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Eau de Quinine (1890)
by Crown Perfumery

Eau de Quinine information

Year of Launch1890
Average Rating
(based on 31 votes)

People and companies

HouseCrown Perfumery
Parent CompanyClive Christian
Parent Company at launchCrown Perfumery

About Eau de Quinine

A faithful revival of the classic original by Eduard Pinaud of Paris. A victorian masterpiece.

Eau de Quinine fragrance notes

Reviews of Eau de Quinine

This was launched at a time Quinine scents were popular, with Trumper's version released only a few years later. Crown's Eau de Quinine's opening blast is what it's name states; the quinine having a boozy G and T touch. A very nice bergamot is adding more freshness, and coriander a touch of spiciness. A very beautiful slightly adstringent petitgrain fits in very well. After the first couple of hours it fades into a very pleasant non-sweet white soapy powderiness that remains close to my skin. Beautifully blended from high-quality ingredients. Good initial silage and projection, with a total longevity of about four hours on my skin. A classic that can be still enjoyed today.
16th February, 2014
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United States
Likely the finest of the self-styled "quinine" fragrances ever to be released. Bright yet deep citrus with the signature bitter quinine atop a soft base of moss and musk. Better rendition of Caswell Massey's No. 6. A lost beauty from a lost era.
15th April, 2013
Probably beloved of Sherlock Holmes, possibly enjoyed by Oscar Wilde in certain of his moods, perhaps appreciated by Jack the Ripper, almost certainly dismissed by King Edward "Tum Tum" the Seventh, Crown Eau de Quinine could well inspire the following adjectives: medicinal, metaphysical, mysterious, reserved, deep, complex, uncanny, sinister, quaintly traditional and oddly modern. In fact, a bit of an enigma.
18th November, 2011
Bubbly, boozy and peppered with bravado, Eau de Quinine combines the herbal edges and angles of fresh coriander, monarda and artemisia, the tartness of bergamot, the slightly bitter powder of petitgrain, and the heat of nutmeg and clove. I always feel energized and quite the bon vivant when I wear this delicious concoction. My only question, should one apply it shaken or stirred!

24th June, 2008
out of the bottle, very much like tonic water, on the skin more green notes... overall very dated, too dated even to be considered retro. I really don't think I could pull this off around people anywhere near my age (23) and I'm the type of guy to wear alot of (what can be considered) weird stuff... definatley not a blind buy!!
22nd August, 2006
Quinine itself is not the kind of thing you consume and go, "Oh, delicious, must have more! Immediately" It's rather to be savored, a fact to which those who appreciate the perverse pleasure inherent in sipping tonic water - or even certain bitter apertifs like my personal favorite, Campari - might attest. I bought it because I love this kind of bitterness, and because the fragrance is genuinely original and not, in my opinion, so strictly masculine that I couldn't possibly wear it (though it does smell good on my husband, too!) And too because I'm drawn to anything containing petitgrain, which has its own little weirdly medicinal, old-fashioned apothecary thing going on at times. The topnotes of this scent take you right into gin and tonic territory, complete with a healthy slice of lime (the bergamot), and then that burns off into the heart of petitgrain, which is cool, powdery and characteristically a little aspirin-like and here nicely complimented with some spicy counterpoints courtesy of the nutmeg et al. The powder base definitely works for me as well and makes this an ideal scent for incendiary days when even the idea of fragrance almost seems to be almost too much. Eau de Quinine and Eau de Patou - which also contains petitgrain and a fresh herperides top - are two staples of mine for moments like those.
27th September, 2005

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