During my pregnancy I met with the creators behind the Atelier Cologne brand and I remember thinking how fascinating they were – each and every scent they created had a kind of play-like story behind it that they’d imagine to create the scent with; to give you an idea, here’s the backstory for the Vanille Insensée fragrance: “He wove through the crowd when suddenly his heart quickened. That scent. It was hers. He had worn it first until she stole it for herself. Now, there she was before him and the magic of years past came flooding back in a moment.”
Okay so some might say that’s slightly pretentious, and I’m not sure which camp I sit in, but I do like the concept of creating such a full fragrance with clear inspiration that goes beyond it smelling nice. Atelier Cologne’s Vanille Insensée Cologne Absolue is an impressive and fairly complex fragrance that starts of with herby and fruity top notes of coriander, cedrat and lime, the heart notes are jasmine, vetiver and oakmoss whilst the base notes are vanilla, oakwood and amber.
I thought this would be a fragrance I’d love due to the jasmine and vanilla, but I think both notes are a little lost amongst the woodiness and the spicy coriander is very dominant. Once the dry-down arrives, the vetiver is pretty clear, so if these are notes that you like then I’d recommend checking it out. Sadly my common nose tends to prefer easy, crowd-pleasing fragrances, whereas this is much more interesting, carefully crafted scent that you definitely won’t find yourself wearing alongside everyone else! What can I say? I like what I like. Vanille Insensée starts at £100 for 100ml here – link.