Eau de cologne Imperiale by Guerlain is the most "colonge"ish out of the house's eaux. I wouldn't say it's a 4711 clone (the 1792 German classic is sharper and very much based on orange)-- after all, we're talking Guerlain here, and Imperiale was created in 1860 by Pierre-Francois-Pascal Guerlain himself. But this is an eau de cologne, it is all about citrus, and you're supposed to drench yourself in it on hot summer days.
Eau de cologne Imperiale is a lemony thing. It's tart, slightly astringent, but the light floral notes and something in the Guerlain signature I can almost smell in what stands here as a base save it from being a total bore. Imperiale has a balanced chic to its citrus fest that stood the test of time, and I truly cherish the vintage jug I bought at a dusty antique store last year. It was sealed, so I took a gamble not knowing if the old citrus has survived. Apparently it did, and I've been splashing myself ever since.
Eau de Cologne Imperiale, even at large amounts, doesn't last on me beyond two hours. It isn't meant to. This eau de cologne is a quick fix, not a real perfume. Some people keep their bottles in the fridge to make this summer treat even more satisfying. I didn't see the point until today, as I spend too many long hours waiting for the
Guerlain- Eau de Cologne Imperiale is widely available. Neiman Marcus only sells a 16.9oz bee bottle for $320, which is beyond ridiculous considering what's actually in there (mainly alcohol). You can find smaller and much more reasonably priced bottles from various online sources.