Atelier Cologne is a niche perfume company created by Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel. Both are Italian, but Sylvie lives in New York, and Christopher lives in Paris. Based out of both Paris and New York, the company launched in 2010 with several fragrances. Their inspiration was a moment or scent for each scent, with the power to allow a recall of a memory. They share the love of the classic eau de cologne and wanted to created perfumes that were longer lasting and more vivid, but still had the classic elements of the cologne.
Colognes were originally made in, of course, Cologne, Germany, but not by a German perfumer. It was an Italian perfumer.
They use 12-20% concentration in their Atelier Colognes, which is a very high ratio. Normally colognes use about 5% pure perfume concentration. The fragrances are unisex in the truest sense of the word, not in that vague “well, yeah, a guy/girl could also wear it” way. They have used perfumers like Raif Schwieger, Cecile Hua and Jerome Epinette to compose their fragrances.
Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine was one of the first fragrances they released, and this is just an amazing rendition of the orange – from the juice to the peel, the burst of refreshing happiness. This is everything you want in a perfume centered on the orange, and I can’t really think of any other perfume that does it as well. And it’s blended beautifully so the drydown is as fetching to wear as the open. Orange Sanguine has notes of blood orange, bitter orange, jasmine, geranium, amber woods, tonka beans and sandalwood.
Bois Blonds was another fragrance they launched when they opened. This is woody cologne, open and bright, with a softness added by the incense that keeps it meditative. Bois Blonds has notes of neroli, pink pepper, orange flower, incense, light woods, musk and vetiver.
Try a Vanille Insensee sample if you want to have an idea of the beautiful artistry of this line that, even though it’s about the cologne, takes cologne to a whole new place!