Strike Two, Strike Three – Review: Atelier Cologne Bois Blonds And Trefle Pur

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.

It has a perfume oil concentration of 18% and its notes include bitter orange, cardamom, basil, clover absolute, violet leaves, Tunisian neroli, patchouli moss and musk.

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.

Picture Source:, Colorful Trees on River courtesy of Clover Leaves courtesy of, some rights reserved, thank you!

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35 Responses to Strike Two, Strike Three – Review: Atelier Cologne Bois Blonds And Trefle Pur

  1. kjanicki says:

    I think I have a sampe of Trefle Put somewhere, I was waiting until spring to try it. You’ve made me really excited about it!

  2. Victoria says:

    I love this whole line, very appealing and very original combinations that take the cologne genre in whole new different direction. Bois Blonds made it to my top 2010 list, so I enjoyed reading your review of it!

  3. deeHowe says:

    This line hasn’t really piqued my interest… until just now. Bois Blonds sounds beautiful, and if the image you chose is what comes to mind when wearing it… aaahhh. That looks like my New England childhood: I would have hunted turtles and frogs along that little river, and been wet and covered in mud well past my knees, smiling all the way. Beautiful!

    I want to go there 🙂

    • Olfactoria says:

      I know you would love Bois Blonds, don´t know how I know, but I do 😉
      The forest image is so beautiful indeed, I am glad you grew up in such a wonderful landscape, but on the other hand your River Gorge doesn´t look half bad either 😉

  4. Marina says:

    Did not like these too as much as the Orange one, but find something very appealing about the whole line nevertheless.

  5. Nick says:

    After I received a sample of Orange Sanguine, which is awesome, read your review of that then saw these… I’m definitely going to order samples of the rest of the line now. Trefle Pur has been on my radar for a while.

  6. Clover! I love the sound of that!
    I have limited Atelier exposure. I’ve tried them in Neiman’s but didn’t get much from them. I like to blame it on nose fatigue or being overwhelmed by a huge, loud Burberry launch. I know that it is a line that I should explore.

    • Olfactoria says:

      I love this line, i would take them all if I could! You should really look into their fragrances, I am sure you´ll like them. If not those two, then Orange Sanguine – it is happiness in a bottle, and who couldn’t use a bit of that 🙂

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  18. I too found Bois Blonds to be really, really long-lasting. Not quite as long as Vanille Insensée, but pretty close. I don’t mind long lasting at all, but It was still going strong well into that point in the evening when I was kaput. Is it strange for me to want my perfume to quiet down as I wind down?

    I haven’t tried Trefle Pur on my skin, only smelled it on a blotter. A first, before I even knew the name, my first thought was that it smelled like a really good version of Irish Spring soap. My grandmother stocked piles of Irish Spring in every bathroom so it was a very strong identification for me.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Thankfully it doesn’t last quite that long for me, I want to be able to easily change my perfume in the evening, so these nuclear perfumes are not always the best choice for me.

      Is the Irish Spring soap association a good one or a bad?

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