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Monday, August 29, 2011

Birchbox Review: Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue

I love receiving perfumes in my Birchbox because they make for such great travel accessories. Whenever I get off a plane, or have been traveling all day,  I am always looking for a way to freshen up and a purse sized perfume is typically just the thing. Even if the fragrance isn't 100% for me, its a little something that can perk up the senses and omit the stench of travel.

This sample of Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue ($145) is no exception to my "I love travel sized perfumes" rule, however the scent may not be for me.

The Birchbox breakdown:

Citrus scents have always been a bit of a beauty conundrum: they’re impossibly fresh, but they also have a habit of going missing after a few hours. Until now, that is. Atelier Cologne’s Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue is a highly concentrated — 15 percent to be exact — and distinctive blend that lasts much longer than traditional citrus scents. It has a burst of sweet blood orange and bitter orange laced with heady jasmine and rich sandalwood — you won’t be able to stop sniffing your wrist.

To start with the scent, the citrus notes are readily evident and almost overwhelming. The sandalwood is present but is an afterthought to the powerful orange aroma and I found the jasmine to be nearly absent. On me, the orange scent dulls within minutes and I am left with the musky sandalwood scent that is a little man-ish. Perhaps the jasmine is lost on my skin, but if it were present I think it would bring a more feminine feel to the aroma.

Overall, I always find citrus to be awakening and energizing so, for that, this perfume is great. But, because of that energizing effect, I often have an orangey hand soap in my kitchen or bathroom and this perfume came a little too close to that. It didn't smell like cleaning solvent by any means, but at first sniff I definitely didn't think "sexy woman smell". It was more like "I wonder if Bath and Body Works makes this in an antibacterial". This is not meant to steer you away from the scent, it is just my thoughts. If you like citrusy, musky scents, then this is for you! It is not, however, for me and that's what I'm trying to convey.

Aside from describing the scent, this fragrance also claims to be long wearing which is great for me because I find perfumes wear off within 2-3 hours on me. Unfortunately, despite the "high concentration" formula, it went the way of every other scent I wear and was off within a few hours. 

So, while the scent is lovely and will surely be a post plane-ride favorite, at $145 a bottle for a scent I'm not in love with, I will pass.

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