On application, CA betrays a definite sense of the house style of AdP, at least in their brown-bottled offerings. This is something like a powdery, hesperic-woody accord, that is a little on the synthetic side - but rather good synthetic, and hard to mistake once you've had a bit of practice.
Beyond that, I have to agree with reviewers here who see little concerning amber present. CA gives off a strong rose note and is pleasant in a dark kind of way. But as it doesn't go anywhere, as the Oud and Leather variants do so well, it has a slightly unfinished vibe about it. It receives a neutral rather than positive rating because it certainly suffers by comparison with the terrific stablemates mentioned.
To me, this is more of a medicinal rose-oud scent than any woody-ambergris thing I've smelled. I find the opening very abrasive and harsh, but I'm also not a big fan of rose-ouds. Smells better in the drydown with more pleasant woody notes but it's just too heavy, feminine, and mature for me overall.
Quite repulsive. You know when you're at a perfume counter and you pick up a test strip, but sniff it to make sure it hasn't been used yet? Well this smells like one of those used test strips, but has been used with about 5 different scents.
ADP Colonia Ambra is a dark warm woodsy, deep smelling amber fragrance that instantly brings to mind old fashioned values of days gone by, set in darkened wooden rooms, warm tobacco smoke in the back, salty and waxed old fabrics; a Remembrandt painted darkness complicated with organic hidden details shielded from light fading into old darkness. The amber smells orange immediately upon sniffing, not citrus, but an orange oil tone to the labdanum amber which might be an old fashioned ambergris if it weren't made leafy and dry with woods and nagarmotha for an old but respectable patina. A strong labdanum base aroma that has a hint of tobacco without really going smokey at all drifts in the backdrop. For likeability this fragrance rates a 3 of 5 stars by my taste. After so many exceptional fragrances (Oud, Leather, Essenza), Aqua di Parma Colonia has produced a very average creation that does little to showcase new art in perfumery, and in particular amber, but lays solid claim to an old world amber portrait that is without fault except for lacking anything new or exciting.
Acqua di Parma Colonia Ambra basically re-interprets in a specifically amberish (synthetic salty ambergris) way the main Acqua di Parma Colonia Oud Concentree's mossy-resinous-leathery formula, finally performing a more succeeding and balanced recipe imo. The juice is indeed smart, sleek, urban, modern and darkly classy but most of all is more discreet and balanced than its predecessor in its final velvety ambery performance. Let's go gradually, first of all let's say that the juice lacks genuine originality since I can detect in here a nowadays almost mainstream typical accord of saffron/rose/oud a la Dueto City Oud and stuffs like that (Y by Avery, Ducalis by Angela Ciampagna, Xerjoff 40 Knots etc, etc). Second, Colonia Ambra shares a common foundation of bergamot, wet-citric/grassy/aromatic "hydrated" musk, spicy rose, patchouli, resins and synthetic woodiness with its older cousin Colonia Oud Concentree but while the latter is firmly set on a main leatherish/oudish/mossy (more kind of gassy-woody and bombastic) accord Amber morphs finally towards a more specifically salty ambery and delicately musky (vaguely classic/chypre) accord quite comforting and musky modern. While the Oud Concentree's base notes morph down basically leathery and mossy/resinous (with a more marked woody-gassy-saffrony synth oppression) the Colonia Ambra's final trail is less properly woody and more delicately musky-vanillic and spicy-ambery (with secret salty marine nuances? I don't think so, probably saltiness is prevalently musky/leathery and sandalwood-"infused"). Frankly I prefer Ambra over Oud Concentree and could not easily stop smelling my wrist (despite I smell everything but a terrific potion). Dry down is warm and ambery but I still catch in the background that plaguing synth saffrony/rosey cedary woodiness that represents a mediocre "taking the world by storm" accord nowadays (in this case tamed and "embellished" by a warm salty/spicy/musky synth ambergris). I get a ghostly (and saffrony) floral presence in the final wake but the aroma is all about amber (with a touch of smoke), musk and "little" vanilla. In conclusion, do you wanna really standing out by wearing a synthetic urban/chic amber? I toss out just one name mastering over so many: Costume National Scent Intense, this is my night out pop/rock amber oh guys.