. Acqua di Parma is a really nice brand. They have a good iris, Iris Nobile in their offer too.
      How I wish we had such points convertable for money towards perfume πŸ˜‰

  7. Cornelia Blimber says:

    On my skin, the artemisia comes forward, I love this bitter, green, herbal note, so I bought Colonia Intensa and wear it a lot. Masculin/feminin is not an issue for me when it comes to perfume.

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