In terms of the time brands spend being active in the perfume market, Atelier Cologne is a toddler. Brand founded by Sylvie Ganterand Christopher Cervasel is just two years old (est. 2010). As for the perfume house which is this young they’re doing really well. Their trump card is creating “colognes absolues” and appreciation for them comes from all over the world, from those who tried Atelier Cologne and loved their creations. In 2011 Atelier Cologne acquired their first awards of the perfume world. This year Atelier Cologne released two new colognes absolues which are Vetiver Fatal and Rose Anonyme. The second one truly deserves to talk about it.
Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme is an oriental floral fragrance dedicated to both men and women. I believe Jerome Epinette, one of the perfumers collaborating with Atelier Cologne mastered this fragrance. Rose Anonyme is veiled with mystery… “She turned the dial until the safe opened, revealing the diamond. She had stolen jewels before, but none compared with this one. She left a single rose and the scent of her perfume in its place for him to find. In a moment she’d be halfway around the world and he would be in pursuit. The chase began again…” one can read in it’s press materials.
This cologne absolue opens with a prominent and fizzy bergamot and ginger concoction. Then the rose follows this opening trail, walking in with charm and grace. Rose of Rose Anonyme is a specific rose, hard to compare with other rosy perfume created so far. It smells like you took a fresh, deep red rose and mixed it with an older, almost black rose petals, sprinkled it with a little bit of rose water and combined it with traditional rose potpourri. It’s a rose of hundred faces. In the background a feeling of a paper dry rose tingles, it’s a papyrus. Rose Anonyme has depth, which is created by benzoin and opoponax from Somalia. These two perfume ingredients bring dense quality.
When perfumer was brewing the formulae of Rose Anonyme a little drop of oud was added. A tiny droplet that completely changes the character of this fragrance. Thanks to it Rose Anonyme by Atelier Cologne has a dark side which is mysterious and secretive. There’s something erotic to this fragrance. It not only captures the soul of the rose but it also captures a soul of the wearer. Rose Anonyme is sexy and seductive, almost irresistable. Addition of patchouli leaves adds some animalic quality and makes Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme more daring fragrance. It’s like an invitation to the game of puzzles, secrets and the unknown.
Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme is a very succesfull fragrance and in my opinion it’s the best cologne absolue in this house range, it declassed my other two favourites, Grand Neroli and Ambre Nue. It has a wonderful quality, perceptible from the very first try. I like it even better than Amouage Lyric Man which was my favourite rose so far. The term of cologne absolue might bring a lot of misunderstandings. This fragrance is not eau de cologne. Concentration of the fragrance composition is 18% which practically makes this cologne absolue an eau de parfum.
Sillage and longevity of Rose Anonyme are great. Fragrance lasts for 6-9 hours and it leaves a light scented trail behind a wearer for a while. This Atelier Cologne is available in 200 ml and 30 ml bottles, made of French glass which is a signature thing for the brand. Both bottles have removable sprayers for an easy decanting. Smaller bottle has an aluminium cap while the cap for a 200 ml packaging is a hand made leather stopper. The outer packaging is a simple black and white box. If you love rose perfume and you’re open to new discoveries I encourage you to reach for a sample of Rose Anonyme. It’s definitely worth it!