Marlborough (1877)Cologne

Marlborough (Cologne) by Geo. F. Trumper
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Marlborough (Cologne) is a popular perfume by Geo. F. Trumper for men and was released in 1877. The scent is woody-spicy. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Geranium, Lavender, Cedar

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Scent

7.8 (40 Ratings)

Longevity

7.1 (33 Ratings)

Sillage

5.7 (34 Ratings)

Bottle

8.1 (37 Ratings)
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Konsalik

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Konsalik
Very helpful Review    8
Vegan schnitzel, or a man like a prepared fireplace.
A simple fragrance is Trumpers "Marlborough", one of the oldest fragrances still in production on these pages. Dried, serious wood, stored in the garden, which will ensure the life-giving warmth for the time of the sometimes harsh English winter. Consequently, 'Marlborough' should wish to transfer this association to its user: Serious, caring, protective, somewhat brittle but of good, calming nature. And so does Marlborough. I'd like to say: There's no better way to do it. A scent like a Charles Dickens novel, which also fits approximately in contemporary history.

But I contradict at the same time the gladly drawn conclusion that this is for reasons mentioned also a simple smell. First of all, it should be borne in mind that 'simple' does not have to be synonymous with 'bland' and 'undemanding'. Simplicity can also refer to "unity" or "wholeness". And "Marlborough" opens for my terms a "simple", but very complete and rounded panorama. English late 19th century pale autumn bullock, painted in oil. No low power and projection surface for multiple reveries (all in reddish brown, with a hint of snow in the air).
Secondly, I would like to document an olfactory association that (as far as I know) none of the previous speakers have mentioned: I think "Marlborough" is not only a wooden scent, but also a hearty gourmand! One of the first test reactions on my part was: "Yummy!"
Of course, this was confusing and even a look into the manageable fragrance pyramid or list of ingredients did not bring any hint. The lavender, if at all, then only perceptible as a harsh earthy curiosity, it cannot be. Rose geranium and cedar are also eliminated. So what is responsible for this cryptic but clear scent of - at some point I discovered - fresh celery bulb (!)? I don't know, I don't know, I don't know, I don't know. Probably some piecework of unlisted ingredients. Anyway. What is important to me: A fragrance that evokes such disparate and singular impressions cannot be quite so straight and simple
Last: As is so often the case with Trumper fragrances, I consider them to be more durable and sillage-prone than the perfume average would suggest. This isn't a two-hour water!
Last but not least the comment of the housekeeper. Wanting to put her restraint into words, she came to the following conclusion: "It smells good, but more like a room scent." I think to myself: With "Marlborough" I am not only space, I am landscape!
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Greatly helpful Review    15
Ad hoc commentary due to enthusiasm
This here is not a clinical, slim lavender, here was cut close to the ground, there comes green, also earth. An almost dirty start, and yet, or just because of that, very attractive. The geranium then appears almost refined, dandy, dancing between its facets, as rosy as it is minty. Anyway - a lot of cooling here: Rosemary certainly, an idea of silver juniper (the berry) and the impression of cold ash. But one can also suspect warm spices, some cinnamon or clove perhaps. In any case, Marlborough is more complex than you might think considering the pyramid or the year. Only towards the base, there isn't much happening anymore, Vetiver becomes more prominent, the scent sits down, namely on a gently mossy ground.

What's still missing: Marlborough is a woody fragrance, but no wood fragrance, here is no palette cedar in the hall, but the tree still in the garden. Similar to the citrus notes, I see them in the resin and in the flowers, perhaps even in one or the other citrus flower. And in a small, ripe bergamot that makes Yatagan think of tea. A spicy floral bouquet on resinous wood, astringent, almost bitter, delicately soapy, slightly waxy and leathery, striking a perfect balance between sharp freshness and soothing balm. And: does not dwell many spices also a kind of fruity sweetness inne?

Incidentally, this is a barbershop scent that can legitimately be described as such (company history, Wikipedia), but which transcends this genre and seems remarkably timeless. Familiar, yeah, just not "old."
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Stack of wood, indeed
Trumpers Marlborough, like Wild Fern, dates back to 1877 and is therefore probably one of the oldest still original scent creations that can be bought today. And with this one one notices this now for the first time also clearly. While Wellington from the year before still came along cheerful-citric-spritty and Wild Fern seems a bit melancholic-romantic, here the fun ends! This is clearly and objectively about a single topic. Wood. Stored, cleanly processed, bone-dry wood to even logs. And by bone-dry, I mean absolutely dust-dry. I don't know a drier men's fragrance. If you want to get an idea of the scent, you must not think of modern wood scents, which would rather represent freshly cut wood, or the romantic idea of how wood should smell. Warm and aromatic-spicy. No. There's no such thing here. Leave the carpenter's workshop and walk behind the house in the woods, where the master of the house has piled up the large stacks of wood for the winter. Go to the oldest, driest, where here and there a few small lichens and some moss hang on the logs. Put your nose in a small space and take a deep breath! It smells earthy, dry, rather cool and of course woody. But without that sweetness and resinousness. It's really extraordinary.
If you are enthusiastic about something like this, you should urgently order a sample of Marlborough.
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