The sweet scented liquid kolonya is a staple in every Turkish household, usually smelling strongly of lemon and held in a decorative glass bottle.
Due to its refreshing property, probably due to its alcohol content, kolonya is offered to guests and used as a fragrance. However, the mixture is also used to treat dizziness, fainting, and headaches, as well as to clean or disinfect due to its anti-bacterial effect. Kolonya comes in many different fragrances, including orange, lilac, lily, lavender, mandarin, and even hazelnut. On the more traditional end, kolonya(usually lemon) is offered during guest visits, on bus trips, and in restaurants, as well as during family gatherings and at funerals as part of a ritual. The offering of kolonya is always meant to refresh the guest and help get rid of bacteria acquired during their trip.
Our Kolonya spray can be slipped into your purse or bag to refresh after a hot day, sanitize your hands, and even help deal with the itch of mosquito bites. Some have even used it as a natural antiperspirant!