Atelier Cologne: Orange Sanguine

orange sanguine

Being a recent convert to the genius that is Atelier Cologne, I was delighted when friend of the blog (and friend of me) Patsi sent me a wonderfully generous decant of Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine.

The Unique Selling Point of Atelier Cologne is that they take all your favourites bits of cologne and make them stick around, whilst never losing their initial impact. Using specialist techniques and “anchoring” ingredients, an Atelier Cologne lasts around nine hours on me. I’m not the only one  impressed by the brand: L’Oreal has just snapped them up in a huge deal announced last week.

Orange Sanguine takes that juicy note from a plump orange (in this case a sharp blood orange) and makes it sing a top note for nine hours without wavering. The background chorus (yes, we’re running with the opera metaphor) is made up of many voices. I found hints of peppery geranium and a light feathery touch of jasmine, which for jasmine, is very restrained. The base has sandalwood, which I always manage to discern, (I seek it like a stalker) and tonka bean. In case you were wondering about tonka bean ( it used to confuse me) our old friends Fragrantica provides this trusty explanation: “The beans are also commonly used as a replacement for vanilla and their olfactory impression has a powdery-sweet effect with intensive balmy, warm, gourmand and intoxicating character.”

Nine hours later, (yes nine hours for a citrus!) this still smells like I’ve just sliced a segment of orange: juice, pith and pips. It’s incredibly refreshing for hot sticky weather and would be great layered with something incense-y in winter.

Thank you, Patsi, I love it!


You can buy Atelier Cologne from the Atelier website or from Liberty or John Lewis to name but a few.

3 thoughts on “Atelier Cologne: Orange Sanguine”

  1. I am happy that you are happy Sam. 🙂 Orange Sanguine is lovely but it just does not work with my skin chemistry! I agree that it stays around for ages – great value for money and that is super important! xo

    1. Hi Patsi, I can’t believe I haven’t replied to this. Shame on me. I hope you forgive me. I did thank you via email, right? I love the lasting power of this one and I’m so glad you turned my head when it comes to this fabulous brand. xx

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