Throwback | 4711 Original Eau de Cologne

Introducing the original 4711 Eau de Cologne (Echt Kölnisch Wasser) by Mäurer & Wirtz. It's been produced in Cologne, Germany since 1792 and remains an iconic German scent.

In the same way that only champagne produced in Champagne, France is entitled to the name, so it is with capitalized Eau de Cologne made in Cologne, Germany.

Both my grandmother and great-grandmother at some time in their lives wore 4711. I was happy to receive this bottle from my Oma. The blue and gold vintage label is so beautiful and I can't wait to display this on my vanity in the new apartment. The bottle has a traditional shape without a spray pump, so instead you drop or splash the perfume on.

It's an aromatic citrus fragrance with a very short wear time. All eau de colognes have a weak formulation, containing 2-5% essential oils in a base of alcohol and water. This keeps the price low and the scent only lasts for a couple of hours. As well, it makes the top notes of the fragrance dominant, so colognes are different from the same fragrance's eau de parfum version, for example. If you want to learn more, click here to read my "all about fragrance" post.

The blend of essential oils include orange, bergamot, neroli, lavender and rosemary. It's a light smell that's not extremely complex but simply refreshing.

Read the review on Fragrantica. Reviews suggest it's similar to the Tom Ford Neroli Portofino; in my opinion Neroli Portofino is miles away in intensity.

Are there any scents that remind you of your family?