“A woman of such intimidating beauty and sparkling vitality gained the adoration of everyone around her. However, no one knew what she had been through. With her wild spirit, she was tough, stronger than metal, and never looked back. When she met him, for the first time in her life, she could stand still. She may have found the absolu man.”
I remember that afternoon! Rain had just stopped, when I stepped out outside my appointment. I started walking down Sainte-Catherine and my eyes got attracted by the latest Cartier perfume on Sephora‘s window. I came in for a moment –curious to smell it– but was rather seduced by a wonderful scent of spiced roses and Vanilla – that smelled SO good! I completely forgot about Cartier’s and asked the representative what was it from. She showed to me this new ”Atelier de Cologne” counter , a french label that made a huge noise in New York and about to be introduced in Montreal.
The Story: Atelier De Cologne is the first Maison De Parfum dedicated to Cologne. The two creators, Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel, aimed to develop a line from the typical cologne note, Citrus, and blend it to other perfume ingredients into a balanced final smell. Guys, believe me when I say the result is outstanding. Forget used and reused notes we smell in commercial perfumes, and everyone else. This is deeper, more elegant and unique. Every cologne has it owns story (written in the packaging box but you can read them here), and every cologne may evoke a common emotion or a memory. Every story is poetic and beautiful to read. (and I am not ashamed to confess I spent a whole evening reading every single one of them in their website).
While discovering the different scents (and falling in love with the brand), there was a particular one that stroke me – The Orange Sanguine. Once I smelled it, the first image that came into my mind was a sunday brunch with family in our country house in Morocco. (Read here about that trip) I remembered the laughter and kids running around while everyone was taking their place in the long table. In the center of the terrace was a citrus tree that diffused a wonderful Jasmin smell – and I guess that’s the note I recognized on the cologne. The funnier (and magical) part was when I discovered the story associated to that perfume – It was my thoughts exactly…
“It was the kind of moment you would want to revisit. Everyone was here, gathered on the terrace for breakfast, and the scent of fresh oranges was diffusing in the yellow heat. A symphony of their laughter and waves hitting the cliffs played in the air.”
.. But I ended up buying another perfume of their line, Silver Iris, a very powerful but sweet scent in the same time.