4711 Original Eau de Cologne was created by Wilhelm Muelhens. Originally launched by Maurer & Wirtz in 1792, it is one of the classic aromatic citrus fragrances - there is no longevity to it, it is meant to be splashed on as a refreshing smell. Notes of lemon, bergamot, orange, lavender, rosemary, neroli and petitgrain. 4711 Original Eau de Cologne is an EDC, eau de cologne.
Fragrantica - "Light and refreshing, like a gin and tonic on a hot summer day. Great for freshening up or if I just want a whisper of fragrance."
Fragrantica - "This is such a classic Mitteleuropäischer fragrance--it goes back decades and decades, and even still you will find this used ubiquitously in German-speaking countries. It is basically the Ür-Cologne water, and goes on lightly during the spring and summer months more to refresh than to perfume. On top it's all citruses with petitgrain at the bottom to extend that smell; there's also some linen-like neroli to make it smell even cleaner. It may not necessarily be as good as some of the other famous eaux de cologne that last longer and are even prettier (like Eau de Guerlain), but it's pretty and fresh and fairly inexpensive."