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!