Sunday, April 28, 2013

Testing the Gender Appeal of a Fragrance: Acqua di Parma Colonia

This post was inspired by Jessica of Getting Cheeky, who tested Acqua di Parma on herself and her husband. I was intrigued, so I had to give it a try.

The official description of Acqua di Parma Colonia is: "An elegant timeless scent filled with a fresh, luminous blend of natural ingredients like Bulgarian rose, Sicilian citrus fruits, lavender, and verbena," with notes of "Bergamot, Citrus, Lemon, Bitter Orange, Sweet Orange, English Lavender, Bulgarian or Damascene Rose, Verbena, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Oakmoss" (Sephora). Lavender! Bergamot! A citrus bouquet! Promising already.
Acqua di Parma Colonia: Her. (Earrings are from Waterwaif).

Happily, I like Acqua di Parma Colonia on myself a lot. I picked it as one of my Nordstrom samples when I bought Chanel Taboo, and I was excited to find that it's both more affordable than Tom Ford Azure Lime, and more pleasing to my nose. It has that zesty citrus opening, a sexy main feature of lavender-verbena-sage, and a spicy, cedarwood closer. I don't know why the idea of smelling like a suit-bedecked stud is so enticing, but there it is.
Acqua di Parma Colonia: Him. With one of his favorite hats.

With success on my end, I asked S. if he would wear this, for science. He sort of rolled his eyes at me, but he spritzed some on. I sniffed him throughout the day. Surprisingly enough, on him, it's overall sweeter. I get the citrus, and some of the spice (sadly, no lust-worthy lavender), but it mellows out into this almost spiced vanilla on him. With a splash of lemon. It's still very fresh and very appealing, but so different!

(If you want to know what he thought, he said, and I quote, "It's not bad." Which, from him, is a ringing endorsement. Otherwise he just makes a face or shrugs. We have a winner, ladies and gentlemen. Except that he already owns three bottles of fragrance and for him, that's massive overload. I suppose that's how we achieve balance in life and with our partners. Ahem.)

In conclusion: body chemistry. It's a thing. And if I come home with a full bottle of this some time in the future (we can both wear it! That's a valid excuse, right?), don't be surprised.

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