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Colonia blends Calabrian bergamot and sweet citrus with rich Bulgarian rose and rosemary’s distinctive herbal appeal in the heart, for an aromatic and romantic masculine scent. Vetiver, sandalwood, and patchouli offer an assertive contrast to the rose, for a spicy, earthy, and sophisticated ending.
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3.2 out of 5
Too floral for me
This is my second venture into ADP’s fragrance collection. This is the second time I’m finding myself disliking the selection. To me this feels like it’s a vintage type of fragrance that leans more towards a floral type of fragrance. There are claims that this is a unisex scent which I believe it to be more feminine in nature. The Bulgarian rose is very dominant to me. None of the other notes have any presence to me and honestly it is something that an older and more mature lady would wear. This is a pass. Definitely do a little detective work to find out if this will work for you.
Smelled Great, but personally didn't feel it suited me.
I know I'm really late in this review, but I figured better late than never. This perfume smelled amazing in the sprayer, but when it came in contact with my skin, it wasn't necessarily bad, but it wasn't really the sort of freshness I was looking for. On me it smelled like lemon pledge mixed with fruity pebbles. I kinda liked it sometimes but sometimes was put off by it to be honest.
The scent was not bad, but it was not a favorite.
Did not enjoy the scent, reminded me of an older person scent.
It’s good stuff
Not for me
It has a funny citrus/flower smell to it. It is not for me though. Smells weird when I put it on me. Would not recommend to anyone
Colonia Line is a hit!
Old School flair that still smells 10 times better than some modern men fragrances. The Colonia line is worth a check my favorite after this is Essenza followed by Club. Pure was a little bit more floral!
Can’t Describe it
Wasn’t at all what I expected. The scent was odd to me.
Perhaps classic, it was a little to "just out of the shower" powder fresh clean for me. Elegant though.
A classic fragrance for summer. Zesty lemon/grassy notes that are light and refreshing.
it was just ok .. not really me though.
I didn't like the cinnamon
Italian barber claaaaaassy
Imagine this, a crisp morning. You walk into your barber shop to get a fresh cut. You got the BEST HAIRCUT OF YOUR LIFE! Your old world Italian barber sprays a fresh scent on your neck, and you turn around and see a bowl of lemons and lavender soaking in a bowl. That’s what this fragrance smells like. It’s amazing. Classic, fresh and bold . VERY ITALIAN
I love it my girl dosent care to much for it
smells very spicy
smells very spicy and old man like. won't get this one again
Smells like Citronella
We had ordered this one a couple of months back and we were not impressed. It was among the higher rated/recommended ones on Google. I tried it on when we got it and had to change shirts because I smelled like a walking Citronella candle. It was not for me.
It has a lovely and fresh smell but it doesn’t last very long. It smell good but not quite enough to buy a whole bottle.
Short lived citrus
I enjoy the strong lemon opening. But it fades so quickly, I'm not sure I even smelled any dry-down.
Smells like old lady perfume
Smells like an usher in a church
It smells like clean water
It sorta is an older scent that's pretty clean
Subtle and spicy
I really liked this scent. While the initial spray can be a little overwhelming (someone mentioned bug spray), after a few seconds it settles into a spicy and citrusy scent that makes me think of summer and spicy margaritas. I would call it an older scent, but not old-lady mature, just ‘I’m grown up and pay my own bills’. The scent does seem to last awhile, but it’s fairly low saliency.
This has a summer scent like none other. I love the crisp freshness this cologne has. I love the citrus. I also absolutely love that it’s not strong and lasts all day long.
didn’t care for this scent. Reminds me of grandmas and after shave
the scent didnt last long
Just wasn't my fragrance
Love this Scent
This is my favorite Scent so far!
I didnt ask for it.. it smells like old man
Not a happy Camper
I was not happy at all wit this. nor the last two fragrances too sweet!! Def not for a masc man like myself
Yuck air freshener
Classic and comfortable
My first of the Colonia line. It's masculine while not being stuffy. Sweetness and rose with a bit of citrus. A very subtle grassy and wood background. Not an earth shattering fragrance, but something familiar and enjoyable. Longevity is medium. A very pleasant scent.
