Cologne Intense opens with sparkling citrus notes of Calabrian Bergamot and Sicilian Lemon. Warm Mediterranean waters fan restorative breezes of Petit Grain Paraguay, Neroli Morocco, Lavender, Estragon and Pink Pepper...
Cologne Intense opens with sparkling citrus notes of Calabrian Bergamot and Sicilian Lemon. Warm Mediterranean waters fan restorative breezes of Petit Grain Paraguay, Neroli Morocco, Lavender, Estragon and Pink Pepper in ornamental grace notes. In the storm’s placid aftermath, an enraptured heart sighs contentedly with blissful notes of Incense Superessence, Jasmine Absolute and Mate’ Superessence CO2. Positive, inspirational accords pare back with sensual Patchouli, Labdanum Absolute, Amber, Oakmoss and Musk.
Cologne Intense: The concept
The transportative Cologne Intense fragrance honors the alluring originator composed in 1709 by Jean Marie Farina, an impeccable Italian perfumer who'd settled in Cologne. Named in veneration of his western German city of adoption, his aqua mirabilis masterpiece became an international paragon coveted by titled European nobility, royals and courtesans. The "Water of Cologne" was ferried into France's regal courts by Louis XV's royal French soldiers and officers stationed in Cologne during the Seven Years' War.
Pure perfume extracts indulge olfactory senses with an in excelsis distillation, each note scored in perfect harmony and cadence. In existence since the early nineteenth-century, unfiltered essences were diluted with alcohol to boost aerosol diffusion and to alleviate obstructions in the flacon's puffer. Advances in modern perfumery have made those techniques obsolete; deposits are meticulously-filtrated after maceration. Creating complex, extracted formulas comes at a cost and only a handful of notable perfumers offer extracted essences. This esteemed craftsmanship underpins the House of Houbigant’s two-century-old legacy of innovation, distinction and authority.