Turkey is a country with a long history and thus a wonderfully rich culture full of traditions, mystery and great passion.
One of the traditions I have quickly come to love is the use of kolonya. I had noticed an array of glass bottles on my Turkish colleagues desks at the office and often wondered what these bottles contained and what was the intended use.
One day I happened to see the bottle in action; a colleague administered 3-4 quick sharp sprays of the kolonya onto her hands, gave them a good rub and continued on with her work.
This was an entirely new experience for me, never before had I seen such a custom. Obviously I had questions and was delighted to learn that it is common daily practice in both public and private life.
I took to this custom like a duck to water and as per usual set about to find the perfectly scented kolonya for me. After a lot of trial and error (thank goodness it’s inexpensive), I currently have two favourites:
In first place is this Vintage Gardenia kolonya by The Store of Ma. As soon as I smelt it I knew it had to be in my life, there was something about the scent that reminded me of my childhood (my mother’s perfume perhaps) and the packaging is just to die for. Pick this up at The Store of Ma online shop, or if you happen to be in Galata, pop in to gorgeous Lunapark and grab a bottle there. A 200 ml bottle retails at about 28.00 TL.
In second place is Pasabahce’s Cay kolonya. Fresh, clean and super subtle I love this scent when I am hanging out at home and don’t want anything too overpowering. Buy in store or online, a 200 ml bottle will set you back 22.90 TL.
Would love to hear about your favourites!