Photography: Michail G. Androulidakis

A previous ingredient in a new olfactory composition created by Acqua di Parma.

The fresh, citrus notes of Colonia merge with rich, creamy sandalwood to produce a surprising and intriguing scent. An original reinterpretation of the iconic Acqua di Parma perfume, Colonia Sandalo is the new and luxurious Eau de Cologne Concentrée by Acqua di Parma.

The Essence

The fragrance retains all the tradition of Colonia, introducing an element of surprise through harmonious contrasts. The sunny clarity of citrus fruits and the refined opulence of this precious East Asian wood combine to create a sophisticated, intense Eau de Cologne Concentrée. The fragrance opens with a perfectly balanced combination of fresh, refined notes of bergamot, lemon, orange and petit-grain that reveal the authentic spirit of Colonia, and evolves into a heady olfactory composition of cardamon and lavender notes, released in an aromatic, elegant heart. An impeccable prelude to the original elegance of the base, where the precious, creamy balsamic notes of Indian sandalwood are enhanced by warm accents of tonka bean and amber.

The Bottle

Colonia Sandalo is packaged in the iconic Art Deco bottle, in colours that run through the entire collection: a deep brown for the bottle made from the clearest glass and for the stopper, with light bronze satin highlights for the label. Every detail, material and workmanship reflect the Italian craftsmanship that has always distinguished every Acqua di Parma creation. Colonia Sandalo comes in two sizes: the classic 100ml and the larger, more spectacular 180ml bottle.

Both these sizes are packaged inside a box entirely covered by hand in fine paper in sophisticated tobacco tones. The bronze satin which enriches the inside lends the careful, minimal design a precious touch. An understated yet utterly sophisticated design in perfect Acqua di Parma style.

The properties of Indian sandalwood

Essential sandalwood oil has been harvested for more than 4000 years from the wood of the Santalum tree that has grown spontaneously in the Indian subcontinent since time immemorial. The oil is extracted from the duramen, the innermost and most fragrant – as well as the toughest – part of the trunk.

Thanks to its exceptional ability to resist termite attacks, the sandalwood tree has always been regarded in India as a protective tree, whose perfume wards off evil spirits.

According to Indian yogis and sages, the perfumed essence of this mystical and sensual wood soothes the mind and accesses the profoundest layers of a person’s mind during meditation. In aromatherapy, the perfume of the sandalwood is used to calm, relieve tension and find inner peace.

A precious material in cabinet-making, sandalwood has been used for thousands of years to make musical instruments, sending their melodies into the air along with perfumed, balsamic notes. Introduced into the Western pharmacopoeia by Arabic physicians in the Middle Ages, the essential oil of sandalwood became an extremely valuable ingredient for high perfumery thanks to its ability to give every fragrance an unmistakable balsamic, creamy note.

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