Originally Posted by Merlino
Well, I don't know whether there is such a thing but here goes:Italian:
Acqua di Parma ColoniaBritish:
Anyone got some better suggestions?
I think this is excellent. an alternative trio could be:Italian:
Villoresi, Acqua di ColoniaBritish:
Floris No. 89
i]French:[/i] Patou pour homme
I think classic Eau de Cologne is the fundamental Italian contribution to perfumery, and its ingredients, neroli, lemon, bergamot, etc. are quintessentially Italian from a North-of-the-alps perspective (Kennst Du das Land, wo die Zitronen blüh'n...).
Rosy-soapy to me is the essence of classic English perfumery - the extension of soap by other means, Turin wrote of Floris No. 89 . BB's approach to citrus is equally British, though. Anothe perfect choice would be Dukes of Pall Mall Belgravia (distinguished floral-clovy-soapy). Wearing it makes you want to sing God Save the Queen and petition Parliament.
Patou has always seemed to me the essence of the French approach to perfume regarding its complexity of construction and mastery of blending.One could equally argue for Eau d'Hermes as embodying the "body odor" tradition in French perfumery - as opposed to the understated cleanliness of English fragrance (but then there's Hammam Bouquet