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“Eau! Those Colognes” Decant Pack

4711 Eau de Cologne bottle - Wikimedia Commons, by Nevit Dilmen

Colognes are designed to keep you fresh as a daisy and cool as a cucumber in the sizzling summer heat. Believe it or not, we like to store ours in the fridge for an extra shot of cool.

But what exactly is the technology behind them?

Cologne fragrance was named for the city where it originated, Cologne, Germany. The most famous cologne is 4711, created in 1799 and still produced in Cologne by Maurer and Wirtz. Unlike Parfum or Parfum Extrait which has a powerful concentration of about 20% aromatic compounds to the alcohol base, Eau de Cologne or EdC is on the low-end of the scale. A typical concentration is about 5% compounds, and they vary from 3% to 8%, which is why cologne fragrances are short-lived on skin.

Colognes traditionally open with strong citrus notes, which blend into accords with herbal, floral, grassy, or woody notes. Their scent character is natural and fresh, and because of their high alcohol content colognes feel cool on the skin in warm weather.

Now that you know why they work, it’s time to put them to work! And don't forget that colognes are totally non-gendered, they'll smell great on anyone!

Here are six colognes that will make you feel cool in the dog-days of summer….

“Eau! Those Colognes” Decant Pack. Six 1 ml. decants for $24.00,  regular price $30.00.

Eau Dynamisante is a hidden gem displayed in plain sight on the cosmetic shelves in your favourite department or drug store. Launched in the 1980’s by Clarins as a “treatment fragrance” containing essential oils and natural extracts, it’s the perfect balance of citrus and herbs with airy floral facets. And the earthiness at the end is pure bliss, nirvana, a place to go when the real world is just too darn hot! Eau Dynamisante is like walking in a cloud of “cool” all day long.

Basil and Neroli was created by perfumer Anne Flipo, the nose behind Jo Malone’s Herb Garden Collection. Anne’s unique skill with diaphanous white florals is well known in the perfume world, and this newest pairing of the delicious basil note and delicate orange blossom is superb. Basil and neroli, savoury and sweet, shimmery green and spicy white, what a brilliant pair.

Eau d’Orange Verte is by Jean-Claude Ellena, the master of light fragrances. What’s great about it? Everything. From the first zesty lemon-orange bite to the cooling minty notes, to the bitter-sweet of black-current and the green dampness of moss and woods, to finally, the elegant airy citrus-green dry-down, this Hermes cologne definitely owns a darker, more refined character that makes it  more interesting to wear than many other colognes. From the house of Hermès, this  is a cologne classic, classy, and modern.

Eau Fraîche from Monsillage is in fact, an eau de toilette, which has a higher concentration of fragrance than either an eau de cologne or an eau fraiche. Got it? Good, because I wouldn’t want you to miss out on this Ms. Michaud’s summer stunner because of semantics. The verbena/mandarin opening is elegant, followed by heady lavender, but it’s the thyme, spicy and warm and rosemary, minty and woody, that make Eau Fraîche memorable for me. Lilac at the heart is aquatic and soothing with the top notes shimmering above it. It’s elegance is perfect for those times when you want a little more refined.

Cologne Sologne the cult cologne by Patricia de Nicolaï is a stand out. It opens biting, bitter from bergamot mellowed with sweet orange and zesty lemon. The citrus fruits fade and a note of sweet, tangy Tunisian neroli come forward. It’s plush and deliciously floral. The neroli is flanked with aromatic lavender, which adds a clean aspect to the cologne and camphorous, minty, rosemary. The neroli lingers to a quiet base of patchouli, benzoin, musk. The thing about Cologne Sologne that set it apart from other colognes: the opening is softer than most colognes because the citrus isn’t as harsh; it actually has some development and the base notes give it more longevity than most other colognes. It’s a perfect warm weather/casual scent.

Eau d'Hadrien Cologne from Annick Goutal is a summer go-to.  Bitter petitgrain and bergamot, softened and sweetened with mandarin. There is a green aspect to the cologne that comes from basil and rosemary, while orange blossom adds a floral dimension. Musk rounds it all out at the base. It’s graceful and refined. When I were it, it feels as though I am walking through a through a citrus grove on a sunny of a day and not hiding from the heat!


“Eau! Those Colognes” Decant Pack is listed in our Decant Store. Six 1 ml. decants for $24.00, regular price $30.00.