Colonia Ambra is the third fragrance in The Ingredient Collection where Acqua di Parma selects rare, unusual, evocative ingredients to reinterpret itself and produce unprecedented fragrance compounds, while keeping its utterly recognizable character. The first two chapters are about two different, equally intriguing destinations--the East, with Colonia Oud that conveys the sensory wealth of those regions, and, back in Italy, a stop in beautiful Tuscany, at the historical tanneries pervaded with that intoxicating smell of leather that recalls utterly masculine elegance. Ambra is the interplay of notes created by combining the special scent of ambergris with the characteristic style of Colonia. The freshness of the citric notes find balance with the sensual ambergris which is the center of this fragrance.
Ambergris is an ancient and extremely rare essence that owes its characteristic scent to the effect of the ocean and the wind upon the substance that is actually from the digestive system of the sperm whale. It floats for years and years across the oceans until it ends up on sea shores in solid crystals. The most precious varieties float on sea water for over twenty years. As it ages it takes on the sweet and unmistakable scent of sea and leather. Ambergris is found on the shores of the Baltic Sea, Normandy, England, Madagascar and Japan. It was first reported in 1000 A.D. in Africa. At that time it was exported as a luxury item with gold and other precious items. Well known for its therapeutic properties and power as an aphrodisiac, it was used in ancient times as an incense or a tincture for medical preparations. Due to its rarity, ambergris is very expensive and has always been regarded as a special ingredient in haute perfumery. In many instances it has now been replaced with a synthetic note.
Ambra features top notes of orange, bergamot and bitter orange; middle notes of rose, nagarmotha, Virginia cedarwood and patchouli; and base notes of ambergris, sandalwood, labdanum (rockrose), vanilla and musk. It is an eau de cologne concentree.