Acqua Colonia: nature in a bottle

There are fragrances for when you want to feel sexy, sweet, professional, glamorous, masculine or just plain clean - name it, and there's probably a scent for that! I never paid much attention to fragrances before, until I got to review a few of them for my blog. I think that scents can help create a good mood and accentuate your personal style. They're like a gorgeous pair of earrings or a statement necklace; your outfit looks fine without them, but once you have them on, they make a lot of difference! For scents, the difference doesn't lie in what we can see, but what we can smell and feel.

Acqua Colonia's specialty as a scent is to capture the essence of nature and use it to invigorate, stimulate, and relax the wearer. There are four variants available in the Philippines: Lemon & Ginger, the best seller, Vetyver & Bergamot, Melissa & Verbena, and Royal Riesling, which is what I have.

This cheerful fragrance is a tribute to the Riesling grape. It is the queen of white wine grapes and is considered to be the most precious type in the world. It is said to have euphoriant effects. 

According to Wikipedia, riesling is "an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas". Indeed, Acqua Colonia's Royal Riesling variant has a light, sharp floral scent as a top note. It mellows down to a powdery, musky smell as it melts on your skin. This is perfect for everyday wear, when you don't need to put on a concentrated oil-based perfume. It's also unisex, so you and your special other can share it! Perfect for a sneaky gift that you can also use.

Acqua Colonia, as can be gleaned from the name itself, is a cologne. It lasts for only a few hours so you better bring a small atomizer to spritz it on for the rest of the day. It's easy to transfer since the spray mechanism can be removed. In fact, you can just not use it if you prefer to "splash" on your cologne.

I love the packaging! It reminds me of luxury brandy bottles.


In terms of value for money, Acqua Colonia is certainly affordable. It's only P1,400 for a large 170ml bottle! I think it's a good deal already for a nice cologne such as this one. You can check them out at Rustan's if you're interested.

More packaging photos

The box features a beautiful watercolor image depicting riesling grapes, with embossed gold lettering


So what do you think? Does this look like something you'll try? Answer in the comments!