Colossus: A Brief Journey Through the Ingredients
Fresh, earthy, and with strong woody notes, Colossus solid cologne is one of our bestsellers. It’s a staple and a favourite for many.
If you have always wanted to know more about the ingredients in this cologne, you’re in luck! Today, we’re going on a journey… through the lesser-known ingredients in Colossus. Let’s get this show on the road!
Neroli is the name for the oil extracted from white flower blossoms of bitter orange trees. In fact, it’s one of the three oils derived from this tree — orange oil comes from the orange peels, petitgrain oil from the leaves and twigs, and, finally, neroli from the flowers.
Citrusy with some sweet floral notes and a slightly bitter undertone, neroli is one of the most popular oils in fragrances. Besides that, it’s also a beloved essential oil in aromatherapy.
On top of that, neroli is also known for its therapeutic properties. The oil is considered to have anti-depressant effects. Plus, it also helps to alleviate stress, uplift mood, and reduce anxiety.
Ah, the scent of Christmas! Pungent, spicy, and woody, nutmeg has often and long been associated with Christmas and all the goodness of the season.
Nutmeg is the seed or ground spice of the nutmeg tree — an evergreen tree native to Indonesia. Now, however, the tree is also cultivated in the land of char kuey teow, Penang as well as in the Caribbean.
From the nutmeg tree, you get two different spices: nutmeg the inner seed, and mace the red lacy substance that covers the seed.
Another fun fact for you: nutmeg essential oil (obtained by steam distillation) is also used in the manufacturing of toothpaste and cough syrups.
What’s the first thing that crosses your mind when someone mentions musk? Musk-culine? Musk-have? That you need to jump on a Harley Davidson and hit the open road?
Well, we hate to break up a good Harley Davidson daydream but the musk in fragrances is actually very subtle and with a powdery scent. What it does is that it gives fragrances depth and layers.
Your mind may also jump to musk as in a strong odour from animals. You’re not wrong here. Natural musk is found in animals — especially musk deer.
Here, the deer secrete a pungent — and unpleasant — brown substance from a gland. Historically, this substance is then collected, dried, and soaked in ethanol for a long period of time. The end result is much more pleasant — light, powdery, and extremely expensive. But, the extraction process is often considered unethical.
Luckily, since the end of the 19th century, we’ve moved on to synthetic and plant musk. We still get that beautiful complex scent but without harming any animals.
Seductive, warm, milky, and woody — if there’s one word to describe sandalwood, it’s alluring. A class of woods from the trees in the genus Santalum, Sandalwood is the second most expensive wood in the world. Sandalwood oil is extracted from these woods.
Extremely distinctive, sandalwood is often used as a fixative in fragrances. What does that mean? Well, it enhances the longevity of other substances in the concoction. A true hero, if you ask us.
Colossus – A complex and irresistible cologne
With all of these ingredients carefully blended and layered, it’s no wonder that the Colossus solid cologne has made its way into many people’s hearts. Give it a try and you may find yourself hooked as well.