The sweet smell of success!

I love colognes, perfumes, scents -whatever shape they may come in, I’m more than happy whiling away an hour in a store of olfactory delights.   

Occasionally a scent will quite literally stop me in my tracks. This is by no means an easy feat, especially when I’ve been trying out a few and I’ve got ‘fragrance overload’.  But this happened to me the other day with not one, but two fragrances – by the same house!
Okay, what are the odds on that?  Really, I walked past a display and stopped, turned and had to ask ‘what is that smell?’.  

It was two fragrances by Atelier Cologne.  I have to admit, I’d never heard of this brand – maybe I’m light years behind everyone else!  But there the stand was in Harvey Nichols and I enthusiastically sniffed and happily discussed the products with the (really helpful by the way) sales assistant.

Atelier Cologne – Vanille Insensée Cologne Absolute sample with a pretty nice postcard too!

So what were the fragrances? First was Vanille Insensée (Cologne Absolute).  I do really love vanilla, but I always find it far too sickly sweet in a perfume. But this, this was something else.  It had a tangy fruity note that ran through the top (turns out, this was coriander, cedrat and lime), a familiar floral hint in the heart (jasmine, one of my favourites – vetiver and oakmoss) and the base was of course, vanilla with oakwood and amber.

It was so well rounded. So warm and inviting. I really like it a lot.  As ever though, the proof is not in the vanilla pudding, but in the wearing!  So the SA gave me a really beautifully packaged sample to take and try.  On the skin (on me) it’s warm, inviting, comforting, and quite perfect for autumn. 

The second fragrance – Gold Leather, well, this is like nothing else I’ve ever smelt before. I actually love it – I think this will probably become my favourite fragrance ever!  I’m still in total disbelief at the probability of this.

I find this scent so unique. It’s so complex, luxurious and definitely not shy – but at the same time it’s not overpowering. It’s a very sensual, but almost unisex fragrance. It was the hint of oud that drew me to it at first. 

I was almost disappointed though. When the SA sprayed it again for me, I got the most almighty whiff of alcohol!  It smelt like a cocktail… uh oh. I instantly laughed and said, ‘well it smells a bit like rum, so perhaps not’.  Turns out my nose is pretty well trained. Top notes are bitter orange, saffron (but without that antiseptic smell that can sometimes come with it) and Jamaican rum.  It’s a strange combination to me, and it smells like an amazing drink, but the SA convinced me to wait it out for the really good bit.  So I did, and it was totally worth the wait:
It has a heart of juicy plum and fresh eucalyptus but then the finish, wow… the base is full of woods, leather and oud.

This is one serious and grown up scent.  I know it won’t be for all, and the Vanille is definitely more of a crowd pleaser, but for me – Gold Leather is on my wish list for sure.  I’ve worn it all day today (courtesy of a little sample again) and I adore it.  Get this though, the bottle is covered in genuine gold! 

Well la-de-dah, that’s pretty special I reckon, and obviously it doesn’t come cheap. The SA told me it’s only available in the UK at Harvey Nichols Leeds and London (lucky for me being in Leeds) but I haven’t verified this personally.

Wow, this is such a love letter to a fragrance I haven’t even bought yet.  But I’m sure you can tell how bowled over by it I was.  I think scent is so personal, obviously no two people have the same taste.  I’d be really interested to know if you’ve managed to try these, what did you think? And also, what are your current favourite perfumes?

Just to clarify, this isn’t a sponsored post – I know it probably looks that way ‘cos I’m so enthusiastic about these colognes, but really, they’re just that darn good!



  1. November 2, 2013 / 12:46 pm

    Its so good! I think (I'm sure I read somewhere) you can get this in Paris -so if you're ever heading up to the big city, get some!! 😉

    Thank you so much for tagging me Kate, that's so lovely & means a lot, having just started this again I feel like I'm finding my feet, so it's awesome if I even make just one person happy! 😉 xx

  2. November 2, 2013 / 3:01 pm

    Oh I think I,'my starting to enable a few people! 😉
    I'm a fan of finding scents that are a little bit different – don't get me wrong, Chanel Chance Tendre is probably my staple, but it's great to have a unique signature fragrance!
    Definitely check it out if you can Joanna! X