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Johann Maria Farina, the inventor of eu de cologne, was Italian. He named his creation"cologne" in honor of his new adopted hometown in Germany. Originally, it was more than a body fragrance. Eau de cologne was also taken internally as a "miracle cure'' for ailments as diverse as migraine headaches, cold feet, even the plague. Its miracle ingredient? A 5 percent alcohol content rendered even more potent when mixed with wine.

Today, the Farina family's eighth generation oversees Farina House, a museum and retail shop in the heart of downtown Cologne. Four blocks away, a showroom occupies the birthplace of 4711 Original Eau de Cologne, a prominent rival since the late 18th century.

Website: http://www.jolique.com/perfume/origin_eau_cologne.htm

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  • Written May 28, 2008
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