I have been using this for over 10 yrs now and have bought the bottles in the boutique many times- there is an actual boutique in Cologne. From what I can gather, it is a wonderfully fresh citrus cologne with a slightly sweet floral musky drydown - extremely pleasant and not something you want to ponder over what the ingredients are except that it is a great summer scent for the whole year round - very uplifting. It is never intrusive and no matter how much you apply, it is never in your face overpowering in strength. The bottle sizes and shapes vary - the one above comes as a sort of collector's edition with a wooden box, the other bottle designs vary in very simple boxes, I have the 125 and 200 ml bottles - refillabble spray bottles. As a cologne, it is great for its purpose and as such, not something you spray on to last the whole day - don't forget this was created in an era where it might not have been acceptable to use something overpowering to last for hours and as the concept goes, it is meant to represent a spring morning full of citrus and sweet floral notes. If you are familiar with 4711, this is nothing similar to it and would last a little longer. While these two companies vary so much for the same sort of concept for a fragrance, I am happy that both have their places in history - as we all know that 4711 is more widely known and their flagship boutique has a cologne fountain where you can use liberally to refresh yourself as you enter the shop - they also do have a range of 4711 Ice cologne that is ever so refreshing in the heat. The 4711 Aqua Colonia range offers such a lovely twist and addition to the world of colognes and the lasting power is surprisingly good. As a matter of interest, there is a statue of Farina himself built as a tribute at the town hall building amongst other prominent people in Cologne. There is also a range of Zodiac fragrances from Tina Farina - related to Farina - separate ranges for men and for women, very interesting fragrances as well sold in the same boutique. Not to get too sidetracked, the other Farina fragrance Russisch Leder (Russian leather in German) is also a wonderful soft, powdery and very masculin scent.