For old guys
I like this one...
You have to let this sit for about 15 minutes. After that, it’s GOLDEN! Now I say that not to say that it gets better with time, I say that because at around 15 minutes is when you get the full hit of all the notes. Since I joined SB, I’ve received more compliments on this fragrance more than any of the ones I’ve gotten.
Clean and Fresh. Period.
This scent is brisk and at first, almost overwhelmingly lemon. It’s a juicy robust Meyer type lemon that’s followed by traces of rose and lavender. Not a trendy scent, but very classic, clean and fresh.
Did not like scent but most importantly, spray bottle just leaks a few drops instead of spray
35 to 44
Can t get rid of this scent sooner
Uh that's a no for me ....
35 to 44
I wish I could say that I found this scent intriguing, complex and ravishing. Sadly, Scentbird just never delivered it so...Who knows!
55 to 64
An easy, clean scent
Although this perfume does not last long, it is very pleasant. It's a sophisticated sent, but also very clean, and easy on the senses. The kind of perfume I can wear at church, and not bother the people next to me, still smelling professional and clean.
35 to 44
Bold and Sophisticated
This scent is bold and sophisticated without being overpowering. Start with one spray and see how it develops on you skin. Love!
35 to 44
Great fragrance for a hot summer day or just a hot day in general.
Amazing...I love it
35 to 44
Not for me
A little to strong on the nose for me. Made me feel like a smelled like an old man.
this fragrance is for men
35 to 44
Sophisticated but too feminine.
I really don't like this "cologne". It smells too feminine. Don't get me wrong, it is very well constructed, very layered and refined but I'm very hesitant to call it a cologne, its more of a perfume. However. Right after you spray it, its smells VERY citrus-y (which is nice) but then your nose is bombarded with a floral scent that reminds you of 1950s actress. As it calms down (which isn't very long) it smells a little masculine, musky and slightly manly with a subtle hint of baby powder fresh. If you spray it on your body under your clothes, it comes off a lot better. It smells like your clean and it doesnt reach that far so thats nice. Too effeminate.
35 to 44
I like this scent and I think it’s would be good as a everyday scent. However I feel that it does not last long so it’s almost a disappointing characteristic of the scent. Other than that I like but I would not buy it if it does not last long.
35 to 44
Sexy “Bossy Lady”
This is a masculine scent, absolutely. But I think it’s charming, sophisticated, classic, and refreshing on my lady skin. It is bold, powerful, and confident—-perfect for when you’re the only woman in the board room and want to own it. I understand how the ratings are quite mixed because it is not a modern scent, but it is modern in the way it rides the line between feminine and masculine. I can see how for some men it would be too delicate and for most women it would be too dense. It’s definitely more male than female though.
45 to 54
wife said it smells too feminine. likes a muskier scent. since i'm wearing these mainly for her i'll likely not reorder.
35 to 44
Acqua di Parma- Colonia
4 stars, if only because of longevity; I do wish that it lingered a bit longer. I don’t get people’s feeling that it smells like “old lady”; it smells very much like old gentleman, and in the classiest of ways: Barbershop-fresh; old-school elegant; a subtlety perhaps a bit lost on younger men, now keen on sharper scents. I did get the comparisons to lemon cleaning products on the first, few sprays because of the strong, citrus top notes... but the drydown to the middle and basenotes, was as elegant as I expected that it would be, in a way that could only be born of Italian heritage. A strong citrus opening, followed by hints of lavender and vetiver, then mingling with cedarwood and patchouli for such a happy ending. Quintessentially masculine, in a decadent, Golden- Age-of-Hollywood kind of way... one which apparently- sadly- not everyone’s contemporary, untrained noses may appreciate. This fragrance indeed gives a feeling of being fresh, and ready to take on- no, conquer- the world. I also found that directing my precious sprays at an angle which hit my neck AND collar, helped to preserve the scent longer throughout the day. Honestly, were it not for the price of a full-size bottle, this would undoubtedly be my new, go-to signature scent. Molto Bene! Old-lady smelling? Ya’ll cray cray!
