When he was exiled to the island of Saint-Helena in 1815 until his death in 1821, it is recorded that he and his entourage, in particular Louis Etienne Saint-Denis nicknamed Ali, a faithful manservant of his, set to task to make a cologne based on ingredients available on the island with the help of formulas found in the library at Longwood and personal recollections. There was a small garden by the house called Ali's Garden, so it is probable that it was grown for at least some of the plants used in the cologne.
Cosmalia recently recreated this cologne with the authorization of the owner of the original document of this home-made imperial cologne,
"It is made up of essential oils from natural origin, ethanol (87%) and water. Associating a pallet of fruit extracts and aromatic plants in a fresh and subtle composition, the Eau de Cologne of Napoleon 1st is a testimony of the Emperor 's refined taste. The crystalline clearness of the bottle and its gilded stopper underline the transparency and the luminosity of this product of great quality.
Each bottle of 100 ml is presented in an elegant box hard-bound to the colors of the Emperor.
A small layer, fixed on the bottle by an elegant red silk ribbon, points out the history of the product.
Beauty product and elegant, for the man of today as for the woman, this Eau de Cologne constitutes also an authentic object of collection.
"The only olfactory recollection we have from the Emperor"
A bottle of 100 ml retails for 40 €, a 500 ml refill for 62 €. Fixed postage rate is 13 €. Products are available here.
If you are interested in historical fragrances, you can also read about the George Sand perfume and the Pope Pius IX cologne, amongst others. We are going to regroup all our announcements for and reviews of historic perfumes together.