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    Can someone give me an example each of a the prototypical, classics men's Italian, British and French Cologne?

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    Well, I don't know whether there is such a thing but here goes:

    Italian: Acqua di Parma Colonia
    British: Blenheim Bouquet
    French: Habit Rouge

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    Default Re: Italian, British, french classic example of...

    Italian -- Acqua Classico by Borsari
    French (via Germany) -- Roger & Gallet's Jean Marie Faria (aka Extra Vielle). One might also say Dior's Eau Sauvage.
    British -- Geo. F. Trumper does a cologne. Penhaligons Blenheim Bouquet is a sort of challenge to cologne, in that it is more bracing and assertive than usual.

    Good question. I look forward to other suggestions.
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    I'l just follow my intuition and write what comes to mind; so I'm not thinking about the history but rather the feel of the fragrance. I'm sure the list could be very different some other day. I also think it's kind of interesting to hear your intuitions of different fragrance traditions.

    Italian: Santa Maria Novella's Acqua di Sicilia
    French: Chanel Pour Monsieur
    British: Trumper's Wild Fern

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    Default Re: Italian, British, french classic example of...

    Italian: Aqua di Parma Colonia
    French Guerlain Colone Imperiale
    British: Penhaligons Castile/Blenheim Bouquet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merlino View Post
    Well, I don't know whether there is such a thing but here goes:

    Italian: Acqua di Parma Colonia
    British: Blenheim Bouquet
    French: Habit Rouge

    Anyone got some better suggestions?
    This is very good.

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    Default Re: Italian, British, french classic example of...

    Quote Originally Posted by Merlino View Post
    Well, I don't know whether there is such a thing but here goes:

    Italian: Acqua di Parma Colonia
    British: Blenheim Bouquet
    French: Habit Rouge

    Anyone got some better suggestions?
    I think this is excellent. an alternative trio could be:

    Italian: Villoresi, Acqua di Colonia
    British: 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 ).
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    Default Re: Italian, British, french classic example of...

    I have this perception:

    UK: Fougeres and Lavender.
    France: Ambery / Chypres
    Italian: Food-like spices and citrus.

    Penhaligon's is so traditionally British IMO.
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    Aqcua di Parma and Eau d'Italie (though quite modern) are two that capture the essence of Italy quite well.
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    Default Re: Italian, British, french classic example of...

    Quote Originally Posted by Merlino View Post
    Well, I don't know whether there is such a thing but here goes:

    Italian: Acqua di Parma Colonia
    British: Blenheim Bouquet
    French: Habit Rouge

    Anyone got some better suggestions?
    I agree with others that these are excellent choices.

    For me:

    Italian: Acqua di Parma Colonia
    British: Czech & Speake No. 88
    French: Chanel Pour Monsieur (1955)
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    Default Re: Italian, British, french classic example of...

    My perception of these countries perfumes is as follows:

    Italian: Acqua Di Parma (I think it has majority here)
    British: Czech & Speak No. 88
    French: Roger & Gallet's Jean Marie Faria
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    Default Re: Italian, British, french classic example of...

    My perception of these countries perfumes is as follows:

    Italian: Acqua Di Parma (I think it has majority here)
    British: Czech & Speak No. 88
    French: Roger & Gallet's Jean Marie Faria
    " Human beings are members of a whole,
    In creation of one essence and soul.

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