Houbigant Cologne Intense

The creations of Maison Houbigant, with only the finest ingredients, perpetuate the tradition of the Cologne originale. It is a precious Cologne with a conventional structure enriched by modern elements. Jean-Marie Farina, creator of the original cologne at the start of the 18th century, described it as:

A spring morning after the rain: it reminisces of oranges, lemons, grapefruit, bergamot, cedarwood, flowers and herbs of my land, it refreshes and stimulates one’s senses and imagination.

Light, Fresh, Discreet, Delicate, Cologne is associated to the idea of scented water. The name evokes other suggestions, sun, sea, lavender fields, citrus groves. Exactly what its inventor, Jean- Marie Farina, had in mind when he began marketing the first bottles of his aqua mirabilis, three hundred years ago, in 1709.

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Houbigant Cologne Intense, the bottle recreates the unique though by René Lalique in the early 20th century for Maison Houbigant (Click photo to enlarge).

The name ‘Eau de Cologne’ (Water from Cologne) was given by the soldiers of Louis XV who brought back this incredible perfume from the city of Cologne during the ‘Seven years war’ and introduced it to the Royal court of France.

Cologne has become a generic term, but the original formula is only one, which has bewitched distinguished clients from every era: Charles VI, Louis XV of France, Frederick William Ist of Prussia, Napoleon Bonaparte, Mark Twain, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Konrad Adenauer, Indira Gandhi, Romy Schneider, Begum Andrée Aga Khan, Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan and Princess Diana. The Cologne of House of Houbigant is true to the original formula and uses only the world best raw materials available. The bottle recreates the unique though by René Lalique in the early 20th century for Maison Houbigant.

Hairy Muscle

Cologne Intense is a modern interpretation of the Eau de Cologne. An olfactory journey from past to future that immediately conquers the senses with its refined freshness. The scent starts on sunny citrus notes of Calabrian bergamot and Sicilian lemon with green highlights of Petit Grain from Paraguay and bright notes of Neroli from Morocco. Then aromatic top notes of lavender and tarragon and spicy notes of pink pepper. Inside the floral heart blooms a beautiful Indian jasmine, wrapped in precious incense and Maté essences. The intense and deep notes of patchouli and oak moss are warmed by the labdanum and amber. The composition is made complete by a precious musk which give a deep, lasting and unusual power to the Cologne.

Houbigant Cologne Intense Extrait Men

A pure Perfume Extract version of The Cologne made using only the world best raw materials available true to the original Cologne essence formula (Click photo to enlarge).

Perfumes extracts are the most precious declination of fragrances. Extracts are the ultimate form of a perfume, they are more sophisticated, long lasting, and every facet is in greater harmony. The common belief is that Extracts are heavier, however it is the opposite, the concentration helps the precious oils to evaporate more gradually and to last longer. The perfume extract should be the star of a perfume line and not an ancillary only to be used sparingly. The House of Houbigant has always believed the use of the extract is the best way to wear a fragrance and now offers a more comfortable way of using it. The Cologne is an olfactory journey from past to future that immediately conquers the senses  with its refined freshness.

The fragrance opens with sunny citrus notes of Calabrian Bergamot and Sicily Lemon, with green hints of Petit Grain  from Paraguay and bright hints of Neroli from Morocco.

The top of the fragrance is highlighted by aromatic notes of Lavender and Estragon and spicy notes of Pink Pepper.

Into the heart blooms a superb Indian Jasmin enveloped by the preciosity of Incense and Mate’ essences.

An amazing beautiful manly scent. Especially for those who love Thierry Mugler Cologne, Armani Pour Homme, Chanel Pour Monsieur, Christian Dior Eau Sauvage. Even if you like the more ‘spicy’ fragrances like me, it is a ‘must have’ for the relaxing days. You can’t go wrong with this one! And for some of you…. hide it for your girlfriend or wife…

by Jean Amr

Roger et Gallet Relaunches Rouleau de l’Empereur



Roger et Gallet Relaunches Rouleau de l_Empereur

Set up back in April 1862, the perfumer and apothecary Charles Armand Roger & Charles Martial Gallet created the House of Roger & Gallet, and the rest as they say is history.

Roger et Gallet was founded by visionary entrepreneurs, French brothers-in-law Charles Armand Roger and banker Charles Martial Gallet in 1862. They started by buying a Parisian Eau de Cologne business which had been founded in 1806 by a member of the famous Farina family and then won a legal dispute over the right to use the family name. They opened a store in the heart of Paris; the City of Light. In 1879 Roger et Gallet invented the first round scented soap. The secret cauldron recipe remains unchanged to this day and was produced in a large factory near Paris. Later in the 19th century, they were successful with the newly synthesised fragrance of violet, for which they had the French rights, producing perfumes such a Vera Violetta. Today the brand still draws inspiration from this heritage.


Roger & Gallet Boutique 38 rue d’Hauteville, Paris 1890

During his reign, Napoleon 1st discovered the benefits of Eau de Cologne Jean Marie Farina At his request, the ‘Emporer’s roll’ bottle style was created. He used more than 60 bottles a month! Napoleon 1st used it to such an extent that it became his court’s reference Eau de Cologne and received the approval of the Secret Remedies Commission on 18 August 1810.

As a token of love, Joséphine de Beauharnais asked the famous supplier of this elixir to invent a bottle that her illustrious husband could take everywhere with him. This gave rise to the oblong shape of the Rouleau de l’Empereur, that could be slid into his boots and inspire him with loving thoughts about his beloved. Napoleon’s campaigns carried Jean-Marie Farina’s fame across borders, and he became the official supplier of the great courts of Europe.


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The French perfume house Roger et Gallet is relaunching its famous fragrances Rouleau de l’Empereur in new bottles. This year 2012, Roger et Gallet celebrates its 150th anniversary with the release of its timeless and luxurious fragrances. Eau de Cologne Jean-Marie Farina, Eau Fraîche Parfumée Bois d’Orange and Eau Fraîche Parfumée Fleur d’Osmanthus Fragrances and to celebrate the 150-year anniversary, the brand have come up with a design reinterpretation of Napoleon Bonaparte’s legendary bespoke Eau de Cologne flask – in an Empire ‘Egyptian’ style – to commemorate the occasion.


Roger et Gallet Eau de Cologne Jean-Marie Farina


Eau de Cologne Jean-Marie Farina comes in a red bottle symbolizing love, passion and fire. It dates back to 1806 – being the oldest fragrance of these three perfumes. Perfume blends lemon balm, orange flower, thyme, rosemary, marjoram and angelica herb.


Roger et Gallet Eau Fraîche Parfumée Bois d’Orange


Eau Fraîche Parfumée Bois d’Orange comes in the yellow bottle symbolizing light, sun and warmly feelings. It blends refreshing citrus floral include: mandarin, basil, lemon verbena, orange blossom and neroli, amber, rosewood and cedar.


Roger et Gallet Eau Fraîche Parfumée Fleur d’Osmanthus


Eau Fraîche Parfumée Fleur d’Osmanthus comes in the green bottle symbolizing peace, fresh and revitalizing feelings. Perfume blends orange bark, mandarin, grapefruit, osmanthus, neroli, tonka, benzoin and sandalwood.

These uber funky retro Emperor’s flasks’ 100ml sprays Eau De Cologne Jean Marie Farina, Eau Fraîche Parfumée Bois D’Orange, Eau Fraîche Parfumée Fleur D’Osmanthus are a fab little reminder of why the brand is so cool! Definitely one for the beauty box!

The Roger et Gallet Rouleau de l’Empereur fragrances are available in 100 ml for €42.