Cédre Atlas by Jerome Epinette for Atelier Cologne 2015

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Post by Trésor

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It is this time of year when I most like to indulge myself in longing daydreams of summertime sunlight and balmy afternoons passed to combat what seems to be a lifetime sentence within a glacial dimension of never-ending ice and snow, otherwise known as a typical Canadian winter. I imagine myself not far off, lounging in tranquility on the crystalline white sands of the Maldives but within the splendid embrace of an evening’s breeze on a midsummer’s stroll through the forest behind my home. The exquisite fragrance of the trees dancing a gossamer tango with the vapours of an eau de cologne I’d lavishly splashed prior to my departure, unifying in paradisiacal harmony and guiding me so gracefully through my frost-bound reality. It is within the vitreous sapphire flacon of Atelier Cologne’s new Cédre Atlas where perfumer Jerome Epinette has mirrored this dream sequence so effortlessly, an olfactory time machine into one of my most treasured escapes.

Cédre Atlas by Jerome Epinette for Atelier Cologne 2015

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BaseNotes gives these featured accords:
Top: Lemon, Bergamot, Blackcurrant bud
Heart: Atlas cedarwood, Egyptian jasmine, Apricot
Base: White amber, Indian papyrus, Haitian vetiver

Cédre Atlas opens on my skin with the most ebullient note of radiant lemon underscored ever so slightly by a gentle whisper of bitter bergamot. It is not long after the initial burst of lustrous citrine that cedar begins to take centre stage. The cedar in Cédre Atlas has been executed with such visceral clarity and grows increasingly powerful the longer it spends on the skin, pushing my personal boundaries of what I would consider to be “too much” without ever actually crossing the line. I find this bit particularly fascinating and if I am being honest it is quickly becoming my favourite use of cedar I have ever encountered in a fragrance, forceful but delicate; a dichotomy and harmonious synchronicity. After about the sixth hour the cedar begins to ebb and flourishing jasmine petals descend upon the composition and make way for a sweet juxtaposition of juicy apricot painted in empyreal watercolour. The extreme dry down reveals silken tendrils of vetiver enraptured within a sensuous veil of soft, transparent amber. It is within this graceful descent that the composition becomes a skin scent and then finally becomes but a sublime memory.

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The sillage with Cédre Atlas is subtle but most certainly present, hovering around you as a soft cloud of aromatic cirrus. Longevity is what I think impressed me most, managing to cling to my skin for upwards of ten hours and finally dissipating entirely around twelve, an attribute I find rather impressive not only with this fragrance but with most of the offerings within the entirety of the Atelier Cologne range. I urge you to give Cédre Atlas a go if you are looking to experience a cedar note executed with both dynamism and grace or simply wish to take an alternative route to reliving a state of summertime bliss.

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Further reading: Colognoisseur and Now Smell This
Sephora has $125/200ml
PeonyMelbourne doesn’t have it yet but I’m sure they will soon!

Do you have a favourite Atelier Cologne? Which and why?

Until next time, my darlings!
Trésor xx

14 comments on “Cédre Atlas by Jerome Epinette for Atelier Cologne 2015

  1. australianperfumejunkies says:

    a soft cloud of aromatic cirrus
    You write so beautifully Trésor. This one reads particularly pretty.
    Portia xx

    • Trésor says:

      Thank you so much, Portia! I am so happy you enjoyed it, it was such a pleasure to write about this newfound love. It will certainly be a summertime staple for me in 2015. 🙂

  2. Erica Golding says:

    I love creepily hovering at this prose-window into your spirit. Hehe! Seriously though, thank you for sharing this deeply personal, ephemeral vacation. I can only dream of your secret, hidden meditative woods, and the incredible peace and boundless awareness you must experience there. I must give this fragrance a try. Love youuuuu!

    • Trésor says:

      Erica! Welp, here come the tears. I figured I would be able to handle this by now but my tear ducts defy me! Thank you so much, I am so incredibly happy that you enjoy what I have to share. These woods are such a special place to me; a cathedral of towering trees, gilded with moss for me to connect with myself once again. Cedre Atlas seems to mirror that place so beautifully. 🙂

  3. Azar says:

    Your review is almost a prayer and certainly a poem.
    Azar xx

  4. einsof says:

    wow… i wish i had this kind of elegant vernacular!

    Azar is spot on- this is poetry! beautiful.

  5. TinaG says:

    Hi Trèsor, such an evocative, vibrant article – just gorgeous.

    • TinaG says:

      Oh how strange, my reply cut off after the insertion of a a smilie face!

      Just wanted to say – You write beautifully, so thank you – I’m inspired to track this one down.

      Tina G

      • Trésor says:

        Thank you so much, Tina!

        I am so taken aback by all of this kindness but not at all surprised, you guys are wonderful!

  6. cookie queen says:

    I haven’t tried any of the Atelier Cologne range. Dunno why really, I have had chances. Thanks for the kick though. I will. Lovely as always. Bussis. xxx

    • Trésor says:

      Jerome Epinette also did my favourite of the line, Rose Anonyme, which has actually just been released as an extrait that I am dying to try. I think they are within my top 3 favourite (modern) perfume houses simply because they are things I genuinely reach for over and over again.

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