In late 2012 Sylvie Ganter and Christopher Cervasel of Atelier Cologne worked on a special fragrance project. They were asked to create a special edition perfume to commemorate one hundreth anniversary of Galleries Lafayette, a Paris department store. In result a new cologne absolue was born. Its name – Sous le toit de Paris which is a French phrase meaning under the sky of Paris. Atelier Cologne Sous le toit de Paris is made with essences of neroli, bergamot, bigarade, violet leaves, geranium, vetiver, tonka bean, white leather and musk. Despite it being a limited edition it’s available in wider distribution and at Atelier Cologne website. I got my sample thanks to Daisy, thank you Daisy.
In the opening Sous le Toit de Paris is a crispy and green scent. Right from the start one can feel a refreshing aroma of crushed violet leaves which just a minute later mixes with a tart bergamot aroma. The smell is bright and happy. Within next ten minutes the scent of green foliage subsides. Then bitter orange and neroli become easier to notice but their aromatic impressions don’t last long.
At the moment Sous le Toit de Paris turns from lively green to bright red with a smell of geranium. It’s quite mouth watering as for a flower and it brings crisp, refreshing sensation to the scent. Geranium is warm, like a flower pot standing on the tarrace on a sunny day which effuses its unique aroma. It has also a hint of spices here. They play well with green notes and balance the perfume.
While geranium turns more and more quiet a leathery chord grows stronger and stronger. It is perfectly noticeable but its smell never crosses the boundaries of heavy leather compositions. Instead it’s a light blond leather. Warm, thin and delicate like a pair of leather gloves created by a pair of skillful hands. While leather is in I can still smell both geranium and violet foliage. Separately they smell different but together they recreate the scent of violets, flowers. Simply gorgeous.
Many hours later the drydown smells kind of dewy and ozonic. They probably come from geranium, violet leaf and partially from leather, all placed on a musky base. Atelier Cologne Sous le Toit de Paris is a really long-lasting scent. On my skin I got more than 8 hours of longevity. It has a decent sillage as well. It’s a well done perfume, Atelier Cologne doesn’t disappoint me this far.
This cologne absolue has 15% of fragrance composition. Available in 30 and 200 ml and a candle.