Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Cologne to End All Colognes

Today I will be discussing the unbeatable (at least by modern standards) Acqua di Colonia by the renowned perfume house of Lorenzo Villoresi. While not a “classic” in the sense of age as it was released around 1996, it does it better than any classical citrus eau de cologne available on the market today. If we were travel back to the 18th Century with a bottle, I have no doubt it would be instantly recognizable to the ruling classes for its brilliance, simplicity, and superb ingredients. Remember, a good cologne lives and dies by the quality of its citrus oils.

I am aware that traditional eaus do not excite the modern palette, but once must make a concerted effort to at least experience and enjoy Acqua di Colonia for what it is—a light, refreshing citrus cologne with herbal and light musky aspects with the hauntingly and too often poorly portrayed neroli flower. Surprisingly, Villoresi uses a bit of vegetal ambrette seed musk to add depth and extend the fragrance a couple of hours since the original deer musk is no longer available.

The only cologne I have ever found to be comparable is vintage Farina Gegenuber (about which I will post in the future and naturally own a couple of flacons), which unfortunately, has not be produced since the 1960s, which undoubtedly fell out of style in the age of Eau Sauvage and Paco Rabanne.

Acqua di Colonia is certainly worth at least a sampling and I think you will be pleasantly surprised. I would buy now since this is a title that is not likely to endure and will likely face a monstrous price increase given the higher than gold prices of many of the ingredients used.

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