I’m unable to give up my beloved perfumes even in the depths of summer, when my tolerance for scents is much lower (and let me tell you, summer is No Joke where I live 🔥).
So during this time I typically switch to mists and fresh eaux de toilette, which are less expensive anyway. For S-18 I chose a Taï & Jôn mist, and 4711 Acqua Colonia “Blood Orange & Basil”.
Taï & Jôn Body Mist “Sunset Paradise”
Odd spelling notwithstanding, this is actually a brand from Spanish beauty chain Primor. They opened a shop not far from my area months ago, very dangerous for my budget… long story short, in one of my visits this little mist came home with me.
One of the reasons for choosing this was the hefty glass bottle it comes in (reusable/recyclable, not plastic, so careful not to drop it). The labeling gives the impression it’s going to be a tropical, coco-cream sort of scent, but nope: it’s a nice fresh-flowery scent, quite synthetic, and with more than a touch of laundry detergent; this doesn’t sound terribly attractive, but I actually love most soapy scents when it’s hot.
In all, this is an easy, nice-enough scent, that doesn’t aspire to be more than it is. On me it wears quite close to the skin, doesn’t last over the 30-min mark, and for the 2€ it cost, that seems fair to me. In deadly heat, like we usually experience every summer in my area, I don’t like reaching noontime still enveloped in a femme-fatale cloud of ‘fume.
All things considered give this mist 3 points: it was okay, but certainly nothing memorable or original about this, and I doubt I’d go for another bottle, though I might still try a different scent from this range.
I think that for this price, if you happen to run into it in the middle of your Spanish holiday, it’s a fair one to try, or if you actually live in the depths of hell like I do, or just don’t like wearing very noticeable fragrances.
Um… this is the part of the review where I typically insert a photo of the INCI in the label, for anyone who likes to check or needs to check this info before slapping on the product, only I forgot to take the photo, and now the label’s smudged away from handling the bottle… go Nessie 😒
4711 Acqua Colonia “Blood Orange and Basil”
One day while snooping round a beauty shop I noticed this eau de cologne from the venerable 4711, a house I’m rather fond of because the original 4711 reminds me of my grandfather. Once in a while, when I see it this cologne in a shop, I’ll stop for a sniff, and for a moment I’m eleven years old and protected from all serious preoccupations.
However, the Acqua Colonia doesn’t remind me of any loved ones, but it did remind me for a moment of D & G’s Light Blue, one of my absolute favorite frags from all time; this was just a fleeting impression, though, and didn’t translate from the bottle to my skin.
In any case, there were three or four more fragrances from this collection, but none really caught my nose… in fact, I almost skipped it, thinking it wouldn’t really be my thing: I usually prefer floral and woodsy scents over citrus and herbals.
I’m glad I didn’t, because it was love at first sniff, and for 10€ the 50ml (there’s a larger size), it had to come home with me. As expected, just like with the body mist above and the original classic 4711, it hardly lasts… in this case the scent doesn’t survive an hour on me. Which again, in the middle of summer this suits me just fine, and I don’t mind respraying later in the day, or to go out in the evening.
Acqua Colonia isn’t a complex scent, either, not that it needs it. The blood orange note is quite sweet, but not cloying; good, I’m no fan of many sweet scents, especially in summer. Meanwhile, the basil, which at first seemed undetectable, appears when it’s least expected to keep the sweetness in check.
Would I use this again? Probably not now that summer’s gone, but who knows later on… even though I typically don’t go for the same perfume again once the bottle is finished, I do this sometimes with a select few, mostly out of nostalgia.
This one seems like a firm candidate for that (for reasons that have nothing to do with the fragrance itself, actually); on the other hand, as I mentioned, it doesn’t project much or last very long, which may be a deal-breaker for many. I know it would be for me at any other season of the year.
Mainly what I liked best about the 4711 Acqua Colonia “Blood Orange & Basil) is that, for an inexpensive fragrance, it feels very classic, and yet it has a personality to it, so it doesn’t feel quite like so much stuff out there at this price range (or even at a higher price point). I’m likely to remember this one again with fondness later on; in all, I think it deserves four points.
To whom would I recommend trying 4711 Acqua Colonia “Blood Orange & Basil”? Anyone who enjoys fresh unisex fragrances (and doesn’t much mind sharing with their SO); cash-strapped perfume lovers, obviously, or people who won’t or can’t use strong scents.
1 point: No! Never again, not even if you gave it to me, or even paid me to wear it.
2 points: I didn’t finish the container and it’s very unlikely I’d buy this again. It might work for you, but it does nothing for me.
3 points: Meh. I’ll use up my jar/tube, but I don’t think I’d buy again. It might work for you, but it doesn’t do much for me.
4 points: I like it. It’s nice and does its job. I might buy this again, if I find nothing I like better.
5 points: I love it! It does its job very well, I find it a pleasure to use, and it’s earned its place in my beauty routine.