Eau de Cologne (2010)

Eau de Cologne by Penhaligon's
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Eau de Cologne is a popular perfume by Penhaligon's for women and men and was released in 2010. The scent is citrusy-fresh. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Fragrance Notes

Bergamot, Neroli, Orange, Rosemary, Lemon

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Scent

7.6 (33 Ratings)

Longevity

4.9 (28 Ratings)

Sillage

4.3 (28 Ratings)

Bottle

8.4 (32 Ratings)
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 25.07.2020.
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7.5
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Top Review    25  
Colonia instead of Corona, No. 16: We in Europe.
Now, after the first Spanish cologne, there is also a first English cologne in this series, and although "Penhaligon's Eau de Cologne" was chosen rather randomly (many thanks to Mörderbiene for the rehearsal!) the transition couldn't be better. For this scent, created in 1927 (I'll base my comments here on the pre-commentary), is hardly English and very common European. I think he didn't want to be particularly original and not very british indeed, but simply took up the Franco-German tradition of light colognes and rooted in the island. So the British gentleman, who had learned to love the classic 4711 in Cologne or Guerlain's Eau de Cologne du Coq in Paris on his educational journeys or possibly as an officer in the course of the "Great War", was able to reproduce the fragrance experience at home in his at least equally beloved "Penhaligon's" shop and did not have to resort to imported goods; especially since customs barriers went up everywhere in the interwar period.

The cologne-appropriately very volatile fragrance features the complete classic 4711 accord of lemon, bergamot, neroli and rosemary, but (which isn't very difficult) comes across as somewhat softer, rounder and more lemony than the original (and in this respect is reminiscent of Maravilla's "Feines Kölnisch Wasser"). Possibly the indicated orange content also contributes to this. I'm quite sure that I can hear a slight lavender note here, although much more delicate than in the last colognes tested in this series, and possibly also traces of other green herbs than rosemary.

Not directly unmistakable, but a little bit special, this cologne has a darker, woody or maybe even leathery note after a few minutes, which makes me think of the diffuse animalistic element in the "Coq" or even more of the bubbling underground of Habit Rouge, but these are really only the most delicate echoes.

With this I am completely on the line of the two esteemed pre-commentators, who classify this fragrance as a solid, successful and therefore also successful cologne, which however neither represents a peak of its genre nor does it add essential new nuances.

The fact that Penhaligon's has now discontinued this fragrance for the second time represents another of England's farewells from the continent, but it is less epochal and easier to get over than the retreat of the Roman legions in 440 AD (because of the stress at home and the annoying incursions of the Angles and Saxons), the fall of the English Church of Rome in 1531 (because of the Henrizian marriage problems) and the withdrawal from the European Union in 2020 (because... yes, why...).
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Top Review    13  
Penhaligon's - An obituary of headless, vegetarian scents, first prank
Aquae Mirabilis, later Eaux de Cologne, dominated the perfumery market until the late 19th century and became the dominant men's fragrance in Great Britain, thanks to Beau Brummel and others. These Eaux de Cologne were often distributed by pharmacists and hairdressers, resulting in a myriad of different recipes. Walter Penhaligon, son of the company founder, who ran a barbershop in London, created his own recipe for such a cologne in 1910, which was reissued in 2010 as part of the Anthology Collection. Whether the original recipe was used unchanged or whether it was reformulated remains uncertain. It is a fact that this eau de cologne is close to the oldest brother, the original by Farina Gegenübers, much closer at least to 4711 than to the middle brother. Into the tangy and fresh dynamics of lemon, bergamot and neroli, waves of sweet orange and piquant herbs mix boldly, gradually letting the scent drift into soapy areas, while the initial freshness remains almost unchanged.
A - like most colognes - very invigorating water, furthermore ennobled by Voltaire as "invigorating to the spirit". Especially on hot summer days a gush after getting up and after work does wonders. The fact that the spook will soon be over is inherent in the fragrance genre and does not detract from the pleasure of wearing it. To pick up on the wonderful words of my pre-commentator: Penhaligon's Eau de Cologne meets all requirements and can be recommended without reservation.
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Citric, orangy, fresh!
An Eau de Cologne is always a welcome sight – provided that you do not suffer from 4711-phobia! Common thread of this type of fragrance is the typical, often dominant neroli note which more or less stands out from other citric notes. Such perfumes are available as true Eau de Colognes – which means that they exclusively consist of top notes – but also as regular Eau de Toilettes.

Penhaligon's is competing with itself: next to the Eau de Cologne, we have the slightly floral Castile, with emphasis on the neroli note, voluminous and with comparatively long longevity. On the other side, there is the citric-green classic called Blenheim Bouquet. And in between, we have the Eau de Cologne. Here, the neroli note is quite dominant as well, but it is put together with a lemony note that is quite strong at the beginning. Not bad: on one side, we have the more robust style provided by a strong lemony note, on the other side neroli brings in a fine elegance. This is best of both worlds!

The citric note in the top soon looses some of its strength, the neroli stays much longer. Maybe, also lavender is part of the game, because this Eau de Cologne “hovers” a bit.

Penhaligon‘s Eau de Cologne is well done, fresh and rather citrusy. With these attributes, it gets near Guerlain's classic Eau de Cologne Imperiale which perfect airiness it might not quite achieve. This is not necessarily a con, it is just a shade different. It is sufficient to own just one of these simple, but very beautiful fragrances – there are no big differences.

A good Eau de Cologne is a superb, short refreshment in midsummer, on a hot day. It is not supposed to last very long, because then it would become annoying. Penhaligon‘s Eau de Cologne meets all those requirements and can be recommended without any reservation.

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