Any fragrance that bears the Antica Barbieria Colla name has a sacred obligation to uphold the timeless style and effortless sophistication of the legendary Milan shop, which has been delivering hot towel shaves and expert cuts to Italy’s elite for a century. Luckily, all four of the fragrances in the collected Colonia 1904 line, commissioned in 2015 to celebrate 111 years of Antica Barbieria Colla, are a perfect match, delivering fragrances that connect the modern man to the past with simple, compelling, invigorating scents.
Colonia No. 4, the final Eau de Cologne in the line, is positively exploding with joyous energy. From the vivacious, lemon-drenched opening, inflected with rich aromatic rosemary, to the mouthwateringly juicy heart of neroli, this is a fragrance that celebrates sunshine-filled days and carefree pursuits. Lavender and cedarwood prevent the composition from ever feeling childish or overly feminine, but that’s no reason to exclude women, or for that matter, kids- this is truly a fragrance anyone, of any age, can wear with a smile on their face.