In 1725, he then moved to Cologne, Germany and the Aqua Coloniensis, “Eau de Cologne” as it was named, became very successful all over Europe. In 1760, it was introduced to France. Madame Du Barry introduced it to the French court as a toilet perfume. Jean-Paul was succeeded by three nephews, the Farina brothers. It was promoted as medicinal and was drunk as a tonic well as worn as a fragrance.
When ingested it was supposed to cure nausea, vomiting, difficult digestion and dyspepsia; ulcer and gastric hyperacidity; hepatic insufficiencies; fever; rheumatisms; scurvy; spasms, colics and intestinal infections; even against intestinal parasites … and impotence. Essential oils that compose it are effectively powerful recognized antiseptics.
When applied to the body it was supposed to work as an antiseptic, healing and anti-pruriginous remedy; as muscular stimulant and venous tonic; against insects bites and disagreeable effects of the perspiration. Equally, as antiseptic of respiratory tracts by inhalation of essential oils volatilized at the contact of the skin. The “Eau de Cologne” was then, much more than a simple perfume, the basic component of a personal pharmacy.
In 1806 a descendant, Johann Maria Farina (Jean-Marie Farina) inherits formula and opened the Jean Marie Farina perfumery in rue du Faubourg-St-Honore, Paris. The fragrance was now being promoted as a personal fragrance rather than a medicinal tonic.
In 1840 sells business to Leonce Collas of Goet et Rifflard, who in 1862 transfers it to his two cousins, Armand Roger and Charles Gallet.