Get Gorgeous/ Fragrance
Kristin Booker • May 10, 2010

Obsession of the Day: Atelier Cologne

Spring is springing and we all know that it’s time to show more skin in order to ensnare a summer fling. In a season where everyone is waking up from their long winter slumber to mix, mingle and seduce, you’ve got to pull out all the stops when attracting a potential mate. This is why I’ve been hoarding a bottle of Atelier Cologne as my new (not-so-secret) weapon.

The lovely master perfumers at Atelier decided to take scent into an emotional direction, blending unexpected notes and rare extracts with fresh citrus scents to create Colognes Absolues: highly-concentrated formulas with distinctive and long-lasting potency. Each unique scent has been created to capture treasured memories from our lives, sending those who experience the fragrance into an emotional trance. Scent is one of the most powerful senses we have, ladies and gentlemen: why not seduce and entice using the power of emotion and memory?

Each one comes with a poetic description of the fragrance that reads like treasured literature. My current favorite, Orange Sanguine, smells like the French Riviera with its crush of sweet blood orange juice against bitter orange peel and luxurious notes of geranium. Its accompanying literature reads:

“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.”

If that doesn’t make you want to throw a monogrammed tote into a Ferrari Dino with a scarf and cat-eye sunglasses to drive down the coast a la Grace Kelly, I don’t really know what will. Other scents in the collection are Grand Neroli (orange blossom flower around layers of clean herbal notes, warm musk and vanilla), Bois Blonds (woods and incense with sensual orange flower and vetiver), Trefle Pur (violet leaves and green woods mixed with freshly-cut grass and wet earth notes), and Ooland Infini (a full-bodied mixture of blue tea, bergamot, smoke and leather.) They’re perfect for men and women because each scent mixes with your own body chemistry to create something uniquely sexy while maintaining the spirit of the original creation.

Let’s face it: there’s a whole world out there waiting to be enticed and we deserve to use every tool at our disposal. Consider these scents your personal Weapons of Mass Seduction.

Atelier Colognes ($155-$175), available at Bergdorf Goodman online or the Beauty Level

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