Splash on a cologne! The fra­grance style that’s worth a sec­ond sniff

Give this over­looked scent style a sec­ond sniff, says Mar­tinique Stevens

Woman & Home (South Africa) - - Contents -

Cologne might bring to mind Old Spice, Brut, or some­thing equally off-putting that your old school boyfriend used to mari­nade him­self in, but there is so much more to this clas­sic style.

Tech­ni­cally speak­ing, eau de cologne (EDC) is a fra­grance made with 2 to 4% per­fume oil and fresh, cit­rusy, herbal notes. Per­fume snobs some­times turn their noses up at it, but I say more fool them; cologne has lots of modern ap­peal. I love a clas­sic EDC on crisp spring days – it’s gen­der-neu­tral and clean, and it can be spritzed with aban­don, with­out suf­fo­cat­ing who­ever sits next to you in a morn­ing meet­ing.

Ate­lier Cologne Jas­min Angélique Cologne Ab­solue, R2 200 for 100ml The pret­ti­est of the lot, and longest­last­ing thanks to jas­mine, in­cense and a hefty con­cen­tra­tion of per­fume oils. Juli­ette Has a Gun Gentle­woman, R2 120 for 100ml Grabs your at­ten­tion with a mix of neroli and berg­amot, then set­tles on the skin with an al­mond heart note. Mirko Buffini Firenze La Chute D’eau Cologne, R1 825 for 100ml Coveys the mes­meris­ing and slightly dan­ger­ous rush of alpine wa­ter­falls, thanks to a con­trast­ing bou­quet of notes like sweet neroli against milky am­ber and musk. Just like light break­ing through the tree­tops, L’ar­ti­san Par­fumeur Sur L’herbe, R1 970 for 100ml, bursts open with a clean, lu­mi­nous and herbal ac­cord that’s fresh and lemony. Pen­haligon’s Quer­cus Cologne, R2 040 for 100ml Cap­tures the fresh, flo­ral and quintessen­tially zesty scent of spring, with a lily of the val­ley heart off­set by woody notes of oak moss and san­dal­wood.Cologne In­delebile by Do­minique Ro­pion for Edi­tions de Par­fums Frederic Malle, R3 385 for 100ml A per­fect pair­ing of sweet and sen­sual notes, with or­ange blos­som and a strong dose of musk, for both you and your other half. w&h

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