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Eau du Coq (1894)
by Guerlain

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Eau du Coq information

Year of Launch1894
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 134 votes)

People and companies

HouseGuerlain
PerfumerAimé Guerlain
Parent CompanyLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton
Parent Company at launchGuerlain

About Eau du Coq

Eau du Coq is a shared / unisex perfume by Guerlain. The scent was launched in 1894 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Aimé Guerlain

Reviews of Eau du Coq

Guerlain Eau du Coq (1894) is Aimé Guerlain's take on the traditional eau de cologne recipe, and differentiates itself not just from the original Eau de Cologne Impériale (1854), but other earlier traditional eau de colognes like the very first Eau de Cologne by Johann Maria Farina (1706) or the more-ubiquitous usurper 4711 Echt Kölnisch Wasser by Wilhelm Mülhens (1792) through the use of a slight animalic/indolic element that is likely a small puff of civet. Aimé Guerlain really put the animalic on the map with his Jicky (1889), but in these early years after its release, he was likely still tinkering with the note. It's a shame that more of his creations don't survive in the current production catalog of the house, as I bet they would be interesting to smell. Guerlain describes this now as being "delicate yet tangy like a spring morning", and I can see how this can be perceived as such with its small animalic and sharp twist, but at the end of the day, it still fades into dry woods then vanishes like any old-fashioned proper eau de cologne.

Eau du Coq opens with a strong and somewhat off-putting bergamot, lemon, and neroli with a hit of that civet. Whether or not this has anything to do with Jicky doesn't effect the results of this mixture, which are almost the sour lime aesthetic of later aromatics chypres for men that became popular into the 1950's and 1960's; here in Eau du Coq way back in 1894 this opening was making what is probably its first appearance. Soon neroli and lavender take us in a direction similar to Eau de Cologne Impériale, but dry indolic jasmine enters the mix to reinforce that brief dirtiness a moment longer before the standard dry woods base of an eau de cologne brings us home. This time we get sandalwood in place of Eau de Cologne Impériale's cedar, with a dry patchouli bringing in a bit of green aromatic flourish right to the very end. Aimé Guerlain was not about to let you forget that he was a perfumer who took a walk on the wild side, even with a simple eau de cologne. Wear time is the typical 2 hour max and usage for any eau de cologne is casual, even an oddball like this one, due to the evanescent nature of the genre.

For a brilliant wake-up call, one can do worse than Eau du Coq, which livens the senses then gets out of the way for a proper fragrance for day-long use to take its place. I wouldn't use this one for after a shower in the evening unless you really get down with animalics, since it misses some of that simple clean most eau de colognes possess. However, morning use or before heading outdoors seems appropriate, since the slight dry sourness of Eau du Coq is perfect for merging with sweat for those who like going "all natural". All jokes aside, I can see why not many people speak of Eau du Coq in the breath as Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain's Eau de Cologne Impériale, Jacques Guerlain's Eau de Fleurs de Cédrat (1920), Jean-Paul Guerlain's Eau de Guerlain (1974), or even Thierry Wasser's Cologne du Parfumeur (2010), and the reason is Eau du Coq is just a bit uncomfortable for what it is, even if it is still enjoyable in its own quirky way. Eau de cologne fans definitely need to try this, but for everyone else, sampling this cat lifting it's leg on the traditional citrus aromatic formula of an eau de cologne is little more than an academic exercise. Still, it gets a thumbs up from me for being unique.
27th February, 2019
Traditional dusty EDC with some neroli similar to Imperiale, plus that citrus that borders on galbanum. It also has some of that overcast lavender, and some herbal rosemary. It fades away quickly, but I like it as much if not more than Eau de Guerlain. Another good one!
22nd January, 2019
This Eau caught my eye at a local Bloomingdale's fragrance counter. Along with several other Eaus from Guerlain present there, Eau du Coq received my undivided attention as I tried to fill in the blanks about them.

These are the notes within the fragrance triangle:
Top notes = orange, citruses, neroli, bergamot and lemon
Middle notes = patchouli, lavender and jasmine
Base notes = sandalwood and oakmoss

Eau du Coq is a spicy, citrus aromatic fashioned about the eau de cologne style of scents that have been around for centuries. Like Eau de Guerlain (which is a sharper take), Eau du Coq is loaded with citrus fruit juiciness and neroli flower - an eau de cologne characteristic - tempered down by aromatic lavender, patchouli, and
exotic jasmine flower. Earthy oak moss along with slight residues of creamy warm sandalwood round out Eau du Coq.

The result is an eau de cologne with a slightly herbal edge, thanks to lavender. I can understand how some would say that this scent resembles Guerlain's "Jicky" - a lavender-loaded perfume also made by perfumer Aimé Guerlain. Overall, it is a fairly distinct experience that is several steps more than an eau de cologne.
22nd September, 2018
A traditional eau de cologne with a difference.

Let us remember that in 1894 many people in the world did not wash daily, some not even weekly, and that eau de colognes would be sponged all over one's body to remove natural odors.

This begins with a blast of citrus accompanied by a peppery element that grounds it and gives it character. The lavender is subtle and adds to the feeling of gravitas. We have walked from the orchard into the garden, but our path now weaves in and out of both plots. We can smell the fresh citrus as the sun hits the peels, but also the fresh florals and herbs.

A unique and beautiful addition to the world of citrus scents. Highly recommended.
17th November, 2015
Genre: Citrus

I don’t always agree with perfume critic Luca Turin’s assessment of a scent, but for accuracy and concision it’s hard to improve on his description of Eau de Cologne du Coq: “A good cologne with a drop of Jicky in it.” I’m inclined to go one step further and call it a great eau de Cologne with a drop of Jicky in it. It’s not only my favorite of the Guerlain citruses I’ve tried to date, but by dint of composition the most characteristic of the house as well.

Eau de Cologne du Coq opens on a flourish of brilliantly realistic citrus seasoned with a bouquet of savory herbs that seems to include basil or tarragon, along with lemon thyme. A bit of indolic orange blossom rounds out the eau de Cologne formula, while a gentle, sweet lavender, a dab of vanilla, and just the barest hint of civet apply the Guerlain stamp – and incidentally conjure Jicky in the process. There’s even something resembling a drydown, with vanilla and that bit of civet hanging on after the rest is gone. It’s all over in an hour or so, but it does say “Eau de Cologne” right on the label, and I’d be churlish to expect more. With its aromatic flavor and animalic warmth, Eau de Cologne du Coq is less of a traditional cologne formula than Imperial or Eau de Guerlain. It’s also far less floral in content than the beautiful Eau de Fleurs de Cédrat. I recommend it with enthusiasm to anyone who seeks a citrus with distinct personality, provided the limited longevity is not a problem.
13th June, 2014
This EdC is pretty fizzy, with a lot of the type of sappy lemon that doesn't stand up and rub its peel in your face. It goes through a minute or so of surprising weakness right at the beginning, maybe while the alcohol initially covers some of the notes, so be prepared for this. Even after this phase, I thought I hadn't sprayed enough, so I did some more and I now realize that the stuff is just inherently weak, even for an EdC. I like the sharp intensity and brightness of what little scent it provides, but I've encountered plenty of stronger EdCs with beautifully appealing scents. In the end, you're left with nothing. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, and conclude that the weakness stems from their using all natural ingredients, but I could just go buy a $5 bottle of 4711 instead. (Already did!)
30th June, 2011

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