Agua de Colonia Concentrada 1912

Agua de Colonia Concentrada by Alvarez Gómez
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Agua de Colonia Concentrada is a perfume by Alvarez Gómez for women and men and was released in 1912. The scent is fresh-citrusy. It is still in production.
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Fragrance Notes

Eucalyptus, Geranium, Rosemary, Thyme, Lavender, Bergamot, Lemon

Ratings

Scent

7.4 (51 Ratings)

Longevity

5.3 (47 Ratings)

Sillage

4.7 (45 Ratings)

Bottle

5.7 (49 Ratings)
Submitted by Florblanca, last update on 02.12.2020.
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FvSpee
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FvSpee
FvSpee
Top Review    28  
Colonia instead of Corona, No. 15: Viva Colonia! Viva Alvarez! Viva Espana
In this series dedicated to fresh, citric colognes, I have so far dealt with German and French, and on the side also with Italian, Turkish and Czech colognes. There are still (at least) two major cologne nations missing, which I would like to turn my attention to a bit more now.

It's a pleasure to start with Spain, because with this country and me it's like really good friendships or really great love: it always takes very little fuel to light a bright fire. I have only been to Spain very rarely, but the few visits, even if they were decades ago, I remember (unlike on many other trips) almost to the minute and always with great joy. I only learned Spanish for a very short time, but what little I learned stuck, and the hard sound of the language is like music to me. Spanish literature I hardly read, and rather unusual books, but the few works always touched me deeply (Calderón, Baltasar Gracián, Jorge Guillén for example). The list could be continued. Therefore, it cannot be excluded that this comment is stained by "positive prejudices": maybe it would have been only 8.5 points if the scent came from Tajikistan (hey, you Tajiks: of course I was just kidding!).

This "Colonia Concentrada" (I have no idea what "Cologne Concentrée" actually is and where the difference to an eau de toilette lies) is, as can be seen from the other comments and from internet research (especially on the manufacturer's website: https://alvarezgomez.com, the classic of the house Alvarez Gomez; and the house Alvarez Gomez is supposedly the Spanish original colognist, the Farina of the Iberian Peninsula, so to speak. According to the official history of the company, three young cousins from northern Spain set off for Madrid to make their fortune, hired as apprentices from an old druggist and took over the business when the latter retired without an inheritance. A traveller pointed out to them that in Germany and France they used "Kölnisch Wasser", a refreshing water made from citrus and herbal scents. The cousins said to each other: "In this heat, Madrid is a much better market than Cologne, and the best lemons grow right outside the door anyway. And so in 1912 this scent was developed, which is said to have remained unchanged since then. In Spain, you can get it with the corresponding soap, shower gel and what-no-even at every corner, and of which there are several flankers and by-products (like an after-show body splash, a "cologne for babies" and an orange flanker) that are not even listed in the perfume database. In Germany, "Agua de Colonia Concentrada" is only available from a few online perfumeries, in the 400-ml splash bottle or in the handbag-compatible compact 80-ml sprayer. The stuff is not for free, but still very inexpensive.

Alvarez Gomez Agua de Colonia Concentrada opens with a wonderful, spicy, rich dark yellow, extremely lively lemon note, to which foreign hesperidics (especially bergamot and orange) seem to be only minimally added. This lemon indeed smells like hand-picked, maximally balanced aromatic organic lemons from a market stall in Madrid, where chefs also buy (especially after the peel and oil). This is quickly joined by a strong, but never further forward than a shot of fine, powdery lavender that reaches up to the second row. Next, perhaps after about ten minutes, I feel massive herbs and spices; both green (rosemary and especially thyme are plausible) and, as Fittleworth also noticed, unspecified "brown" (cloves and perhaps aniseed). Nevertheless, the finely spicy, highly aromatic lemon oil scent remains clear, which is why this cologne never mutates into a spice cologne in the style of "Tabac Original", but always remains "yellow" at its core.

The rose geranium that disturbed Turandot, I do not perceive at all, which is certainly due to me. What is a mystery to me is the eucalyptus, which is set in particularly large letters at the top of the fragrances, which probably means that many perfumers find it particularly massive. I don't perceive a specific eucalyptus smell (in the style of cough drops, rubbing alcohol & Co) at all. I can only detect the trace of eucalyptus in the enormously fresh aura, in a certain green-spicy impact and in the high durability of the fragrance (at currently about 20 degrees about 1-2 hours with a clear projection plus 2-3 hours very close)
Due to the strong herbal impact, Agua de Colonia Concentrada has something tart and crisp, which makes the fragrance appear rather masculine at first sight. However, it has been conceived and received as unisex for over 100 years and, as the comments of Palonera and Florblanca show, it also has very feminine friends. I am sure that this will work. 20 million Spanish women cannot be wrong. At the same time, and in a certain tension to this creakiness, this Alvarez Gomez (which Carlitos emphasized in his beautiful commentary of about four weeks ago, but which he apparently deleted again) radiates something very clear, light and cheerful; you immediately want to jump through fields of herbs and throw lemons at each other.

