Eau de Cologne 1979

8.1 / 10 52 Ratings
Eau de Cologne is a popular perfume by Hermès for women and men and was released in 1979. The scent is citrusy-fresh. The production was apparently discontinued. Pronunciation

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Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes BergamotBergamot LemonLemon BasilBasil CorianderCoriander Mandarin orangeMandarin orange MangoMango MintMint PapayaPapaya
Heart Notes Heart Notes Orange leafOrange leaf HoneysuckleHoneysuckle NeroliNeroli RosemaryRosemary LavenderLavender Lily of the valleyLily of the valley
Base Notes Base Notes CedarCedar OakmossOakmoss MuskMusk PatchouliPatchouli SandalwoodSandalwood


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Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 13.12.2022.
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Neukölln 15: Guest appearance
In itself I don't like to comment on beautiful fragrances that have been discontinued because there is something sad about it. Especially not in my cologne series, because I always imagine that someone reads through the entire series like a guidebook to find out more about colognes. And what would he gain from information about one that no longer exists anyway.

For this fragrance I would like to make an exception (but as a short comment), because it is very well known and much missed and because I think that the Cologne universe would not be complete without this lighthouse. Fortunately I came into possession of a specimen, for which I thank the donor very much.

Viewed objectively, the EdC by Hermès is an overloaded Cologne and in this respect a real (premature) child of the eighties. This applies to the reading of the scent pyramid as well as to the real scent impression.

If we peel the framework from the whole notes, we find a classic Farina-Cologne with bergamot, lavender, rosemary and neroli (only the lemon is missing from the five-note sound, and in fact this EdC is rather mild and soft in comparison to Cologne, and hardly tart and sharp).

Only you have on/under/at this/this Cologne:

a) a thick, fat powerhouse base as foundation underneath, with everything the chest hair grown heart desires from oak moss over woods to patchouli;

b) the green rosemary effect is doubled by the basil;

(c) the bergamot freshness in the top note is enhanced by an extra dose of mint;

d) for the sake of greater complexity and to form an abutment against the light summer scent, a spicy and dirty sparring partner is incorporated, which runs vertically through the scent from the coriander to the patch:

e) also tripped the orange part as if it were the most Portuguese eau de Portugal in the world ("please add a net of mandarins and a tuft of orange leaves to the neroli") and

f) a thick, fat bouquet of flowers built into the heart (with two of my favourite flowers, namely honeysuckle and lilies of the valley)

UUUUUUND (I still have one left!)

g) a basket of exotic fruits (mango + papaya) pressed into the hand.

This is completely exaggerated and therefore cannot possibly work, but it does work, and that is the wonder of this fragrance. It even stays with it slightly
I own "Concentrée d'Orange Verte", the flanker of "Eau d'Orange Verte", which is supposed to be the successor of the EdC (also visually). The Concentrée is very good; compared to this one it is much darker and tart, but above all it is much, much less complex than the old EdC.

I throw - somewhat wistfully - a bouquet of lily of the valley on the grave of this old classic and say goodbye with 8.5 points, whereby I will never reveal whether the evaluation is realistic or whether I resorted to a pious lie so that the esteemed readership, which does not know the fragrance, is less sad.
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Old Eau de Cologne
The original Eau de Cologne formulation was:

a good dry orange and verbena cologne with a hint of brown leather.

Long lasting and quality materials but a trifle old fashioned.
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