A little bit of history on Colognes...

Summer is back! What could be better than a fresh and refreshing scent to face the heat?

For many, the first reference of a fresh and light fragrance is a Cologne. We all have a Cologne on a shelf somewhere... But what is it exactly?

In perfumery, we make the distinction between Eau de toilette, Cologne and perfume according to their concentration in fragrance essence. Cologne is the one that contains the least raw materials, between 4 and 6%!

Why is it called cologne?

The first formula was created by Jean-Marie Farina, a famous perfumer of the 18th century. Indeed, history is not new: it was in 1709 that the first Cologne was created! So, it all began when Jean-Marie Farina, an Italian perfumer followed his brother to Cologne. His first creation there was made of citrus notes and named after the German city. Whether it's Empress Elizabeth, Napoleon or all the other perfume-addicts, they all felt under the spell of the famous Cologne. And you, are you also in love with its divine tangy notes and subtle scent?


Eau de Cologne: olfactory origins


Truly timeless and unisex, Cologne is a bouquet of lemony notes that leaves a light and delicate trail. We find waves of fresh bergamot, followed by the scents of jasmine and violet to finish on sandalwood and frankincense notes.


However, there are hundreds of variations of Eau de Cologne. Why? Simply because at that time, it was impossible to register a trademark. Therefore Colognes designates a type of perfume and not a specific brand. Nevertheless, the original water remains the one of Jean-Marie Farina, and its "classic" composition was taken up in the 19th century by the famous house Roger & Gallet and is still to this date…


Although, when we think of a Cologne these days, Farina is not the one that comes up first! Many emblematic perfume houses have been inspired by the great classic to create some Eau de Cologne to their own image: Eau de Cologne 4711, one of Germany's best-known perfumes, or Eau Impériale, designed in 1853 by Guerlain for Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III. An Eau de Cologne for which Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain created the famous bee bottle, also the emblem of the French house, followed by more modern versions of Roger & Gallet, Acqua di Parma, Hermès, Dior, Chanel and many others. All the major perfume houses have been seduced by the lightness of colognes and add their "personal" touch as well.


Bon Parfumeur and colognes : a great love story


At Bon Parfumeur, we’ve also decided to honor Jean-Marie Farina's creation. Lemony, light, tangy and simply perfect for summer, our Colognes revisit the blend of the historic "nose", with a hit and French touch and insolence on top.

For example, you can find the sparkle of bergamot and the sweetness of orange blossom in the 001.

Looking for a fresh, subtle and sweet fragrance? The white flowers crowned by orange blossom in 002 will offer you the perfect blend for a sunny summer!

Would you prefer a slightly more vegetal scent? At Bon Parfumeur, there are scents for everyone! The 003 will offer you freshness and lightness with its mentholated notes blended with green tea notes.

Did you know that our Colognes were especially concentrated in perfume ? Indeed, at Bon Parfumeur, we chose to concentrate our Colognes up to 18% ! Still very light and fresh, the scent of our perfumes last for hours, even when it is very hot ! 

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