Due to a contagious cold, I reluctantly missed the launch event at Bergdorf Goodman of a new fragrance brand called Atelier Cologne. The line, launched in mid-March, was created by Sylvie Ganter (of FRESH and Hermes fame) and Christophe Cervasel (former CEO of Selective Beauty which developed designer fragrances – Zac Posen, John Galliano, etc.). It is a collection of five, unisex scents.
I generally won’t review any fragrance that I don’t really get to experience, but I did promise to see these “in person” and I was so curious about these, based on the descriptions in the press literature (see below). So when I received a vial of Orange Sanguine, the least expensive cologne, at $145.00, I wanted to share it with you. After all, niche, luxury brands are very interesting. They’re not for everyone either in character or budget, but they have a special appeal for collectors and scent aficionados. While I can’t give my usual, thorough and completely personal review of this line, here’s what I do know: if you’re going to spend $145 to $175 for 200 ml. of fragrance (depending upon the scent you choose), and it arrives in what appears to be a very plain bottle (the cap is covered in leather), you want to know at least a little about it.
The first five scents were created with rare extracts and signature fresh citruses to create Colognes Absolues, concentrated formulas that are supposed to be distinctive and long lasting. The first collection depicts “five moments, five characters”: Orange Sanguine, Grand Neroli, Bois Blonds,Trefle Pur, and Oolang Infini. The price, by the way, seems to be somewhat tied to the amount of cologne absolu in the scent.
Orange Sanguine is a very pleasing, refreshing fragrance. The cologne absolue is concentrated at 15% with top notes of blood orange and bitter orange. The mid notes are jasmine and geranium from South Africa and the bottom is amber woods, tonka bean and sandalwood. I have to say that the burst of citrus and the “feel good” of the top notes didn’t last long. And while I waited for the mid and bottom notes to develop, the scent disappeared to a mere whisp, leaving me little to enjoy on my skin. For some, that might be a bit disappointing, but it was beautiful, while it lasted. Certainly unisex, and great for warmer weather/
Here’s what the press literature says about the other fragrances in the Atelier Cologne, collection:
Grand Neroli wraps orange blossom flower around layers of clean herbal notes, warm musks, and addictive brushstrokes of vanilla
Bois Blonds, a sophisticated yet mischievous elixir, entwines unique and precious woods and incense with sensual orange flower and vetiver
Trefle Pur,a landscape of vitality, surrounds violet leavesin green woods, freshly cut grass, and dewy earth
Oolang Infini, a full bodied, mysterious concoction, captures blue tea and bergamot in the warmth of smoke and leather
Intrigued? I know I still am. Atelier Cologne is available exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus (and their online stores) and also at http://www.ateliercologne.com/
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