The wonderful, long-lasting interplay of aromatic, rich lemon and the harmonious combination of equally strong herbs and spices makes this cologne very distinctive for me. This proves that within the (supposedly) narrow boundaries of the genre "citric cologne" there are whole continents that are fun to wander through!
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8.5
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Carlitos01

284 Reviews
Carlitos01
Carlitos01
Top Review    9  
The tale of grumpy Jon and happy Joanna
Jon woke up feeling unhappy as it was his recent habit. The quarantine was affecting him more than he expected. Today it was his last name that irritated him ... Seymour. His sister Joanna looked happy as always. He didn't realize where she got all that positive energy from. On the other hand, he did not understand his bad mood either, much less his tantrum about the name Seymour. She liked to compare her name with that of famous characters, both historical as Queen Joana Seymour, or actual celebrieties as the actress Jane Seymour. He tried to repeat the same exercise, but was unsuccessful. He just remembered the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and some of the characters he played. No character he remembered was worthy of being a role model.
- "Playing with names ... What a stupid hobby! She must drink or apply something that makes her feel so good. I'm still going to become a social pariah if I don't change my attitude. No one can take my bad mood anymore" - he thought . He went into his shower but water and soap did not wash his sour spirit.
Jon went to his sister's bathroom to investigate possible causes of her sudden happiness. Nothing caught his eye. Just the same silly female articles as ever ... or maybe not! What was that yellow-labeled bottle? ... written in Spanish? ... perfume? ... He opened the lid and took a deep breath ... A strong smell of lemon invaded his nostrils.
-"Not bad, not bad at all!" he whispered.
He spread an abundant splash over his neck and arms. What a lovely fragrance. He felt himself bathed in lemon and lavender. He also noticed the smell of some herbs, and what appeared to be eucalyptus leaves. He was left with a deep well-being. What a beautiful discover... And it's not a girl scent. He grabbed a small empty flask in his bedroom, poured in a generous quantity of the pale yellowish cologne, and hid it in his closet.
By the end of the morning the magic elixir had lost some of its initial strength. He felt a growing irritation returning. He repeated the magic splash and ... instant happiness all over again! Perhaps now at home the other Seymour family members would stop calling him the "grumpy Seymour".
-"Who emptied half of my new cologne?... Jon !!!!" - his sister cried out with pure anger.

Let me frame Alvarez Gómez "Agua de Colonia Concentrada" in numbers:
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- Opening: 9.0 (Mainly zesty lemon freshness, with quality lavender and an herbal touch)
- DryDown: 8.0 (Linear development with lavender and eucalyptus; short lived)
- Longevity: 5.0 (A big splash can last up to 3.5~4 hours)
- Sillage: 5.0 (Up to 4 feet; it projects for 1~1.5 hours)
- Uniqueness: 9.0 (It has its own individuality despite the hundreds of lemon zesty colognes in the market; It does make a difference)
- Usability: 7.0 (Mainly an hot weather fragrance)
- Versatility: 9.0 (Excellent for wide number of occasions and great for the office and general daily wear; recommended for the gym or for the beach; Inefficient for a night out due to its low performance; the best one for me as an after shower cologne)
- Compliments: 7.5 (You will smell very good to everybody, but nobody will jump from a chair due to the scent alone)
- Quality: 9.0 (Above-average quality ingredients, solid flask)
- Presentation: 6.0 (Old fashioned but acceptable presentation; you can purchase it in a variety of flask sizes, both splash and spray)
- Price: 9.0 (EdC Intense, 750 ml splash bottle for € 32.00, a bargain for such a quality cologne)
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Overall rating: 7.59 / 10.00
- between 7 and 8 = above average;
- between 8 and 9 = recommended;
- greater than 9 = do not miss;

Recommendation: This is a a very good shower cologne that you can use elsewhere as well. If you are looking for a very pleasant lemon cologne that you can use almost everyday, I do recommend this one. I never get tired of it.
Blind buy? Yes, of course. Don't let the low overall rating intimidate you. The low value is mainly influenced by the cologne normal low performance classification. It's only EdC strenght, but very zesty.

Music: Mungo Jerry - "In The Summertime"
MasterLi

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MasterLi
MasterLi
Very helpful Review    4  
Beautiful eau de cologne...
This is a beautiful cologne in it's own right. From a Spanish house and one which is unique and uplifting. I find this one refreshing and full of character.

I think most of the reason why I like this is because it has lavender in it. Not just lavender, but actually two types of Lavender: Spanish and English. In addition, it also has I believe thyme and juniper berry. It is a great, sweet and sour mix which along with the the zesty lemon really lifts up the fragrance and sets it apart from the others.

I would happily pay for a big bottle of this I find it well worth the money for my taste. A cologne which has just the right balance (in my opinion) of sour, tangy citrus and green herbs and lavender. I do recommend everyone out there to try it and enjoy it. Highly recommended, especially for spring and summer, and hot weather. Elegant and sparklingly refreshingly beautiful in it's balance and composition.

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DarkbeatDarkbeat 1 year ago
9
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6
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5
Sillage
6
Bottle
The freshest and most beautiful citrus I have ever smelled in my life, a pity that it is a cologne, if it were edp it would be an ecstasy.
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KingPinKingPin 2 years ago
6.5
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5
Longevity
4
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7
Bottle
Pleasant lemon with some spice, I predominately get cardamom, even if not listed. A bit like Voyage d'Hermes, but not as sharp.
Carlitos01Carlitos01 2 years ago
8.5
Scent
5
Longevity
5
Sillage
6
Bottle
Dominant zesty citrus with lavender, rosemary, thyme and eucalyptus droplets. Refreshing, magnific scent but EDC performance. Recommended!

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