Product Type: 4711 fragrances
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A Lovely Old Fragrance That's Still Relevant Today!
4711 Original Eau de Cologne
Member Name: SusanLesley
4711 Original Eau de Cologne
Advantages: Smells lovely, makes me feel good
Disadvantages: Could last a bit longer
I remember when I was young my grandmother always loved 4711 eau de cologne which she used as an ordinary cologne but also as a cure for headaches - by putting it on her temples NOT by drinking it I must stress! Ever since then it is a fragrance that I have loved!
Referring it back to my grandmother makes it sound an old ladies fragrance but in my opinion that isn't the case - I actually think that it is suitable for any age and indeed either sex for that matter.
The company that makes 4711 - incidentally I always say it four seven eleven but I know some people go for forty seven eleven - is
Maurer & Wirtz who, because they were based in Cologne, called the new product eau de cologne which translates as water of Cologne.
4711 was originally created in 1792 but the name 4711 only came into existence in 1881 when a court case prevented the company from using the original name - details on Wikipedia if you are interested - and Ferdinand Mullhens then used his old house number to rename the product and 4711 as we know it today was born.
I don't actually think that the design of the bottles has changed much since my grandmother's day. The label is still an intricate design in blue and gold looking very traditional and high quality.
The wording across the top of the label is Echt Kolnisch Wasser with the English words Original Eau De Cologne written underneath. The number 4711 appears in the centre of label.
The bottles have a traditional gold coloured screw top sealed with red paper. The whole thing looks very smart and special.
I have taken a look on the Boots website and the range that they currently offer is as follows:
25ml bottle (the one my grandmother always had in her handbag) at £6.49
50ml bottle at £11.49
100ml bottle at £17.49
100ml body spray at £4.39
20ml cologne stick at £5.99
Pack of 10 refreshing tissues at £3.29
There are currently offers of one third off the 4711 range at Boots so if it is something that you like it might be worth a visit to Boots.
The Technical Stuff
Now I freely admit that I know nothing about top notes and bottom notes so I have done some research on the Internet and discovered the following information.
The top notes of 4711 are made up of orange, peach, basil, lemon and bergamot.
The middle notes are made up of cyclamen, lily, melon, jasmine and Bulgarian rose.
The bottom notes are made up of patchouli, Tahitian vetiver, musk, oak moss and cedar.
So what you end up with is a cologne with an initial light, fresh almost fruity fragrance with undertones that are slightly heavier and muskier.
The Eau De Cologne In Use
Information that I have discovered on the Boots website says that
'4711 Original Eau de Cologne has been one of Cologne's greatest gifts to the world. The unique composition of 4711 has a positive effect on the mind & body, producing a feeling of well-being.'
This reinforces my grandmother's use of 4711 all those years ago.
I find that this cologne is refreshing to use, especially when applied as the body spray, and I do find that the mixture of light fruitiness and flowery fragrances help to lift my general mood.
Although this product does definitely make me feel uplifted I don't find that it is able to cure headaches so i will stick to Paracetemol for those rare occasions!
I don't find this cologne heavy in any way - for me the bottom notes just help to prolong the effect of the cologne. Having said this I must stress that this particular fragrance is not a long lasting one. I find that I have to reapply every four hours or so if I want to enjoy the effects of this fragrance all day.
I think that 4711 is a lovely traditional fragrance that won't be disappearing from the shelves anytime soon.
I find it is a lovely summery cologne that gives my mood a boost and also reminds me of a happy childhood so I will be recommending it with five stars.
Summary: Still lovely after all these years!