When we hear of cologne, we often think of perfumes for men. But the truth is, the origin of the term has nothing to do with the gender of fragrance. It actually comes from the German city, Cologne, where the light scent formulation was created.
What's the difference between colognes and perfumes?
What sets cologne apart from eau de toilettes (EDT) and eau de parfums (EDP) is the concentration of perfume oils to water/alcohol. Unlike an EDT that has around 5 to 15% oil concentration, an eau de cologne—or cologne—has only 2 to 4% and a high amount of alcohol.
Because cologne has more alcohol, it means the fragrance is more likely to evaporate and "lose its scent" within a few hours compared to other forms of fragrances. However, that doesn’t mean that colognes aren’t fragrant at all! The formulation only affects the longevity of the scent, which will be no issue if you love reapplying your cologne anyway. It's why baby colognes have such a big following, too!
If you’ve found yourself gravitating to more clean, refreshing, and rejuvenating scents, a cologne may be just the best type of fragrance for you! Its light whiff can instantly make you feel clean and fresh—exactly what they were originally created for. Keep reading to find out the best colognes to keep in your bag for an instant refresh!
10 Fresh-Smelling Colognes for Women
1. 4711 Acqua Colonia Pure Breeze of Himalaya Eau de Cologne Intense
This unisex fragrance has oceanic middle notes blended with mandarin orange, musk, and cashmere to create the perfect elegant cologne. With a few spritzes, it'll take you on an aromatic vacation, making you feel like you're having breakfast at your favorite mountain resort. If you love soft, musky, and powdery scents, this is definitely one to try!
Pure Breeze of Himalaya Eau de Cologne Intense, P3400, 4711 ACQUA COLONIA, Rustan's
2. Jo Malone London Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne
Designed to bring you to London’s Covent Garden early morning market, this scent is a refreshing blend of nectarine, peach, cassis, and honey to capture the smell of fresh fruits and flowers. It's basically the essence of spring in a bottle, so what better way to beat the summer heat than dousing yourself in it?
Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne, P8650 (100ml), JO MALONE LONDON, Lazada
3. Acca Kappa White Moss Acqua di Colonia
Originally launched in 1997, Acca Kappa's signature cologne evokes fresh elegance. Its bright citrus opening melts into a soft lavender-cardamom mix, channeling the vibe of walking barefoot in a spring forest. It's the type of scent you can share with your significant other, in case you needed another reason to take a whiff!
White Moss Acqua di Colonia, P1800, ACCA KAPPA, Rustan's
4. L'Occitane Lavender Eau de Cologne
A few sprays of this cologne can transport you to Provence, France on a warm summer day. Inspired by the French region’s olive groves, pine trees, and lavender fields, it was formulated with citrus top notes, woody-musky base notes, and lavender as its comforting heart. Add it to your rotation to feel like you’re on vacation every day.
Lavender Eau de Cologne, P3250, L’OCCITANE, Rustan's
5. Hermès Eau de Pamplemousse Rose Eau de Cologne
Created by blending rose with grapefruit and orange, this Hermès cologne is exactly what you need to revitalize yourself throughout the day. Uplighting and bright, Eau de Pamplemousse Rose is sunshine in a bottle; so definitely reach for this on a rainy day or whenever you need an extra pick-me-up!
Eau de Pamplemousse Rose Eau de Cologne, P8000, HERMÈS, Rustan's
6. Bench Baby Bench Cologne Ice Mint
A classic from Bench, Ice Mint will surely bring back childhood memories of fresh showers after a day of playing outside. If you’re looking to feel nostalgic while smelling powdery, cool, and fresh, this baby cologne is for you!
Baby Bench Cologne Ice Mint, P57, BENCH, Lazada
7. Johnson’s Baby Cologne Morning Dew
When it comes to beating the heat and feeling rejuvenated, baby cologne truly does the trick. Take the Johnson’s baby cologne in Morning Dew, for example—with its floral and dewy scent, you can instantly feel the uncomfortable heat melt away. And since the formulation is clinically proven to be mild, you can freely reapply the cologne without worrying about irritation. Who knew staying fresh was so simple!
Morning Dew Cologne, P70, JOHNSON'S, Lazada
8. Bambini Cotton Cuddles Baby Cologne
As the name suggests, this cologne’s aroma is fresh, clean, and comforting! So whenever you feel like you need a breather, splash on this cologne and reapply as needed. After all, self-care doesn’t always have to be a 10-step skincare routine; it can be as simple as putting on cologne!
Cotton Cuddles Baby Cologne, P69, BAMBINI, Watsons
9. Gotas Frescas Fresh Eau de Cologne
Perfect for the whole family, this unisex cologne by Spanish brand, Gotas Frescas, is a scent everyone of all genders and age can enjoy. With a citrusy lemon aroma, this fragrance is uplighting and invigorating without being overwhelming! Use this scent straight out of the shower to add that extra dose of freshness.
Fresh Eau de Cologne, P571.45, GOTAS FRESCAS, Zalora
10. Babaria Eau de Cologne Lavanda
For the days when you want to relax and feel instantly refreshed, this eau de cologne by Babaria is for you. Its scent profile is lavender “topped with Mediterranean essences”, which are sure to soothe you and your senses from the heat. And with the main scent being lavender, using this cologne will surely help you de-stress.
Eau de Cologne Lavanda, P395, BABARIA, Rustan's
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