4711 Echt Kölnisch Wasser (1792)
    by 4711 (orig. by Muelhens)




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    The original cologne water. This light refreshing cologne has been popular for over two hundred years. Invented in Cologne, Germany (surprise!) in a house with the number "4711". It was originally developed for medicinal purposes. The fascinating story behind this cologne can be found at www.4711.com.
    The ingredients are still top secret today, with only the main ingredients known.

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    Shifty Bat's avatar

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    What else can be said about the tried-and-true 4711? It's light, almost too much so, but that's right up some people's alley. It's bracing and even a little fun, a perfect pick me up scent equally ideal for early mornings, gym bags, board rooms, and post-shower evenings. It is so short-lived that it simply can't offend, and (though I rarely condone the idea) layers well with all kinds of classic chypres and fougeres, from Diorella to Pour Monsieur.
    If you like lime rind, oakmoss, affordability, and glimpses into history, this one should be in your collection.

    28 May, 2014

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    4711 - Eau de Cologne
    Yes, its still among us and after all those years it still smells like 4711- probably the most well-known perfume in the world. Not so natural as the original, I suppose, but it still manages to surprise, time after time... Very fresh, zesty-orangey, green-herbal spicy, with a nice neroli-note linked to lavender as main act, this still impresses. It could be rounder and softer but I guess this 'sharpness' its part of its elegance. A splash now and then, can do wonders- really uplifting... Maybe too recognizable for some people, and that may be the reason why its use nowadays is a bit off neglected- but this stuff still smells so highly original and potent that it will be with us till the end of human mankind. I also forecast that somewhere in the near future, 4711 will grow into fashion again, someday- at least is has time enough to await its moment...

    04 May, 2014

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    I don't wear this cologne, but I own it and sniff it when I am missing my nonna more than usual. It smells of citrus and hot Australian summer days...and the second most important woman in my life.

    22 January, 2014

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    Neroli, neroli, neroli. That's mostly what you get, and not in the grandest form, but the historical significance of this fragrance is worthy of note, and is a must-own for serious fragrance collectors, for that reason alone. The big bottles are fun to decant into smaller spray bottles. I use this as a lovely bathroom spray, as opposed to actually wearing it, but that is not to take away from it in any way, because herein is a gem of an old fragrance that you can't help but admire, even if it has been improved upon over the years. This is THE cologne that started it all.

    24 December, 2013

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    The current incarnation of 4711 is different from its earlier formulations. The present day version is lighter and more bracing, with shorter longevity. What this does is sort of kill the power of this fragrance as an EDC. It's really more like an aftershave at this point. But that is fine with me, as for that purpose it works splendidly. The contents provide just the right amount of skin conditioning after shaving, to leave your face feeling clean and refreshed.

    Longevity isn't more than an hour or two. But again, if you're using this as an aftershave then it's fine. In fact, the ingredients are benign enough to allow layering of another fragrance some 15-30 minutes later, without compromising it. So that is my routine--4711 after shaving, then my fragrance of choice to follow if I'm not going scentless that day. This all works very well given the rather low price point. Frankly, I think most of the negatives are coming from the assumption that this is a full fledged EDC, and it isn't.

    28 November, 2013

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    Great fragrance. Also coincidentally a favorite of my German grandmother! This is a bright, fresh lemony cologne which can be sprayed throughout the day. It is incredibly refreshing and inoffensive. You can never put too much of this because it is always in a weak concentration (EDC), and the idea of re-applying throughout the day is fine as it doesn't really last very long.

    But, it IS undoubtedly a classic! It is THE (original) cologne as it has been produced in the city of Cologne in Germany for over 200 years! Well worth it... just be prepared to apply throughout the day, and it's almost guaranteed to make anyone feel refreshed and happy every time. Amazing!

    21st November, 2013

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