Adventures in Antiquing Beauty Fragrance

Vintage 4711 Echt Kölnisch Wasser by 4711

This post makes me so happy because it reminds me of what’s right around the corner…

4711 Original Eau de Cologne by Maurer & Wirtz is iconic. Created in 1792, the nose behind this scent is Wilhelm Muelhens. It’s a citrus aromatic fragrance and it’s unisex. The notes include orange oil, peach, basil, bergamot, and lemon to name a few.

It’s just perfect on warm sunny days. The longevity of the scent is non-existent (after all, it is one of the weaker formulations of perfume) but I can’t get enough of it. I like to spray a generous amount all over, my little tip to help the scent last longer is to spray it on while shaking my hair–hours later when moving my head, I can usually can smell the faint scent of perfection.

I found this beautiful vintage marcasite bottle of 4711 online. It came with the original box. Until this point, I had never seen 4711 available in atomizer form. I am having trouble dating the bottle back to a specific era however a friend of mine thinks the perfume dates back to the 1950’s. Another oddity is the scent–not in a bad way but upon first spray, I smelled what I thought to be possibly rubbing alcohol and felt a cooling sensation on my skin. I have 4 other bottles of 4711 (none vintage) and have never felt that cooling sensation before. That same friend said it may be the aldehydes in the fragrance and maybe my nose isn’t used to that–whatever it is, this vintage 4711 is just so lovely. There is something about an atomizer that gives a perfume’s aesthetic such lovely, feminine charm.

I only discovered 4711 about four years ago but I feel like we’ve been acquainted for a lifetime. It’s a scent that immediately resonated with me and no matter what life had thrown me these last few years, this is a fragrance that has remained neutral enough not to bother me or remind me of things past. 4711 makes a great dupe to Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino Acqua.

Bottle this up as an EDP and life would truly be perfect.

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