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    I'm looking into the traditional Eau de Cologne, with possibly a modern take on it. I was eyeing Chanel's rendition of it. Anyone have any other recommendations? I also have heard a lot of recommendations on the Acqua di Parma series. Any insight? Thanks guys.

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    The Chanel eau is very good. Guerlain's Du Coq and Imperiale are also very nice (not as long lasting as the Chanel). Acqua di Parma is overpriced, stuffy, and not to be taken seriously.

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    Yes to Chanel Eau de Cologne, my favorite. It's a slightly greener take on the classic recipe, even fresher and more interesting. In cheaper territory, I also like 4711, more classically neroli centered. As all eau de cologne true recipes, remember that they are intended as fresheners, but they don't last long.

    The acqua di parma are good too, but they are heavier and more structured, with lots of clean musks and the like. As a result, they last longer than the original eau de cologne recipes, though they don't have the fresh zing of the standard ones.

    So I think that the choice is whether you want something to last through (most of) the day, in which case you'll have to go with the AdP, or you intend a fresh spritz, in which case the Chanel would be my suggestion.

    Not a classical eau de cologne recipe, but providing some of the same function of light freshness, is Eau Neuve by Lubin, which has a slightly curious medicinal feel ("tiger balm chypre" in Tania Sanchez's words), and is relatively long lasting.


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    My favourites include Guerlain's Eau du Coq (1894) and the more recent Eau de Guerlain (1974).
    Acqua di Parma Colonia ( and flankers) is notable for its better-than-average longevity ( do bear in mind that, traditional-style eaux de cologne are very fleeting).
    Patou's Eau de Patou, whilst not a classical eau, is a very nice citrus and worth sniffing if you can.
    Chanel's offering is nice, but nothing revolutionary.

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    Certainly Acqua di Parma Colonia would top my list if you are looking for a classic edc. For a more modern take on edc instead, try Cologne du Parfumeur by Guerlain. Either of them are superb, IMO.
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    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
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    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
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    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) Polo vintage (Ralph Lauren) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

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    I'm a big fan of Eau de Guerlain, as it manages to have good longevity. Tom Ford's Neroli Portofino is a long lasting update of the classical "4711" style-cologne. The price is a bit steep.
    I find the musk base of Chanel's EdC a bit too sweet, but it is a very nice rendition.
    AdP Colonia is quite good in the longevity department, but it's a bit gentlemen barber shop-ish. I happen to love it.
    Eau de Rochas and Eau de Rochas Homme are also really quite good; Homme was a dose of myrrh.
    One I really love, and that gets very little attention here is Clairins Eau Dynamisante. Close to the original Eau Sauvage; citrus blast with aromatic herbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starshipvelcro View Post
    I'm looking into the traditional Eau de Cologne, with possibly a modern take on it.
    Guerlain - La Cologne du Parfumeur (As you might know, Tradition cologne does not have a good sillage, therefore you might need to re apply it once in while, I would say every 4 hours.

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    Thanks for all the great recommendations, I wasn't expecting monster longevity, but I was looking for something that just feels fresh. Looks like I'll have to look into Cologne du Parfumeur/Guerlain's, and continue to look into the Chanel. Acqua di Parma is looking like something I'm not interested in right now, so thanks for helping me weed that out and adding in some other great options!

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    Acqua di Colonia from Lorenso Villoresi is also well worth trying.

    +1 on Cologne du Parfumeur, the modern entry to the Guerlain EDC family, all of which are excellent. The original AdP Colonia is still a personal favourite after 15+ years of wearing it - I think early 90's is arguably still 'modern' in the context of the genre. I have tried the Chanel a number of times and just find it a bit 'too smooth'.

    And if you come across Eau de Patou just grab it

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    an eau de cologne with a modern take:

    Cologne pour le Soir by Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Upon application, one is treated to a deliciously seductive, red rose with fruity glimmers and a cabernet-like facet. A sweet and warm benzoin dusts the lovely rose with its vanillic highlight, and in so doing, provokes a keen powderiness. Barely transitioning, a delightful honey intermingles with the enchanting blend and imparts its enticing sweetness, while what I assume are aldehydes apparently color the melange with a smoky wax. Amazingly, the finale brings forth a mysterious and spicy incense interplaying with wondrous labdanum, which tempers the creation with a tinge of pine and vague illusions of amber and leather. A decidedly beautiful fragrance that is at once soothing and evocative. This anomalous cologne has stunted projection and average longevity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. reasonable View Post
    Acqua di Colonia from Lorenso Villoresi...
    Of course, how could I have forgotten this gem ?

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    here was a ranked list of favorite classics/edc's from another thread:

    Quote Originally Posted by DULLAH View Post
    If we're keeping this traditional EDC-style or truly classic citrus, no contemporary fruity citruses of citrusy aquatics....just citrus, citrus blossoms and leaves, and minor supporting notes, done in classic styles....

    I would rank Truefitt's West Indian Limes, Fresh's Hesperides, and Kilian's Prelude to Love highly but feel them too contemporary for a thread started by someone with the taste of the OP. so here goes....