25 to 34
This is a CLASSIC
Always research a scent before adding it to your queue! This is a CLASSIC in the fullest sense of the word, first formulated in 1916! It saw the height of its popularity in the 1930s-1950s where it was popular with many notable Hollywood stars of the time including Cary Grant. That's what this scent is to me, the old glamour and sophistication of 1950s films. So yes, it is a little "old-fashioned" as some reviewers state, but I honestly think it's a very timeless scent. The open is citrusy with lavender and rose. A sort of soapy clean scent that is pleasant, but not my favorite. Once the rosemary starts to develop, and later the base sandalwood and vetiver it becomes a much more sophisticated, warm, masculine scent. Overall I give it 4 out of 5 stars simply because it's an EDC and I wish they offered it in something that lasted longer. I got about 2-3 hours for it, which is about right for an EDC. Keywords: Classic, Fresh, Sophisticated, Timeless, Gentleman, Spring
Smells like lemon cleaner
The pump didnt work
The pump doesnt work. The cologne drips everywhere.
Not my style
Absolutely can't stand this scent. I won't be wearing this scent and wish I could return it.
Smells like a bad 80's date
Not my type.
Old man soap
This is very light and the main note is like straight patchouli
Not the one for me
I've liked all of my previous colognes but the herb and fruit overtones of this one are too much for my taste.
Love this perfume
I absolutely love this perfume- the scent is long lasting and bold and a go-to for every occasion
smells like an old dude.
it have a good scent and last for awhile
Fresh and Lasting Scent
I have used Acqua Di Parma (Oud), but this is a great masculine scent that is fresh and very long lasting. Do yourself a favor and add this to your queue!
Colonia. I ordered Mon Guerlain.
I ordered Mon Guerlain, but instead was sent this. Colonia. A MEN'S SCENT. I am a female who prefers feminine scents. This smells like old lady soap with cotton candy. Please send me the correct fragrance. For the record: I would not recommend a men wear this unless you're okay with sweet floral.
This just happened to me for April 2019; I also ordered Mon Guerlain, but received this ‘Colonia’ scent. They must have the SKU# wrong in the warehouse or something! Customer Service is sending me a replacement, though.
Not for me
Not really what I expected. Got this on a friends recommendation. Too spicy for me personally. Everyone I let smell it, disliked it.
Very Clean Scent
Not for me
The scent to me is offputting. I'm thinking it's maybe the hint of patchoulli. I like other Acqua di Parma scents, but this one is not for me.
It's a good scent but is too light and it does not last long.
It’s not like anything I usually wear, which was sort of the point. Good staying power. Mellows after a bit. Light.
Not for me
This scent is very much for the older crowd. Every time I wear this I only get the attention of a much older crowd.
This scent really didn't fit into my comfort zone. Classic scent, different tones open up throughout the day. Strong up front.
I didn't really like it at first, but then it grew on me.
I really love the scent of Colonia by Acqua di Parma. When I first smelled it, I was a bit skeptical that it was going to smell good on my skin but once I sprayed it on me, I loved it! It has orange-ish and woodsy-ish notes that I really love. I took it with me on my family vacation to California and carried it in my purse everywhere to "freshen" up throughout our long days sight seeing and at the Disney Parks. It's a lovely summer scent but because of it's woodsy notes, I think it would be great during the winter and sweater weather months, as well. xo, Rach
Soapy-You're Not Fully Clean Unless You're Zestfully Clean!
Knowing I was taking a HUGE chance with this one, I still tried it. At first I was like wth is this!? I thought I smelled like a dude fresh out of the shower. It literally smells like you're zestfully clean, with a spicy twist lol. By day 2, I actually fell in love with this scent. It changes scent with my body's chemistry and it smells amazing, I feel sexy and fresh all day.
not what i thought
This smells like women perfume and not even a good smelling one.
I really enjoyed this fragrance. It has a perfect blend of citrus and spice which sends me on an exotic journey. I just wish the journey it took me on lasted a little longer
I really enjoyed it and have purchased the 3.4 oz bottle after the trial.
