Hello lovers of NEW!
There were already rumblings about Atelier Colognes newest frag before it was released. It was the kind of hype I’d not felt about a scent in ages. The using of polar opposite ingredients, breaking with tradition, interesting, exciting, NEW! So obviously as soon as LuckyScent had some, and because it comes in a very freaking sensible 10ml spritz I grabbed one while ordering something else.
When my package arrived Café Tuberosa was the very first thing I opened and spritzed. Since then I have found myself utterly ambivalent and find myself unable to put into words why it produces such mixed reactions. Especially when a few noses I really admire are RAVING about it. Seriously giving it 5 unreserved stars. Then I wonder if I’m smelling it in Summer to their winter, or maybe my skin is giving it a weird twist.
Café Tuberosa by Atelier Cologne 2017
Café Tuberosa by Jérôme Epinette
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Calabrian bergamot, Sicilian mandarin, Guatemalan cardamom
Heart: Rose oil, Indian tuberose, coffee
Base: Madagascar vanilla, cacao pod
So today I’m going to let all my previous wearings (I reckon I’m down about 2-3ml) be history and we can wander through this experience together.
Radiant white floral for a split second and then a dark milk coffee vibe. Milk Coffee Ice Cream is how my skin is throwing it today, orange-choc-coffee ice cream. We have a thing here in Australia called Jaffas, it’s choc-orange. Add a splash of coffee and you’ve got it exactly. Sadly this fabulously fun opening doesn’t last. We now enter the tuberose section, a cool, minty tuberose with chocolate as the backdrop. Yes, we still stay gourmand but now I’m getting an After Dinner Mint vibe, that isn’t terribly minty but suggesting it. It is fresher and cleaner than most tuberoses and feels clear, sandblasted of all it’s breathy, fleshy, sensual qualities.
The weight and heft of Café Tuberosa diminishes considerably about now as it hits a radiant white floral with hints of vanilla and chocolate like a Top Deck. Here’s where the fragrance becomes linear and lasts for hours humming away softly but insistently. A perfect choice for people who need to maintain a moderately soft fragrance all day or night long.
Yes, Atelier Cologne took a chance. Yes, they did a good job, the fragrance is smooth and wearable. Do I want to smell like this, yes and no. I really want to wait for the cool of autumn to give it another try.
So what is your take? Is Café Tuberose a sin or a win?