Eau de Cologne composed by Farina was used only as a Perfume


It was delivered to “nearly all royal houses in Europe”.His ability to produce a constantly homogeneous fragrance consisting of dozens of Môn essences was seen as a sensation at the time.

A single vial of this for miracle water cost half the annual salary of a civil servant.

When free trade was established in Cologne by the French in 1797, the success of Eau de Cologne prompted countless other businessmen to sell their own fragrances under the name of Eau de Cologne.

Giovanni Maria Farina’s formula has been produced in Cologne since 1709 by Farina opposite the Jülichplatz  and to this day remains a secret.

His shop at Obenmarspforten opened in 1709 and is today the world’s oldest fragrance factory.

In 1806, Jean Marie Joseph Farina, a grand-grand-nephew of Giovanni Maria Farina (1685–1766), opened a perfumery business in Paris that was later sold to Roger & Gallet…

…That company now owns the rights to Eau de Cologne extra vieille in contrast to the Original Eau de Cologne from Cologne.

Originally the water of Cologne was believed to have the power to wardoff bubonic plague.

By drinking the cologne the citrus oil scent would be exuded through the pores, repelling fleas. Much as flea shampoo for dogs can be based on citrus oils today.

In modern times, Eau de Cologne or “cologne”, has become a generic term. The term “cologne” can be applied to perfume for men or women, but it conventionally refers to perfumes marketed towards men.