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4711 Echt Kölnisch Wasser

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4711 is a light Eu de Toilette with pleasing citrus and medicinal notes. It is refreshing, and it does not last long. One might bemoan its lack of longevity on the skin, or one may use it for those occasions where a temporary refreshment whose aftereffects fade quickly is desired. Apparently a number of people have that second viewpoint, as this concoction has been in production since 1792.

The formula for this “aqua mirabilis” or miracle water was given by a Carthusian monk to a young couple on the occasion of their wedding. They began marketing it, first as a medicine that could be taken both internally and externally. Later, in 1810, when Napoleon decreed that all ingredients for medicines had to be made public, the marketing changed to that of a Eu de Toilette in order to keep the ingredients secret. In that role it has been very successful through the centuries. Numerous luminaries, including Goethe, have used 4711. It retains a modest price. I bought my 2.5 oz bottle on E-bay for $4.75 shipped. That may be slightly under the market price, but not by much.

There is a fascinating press release on 4711 available at http://www.4711.com/english/presse/download/presse_01.pdf . It is a bit long to quote in its entirety here, but I do recommend downloading and reading it if this review tickles your interest. You will find there information on how 4711 got its name, the old recommendations for medicinal use, and a number of other captivating tidbits of information about this venerable old product.

There is a discussion thread for this review here.

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Pros: Smells nice very citrusy and flowery
Cons: Does not last a long time
This fragrance is a unisex eu de toilette that has a citrusy smell. After searching for this product at retail stores and not finding it I got it at West Coast Shaving for $25 for a 10 oz. bottle. I decided to try this as an aftershave splash because it didn't come with a sprayer. I think the small bottles come with a sprayer but not the one I got. Also, because I heard a lot of other fellow shavers use it as an aftershave.

After opening the bottle I got a strong smell of citrus and flowery notes. Then it dried down which also smelled nice but was not that strong. I think this fragrance is one you can use at work, church or some place where it won't offend people. I think I'm going to try this more on hot days where the sweat and heat will cause the fragrance to stand out more. This definitely feels and smells like a summer fragrance. I think women will enjoy this as well. Check it out.

I give 4711 a 7/10
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Pros: Alcohol based, fresh scent
Cons: Shirt lived
Decent as a aftershave splash I would not recommend this as a cologne as it does not have the staying power I look for but the scent I personally really enjoy a nice citric but smooth sweet like scent and very short lasting. I use it as a AS because if the alcohol content is so high and it acts well as a astringent and has never caused any irritation for me and because it fades so quick it won't clash with my edt if I wear one...... Also it pairs well with neutral or citric soaps and creams ...... Not the best choice out there but by far you could do worse I enjoy it and would recommend it but as a AS not a cologne.
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I ran across this at walmart and thought "Hey what a kick *** bottle!"

I opened it up and my initial whiff reminded me of lemon and linen. Smelled very fresh.. and for 15 bucks I decided to get it.

As soon as I applied it, the lemon and linen scent flooded the air, then the dry-down came. "Ah what is the familiar smell.... oh $h!t!! :thumbdown It is citronella!!! I can't believe it, but this stuff made me smell like bug repellent.

I gave it a 10 in staying power. I sure could not wash this stuff off very easily...

I am sure this stuff is equally as good at repelling a would-be date.

I will not buy again. I am thinking of pouring the rest of the bottle out and using it for display purposes only, lol.
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