The first Atelier Cologne perfume, Orange Sanguine, I reviewed yesterday was a winner for me, its perfect orange happiness made my day.
Reason enough to take a look at two more of the currently five fragrances offered by New York based niche brand Atelier Cologne.
Bois Blonds (not to be confused with Parfumerie Generale´s Bois Blond without the s) is a cologne absolute with a concentration of 20%, the highest of the five, and was created by Jerome Epinette. Notes feature Tunisian neroli, pink pepper, Moroccan orange flower, incense, blond woods, musks, and vetiver from Haiti.
First of all the impression that strikes me most: this is really long wearing. Really. In Bois Blonds the concept of the cologne absolue concentration is fulfilled, longevity and sillage are considerable and impressive.
The fragrance – after a typical cologne opening of citrus and peppery notes – is a light and airy composition of vetiver and woods, incense and orange flowers sweep in and out of my awareness like columns of smoke. It would be beautiful on a man, but equally so on women. It reminds me of Malle´s Vetiver Extraordinaire (Malle again!). It is cool and fresh but at the same time retains that typical vetiver warmth, that dualism renders it very attractive as well as unique.
A second Epinette creation is Trefle Pur. Clover is an interesting note, not often found, therefore I was the most curious about that one.
Trefle Pur is my second favorite, although it is hard ranking these perfumes as all I have tested yet are outstanding and highly interesting.
Again a classic citrus opening awaits us, but the clover is already around the corner hot on the heels of bitter orange that braces us for what is to come. Fresh green clover, cut grass, leaves, fresh wet soil, this is a summer meadow complete with sunshine, only the butterflies are missing (the mosquitoes as well, so that is all right ;))
It is reminiscent of Eau de Campagne by Sisley, but the distinct clover note sets it apart and makes it hard to refrain from including Trefle Pur in my collection.
It is long wearing as well, just as promised and blooms with greater than average sillage even in the cold outside.
The three Atelier Cologne fragrances I purchased samples of here, were all winners in my opinion. The only regret I have is not having gotten samples of the remaining two as well.
But that mistake can and will be rectified.
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