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

Back in fash­ion, this fra­grance style is worth a sec­ond sniff, says Fiona McKim

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Cologne might bring to mind old Spice, Brut or some­thing equally whiffy your school boyfriend used to mari­nade him­self in, but there’s much more to this clas­sic style. tech­ni­cally speak­ing, Eau De Cologne is a fra­grance made with 2-4% per­fume oil and fresh, cit­rusy, her­bal notes. this means per­fume snobs some­times turn their noses up, but I say more fool them; cologne has bags of mod­ern ap­peal. I love a clas­sic EDC on crisp spring days, they’re clean, gen­der neu­tral and can be spritzed with aban­don with­out suf­fo­cat­ing who­ever sits next to you on the train.

No 4711 orig­i­nal Eau De Cologne, £17.49 Re­mem­ber this? Woods and juicy cit­rus fruits in a pleas­ing throw­back bot­tle.

ate­lier Cologne Iris re­belle, £65

The pret­ti­est of the lot, and long­est last­ing, thanks to iris, musk and a hefty con­cen­tra­tion of per­fume oils.

her­mès Cologne Eau de rhubarbe Écar­late, £75

All the best things about rhubarb: juicy, tart and mouth­wa­ter­ingly ad­dic­tive. Jo Malone Lon­don green Wheat & Mead­owsweet Cologne, £47 In­spired by English fields. Brac­ingly crisp on first sniff, dries down to a warm musk. roger & gal­let Ex­trait De Cologne Verveine Utopie, £30 Light, lemony ver­bena and heady ve­tiver. Looks and smells far spendier than it is. Byredo Sun­day Cologne, £95 As sexy and sharp as a Sav­ile Row suit, with berg­amot and in­cense. Go halfers with your other half. w&h

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