    1. Creed Selection Verte
    2. Maitre Parfumeur Et Gantier Pour Le Jeune Homme
    3. Lorenzo Villoresi Acqua Di Colonia

    4. Parfums de Nicolai Cologne Sologne
    5. Hermes Eau D'Orange Verte
    6. Hermes Concentre D'Orange Verte
    7. Nicolai Balle De Match

    8. Guerlain EDC Imperiale
    9. Creed Neroli Sauvage
    10. Nicolai Cedrat Eau De Cologne
    11. Brioni Eau De Parfum
    12. Guerlain Eau De Guerlain
    13. Acqua Di Parma Colonia
    14. Penhaligon's Eau De Cologne
    15. Roger & Gallet JMF Extra Vieille
    16. Creed Citrus Biggarade
    17. Miller Harris Tangerine Vert
    18. Annick Goutal Eau De Hadrien
    19. Trumper Eau De Cologne
    20. Creed Bois De Cedrat
    21. Guerlain Cologne Du Parfumeur
    22. Nicolai Cedrat Intense
    23. Maitre Fraiche Badiane
    24. Eau De Rochas Homme
    25. Malle Cologne Bigarade
    26. Dior Eau Sauvage
    27. Trumper GFT
    28. Acqua Di Parma Arancia Di Capri
    29. Czech & Speake Citrus Paradisi
    30. Guerlain Eau De Fleurs de Cedrat
    31. Chanel Eau De Cologne
    32. Trumper Extract of West Indian Limes

    Of all the hundreds of citrus perfumes I've tried, those are the rough ranking of what I feel are the ones I can truly call "classic". Bolder are the ones which last a long time (relatively speaking) that I also never tire of wearing.

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    Cologne Sologne by PdN

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    I'm only left to second some previous preference goes to

    Chanel Eau De Cologne
    Guerlain Eau De Guerlain
    Maitre Parfumeur Et Gantier Eau Pour Le Jeune Homme

    if you want a real modern take on the classic EDC cologne I'd also suggest Comme Des Garcons Anbar (probably one of the best bang for the buck in this cathegory) and Torre Of Tuscany Colonia Esperidea. The latter, to the usual citrus/floral formula of the classic EDC, adds notes of pineapple, gardenia and ambergis in the base. Pretty nice, and with a good longevity.

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    Well, nothing could be more "traditional" than the still very nice Farina Gegenüber. For classic - and classy - citrus colognes I'd recommend either Hermès' Concentré d'Orange Verte or Chanel's Pour Monsieur. You can't really go wrong with either. For a more "modern take" on the traditional cologne style, you might like CdG's vetiver/citrusy Vettiveru or Byredo's Sunday Cologne (aka Fantastic Man).

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    +1 Chanel Eau de Cologne
    Santa Maria Novella's Acqua di Colonia is really good .
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    Patricia de Nicolai's Cologne Sologne has well-deserved support in this category.

    Another great one from this same house is the Cedrat eau de cologne. Predominant note of cedrat (a type of citrus, not cedar wood). Light enough to soak yourself in, but it lasts long enough to have several stages in its development. Wonderful warm, bone-dry base with black pepper, sandalwood and patchouli.

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    Eau D'Orange Verte, Eau Sauvage, Eau de Cartier, Monsieur (JPG).

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    Cologne Grand Luxe Fragonard: available on Amazon for $54.99.

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    I totally second Pour le Jeune Homme by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier. Such a great neroli fragrance and it lasts almost the whole day!! This is my recent re-discovery that ends my search for an Eau de Cologne. Mind you, there is a newer Extravagant version of it as well with a prominent ginger note. I found it overboarding, but it could give it the modern touch you wanted.
    From the classic Guerlain Eaux, my choice by far is Eau de Fleurs de Cedrat. I suspect it was reformulated (because of the verbena it was supposed to contain and I smell nothing like it in today's version) and is now all about lemon. Lovely, sparkling-lemony with juice and zests. Longevity is good (it's an EdT concentration) for this kind of fragrance with no base notes (2 hours).
    I like the opening of Eau de Guerlain a lot, but I'd rather have my Eau with no base than being confronted with such a dull and uninteresting tonka base. The best part of Eau de Guerlain is over within half an hour.

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    Eau de Rochas Homme - A modern EDT take on a tradtional
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    Acqua di Parma Colonia
    Lorenzo Villoresi Acqua Di Colonia
    Eau de Guerlain
    Chanel Eau de Cologne
    Creed Bois de Cedrat

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    Roger & Gallet, Jean Marie Farina will fit the bill perfectly.

    Modern take? Comme des Garcons Cittrico Cologne
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    Eau de fleurs de Cedrat Guerlain
    Eau d'Orange Verte Hermes ou even "Eau de Hermes"
    Cologne Royale or Granville from Dior

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    The lemon marvel, Monsieur Balmain!
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    Lots of great recommendations here!

    What about Muglar Cologne?

    Isn't this a modern take on a Eau de Cologne?

    The scent grows richer, he knows he must be near
    He finds a long passageway lit by chandelier
    Each step he takes, the perfumes change
    From familiar fragrance to flavours strange
    A magnificent chamber meets his eye

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    Look into:

    Gianfranco Ferre Bergamotto Marino Gianfranco Ferre

    It has been thoroughly enjoying it this spring and expect it to get even better as the weather heats up! As a bonus, it was cheap and seems to cling to my skin for several hours.
    Last edited by cfzum1; 13th April 2012 at 10:04 PM.

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    Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta

    Also, a further vote for Mugler Cologne

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    PdN Cologne Sologne (very bad longevity though even for an EdC), Xerjoff Nio.

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    +4 or so on Guerlain Cologne du Parfumeur - this one is fresh, clean with all the traditional eau de cologne notes but is just a little more flawless than anything else I've tried.
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