A 200-Year Old Turkish Tradition of Welcoming Guests with KOLONYA™
Turkey’s national symbol of health and hospitality, KOLONYA™ is a century old ritual dating back to the late 1800’s. The use of rose water reigned supreme until the arrival of eau de cologne from Germany. When Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamit II first encountered eau de cologne, he was inspired to fuse the tradition of rose water with the enticing and exotic aromatic ingredients of eau de cologne.
The evolution of KOLONYA™ from rose water is rooted in the creation of Italian born perfumer, Johann Maria Farina’s “water of Cologne” fragrance from the early 1700’s. He dedicated the name “eau de Cologne” to his newly adopted hometown of Cologne Germany.
As opposed to a Parfum, Eau de Cologne typically refers to a light unisex citrus scent but it is a now a widely used term to describe most men’s fragrance. Citrus ingredients such as lemon, orange, tangerine, clementine, bergamot, lime, grapefruit, blood and bitter orange are typically used. Florals and herbaceous notes like neroli, lavender, rosemary, jasmine, oregano, thyme, petitgrain and olive can also be blended to create zesty and refreshing fragrance varieties.
What used to be rose water now birthed KOLONYA™ - a new fragrance and ritual which was to be passed on from generation to generation for years to come.
While the formula has typically stayed the same, perfumers and chemists are continually creating new fragrance renditions and experimenting with new ingredients.
Traditionally used to disinfect, sanitize and refresh, it is the ultimate sign of hospitality, nostalgia and comfort.
The fragrant memories of KOLONYA™ take Seda back to her mom’s hometown in Eskisheir Turkey. Growing up, she remembers pouring KOLONYA™ in the palms of her guest’s hands as they sat around and patiently waited their turn. It not only cleansed their hands as a result of its antimicrobial properties, but also served as a refreshing parfum on hot days due to the harmonious infusions of citrus, floral and herbaceous notes of bergamot, rose, jasmine and rosemary.
Due to popular demand, we were recently inspired to upgrade the KOLONYA™ ritual to a more sustainable, efficacious and healthy experience. Our beautiful reusable glass bottles are not only decorative for display but also convenient for on the go.
We envision KOLONYA™ in your home, office, car, plane, hotel rooms and restaurants. Bring the comfort of knowing you can cleanse and refresh no matter where you are!