Eau de Cologne du Coq (1894)

Eau de Cologne du Coq by Guerlain
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Eau de Cologne du Coq is a popular perfume by Guerlain for women and men and was released in 1894. The scent is citrusy-fresh. It is still in production.

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Perfumer

Aimé Guerlain

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Neroli, Orange, Lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesJasmine, Lavender, Patchouli
Base Notes Base NotesOakmoss, Sandalwood

Ratings

Scent

7.7 (103 Ratings)

Longevity

4.5 (87 Ratings)

Sillage

4.6 (89 Ratings)

Bottle

8.4 (95 Ratings)
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Taurus1967

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Taurus1967
Taurus1967
Greatly helpful Review    13
Fresh as the first cockcrow
In the 19th century the number of fragrances for men was still very manageable. Perfumes were more for women or young women, although there were creations that today would be classified as unisex. The Eau de Cologne du Coq can also be worn by both sexes without any problems, because after all we are dealing here with a classic refresher who, in his starting phase, is intoxicatingly clear with neroli and orange and anything but stingy.

That little bit of lavender and patchouli goes down badly, but that shouldn't bother anyone, because if you play "du Coq", you'll be completely awake and in the best of spirits through the morning, as long as you spray again and again. Because one thing is certain: as beautiful and pleasant as this cock crows here, it has unfortunately already silenced on the skin after a very short time.

As is well known, this is also a sign of naturalness and at the same time a commitment to the authenticity of the fragrance. Whether it was changed or reformulated here and there in the course of the last 125 years is probable, but not conspicuous. It could still have originated from that time and does not resemble by chance the much older original Eau de Cologne by Johann Maria Farina opposite Jülichs Square in 1709 - quasi the origin of all fresh citric fragrances. In contrast to the well known 4711 it is much gentler.

Perhaps our rooster is not necessarily the top dog among the Cologne waters or the most long-lived in the double sense. But definitely the Cologne with the most beautiful bottle.
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MasterLi

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MasterLi
MasterLi
Helpful Review    4
Old fashioned luxury...
This is one fragrance that I appreciate very much. A classic by Aimé Guerlain, the man who created Jicky, a milestone fragrance in the history of perfumery. Many have remarked (including Luca Turin) that Eau de Cologne du Coq is an Eau de Cologne with Jicky mixed in. I don't quite see it as that. Because to me Jicky is famous for the introduction of vanilla into Guerlain perfumes, and there is no vanilla here. Instead, to me this one is similar to Guerlain's Eau de Cologne Imperiale with it's classic "Eau de Cologne" formula of herbs and citrus. The only real difference here is the prominent lavender and musk combination, which can give it a slight "dirtiness" as perceived by some, but which in my opinion gives fixes the fragrance and gives it a greater longevity than the former.

It's one which I enjoy wearing, and which smells pleasing to others. Overall, I would recommend it over Eau de Cologne Imperiale purely for the reason that it lasts longer on my skin, and I would repurchase this one over the other. It does smell a little "old fashioned" but I have never had a problem with it, and the people around me have also like it. The name references the national animal and symbol of France, the cock (i.e. rooster). It is very classic and very French, what more would you expect from Guerlain... Arguably the best house in French perfumery? Good stuff!
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Apicius

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Apicius
Apicius
Helpful Review    4
Take two from Guerlain!
In Germany, there is a very popular sort of citrus candies, their name is "Nimm 2" (Take 2). Whenever someone offers you one of those candies you will have to decide whether you want the yello lemon candy, or the orange one. If you prefer the yellow one, then you are an Eau de Cologne Impériale type. But if you'd prefer the orange candy, you should go for Eau de Cologne du Coq.

They are not so far apart, these old Guerlain Eaus. The Impériale is lemony-soft, a wonderful refreshment on a hot day. Eau de Cologne du Coq is with much more orange and neroli. It appears to be a little bit darker and more robust. And the longevity is slighty better than the 30 minutes of the Eau Impériale.

It is all a matter of personal taste, like in "Nimm 2". Mostly, I would prefer the Impériale. A focus on orange in an Eau de Cologne can easily come as candy-like.

Both are equally well done, and I would say that they stand for the two main scent directions that we have in the classic Eau de Colognes.

In my review on the German side, I somewhat vehemently insisted that one of them is enough - but I have to admit: Next to the Impériale, the Eau de Cologne du Coq has miraculously found its way into my collection by now. If it comes to wonderful Eau de Colognes, I cannot resist.

These beautiful light Eau de Colognes stand very much in the shadow of the many more serious perfumes by Guerlain. I'd recommend to reserve one day at a Maison Guerlain for an exclusive test of the Eaus, and ignore everything else: Impériale on the right wrist, Eau de Cologne du Coq on the left, and if you find a helping third arm, do not miss Thierry Wasser's modern take: Cologne du Parfumeur.

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More than a century old, but allways with fresh orange and neroli to lighten up your Spring and Summer.+3
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