For the most part, I am a horribly unromantic person. I don’t believe in “the one,” I don’t believe in “soul mate,” and I can’t for the life of me figure out what it means when people say they married their best friends (not to say such a thing does not exist, but I have never been able to imagine myself doing it). Before you start to think I might need a shrink, I will tell you this: I do believe in meeting the right person at the right time, and that some people belong together. The new *Atelier Cologne Cèdre Atlas and *Sud Magnolia from Collection Azur for example, make one of those perfect pairs.
Atelier Cologne recently launched Collection Azur with four fragrances, including Cèdre Atlas, Sud Magnolia, Figuier Ardent, and Mandarin Glaciale (to be reviewed soon). I received all four as two pairs of “layering duos.” I am still trying to figure out if they can be purchased this way because I can’t seem to find them anywhere. I will update the post when/if I receive further information, but for the moment Sephora in the US does carry all four in travel size (7,5 ml/0,25 oz).
According to Atelier Cologne, Cèdre Atlas starts off with lemon form Sicily, bergamot from Calbria, and blackcurrant bud from Burgundy. It has that typical cologne type of zestiness, before moving onto the heart composed of cedarwood from Moroccan rif, jasmine from Egypt, and apricot. Here’s the thing: on my skin, the apricot is quite dominant. I don’t smell much jasmine at all, and the effect ends up being a smooth, sweet, and slightly woody concoction. It’s the type of sweetness that isn’t over the top, but ends up being very “dull” and a little too ripe on my skin.
Cèdre Atlas has decent sillage and wear time (around 9 hours), but that dull sweetness never seems to move on to the final stage of white amber, papyrus from India, and vetiver from Haiti. Out of the two, at least on its own, this is the one I like less.
If you think Atelier Cologne fragrances end up smelling the same, you have to take a whiff of Sud Magnolia because it is so different from what they usually do!
In all honesty, this is not what I’d call a cologne because even the top notes of bitter orange from Seville, pomelo from Florida, and blackcurrant from Burgundy are almost never really there. Instead, you get powerful burst of magnolia from Louisiana, Bulgarian rose absolue, and saffron flower from India. The citrus notes seem “hidden” underneath floral ones. I smell rose more than magnolia and saffron. It is a very clean rose, so clean that it is almost soapy in a way. If you want a clean scent without sacrificing that feminine edge (or smelling too astringent), Sud Magnolia might be something to take into consideration.
Eventually, the squeaky clean floral heart evolves into atlas cedarwood from Morocco, sandalwood from New Caledonia, and musk. Sud Magnolia has good sillage and excellent lasting power. I counted over 10 hours, which is quite rare even though it is a “cologne absolue.”
While I wouldn’t wear Cèdre Atlas on its own and Sud Magnolia is just a little too clean for me, there is real chemistry when they are layered! First of all, the citrus top notes of Cèdre Atlas adds more dynamics and spunk to Sud Magnolia, and then the dull sweetness somehow grounds the soapy cleanliness and gives it more substance. Together, there is so much spark between the two that the combination is truly interesting. It is still a fragrance that wouldn’t overwhelm you even when it is very warm outside, but there is so much more to it than when they are worn alone!
If you like apricot, check out Cèdre Atlas. If you are into clean floral scents, take a whiff of Sud Magnolia. However, if you get the chance, layer these two. That’s when magic happens!
Do you layer fragrances at all? Prior to these, I’ve only tried that with a couple of Jo Malone scents, but that experiment didn’t turn out quite as well! Also, soul mate, the one, marrying your best friend: where do you stand on those? Inquiry mind wants to know if you care to share!