Eau de Cologne de Jean Marie Farina (1806)

Eau de Cologne de Jean Marie Farina by Roger & Gallet
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Eau de Cologne de Jean Marie Farina is a perfume by Roger & Gallet for women and men and was released in 1806. The scent is fresh-citrusy. The production was apparently discontinued.

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6.8 (2 Ratings)

Longevity

3.3 (2 Ratings)

Sillage

4.3 (2 Ratings)

Bottle

5.7 (6 Ratings)
Submitted by Hasi, last update on 07.11.2019
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Taurus1967

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Taurus1967
Taurus1967
Greatly helpful Review    10
Probably the most Christmassy cologne in the world
This Cologne by Roger & Gallet is actually something like an homage, dedication or, for my sake, dupe of a fragrance that was almost one hundred years old at the time, namely the Original Eau de Cologne by Johann Maria Farina opposite Jülichs-Platz - the (great-grandmother) of all colognes, so to speak.

I still have a miniature of that one that sniffs overdimensionally fresh and contemporary, although one cannot rule out that it has been reformulated again and again over the centuries.

Even with this Cologne by Roger & Gallet from 1806, it is difficult to assume that the recipe was changed. Anything else would be a huge surprise.

Finally, the fragrance contains many freshly harvested citrus fruits, such as lemon, bergamot, mandarin and above all orange, which are juicy and tangy with peel convince. This doesn't just look natural, it also puts the whole thing in a good mood.

But that's not all. In this cologne you will also notice a few floral notes as well as slight traces of rosemary. What puts everything in the shade next to the orange, however, is a fine smoky note, which is somewhere between oriental resinous nuances and sweet sandalwood. Perhaps a minimal pinch of cinnamon and/or cardamom is involved - at least it gives the whole fragrance a fine warm counterpoint to the oranges and reminds of Christmas or Christmas atmosphere in the good old cosy room with freshly peeled fruits, Christmas cookies and candles.

You wouldn't trust a cologne like this, let alone a cologne from over 200 years ago. In the absence of contemporary witnesses, it is also impossible to judge how close he actually is to Johann Maria Farina's original Eau de Cologne. My Mini goes there more in the citric-fresh to quite slightly aquatic direction, which I would not necessarily regard as authentic.

Be that as it may: this Cologne by Roger & Gallet unfortunately has no one (yet) on the radar, although it is absolutely pleasant and unique. Ok - you definitely have to cut back on durability. For diligent after-sprayers this should not be an obstacle.
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