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4711 Echt Kölnisch Wasser (1792)
by 4711 (originally by Muelhens)


4711 Echt Kölnisch Wasser information

Year of Launch1792
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 485 votes)

People and companies

Originally byMuelhens
PerfumerWilhelm Muelhens
Parent CompanyMäurer & Wirtz
Parent Company at launchMuelhens

About 4711 Echt Kölnisch Wasser

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
The ingredients are still top secret today, with only the main ingredients known.

4711 Echt Kölnisch Wasser fragrance notes

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Reviews of 4711 Echt Kölnisch Wasser

A legend, one that defines a genre of scents that continue to be appreciated to this day after hundreds of years.

Offhand, 4711 can be reflected in fragrances from way back, like Imperiale de Guerlain, to a sophisticated retake (maybe not intentionally) in Dunhill London Icon.

Sure, there are MANY alternatives to this classic style of scent - lemony, fresh, dignified - but 4711 is THE standard. Extremely easy to buy and at dirt cheap prices...why not give it a try and decide for yourself?

11th December, 2016
Took me a good long while to like this. You really need to like neroli.

Despite all the notes listed, I get bergamot, and neroli. It lasts about 30 minutes, an hour on a good day. It smells natural for the most part.

I paid $6 for a 2 oz spray bottle. Never wore it until recently, when I finally got more into neroli notes. Neroli was always a smell that rubbed me the wrong way; and although still not a major fan, I do appreciate more and more, as I wrap my nose around more neroli dominated fragrances.
01st October, 2016 (last edited: 23rd February, 2017)
When it comes to Eaux de Colognes, its not the idea you're paying for but the quality of execution. 4711 isn't bad, but its not so good either, it soon loses its refreshing edge as the citrus oils go pithy and dull.

No one expects longevity from an EdC. Putting musk in it is like putting ice cubes in your chilled white wine to keep it cool, it doesn't have much effect and just spoils the taste.

Instead of trying to spin out an ephemeral creation, it would be sensible for Mäurer & Wirtz to excise the musk from their formula and spend that money on better quality oils.

15th June, 2016 (last edited: 16th June, 2016)
BoxPred Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The original and for me still one of the best. 4771 is so summery and fresh, it reminds me of Mediterranean beaches. In short, one of my favourite smells, I just wish they would make an edt/edp version that lasted longer than half an hour. This will be replaced when it runs out.
30th April, 2016
a very simple cologne, reminds me of the spray applied by the gentleman's barber after a short back and sides. Not sophisticated but still a classic cologne from a bygone era.
27th September, 2015
JySy Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Upon first smell I wondered what was so familiar about it up until I realised that it was the spit of hospital disinfectant.
I think we have lemon floor cleaner that would work as a better fragrance than this. It certainly lasts longer.

I take pride in my impeccable nose and I can only detect a very small trace of it on my wrists under an hour after application. I can smell less of it than the fragrance I applied 24 hours previously. Although I'd imagine this would probably work better mixed with another scent rather than on it's own.

It also burns a lot if put on fragile, scarred or broken skin. I tend to put fragrances on my chest and with this I immediately regretted it as it made contact with some old scars I got from sweat rashes and a burst spot. It cut right through me and it was like I'd just put on pure acid.
If you're prone to skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, etc or have poor-healing, dry skin like myself I highly advise not using this.
19th June, 2015 (last edited: 20th June, 2015)

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