Kolonya is the equivalent of eau de cologne for the French, with the only difference that kolonya is more considered a custom, it is a traditional alcohol while eau de cologne is for the majority of French people considered like perfume. In Turkish tradition, as soon as you come home, you are offered kolonya.
The colognes waters have an important place in our daily life. And they also seem to have made a social place for themselves in the tradition. Among the Turks, it has become a custom. You’re not Turkish if you don’t have kolonya at home (joke). The roots of this liquid cologne perfume if made from Balikesir in Turkey are based on production in Eastern Europe. Serve cologne during holidays, visits to relatives and after meals is a tradition that is somewhat abandoned today among the French. Yet it is a tradition that has been passed down from father to son for decades for the Turkish people.
The use of cologne, or even kolonya is also used in terms of daily hygiene. You can cool off during the hot summer months with a small bottle of cologne that you carry in your bag for example. Plus, you can reduce the microbial effect of dozens of items you touch on transit vehicles and public spaces. The use of cologne can ensure hygiene after washing hands and after cutting nails.
Moreover, in these times of health crisis and confinement, kolonya may be very useful to you: avoid keeping the dirty bacteria of others by spraying yourself with kolonya whether it is a pocket size or at home. It is very practical! There are dozens of scents for kolonya. The most classic is lemon, but you could also find it in more original flavors at épicerie du faubourg such as lavender, tobacco, green tea and even fig!
The official schedule from the confinement is 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. non-stop, Monday to Sunday inclusive! At the Faubourg grocery store, you will find a whole section devoted to kolonya. See you today at 22/24 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis in the heart of the 10th arrondissement of Paris for a new healthy lifestyle!