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
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