It smells really nice, I enjoyed it so much that I knew that I would be purchasing a full bottle the first time I tried it. As soon as I ran out of the trial portion, I spent the money and got the full 3.4 oz bottle. I would not say I have the palette to tell what aromas were coming through, I can only say that it is absolutely one of my new favorite colognes and finding this scent makes me glad to have joined Scentbird.
this scent is perfect for the warmer weather first compliments came 1 hour after applying it
this scent is perfect for the warmer weather first compliments came 1 hour after applying it i noticed that the longevity and projection work best after a shower and shave
not a fan
did not like this product what so ever. its being used as a bathrom scent at this point
Acqua Di Parma colonia
I enjoy the rich masculine smell of this fragrance yet fresh. Perfect for a Saturday afternoon with some Chino shorts, a short sleeve button up and some Vans authentic.
This cologne reminds me of a very expensive soap. It doesn't last the longest, nor is it the most bold and daring of scents, but its easy to wear everyday, can work in the evenings, and has a good, dry citrus & floral scent.
Fell short of expectations
I love this brands Oud scent which made me want to try other scents from this brand. This particular scent isn’t bad but falls short of my expectations in regards to performance. Not fond of how the smell varies from the moment you spray it to how it smells 10 minutes later.
This is different from some of the other. I enjoyed the scented it was wonderful.
Nice scent but does not last long.
Although this is a nice smelling scent, it doesn't long at all. I'm talking maybe an hour if that. I know this is a respected brand but I'm totally disappointed in the performance.
Smells Like A Floral Soap Bar
I was expecting a lot out of this one from the stuff I read about this cologne online but overall it was very meh. Starts off citrusy and kinda fresh but that quickly fades to a start floral punch with soap-like qualities. I was hoping for a clean, fresh and masculine scent but instead got a floral semi-feminine aroma.
Great fragrance, for 10 minutes
The fragrance is wonderful. The first day I sprayed two sprays. I fell in love with the scent. After I finished getting ready I wanted to go show my wife how good the scent was. Too late. You could barely smell it ten minutes after i sprayed it. The next day 4 sprays....maybe 15 minutes of longevity. The next day even more sprays. Nothing helped.
The scent isn't bad, just not something I would imagine any man wearing. Smells like a floral bath bomb
Very nice just wish it was more of it. Keep up the good work.
Worst cologne to dat
My impression of this scent gets 2 thumbs down 👎🏾 👎🏾! Reminds me of the floral fragrance of a funeral or something that my grandma would wear. I haven’t been brave enough to wear it in public. Going to donate this stuff to Goodwill or better yet, trash it!
Threw it out
Smells like mildew.
old man smell
This cologne makes me wish i could get a refund.
This has to be the worse cologne I have ever smelled. I condidered asking for an exchange. Get this one, at your own risk.
Old Man Smell
This is a classic cologne smell, which means old man smell.. Nothing extraordinary about his smell. People under 55 should not wear this...
ACQUA DI PARMA COLONIA
Classic....almost old man smell...
Refreshing and old fashioned
Colonia has a distinctly vintage, almost barbershop-ish, flavor (not unlike Vetiver Guerlain). But it softens after application, blossoming into a nice, masculine citrus.
I just don’t like it.
Didnt love it. Smells old
Inoffensive, gone in minutes
Smells very good, fresh and herbal. Performance could be better
A scent for the traditional cologne man
Not a fan, very strong, almost a Bruit smell to it. Avoid.
Good for the Office
Very good scent for the day and Office.
One of my favorites
Outstanding and subtle
While I did enjoy this, I was surprised how short it lasted on my skin. It is a wonderful smell, but was not a compliment getter on me.
I NEVER HAD A COLOGNE LIKE THIS BEFORE, WHAT A STNKBOMB OF A FRAGRANCE!!!! I NEVER SMELT ANY THING SO OFFENSIVE. THIS MAKES BAD MILK SMELL LIKE THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING. -- THIS IS WORSE THAN INSECT REPLIANT. I'M SORRY BACK TO THE LAB, THIS GETS -- FF
Too citrusy sweet jesus
Not a bad frag. but the 1st 30 min. after applying its very citrusy after it dries down & settles its not bad at all for spring & summer time
horrible scent :(
I can only compare it to a highly concentrated foul body odor. :( Couldn't wear it.
Reminds me of going to church. Smells like its intended for more mature (older) guys. I did like that it wasn't overwhelming.
