Eau de parfum 001 : A sweet floral cologne
A sparkling trio of citrus fruits awakens this timeless cologne. Bergamot and lavender rub shoulders with sweet orange blossom, while musky base notes add staying power. So much more than a fresh cologne, it clings to the skin. Its comforting yet forever elegant sweetness gives this must-have universal appeal.
What is a Cologne ?
It is said that these fresh fragrances, a firm favorite of men and women alike, were invented by the Italian Giovanni Paolo Feminis in Cologne.
Containing aromatics and citrus fruits like lemon, bergamot and mandarin, at the time these refreshingly scented alcoholic solutions were seen as more of a medicine than a refined fragrance.
They were miraculous tonics used for their energizing effects. Today’s colognes have been reinvigorated to give them enhanced depth, contrasts and wear. Their resurgence shows a search for authenticity and purity.
How are these citrus fruits extracted ?
Citrus fruits are very sensitive to heat and need a gentle touch ! This means distillation can’t be used to obtain these essential oils. Citrus rinds are covered in little oil-filled sacs, which can be seen with the naked eye. We need a pressure to pierce these tiny bubbles. The mixture is then decanted to collect just the oily portion, which is lighter than water.
Did you know ?
Around 1500 bergamots are needed to obtain 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of essence ! Bergamot has a fresh scent that fluctuates between green and floral-fruity. It makes for a one-of-a-kind beginning but it is also the most versatile of all citrus notes.
Coming for the most part from Calabria, Italy, it reveals different notes depending on the plot where it is grown : fresher in the south and more floral in the north. In a way, it’s similar to wine, where the characteristics of the surrounding land play an important role. The harvest time is also a factor; the start of the season is green and zesty, becoming fruitier toward the end.
Mix & Match :
Combine two fragrances (or three for the most daring) to create your own unique scented trail. Different dosages (one, two, three sprays) will give a unique result.
› 001 x 901 - For a sensual side assumed
› 001 x 601 - For a woody touch
How to use it :
Spray onto pulse points like the wrists, neck, behind the ears, and the crook of the elbow to make your fragrance last longer.
Top notes are smelled during the first minutes :
› Bergamot : sparkling, floral, reminiscent of earl grey tea
› Lemon : zesty, sour
› Mandarin : fresh, juicy
› Rosemary : aromatic, camphory, evocative of mediterranean cuisine
Middle note last for several hours :
› Neroli : flower from bitter orange tree, floral, soft
› Petitgrain : tree branch from bitter orange tree, bitter, zesty, green
› Jasmine : floral, fruity, animal
› Lavandin : another type of lavender, floral, aromatic
Base notes can last for days :
› Orange blossom : floral, soft, honeyed
› Musk : soft, comforting, fluffy