Promise of the rose, Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme

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!

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33 thoughts on “Promise of the rose, Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme

  1. kelly4 says:

    Beautiful review. I love rose and this sounds lovely.

    • lucasai says:

      Well, I can’t say that I LOVE rose, but I admire it as a perfume materials and some rose perfume speak to me very loud and clearly. And this one says it want’s to be mine, and it will be mine soon.

  2. I have wondered about this new launch. It’s now on my “to-test” list. I, like you, have found that I love rose! Thanks Lucas.

    • lucasai says:

      Then you definitely try Rose Anonyme, it’s very interesting and unusual. I imagine it will do great in upcoming autumn and winter season.

      Glad I could help with a fragrance you’re curious about it 🙂

  3. smellythoughts says:

    Sounds interesting. Your description of the roses million faces reminded me of my first experience with Malle’s Une Rose – but this sounds very difference, using balsams at the bottom instead of Une Rose’s fungal earth.
    Yep, gotta explore this line – just a little bit 😛

  4. hajusuuri says:

    Nice review, Lucas. I will have to try this!

  5. poodle says:

    This sounds nice. Great review. I do like some roses but some don’t play nicely with me and turn sour. I like the idea of a dark rose too.

  6. Undina says:

    I plan to test this one soon: I like the brand (even though the previous two colognes weren’t my thing).
    “a rose of hundred faces” – a very nice image. I like some roses but not all. I can barely tolerate agarwood. I need to test this perfume! 🙂

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  8. laniersmith says:

    Your beautiful review was a pleasure to read. Rose Anonyme sounds absolutely irresistible.

  9. Veronica says:

    I actually just received a sample of this parfum in the mail. I have to say I’ve never been fond of floral scents but this one I fell in love with. As a woman it makes me feel feminine and sexy, not like a little girl. Your description is pretty spot on. I’m still sniffing my wrist now. I can’t wait to wear it on a date…

  10. Kafkaesque says:

    A lovely review, again, Lucas. This perfume sounds fabulous and I just put it on my list of things to try! You tempter, you! 😉

    • lucasai says:

      Great, remember there’s nothing better for a perfume blogger to hear that his/hers review made someone try it.

      See, you need to check out my archives, maybe more interesting things await you there.

      • Kafkaesque says:

        I have been, Lucas. 🙂 I don’t always comment due to reasons of time, exhaustion or other things, such as lack of familiarity with the scent in question or a difference in taste. (Plus, you have to realise that there is about a 7 or 8 hour time difference between us. So, sometimes, I’m reading when you’re asleep.) But I promise to comment more. 🙂 I was reading your review of the Lutens Un Bois Vanille for the 2nd time today, as it is a scent I like. I should put up a review of it myself. Anyway, I promise to speak up a little more because I truly enjoy your blog. 😀 xoxox

        • lucasai says:

          Great to hear that. I know that time zone differences are quite big. It’s sometimes annoying as I barely can talk with my US riders in a real time

  11. Kathy says:

    A big ‘Oh Yea’ to your review, Lucas. I bought the big bottle of Vetiver Fatal for DH, it is sooo gorgeous on him and it was during their special introduction of these newer frags and they were offering buy a big bottle get a 30 ml bottle of another for free. Rose Anonyme was my choice for the freebie and I am very happy it was, I love it!

    • lucasai says:

      Vetiver Fatal didn’t work for me but glad you and your husband like it. And so great you got 30mls of Rose Anonyme as a gift.
      When they had this offer I already had my bottle but I think I will need to repurchase it so I might just wait for that offer again.

  12. Mark C. says:

    Even though I’m a male, I love rose fragrances. I wanted to add to my rose fragrances so I picked up the big bottle at Neimans yesterday–my new year’s resolution was to stop spending on fragrances (I unfortunately broke this resolution thanks to Rose Anonyme!) :(. Anyway, it’s definitely a better deal than the smaller bottle. The sales rep at Neimans mentioned that Rose Anonyme caters more to male customers, as the Vetiver Fatal fancies more females–which I thought was interesting. Would you say Rose Anonyme is comparable to Bond No. 9’s West Side, or even Tom Ford’s Noir de Noir?

    • lucasai says:

      Hi Marc. Congrats on your bottle of Rose Anonyme. Atelier Cologne just added 100ml bottles o their range so this may be a good option for those who want more than mere 30mls but 200mls is too much for them.
      I knew Rose Anonyme is more appealing for men but I’m surprised ladies prefer Vetiver Fatal.
      Can’t compare – don’t know West Side or Noir de Noir.

  13. Dear Lucas
    After a decidedly rose-filled week, you may have topped them all.
    Your description – methodical, meticulous yet lyrical too has created a definite desire on my part to try not only this apparent gem but some of the others from this toddler of a house.
    Thank you as always for the note details which you delineate so well.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • lucasai says:

      Rose Anonyme was an instant love for me. I purchased a 200ml bottle as soon as the fragrance was available in Poland.
      To me there’s no other like this one. When I run out of it (which will really happen shortly) I will buy another bottle of it.

      Since you said you feel like discovering more AC do try Vanille Insensee. I think it’s makeup vibe might appeal to you.

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