Hey Hey Perfume Posse! Atelier Cologne largely passed me by. I fell madly in love with Trefle Pur, Rose Anonym and Tobacco Nuit. Also I have and wear a 10ml rollerball of Mistral Patchouli. Yet still I don’t feel that the houses concept and execution is really “me”. No reason, just that funny feeling you get sometimes. Which is weird because when I try them they all feel very comfortable to wear, smell good and last better than cologne should. Anyway, I’m currently burning my way through a decant of Bois Blonds, one of the original releases from Atelier.
Bois Blonds by Jérome Epinette for Atelier Cologne 2010
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Tunisian neroli, Calabrian bergamot, Paraguayan petigrain
Heart: Morrocan orange blossom, Chinese pink pepper, African frankincense
Base: Blond woods, Musk, Haitian vetiver
Pepper and citrus, a zingy, spicy, refreshing citrus in the best tradition of cologne. The pettigrain bringing a greenness that segues beautifully into the clean and polite orange blossom. Simple, smells good, effective perfumery here. Nothing incredibly ground breaking but blended smoothly and seamlessly, wearable by the masses and perfumistas who need something good but not weird or outrageous.
The woods come through and are tinged very lightly by incense and a dry grassy vetiver, it does lift the next 3 or 4 hours just out of the humdrum of white musk and woodsiness. Fluffiness to end as it fades to nothing. Very nice. A safe, engaging scent that works.
You know when you take non-perfumistas out shopping because they know you love fragrance? They don’t really want something crazy or boundary pushing. What they want is reassurance that their taste isn’t shit. This is exactly what I would go for. It is workplace inoffensive, has a real scent progression, comes in a 30ml, 100ml and 200ml, wearable summer or winter and is available readily.
Have you spent any time with the Atelier Cologne range, Bois Blonds?
Portia also writes for Australian Perfume Junkies.