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Discover the passion, the history, and the unmistakable charm that define this captivating scent.
Written by Djordje Miladinovic
Eau de Cologne stands as a symbol of refinement, holding its own amidst a wide range of fragrance types.
What makes it so unique, you ask?
Its light, refreshing aroma, coupled with a centuries-old history, has cemented its position in the world of scents.
But let's delve deeper and understand this aromatic elixir of delight, its origins, and distinguishing features.
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Eau de Cologne (EDC) is often simply referred to as Cologne.
This blend is artful, giving a sense of being in a sun-drenched Mediterranean orchard bursting with ripened fruits.
With a typically low concentration of fragrance, hovering around 2-4% is combined with alcohol and water. The lightness of Eau de Cologne is one of its most charming characteristics.
Cologne Eau can last on the skin for around 2 hours, though this duration can vary depending on several factors, such as the specific composition of the fragrance, skin type, and environmental conditions.
Because of its characteristics, Eau de Cologne is considered the most affordable perfume concentration on the market!
The tale of Eau de Cologne is as fragrant as its composition.
In the early 18th century, Giovanni (Johann) Maria Farina, an Italian perfumer, moved to Cologne, Germany, where he crafted a scent that reminded him of an "Italian spring morning".
He named it ‘Eau de Cologne’, or ‘Water from Cologne’. It was a scent of blooming flowers, citrus fruits, and clean, fresh air – the world's first Eau de Cologne.
Farina's original formula was produced in 1709 and to this day remains a secret. It has the status of the world's oldest Eau de Cologne.
This fragrance was developed by Wilhelm Mülhens in 1799. The name "4711" comes from the house number assigned to the Mülhens family perfumery in Cologne.
It was also believed that Cologne Eau could ward off the bubonic plague, occurring at that time in Europe.
Interestingly, both Farina and Mülhens have had a long-standing legal dispute over the use of the term "Eau de Cologne".
However, it is widely accepted that Johann Maria Farina was the original creator of Eau de Cologne.
This is one of the oldest fragrances in the world, that is still producing!
Did you know that we have a very close of this legendary cologne?
Many confuse Eau de Toilette and Eau de Cologne, often using the terms interchangeably. While both are indeed types of fragrances, they differ mainly in the concentration of essential oils.
Eau de Toilette has a slightly higher concentration, typically between 5-15%. Consequently and it lasts longer on the skin, up to 3 hours.
So, Eau de Toilette isn't a Cologne, although they're members of the same light-scented family.
When distinguishing between Cologne and Eau de Parfum, the primary differentiators are their oil concentrations, lasting power, and weather occasions.
Eau de Parfum, being a more potent concoction, boasts a higher concentration of fragrance oils, typically between 15-20%.
This composition ensures its scent lasts significantly longer, often up to 8 hours or more. You will get the best performance of Parfum Eau during the winter months when the weather is colder.
Conversely, Eau de Cologne, with its subtler concentration of 2-4% of perfume oil, may fade after around 2 hours and it is best to use it during hot summer days.
If you're after a more enduring fragrance experience, Eau de Parfum may be more suitable, whereas Eau de Cologne offers a lighter, more fleeting scent journey.
The terminology of the fragrances can often be confusing.
While "Perfume" and "Cologne" can both refer to fragrances in general, they have different connotations due to their historical and cultural origins.
Cologne falls under the larger 'Perfume' umbrella, as it is indeed a type of fragrant product designed to make us smell fresh.
Eau de Cologne occupies a particular niche.
Its light, ephemeral nature makes it the ideal choice for casual and light-hearted occasions where a heavier, more dominant scent might seem intrusive.
Especially fitting for warm climates and daytime use, Eau de Cologne provides a fresh and lively aura without being overwhelming.
Whether you're heading for a beach day under the sizzling sun or attending a summer brunch with friends, a splash or spritz of Eau de Cologne can keep you fresh and invigorated.
Yes, cologne can indeed be used as an aftershave. In fact, many men do exactly that.
However, it's important to note that while they may seem similar, colognes and aftershaves are not designed to serve the same purpose.
Aftershave is mainly utilized to relieve and clean the skin after shaving.
It often contains ingredients like aloe vera or other emollients to help soothe any irritation or nicks from the razor, as well as antiseptic elements to prevent infection.
Aftershaves typically have a lighter fragrance than colognes, and their scent evaporates more quickly.
While you can use cologne after shaving, it won't have the same soothing and antiseptic benefits as an aftershave.
If your skin is irritated from shaving, applying cologne, which contains alcohol, may cause a stinging sensation.
Eau de Cologne knows no gender boundaries! Although traditionally associated with men due to its initial marketing towards the male demographic, its light, fresh, citrusy scent holds universal appeal.
Today, the market is flooded with Eau de Cologne specifically designed for women, often featuring subtle floral notes alongside the classic citrus to add a touch of femininity.
Our perfume dupes aim to emulate the sophisticated aroma profiles of these coveted fragrances, offering the same high-quality, luxurious experience at a more accessible price point.
Based on our experience, here are the most wanted colognes for men:
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Our carefully curated collection of fragrances is crafted with the aim to mirror the scent profiles of some of the most coveted perfumes on the market.
Using similar high-quality ingredients, our versions offer comparable olfactory experiences at a fraction of the price of the original formulations.
Based on our experience, here are the most wanted colognes for women:
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