Atelier Cologne is a brand that I’m pretty much obsessed by. I adore the mix of fragrances, the bottles, the stories behind the scents, everything really. They’re also a brand which is sure to illicit a whole lot of attention wherever you wear it. Honestly, I never apply some without someone commenting that I smell good, or that they need to find out what it is. Up until now though, I’ve only dabbled with Atelier Cologne’s citrus based colognes – all zesty freshness which is perfect for summer. So, when I got the opportunity to try the Vanilla Insesee, I couldn’t wait. Even though I’m not normally one for sweet perfumes, I knew I couldn’t go wrong in the hands of Atelier Cologne.
Packaged in the brand’s signature bottles complete with leather cap, Vanilla Insensee is a unisex fragrance, which means it isn’t sugary sweet. Instead, it’s a surprisingly complex mix of vanilla, woods and florals which is really unlike anything else I’ve tried before. When first applied, the vanilla notes are the strongest. It’s a beautifully real take on the fragrance – the perfume has the almost musky quality of vanilla pod rather than the saccharine take most perfumes go for. Then, as the fragrance warms up, notes of jasmine and oak moss become more noticeable, lifting the perfume, and giving it a clean, almost powdery feel. Then, as the day goes on, the base notes of amber and oak give the cologne a wonderful longevity and feeling of warmth. It’s such an addictive scent to were, and I’ve been absolutely loving it, worn with cozy cashmere sweaters on cold, semi wintery days, when the fragrance feels so comforting!