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Eau de Cologne

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Molly Cule
152664.  Thu Mar 01, 2007 10:52 am Reply with quote

Eau de Cologne was invented by Italians, taken to Germany and named by the French.

The water was originally called Aqua Admirabilis and sold by the Italian Farina family, in Cologne. It was marketed as a cure all for illnesses from stomach aches to bleeding gums. Ingredients included bergamot (the main flavour of Earl Grey tea said to be good for depression and a disinfectant) neroli and citrus fruit oils.

Napoleon was a fan. Then so too were his men. After the 7 years war soldiers from France, Austria and Russia returned home with bottles and Farina found himself with a growing market for his water . The French called it Eau de Cologne.

The Farinas opened a shop in Paris cashing and found soon there were copycat shops some even using Farina’s name.

People used to drink Eau de Cologne. It was drunk for nausea, indigestion, ulcers, fevers, scurvy, spasms, worms and impotence.

It was also splashed on externally for its scent (obviously) and also as an antiseptic, muscular stimulant and after an insect bite.

Farinas formula is still made in Cologne and run by Farinas, their shop in Obenmarspforten which opened in 1709 is the world’s oldest fragrance company.

Curious Danny
598571.  Wed Aug 12, 2009 11:19 am Reply with quote

During WWI, people tried to change the name to Eau de Provence in France, just to annoy the Germans.

598573.  Wed Aug 12, 2009 11:46 am Reply with quote

In effect, what you're spraying yourself with is the "water of a colony". Cologne is named after the original Roman name of Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium, which means "colony of Claudius and the altar of Agrippina".

Prior to this name it was known as the settlement of the Ubii tribe, because they were settled there by the Romans for being friendly. In Latin this became "Oppidum Ubiorum". I think that'll make a great name for a new scent :)

598576.  Wed Aug 12, 2009 11:55 am Reply with quote

Oh, and another thing to note, there is a difference between men's cologne and women's cologne in that for women the concentration of essential oils is usually 3%-5% and men's sometimes goes as high as 8%. Eau de Toilette usually has 8%-15% essential oils (whereas toilet water acn have various concentrations of other things...), Eau de Parfum often has 15-22% essential oils and Perfume must have a minimum 22% essential oils, though will often have much more.

598600.  Wed Aug 12, 2009 2:30 pm Reply with quote

Arthur Mee's Children's Encylopaedia of old had an anecdote about a child, sent to the chemist's with a note from his mother requesting 'Oh Dick alone in a small bottle'.

I only mention it because I remember it (from 50+ years ago).

It's also highly implausible.


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