Splash on a cologne! The fragrance style that’s worth a second sniff
Give this overlooked scent style a second sniff, says Martinique Stevens
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