Not for me
Disappointed in my first cologne. The smell wasn’t quite what i expected. It was a little too masculine and a little too mature for me. I wouldn’t recommend this smell not even for my grandmother.
The smell was awful. I would not recommend this cologne.
My allTime favorite
Omg. This stuff smells so good It’s so fresh and clean. Reminds me of money and power. While walking the grassy plains in f Italy. I will wear this juice till they run out. Amazing.
Too musty smells like brüt
i like the scent ..i like spaying this one behind my ears
I like it but it’s a little to musky smelling to me.
Wonderful, excited while fresh
strong and fresh
So fresh and so clean!
I loooove this scent! My parents brought back some ACQUA DI PARMA toiletries from a resort when I was a teenager, and I have always loved the clean, fresh scent. I didn't even realize it was a men's perfume. I would love if it had a bit more staying power but still am hooked.
This is the most disgusting thing I've ever smelled. I've never smelled gas station incense because I know better, but, for the sake of comparison, imagine the worst gas station incense on Earth, that nasty-dirty-haven't-showered-this-week-smoke-too-much-weed-and-mom-and-dad-are-coming-over hippy smell...and then try to imagine something worse than that. I sprayed this once and quite literally gagged and immediately threw the bottle in the trash. I'm not exaggerating in the least. I consider myself very open-minded when it comes to cologne, I have something for almost every occasion, musky, spicy, sweet, citrusy, fresh, etc. This was undeniably the most atrocious thing I've ever smelled, and if I could give it a negative score I would.
Amazing and fresh
Not my style
too strong! a cologne for someone in their 30s
It's okay. It wouldnt be my main choice. It kind of reminds me of bug spray can be over powering. It is an interesting smell tho. It's one of those you either like it or you dont
Not masculine at all
Wow, this one was definitely a 'fail'-- at least on me. I thought I'd accidentally ordered a women's perfume. Really powdery and feminine smelling in my opinion.
Acqua Di Parma Colonia
It starts off all loud and citrusy then, it dries down to a creamy rose lavender and bergamot. Lastly, lingers the sandal and patchouli, mmm...
Acqua Di Parma
This is one of the many scents that I have wanted to try for the longest time. Although very nice it doesn't last long enough on the skin. I also thought that it was too much citrus.
The smell on me was quite weird
Did not like it!
I love it!
This one is one of my favorites! Light, but some amazing notes that hit your senses. Definitely recommended!
It was ok
Weird smell it was OK
Overpowering at first then disappears.
Not anything I would ever look at again.
Fresh; but no Bottle for Me.
I don't think this is Juice. But my nose is still developing on this one. I have to sink my neck into it to really feel it, but my heart is telling me it isn't worth it. It smells good, but that's about it. There are a few other things that CVS sells that smell good. But I'm not running to their cabinets for Fragrances. I wore Polo in the green and gold bottle at around 16-17, so I'm accustomed to a spicer fragrance, with that citrus freshness to it, however, I'm not at that point in my life anymore. There's also a geriatric quality to it that I'm not particularly fond of. I'm at a point in my life where I want to smell mysterious, and Acqua Di Parma has no time for playing Where's Waldo. My lady seems to like this fragrance, that seems to have one note, and smells how the bottle looks in a way, like a citrus fruit. I'd have expected a goopier oil-ish viscosity but that wasn't received. This is a Spring/Summer scent for me, and even then, one where you're closer to water so your pores can breathe through it. When this one gets sticky I can tell discomfort awaits all of us. I'm not even sure if it's sample worthy in my opinion based on the fact that the nose that made this lived 100 years ago. I feel like the popularity of this fragrance has kept it's Achilles-esque connotation because big actors wore it, which I understand. But I also understand why a Chanel No. 5 will never die, and why this one may see a foreseeable end to its great run.
Way too many words.
Smells like old creepy men
Not a fan
This scent reminded me of pinesol
love the scent
Good Classic Citrus scent. It works perfectly for everyday. It is an EDC so it doesn't last long. Great for Spring and Summer.
Love this scent.. fresh but also very classic. Has a bit of mustiness to it with nice citrus notes.