While waiting for the FedEx guy to bring me the bottle of Shalimar Parfum Initial (tomorrow before 4:30 PM), I thought we could all revisit a classic Guerlain, Eau de Cologne du Coq. Guerlain's masculine offering includes several light and citrusy colognish type fragrances, and I admit I'm having a hard time keeping them all straight. There's tonight's Eau de Cologne du Coq and also Eau de Cologne Imperiale, Eau de Guerlain, Eau de Fleurs de Cedrat and I'm probably forgetting a couple. There's not a dud in this list.
Eau de Cologne du Coq is probably my favorite of the Guerlain colognes. It has an edge you rarely find in such "clean" and light perfumes. It's... not as clean.
The notes, according to fragrantica.com are orange, neroli, bergamot, lemon, patchouli, lavender, jasmine, sandalwood and oakmoss. My bottle is older (batch code number dates it to the year 2000, pre-IFRA) and obviously has the good stuff in it, but various spraying from the current testers at Saks and Bergdorf smelled really good. I guess that as an eau de cologne the concentration was too low from the start and didn't require too serious a tinkering.
The thing that gets me about Eau de Cologne du Coq is an unmistakable animalic honey note. There's none of that listed and I need to really douse myself with the fragrance (which you're supposed to do anyway, this being a cologne and all), but it's there, it even lingers in the room after I leave it, and it's so sexy and beautiful and ferocious I want to bathe in it.
Longevity is meh. I see no point in wearing this Guerlain as my scent of the day because it's more like a three hour thrill, not ideal when you're out and about and doing your thing all day long. That's why they invented Shalimar Light, the 20 hour wonder. I wear Eau de Cologne du Coq to bed on a summer night. I have the best smelling pillows in the universe.
Guerlain Eau de Cologne du Coq ($98, 3.4 oz) is available from select Guerlain counters and boutiques around the world, and sometimes online.
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