You know those days when it’s so muggy you want a shower every couple of hours? When skin feels sticky and hot? 4711 Nouveau Cologne is exactly what you need on such days.
You will probably be familiar with perennial classic 4711, which I love, but 4711 Nouveau Cologne is a modern take on that. It’s more of a “fraiche” version and despite being a cologne, it was kind enough to hang around for a while: working its cooling, fresh magic on hot skin.
This is no one-hit wonder: there are many fragrance notes involved in this perfect pick-me-up, making it both complex and universal ( and unisex). I can’t think of anyone that this wouldn’t suit. It opens with citrus, as a good cologne should, (yuzu from the grapefruit family), but you will also find light floral notes: namely peony and a hint of heliotrope and spicy geranium (mild spicy, like black pepper, not hot spicy like chili). There is a faint hint of white musk in the base, which to my nose, is pleasantly soapy and clean.
I don’t expect longevity from colognes: they are designed as an instant refresher, but this one lasted an hour or two, making it ideal for your handbag and for that lunchtime lift.
The price is spot on: this is a bargain. I found it on Escentual for just 11.00. My sample was from Cologne and Cotton. Although I can’t find 4711 Nouveau Cologne on their website today, you can check out their fabulous range, which includes several from the mouthwatering Acqua Colonia range. Opinions are my own.
When I reach a milestone I like to do a top ten, just for fun. Today’s milestone sees me reaching 400 posts.
Being June it seems apt to write about my favourite summer scents, although if I was guessing the month by the weather, I would probably think it was November. It’s hard to choose ten favourite summer scents. As soon as I complete the list, I think of another ten and I have to rearrange them all again as if I’m doing a seating plan at a small wedding. The other factor of course is that British weather is so very changeable. As soon as I dust off the astringent colognes, the sky goes dark and the winds go chilly so I’m dusting off the winter stuff again. Here I am talking as if I ever put any of my perfumes away ever! Of course I don’t, and it’s just as well as I’m looking out at a very gloomy damp day here in Wales.
However, I have managed to cull it down to ten, which doesn’t mean that I don’t love about fifty or so others, but you can’t go far too wrong with the following mash-up. Do let me know if you agree or if you have a favourite yourself. I love to hear from you.
1. Chanel Cristalle
To me, Chanel Cristalle is the definitive classy green scent. I’ve worn it for two decades and I never tire of it. In fact its mossy base is just as good in winter. My review is here.
2. O de Lancome
O de Lancome fizzes like lemonade on my skin and smells like summer in a bottle. It’s all bergamot and mosses and leaves and stems and citruses. What more can we ask for in a summer perfume? Lasting power is also excellent. My review is here.
3. Un Jardin en Mediterranee
Since fig seems to flourish in the continental heat, you can’t go far wrong with Un Jardin en Mediterranee in summer. Created by Jean Claude Ellena, everything has his characteristic lightness of touch. As a result, this is thirst quenchingly good ,with a fruitiness that works well in chilled wine too. My review is here.
4. Eau D’Epices
A Tauer spice with dewdrops in it. Similar to L’Air du Desert Marocain, there is something about the Eau in Eau D’Epices that means this is never too heavy on a hot day. It lasts from dawn til dusk too. My review is here.
5. Yves Rocher Fraicheur Vegetale de Verveine (Verbena)
I’m a recent convert to Eau de Sisley 1 having reviewed just last week. Totally unisex, this is earthy and fresh at the same time. Longevity is excellent. My review is here.
7. Muelhens original 4711
When budgets forbid and profligacy is out of the question, you can never go wrong with this steadfast classic. I never tire of 4711 Original and wish more people would wear it.
8. Elizabeth Arden Green Tea
Elizabeth Arden Green Tea, and its many good flankers, are often available for under a tenner, the combination of Green Tea and Bergamot cuts through the heat. Longevity isn’t brilliant, but the price permits frequent resprays without breaking the bank.
I have been to visit my local perfume counter several times over the past few weeks. No surprises there. However, what’s been different is that I have been visiting only one bottle. In passing, I carelessly tried YSL Saharienne a few weeks ago and several hours later, I was still obsessively sniffing my sleeve trying to remember which bottle that heavenly smell was from.
Saharienne is so good it is on my long list for Christmas. That’s no backhanded compliment. I am planning to request a special bottle of something from Santa and I am finding it so hard to narrow it down to just one from hundreds that I love. It’s like an X factor audition. Last year it was Eau de Cartier, which will always remind me of Christmas Day 2012. But I digress.
I have always loved a good cologne, and Saharienne fits the bill and then some. What makes this stand out from all my beloved O de Lancomes and 4711s and Eau Dynamisantes, is that Saharienne is packing heat. Right there in the base, after the Bergamot and divine citrussy Mandarins have calmed down, out comes the smoothest of Sandalwood with a hint of spiced Ginger Beer. It’s smoother than David Niven in his heyday. It’s blended so seamlessly that the Ginger and Sandalwood look like they’ve always been friends with the Citrus family. It’s as if they’ve been going on holiday together for years and have started to look alike.
Sadly, Saharienne’s drawback is longevity, or lack of it. A few hours at most, I would say. However, my coat sleeve smelled lovely for days and it’s jolly good value at under £30 for 50ml of EDT. The faceted glass bottle is rather pretty too, bringing to mind Ralph Lauren Safari or YSL Cinema.
It’s a cologne for Autumn. It’s both refreshing and warm, like ice cold Ginger Ale over ice, with a little bit of bite. Good work YSL. Very nicely done.
4711 Ice by Maurer and Wirtzis not strictly a fragrance, more a cologne. In the UK, eau de cologne is not used in the same way as it is by our continental cousins. Across the Channel, cologne is used to complete the bathroom niceties. Post shower, splash it all over, leave the bathroom and get dressed. It’s not meant to have longevity or to replace your daily perfume. Among the colognes, 4711 is the leader of the pack, and is a wonderful, timeless unisex scent that I have long enjoyed.
A friend recently introduced me to 4711 Ice, and once I’d admired its laughably cheap price, I naturally bought some myself. It has been surprisingly hot here in the UK, and despite having moaned about rain and cold for the last nine months (the longest Winter EVER), I am now complaining that the sun is too hot. Being pale and having freckles, I was not built for sun and I get what my Canadian friend calls the “hot fussies”.
However, this is exactly the kind of case that calls for Doctor 4711 Ice. Directed at the male market (but does that matter?) it has a cooling menthol effect on spraying which is unbeatable. The smell is clean, almost liquorice, with maybe a hint of eucalyptus and mint. In other words, everything that qualifies as “refreshing” has been added in spades. The scent itself is gender neutral and there is some brief longevity to be had, which for 2.29GBP is a bonus I was not expecting.
There is a whole list of notes that I think is rather an ambitious boast, as it includes Pineapple, Lily of the Valley, Plums, Peaches, Amber, Musk, and Violets. In fact, 4711 Ice is a straightforward pleasant smelling minty menthol mixture. I will admit that I could pick out the Bergamot from the list though.
If someone were to criticise 4711 Ice, they might compare it to mouthwash or cough sweets, and I would listen equably to those arguments without retort. However, if you need instant cooling down with an inoffensive clean smelling scent, and you don’t mind if it doesn’t last for hours, then this is for you. I picked my bottle up on Amazon and the price has even gone down since last week. It now has a permanent place in my handbag It is perfect for Festival season.
4711 Ice is what every cleavage needs when there is no shade and no help.