Have you ever tried a pomelo? Growing up in Taiwan, this large and mild citrus fruit is no stranger to me. It is a typical feature of the Mid-Autumn Festival feast. Think of it as a larger grapefruit that is much less sour. Atelier Cologne managed to bottle that sweet and juicy scent in their latest creation, *Pomélo Paradis Cologne Absolue.
Atelier Cologne Pomélo Paradis is part of their “Collection Originale.” The idea is turning cologne, which is usually the type of fragrances that have the weakest lasting power, into more complex compositions with a higher concentration.
Not surprisingly, Atelier Cologne Pomélo Paradis opens with citrus notes, including pink pomelo, mandarin, and blackcurrant bud. It’s zesty and refreshing, but not nearly as sharp and tangy as you would expect from most citrus notes. It’s bright, it’s happy, it’s juicy and sweet. Imagine enjoying citrus fruit without wincing because it is too sour or even bitter: that is the opening accord of Pomélo Paradis.
Atelier Cologne gave Pomélo Paradis a minty floral heart with orange blossom, rose, and mint. However, the floral notes are not the way they would usually smell in a floral fragrance. For me, it feels like the orange blossom and rose just add a softer and more delicate dimension to the citrus without being distinctively floral. The mint makes the scent a little greener, but the general vibe is still rather juicy.
I was hoping for more vetiver and iris from the base notes, but all I get is a soft amber. It is so soft that I sometimes wonder if it indeed exists. All in all, Atelier Cologne Pomélo Paradis wears around 6 hours on me. This might be long for a cologne, but still shorter than most fragrances I own. While it might not be a signature scent contender for me personally, it is a beautiful and happy one that I know I can fall back on at the height of summer!
What have you been wearing lately? Instead of associating scents with seasons, I seem to associate them with the weather. Grey and gloomy days call for Frapin Nevermore, which I will be sad to put away for a while once spring has settled in. On sunnier days, I am actually rekindling my relationship with two of my chypre favorites, Miss Dior and Coco Mademoiselle!