Eau de Cologne: timeless and delicate
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It’s impossible to wear a perfume that’s too heavy when it’s hot and when you’re dining on the terrace of the brasserie Le Petit Saint Louis in Marseille. Your choice: eau de Cologne or fresh water. They have been making a spring comeback for several years.
A bit of history!
Eau de Cologne actually comes from the city of Cologne, but it used to be called l’Eau admirable. It was derived from the maceration and decoction of plants like rosemary, thyme or lavender combined with citrus zest or juice. It was brought to France by the soldiers of Louis XV. One of the most famous addicts was Napoleon, who would have consumed 43 litres per month!
L’eau de Cassis… in Marseille
And yes, there are two shops. One is in the centre of the small village of Cassis. And the other is in Marseille, a stone’s throw from your favourite brasserie 🙂
L’eau de Cassis has existed since 1851. It was created by Lorenzo Salvaire, who had designed it for a pretty bourgeois visitor to a small spa town in Provence.
Soaps, pillow mists, eau de Cologne and eau de parfum with names that evoke the South: le souffle du Sud, soirée d’été, élixir des calanques.
Two pieces of good news: you can order online, and in terms of price these products are pretty accessible!
Eaux de Fragonard
The famous perfumer from Grasse set up shop in Paris but also in Marseille with a shop in the Voûtes de la Major. Its website even allows you to sign up for a workshop in Paris to create your own eau de Cologne! In 2016, Fragonard celebrates the iris and jasmine among its new compositions.
Acqua Di Parma and Atelier Cologne
Here are two brands that have been able to capitalise on this new trend. Acqua Di Parma is the creator of the Italian version of Cologne. And Atelier Cologne, based in Paris but available online, offers a series of Cologne Absolue with various collections: classic, Oriental, Materials, Metal, and Azure.