On 8th December 2012 I posted about Atelier Cologne launching new cologne absolue named Mistral Patchouli. Before its official launch which will happen later this month, Mistral Patchouli appeared in few places like Atelier Cologne boutiques, LuckyScent in limited distribution. Kind reader was so generous to obtain a sample for me and send it over the ocean to Poland. Thank you!
Atelier Cologne Mistral Patchouli begins with a watery manner. Give it a few more seconds – the fragrance reveals at the moment when alcohol starts evaporating from skin. First thing my nose noticed was a citrus accord of cologne. It is indeed very beautiful and invigorating. Smells slightly acidic having essence of grapefruit infused into perfumers alcohol. This citrus vibe makes me think more of a rind than fruit on the whole. My nose suggests there’s also some yuzu in it. Not far from the beginning the cologne goes to the background making place for a whole lot of interesting and different ingredients. Star anise comes in second, introducing gorgeous, very natural aroma which adds tiny bit of spicy feeling to the scent. Is that another aroma a black pepper? Yes, it might be. Mistral Patchouli – so far so good!
Minutes later this new Atelier Cologne takes a turn into slightly powdery field of perfumery when iris enters the scene. The powdery sensation is mostly subdued but it’s noticeable. After this phase the main ingredient appears. Patchouli! But not one you know from other scents, this is a new, different patchouli. There’s a marine effect to it. Pretty unusual, just like Ross Barry announced.
But what does marine mean for Atelier Cologne Mistral Patchouli? It doesn’t have any ozonic notes which is a fantastic thing already. It’s not leafy, earthy and dirty patchouli but it’s fresh thanks to fractionated distillation process. Right next to it I could smell the aroma created from fresh spices and crispy, green geranium. I closed my eyes trying to picture this scent in my imagination. What I imagined was a sea coast and a wind ruffling the waves. To my nose there was also a light salty sensation that evokes the sea breeze even more.
Just as they could not stop the winds from blowing, nor could they stay apart any longer. They left everything behind, but they were together, fearless and free. They laughed in the sea salt air and shared a final moment on land before setting sail under the luminous blue sky…
Jerome Epinette who is a nose behind this fragrance made a scent that pairs perfectly with its background story quoted above. In the drydown I had a feeling that I smell grassy, dry and slightly woody vetiver along with soft and fresh spiciness. Surprisingly cologne element from the opening can be still noticed! Mistral Patchouli remained in this stage for the rest of the day. It’s not very strong but it lingers for many hours keeping me interested for the entire time. I liked to smell my arm with it.
Mistral Patchouli by Atelier Cologne is a cologne absolue with 18% fragrance concentration which makes it EdP. In my opinion it is really well made and it’s interesting, unique on the field of patchouli perfume. Actually it’s the first perfume with patchouli in its name that I like a lot. The scent really is adventurous and free. It’s character makes me think it will be best to wear it in spring and summer.