Acqua di Parma’s Colonia Pura is exactly what I thought it would be – a variation of the eau de cologne. It’s a nice and sparkly variation, and it has a nice faint floral heart. It’s much more complicated than I thought it would be – I was expecting to be bored by this, and found a lot of layers in it. There’s a saltiness in it that makes it less predictable, and there are aldehydes that gives an impression that it is heavier than your typical cologne. Plus, I really appreciated its longevity – this did not disappear right away. There’s really not much more to say about it. It is from a good brand, and has good qualities, and I would happily wear these during the hot summer days. I imagine it would be refreshing on those HHH (hazy hot humid) days. And it’s not that expensive, either – I see it as low as $80 at the discount e-tailers. It’s a bit on the boring side, but a safe choice.
I was staying at a friend’s placer and I noticed that he had Acqua di Parma’s Fico de Amalfi. I was surprised because I always associate the Acqua di Parma label as an older gentleman’s brand. This release is under their Blu Mediterrenean umbrella, which is their ‘fresh’ cologne type offerings, and the bottles are bright blue, evoking the sea. (Tom Ford uses similar hue on his lighter, Amalfi releases as well) These divisions help them cater to a younger crowd.
Fico de Amalfi is a great citrus release, heavier than your normal cologne type fragrances. It’s cool, and for some reason I associate it with holding a glass of mojito. It’s more sea by way of Europe than the Caribbean, and is easy to wear. The burst of grapefruit and lemon in the beginning is very appealing, and then the fig comes out. This is a sweet and ripe fig, perfect for plucking. The scent has a very ‘established brand’ feel – you know you are getting quality here. I like it, but probably won’t be in a rush to get this as a full bottle because it doesn’t really ‘interest’ me that much. It’s a very competent citrus fruity floral, though I tend to like my figs greener. But on a hot summer day, I would imagine this would be very comfortable to wear.