Special No. 127
Original Gentlemen's Cologne
1890

Special No. 127 / Original Gentlemen's Cologne by Floris
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7.6 / 10 69 Ratings
Special No. 127 is a popular perfume by Floris for women and men and was released in 1890. The scent is fresh-floral. It is still in production. Pronunciation
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Main accords

Fresh
Floral
Citrus
Green
Spicy

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
PetitgrainPetitgrain OrangeOrange LavenderLavender BergamotBergamot
Heart Notes Heart Notes
GeraniumGeranium Ylang-ylangYlang-ylang RoseRose Orange blossomOrange blossom
Base Notes Base Notes
PatchouliPatchouli MuskMusk
Ratings
Scent
7.669 Ratings
Longevity
6.553 Ratings
Sillage
6.054 Ratings
Bottle
7.864 Ratings
Value for money
6.417 Ratings
Submitted by Muenchner, last update on 14.11.2023.
Interesting Facts
The scent is said to be created specially for the Russian grand duke Orloff - then called "Orloff Special" - and later added to the Floris Collection. It was renamed according to the book page that containted its recipe.
A special edition of the scent was handed out to British Airways First Class passengers under the title "Original Gentlemen's Cologne" about 20 years ago.

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Wayofscent

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Wayofscent
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Timeless beauty of a bygone era
Diving into Special No. 127 is like stepping into a vintage dream, a nod to the allure of old-fashioned eau de cologne. The robust citrus notes command attention, delivering a burst of invigorating freshness that dances alongside the subtle herbaceous and aromatic facets, creating a multi-dimensional symphony of scents.

Imagine this: as the fragrance graces your skin, the initial rush of zesty citrus is like a sunlit morning, intertwined with the soothing lavender and petitgrain that provide a touch of refined herbaceous greenery. This harmonious blend is akin to a beautifully composed melody.

However, the magic doesn't end there. As the initial zest mellows, the scent gradually evolves. Geranium, neroli and delicate florals, such as rose and ylang-ylang, emerge gracefully, painting an olfactory canvas that's both gentle and sophisticated. Now, while the heart notes may seem traditionally feminine, the fragrance effortlessly embodies the essence of a timeless gentleman.

Transitioning to the base notes, a fusion of musk and patchouli takes center stage. The musk, though not overwhelming, contributes an enigmatic depth and allure, like a whispered secret As for the patchouli goes, it's not a standout star but rather a masterful brushstroke that adds a sense of richness and complexity to the composition.

In essence, Floris London Special No. 127 is a fragrant tapestry that beautifully weaves together classic citrus notes with refined herbal undertones. It's as though the fragrance captures the elegance of yesteryears and translates it into a contemporary masterpiece. An enchanting, mature scent that resonates with those who appreciate the timeless beauty of a bygone era.
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Taurus

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Taurus
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No. 127 lives
For a long time I thought about whether I should really tell how I got my copy. But since every fragrance purchase has its own little story, I don't want to withhold this one. About a year ago, I discovered a three-quarter full bottle of Floris No. 127 at a flea market with a, let's say, mature woman who was just selling some valuable household items. It was early in the morning - so there wasn't much going on yet and the flawless bottle wasn't standing in the blazing July sun - and after a short test I was able to call the fragrance my own for just eight euros.

Actually, I was toying with the idea of either selling it at a profit or exchanging it for another valuable perfume. But in the course of time I had to sniff the sprayer again and again and finally came to the decision to keep it and use it the following summer.

The current summer 2020 is now different as usual and planned, but I still enjoy my No. 127, which recently convinced me to use it myself with this concentrated top note of tart orange, petitgrain and bergamot with that typical English lavender touch. Beautifully classic and valuable, as if you were drinking your Earl Grey on a summer's day in a shady spot in the garden.
All around, lavender, rose geranium and ylang-ylang are in bloom, their scent carried by a refreshing breeze that subtly wafts into the nose.
A little later the fruit impressions fade away, but what remains is this noble, soapy presence with a touch of patchouli.

The fascinating thing about No. 127 is this simultaneous refreshment of the spirits with orange and petitgrain as well as the calming effect of the softly soapy lavender-rose-ylang-ylang combination. Especially in this quality and intensity without appearing overexcited. Even if the projection goes down again relatively quickly, the shelf life remains loose at 8 hours.

Now one could of course ask oneself how authentic the current version is compared to 1890, a good 130 years ago. I do think they have reformulated it quite a bit, but the eau de toilette still looks as classic as it does contemporary. There's no question about it: a lively fragrance for gentlemen, but one that seems more suitable for more mature semesters with a sense of nostalgia and poetry.
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AletheiaN

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Oh God, Floris got me!
The more Floris scents find their way into my nose, the more I like them. I got this scent as bottling (for my husband). I don't know yet if I'd like to give it to him at all :-) Love at first sniff, so to speak. The perfect fine spring and summer fragrance. Not too loud, pleasantly citric, juicy fruity with a wonderfully soft wood-herb base. Bergamot/Orange and rose geranium get through well with me. Patchouli later. For me a very great and not everyday fragrance.
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Seerose

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Seerose
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Farina
"Special No. 127" remembers me to EdC like "Farina gegenüber" and "4711". Especially with the top notes. The Bergamot and the petitgrain are causing a tangy citrous impression. The orange is stressing the similarity to the mentioned frangances. Nevertheless this scent is fine composed with best ingredients. Unfortunately my personally memories - which I will not describe now - do not allow to like the top notes of "Special No. 127.
After a certain time the rose and ylang ylang are trying to change "Special No. 127" into a more florish scent. But the Neroli and the harsh top notes together with the lavender do not let them coming out clearly.
Instead of a full scented fragance there is appearing an aquatic note which is calming down the harsh and dominating citrus. At least "Special No. 127 is changing into a more soapy scent. And yet the musk and patchouli are supporting the clean touch. If I am not mistaking with my perceiving: There might be a touch of jasmine? I consider "Special No. 127" not as an innovation of perfume. It is a traditional cologne carefully created and first class despite of my negativ memories.
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RazvanykeRazvanyke 2 years ago
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Smells more "gentleman" like than the 89, Churchill liked it during the war times and he wasn´t a youngster anymore. Similar to Colonia ADP.
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