Acqua di Colonia, also informally called the Queen’s Cologne, is a very nice, natural eau de cologne that features a bright, sour bergamot note that gives you the feeling of being drenched in ice-cold water on a hot summer’s day. The bergamot smells like a greener, more bitter lemon, with some of the intense scent of the dark green leaves and rind thrown in for good measure.
Like any good cologne (Acqua di Parma Colonia, Cologne Sologne, Neroli Portofino, 4711, etc.), the purpose is to refresh, not to last or to perform as a proper perfume. And indeed, if you’re in the market for a summer cologne, this is an excellent option – natural-smelling, one of the purest bergamot notes in the business, and not badly priced per ml. Once the brief, volatile citrus notes have died away, what’s left is a creamy, slightly soapy neroli note, green but with a touch of orange blossom dancing around the edges. It is far from complex, but as with all eaux de cologne, sometimes simple is best.
Another excellent eau de cologne for any cologne enthusiast to add to his or her library. Opens with a tart and bright yet restrained bergamot that is both fresh and earthy--the smell of real peel. Then a floral heart of subtle white flowers and spices finishes off this eau. There is perhaps some musk or other fixative such as the indolic qualities of the flowers. I feel the flowers might be jasmine, carnation, white rose, orange blossom, and the spice is clove or clove blossom. Though I doubt the stories of its 16th Century origin with Catherin de Medici, Queen of France. Overall, very nice and natural smelling, but very expensive.
20th January, 2010 (last edited: 03rd November, 2010)
Fragrance notes: bergamot, citrus, white flowers, spices (and probably musk)
A classic, classy EDC. Very citrus-y, fresh and refreshing. The citrus notes are softened by the flowers and mild spices. No surprises here, this is one of the originals, a charming old-school scent. Very much in the same camp as R&G Extra Vielle. A lovely, beautiful dry-down, with a “comforting” quality from the spices and light musk.
Clean, fresh and serene, the classic Santa Maria Novella EdC manages to be light without being a confection, and citrus fresh without becoming furniture polish. The initial notes are clean and bright, and the dry down avoids the strong unfolding of flowers--especially good if you are a man and want an understated daytime scent. Alas, the understatement might be this charmer's only drawback; it does not carry all before it. But if it did, then it would not be what it is. I wear this for me.
The literature claims it was created for Catherine de Medici, queen of France. Eau di Santa Maria Novella is a beautiful citrus fragrance that does have that timeless dimension about it, which these historical fragrances very often have. It presents a pristine bergamot note that dominates the whole progression. The bergamot is supported by the balanced and judicious use of citrus, and shadowed by a discreet use of white flowers. As in most of the historical scents I’ve tried, it doesn’t have very much longevity, and I can hardly view that as a criticism because it goes with the character of historical blends. Eau de Santa Maria Novella is fresh, clean, clear, easy to wear, and sophisticated — it’s timeless.
L'Eau de Cologne Santa Maria Novella, originally 'Eau de la Reine' made for Catherine de Medicis, reine de France, is the very original Eau de Cologne. And the only one for me with its subtil white flower notes, and dominant mix of bergamote, citrus and neroli.