[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] Got to admit I’m surprised at these. I like the original 4711 for being a blast of freshness on a searing hot day and somehow thought that these would be the same botanical burst – which is an acquired taste – but with a floral accent. However, it’s very much about the flowers with the ‘sting’ of the original taken out. I’d go as far as to say they’re rather gentle.
The three variants are Jasmine, Lilac and Rose that all allow their namesake to predominate. They’re not one-note fragrances, but the blends allow the star to shine.
There’s a Magnolia version which I don’t have here and would be my least favourite option anyway, but the Jasmine cologne is quite citrussy, with tea and tonka bean notes – it’s lighter than you might think (in a good way). Lilac has a bit of peach and freesia before musk and sandalwood but the main notes you will pick up are the lilac.
Personally, rose is my favourite – it’s really fresh and pretty and not particularly summery so if you are looking for a floral day wear that will just sit nicely and delicately on your skin occasionally reminding you it’s there, this is it. And good value at £18 HERE, non-affiliate HERE. They’ve exceeded my expectations and I think they will yours too.
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