[sample/affiliate] Given a beautiful red make over for Chinese New Year, Eau de Cologne Imperiale is for anyone who loves that fresh blast that eau de cologne gives. It’s so vibrant and invigorating, full of citrus and herbal notes.

Guerlain Eau de Cologne Imperiale

This is a fragrance that has stood the test of time – it launched in 1860 and while I am sure some ingredients have changed since then, it’s not a stretch to imagine it offering olfactory refreshment all those years ago. Notes are orange, lemon verbena, neroli, bergamot and lemon and that will be your initial impressive – a big dose of citrus.

Guerlain Eau de Cologne Imperiale

However, you’ll soon notice that the dry down, sweetened by tonka, is what stays the longest with a little herby kick of rosemary, smoothed by cedar. The start and finish of this fragrance couldn’t be more different – if you spritz in store to test it out make sure you wait long enough for the change of pace. When I first tried it out I was fully prepared to say it’s a unisex fragrance but in the traditional sense (because wear what you like, not what’s prescribed!) it’s definitely feminine because of the trail of sweetness. The bottle is worth a second look, not just for the colour vibrancy but also for the bees that go all the way around, front and back. I kept this bottle where I could see it for the entire weekend – because the looking is so nice and when the light goes through the glass, it’s just wonderful. John Lewis has it for £76 HERE, non affiliate HERE.


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