Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensee*

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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.

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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!

Atelier Cologne’s Vanille Insensee is priced at £100.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Atelier Cologne Cedrat Enivrant Cologne Absolue*

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Considering I feel like I haven’t seen sunlight in months, I’ve been dying for a fragrance that’s bright, fresh and sunny – something to see me through to spring. I think I might have found the perfect answer to my problems in the form of Atelier Cologne’s Cedrat Envirant Cologne Absolue, a zesty bottle of goodness, that I’ve been reaching for on a daily basis.

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Like all of the Atelier Colognes I’ve tried , Cedrat Enivrant is a real whoosh of citrus, and it’s one of those fragrances where people sidle up to you, tell you that you smell amazing, then beg to know what it is! Originally inspired by the rather glamorous French 75 cocktail (a blend of gin, champagne, lemon juice and sugar, it’s the perfume I’ve been reaching for on all these black mornings when I need a real burst of energy!

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When first applied, Cedrat Enivrant is a whoosh of zesty greenness. Top notes of Moroccan cedrat, lime from Mexico, and bergamot from Calabria mingle with mint from China, basilic from Egypt, and juniper berries from Macedonia. It’s like the most refreshing of cocktails, and manages to smell wonderfully clean and fresh, without heading into fruity territory. Like most of the brand’s offerings, Cedrat Enivrant is a unisex fragrance, so it’s not too sweet or too overpowering. I absolutely adore the androgynous feel of the cologne, and unlike most of my other citrus-based perfumes, this one lasts all day! The base notes of tonka bean from Brazil, vetiver from Haiti, and elemi from Philippines really keep sillage close to the body, yet it lasts all day.

If you’re starting to think about presents for Valentines Day next month, you are onto a winner with this one!

Atelier Cologne’s Cedrat Enivrant is priced from £90 and is available here

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine*

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I must apologise for my radio silence – I’ve been off for a few days recharging my batteries, and apparently my queued posts didn’t quite work out – oops! Anyhoo, I thought I we re-start strong with what has to be one of my favourite perfumes for the summer – Atelier Cologne’s Orange Sanguine.

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Atelier Cologne were established in 2009 and are definitely one of my favourite brands to turn to when I’m looking for a fragrance which feels unique and is incredibly easy to wear. I’m completely in love with one of their newest concoctions – Orange Sanguine which is described as ‘scent of fresh oranges was diffusing in the yellow heat’ and it is just perfect if you’re looking for something to spritz on all summer long!

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When it’s hot out, I typically opt for lighter orange blossom based fragrances, but since Orange Sanguine has arrived, I don’t think I’ve even looked at another scent! Packaged in an apothecary-esque bottle, Orange Sanguine feels perfect for wearing on long balmy afternoons. When I first apply, I get a big whiff of freshly peeled oranges, the citrus notes are so zesty and refreshing, and it smells incredibly clean and happy! As the perfume begins to dry down, the notes of grapefruit and blood orange intensify a little, giving a new depth to the citrus. I get around 4 hours of wear before I need to top up, so I’ve been keeping the bottle in my hand, as I usually re-apply whenever I want to feel refreshed. It’s definitely one of those perfumes that I apply, then spend the next 15 minutes sniffing my wrists like a crazy person!

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine is priced at £90.00 and is available at Selfridges and here (US).

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