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Creating your own scent 4711 perfume workshop


Köln is a city located in the Nordrhein-Westfalen state in Germany. It is famous for the Cologne Cathedral, an international world heritage site; It is also well-known for its "water of Köln" perfumes. Eau de Cologne, which means "water of Köln" in French, was first created by Johann Maira Farina.

In 1709, Farina wrote to his brother: "I have found a fragrance that reminds me of an Italian spring morning, of mountain daffodils and orange blossoms after the rain." As soon as he created his original perfume, it was delivered to nearly all royalty in Europe, who became their patrons for many years. For over 300 years, his perfume kept its original scent, and is still displayed at the FARINA main shop front.

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"Duftmuseum im Farina- Haus"(FragranceMuseum Farina-Haus)

Within walking distance of the FARINA main shop is the world famous shop of "Eau de Cologne 4711". It was named after its location at Glockengasse No. 4711, where Wilhelm Mülhens, the founder of the shop, worked in the 18th century. The building number had been assigned to the Mülhens' Glockengasse building in 1796 by Daurier, the French commander of the occupying forces of Napoleon. Ever since, "4711" has been used as the brand name of their perfume.


On a snowy day of November in 2010, I visited a perfume-making workshop, which was held at the meeting/exhibition room on the second floor of the 4711 shop. I had a chance to see a Dutch tour group from Apeldoorn. They were employees of a rent-a-car company in Apeldoorn. The leader of this group picked this tour since he wanted the employees to have a new experience, on a day off from work. The group of twelve consisted of nine men and three women.

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"Haus 4711"(Shop 4711)

After Monika Hadrys, the store manager, welcomed the tour group, she explained the perfume ingredients they would use for the class. There were twenty-three ingredients. She explained seven main ingredients in particular, then handed a piece of paper to be dipped in the perfume. By smelling the paper with perfume, the tour group was trained to distinguish the good scent from the bad.

1. BERGAMOT
2. CITRON
3. SWEET ORANGE
4. NEROLI
5. PETITGRAIN
6. LAVENDER
7. ROSEMARY

After this lecture, everyone started to mix the twenty-three ingredients. Each time they sniffed the perfume they mixed, they yelled in disgust. Ms. Hadrys advised them to limit the number of ingredients in their mixture to six or seven, but the tour group could not help it. The more ingredients they used, the stranger the scents they created.

The wonderful class finally ended after students applied their own perfume. I interviewed four of the participants.

1. "Are there stores like this in Holland?" "No, there are not."
2. "Did you know of 4711 before?" Three female participants answered "Of course, it's famous." One male participant said, "No, I have not heard of it before."
3. " Do you regularly wear perfume?" Two women said, "Yes. " One of them uses Gucci and the other uses a variety of brands. Two men and one woman said that they did not use it.
4. " Was it the first time you made perfume?" Everyone said "Yes, of course."
5. "Was it fun?" "Yes, it's very exciting. I learned the way to make perfume. I cannot tell whether the one I made had a good scent or not since my nose is overwhelmed with different scents. I will bring it home and enjoy it."

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Create your own cologne in the perfume seminar

While they are having good time sniffing each other's perfume, Ms. Hadrys individually handed everyone a personally unique certificate. Everyone received it with a shy smile. It was one hour and fifteen minutes full of smiles and laughter. It seems that this is the only perfume-making class in all of Germany. The fee is 32 euros for adults, 10 euros for children and 24 euros each for groups of eight or more.

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