AQUAE COLONIAE ESSENTIA
PACKAGING: 13,5 ml. bottle
UNIT PRICE = € 8.95
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AQUAE COLONIAE ESSENTIA
Ara Ubiorum, this is the name of the ancient Roman settlement at the origin of the only city in the world whose modern place name is inextricably linked to perfumery: we are talking of course about the German Cologne and its "water". Indeed, who has never heard the expression "eau de Cologne" (or "Cologne water")?
We can state with certainty that, perhaps only with approximate knowledge, today everyone associates this name with some scented lotion, while we can claim with just as much certainty that there are many fewer people who know the reason, linked to the creation of an Italian who lived between the XVII and the XVIII century: the Piedmontese Giovanni Paolo Feminis, who moved to Germany when he was in his thirties (where he also became a citizen), settling down precisely in Cologne (Köln). Its fruity fragrance, mildly balsamic but, above all, very fresh, was a true innovation at the time; indeed at that time perfumery was solely dominated by heavy (or "base") notes like jasmine, myrrh, patchouli, etc.
Originally called "Aqua mirabilis" in Latin, in less than a century this generic name became a kind of hypernym to refer to all alcoholic and non alcoholic waters, from medicinal waters (like spirit of Melissa or spirits), to homeopathic tinctures until arriving at "Eau de Cologne" (Cologne Water), to "Eau de Parfum" (Perfume), to "Aftershave" and to face cleansing waters.
The popularity of the new perfume, which spread throughout the old continent with the well-known French name "Eau de Cologne", gave rise to fierce competition and even to innumerable disputes both to protect the name and/or trademark and for the purpose of opposing imitations of it; so it is easy to grasp how his "recipe" (variants included) became subject to absolute secrecy right from the beginning.
Our "Aquae Coloniae Essentia" oil is a perfect "olfactory summa" to bring us back to the fresh sensation of the Cologne Water fragrance in the most pleasant and classical of its variations: a lively, citrusy, flowery and dry note with an herbaceous and slightly balsamic, tenacious, truly masculine undertone. This is obviously a concentrated essence, hence completely without the alcohol widely present in every cologne.
It is used in perfumery, to aromatise men’s shaving products and bath products, and in soaps.
Also excellent for use as fragrance in any type of cosmetics.
Our exclusive bottle made of special clear neutral glass (0,48 fl. Oz. - 13,5 ml.) exalts the various oils' chromatic properties. The natural colour of each oil is clearly visible - an exclusive characteristic just like the perfume it gives off.
All bottles are fitted with a special, thermo-shrunk, transparent, polymer seal in order to guarantee intactness as required by law.