The Colonia legend is closely tied to the world of Italian tailors, the home of impeccable elegance, where class is expressed in prestige fabrics, perfect cuts, the sophisticated balance of muted colours and attention to detail. Down to the final and indispensable touch of class: a spray of Colonia before handing over the made to measure suit.

Yes, we have already talked about my beloved Acqua di Parma and the importance of owning at least one of those precious bottles before. But we really need to talk about it once again. Because of Ebano. The newest – and darkest- entry to my cabinet of perfume bottles, my latest obsession, really.

A sophisticated, original fragrance created using an unusual accord of two olfactory themes, both full of character – the citrus notes of Colonia blended with the woody, spicy accents of ebony.

You first notice it in the scent of beeswax with which the cabinetmaker caresses the wood until it gleams. In the subtle and penetrating aromas of ebony and other precious woods that are skilfully inlaid with each other. Sensory atmospheres that tell the stories of masterpieces of Italian art and craftsmanship. Travel notes enclosed in Colonia Ebano.

The composition opens with fresh top notes of petit grain and bergamot. These develop into an intense heart, with the creamy, warm scents of ebony and elemi oil accentuated by accents of spicy pink pepper. In the base, woody, aromatic notes of vetiver and patchouli blend with warm hints of honey revealing the uniquely modern personality of this new eau de cologne concentrée.

 

[My precious Acqua di Parma Ebano was shot at the Alexander’s Cigar Lounge of Grande Bretagne, downtown Athens.]