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Solar Kaleidoscope, Atelier des Ors Blanc Polychrome

When I was in high school, physics was the toughest subject for me to learn. I could blame it on my junior high teacher who couldn’t handle a group of 30 hyperactive teens but I just think physics was never my thing. I was able to secure a good grade on my graduation diploma thanks to the fact that we’ve been doing optics for the entire final term. Prisms and lenses saved me. To this day I remember that you can split white light into a spectrum of all colors. This duality of light, of how you can obtain vivid colors from something ‘colorless’ is a bit like magic. With their newest fragrance Atelier des Ors explores the purity and positivity of white but also invites us to live colorfully.


The feeling I have while wearing Blanc Polychrome is similar to how it feels on one of those lazy summer mornings when the alarm clock is not set, you stay in bed longer than usual and get up only because too much sunlight started filtering through the curtains. You feel blissful & so does this perfume. It unfolds peacefully, revealing a refreshing note of mandarin. Its happy juiciness feels warm, even slightly powdery – but mouth-watering most of all. The solar energy of the opening gains a yellow tinge and some zing thanks to lemon which adds a lovely citric tang to the composition. Fizzy and playful describe it best, it’s like a glass of a sparkling lemonade on a hot day.

After a couple of minutes the refreshing citrus cocktail starts to become more fruity but in a rather unusual way. Blanc Polychrome gets enveloped by a sheer pink cloud with some streaks of red and green. Enter rhubarb – it belongs to the group of those underrated notes in perfumery. Just a quick thought about it brings spring/summer to my mind. Here in Poland during the season its an essential flavor that you’ll find in many refreshing beverages, compotes & sweet pastries. In new Atelier des Ors rhubarb is not super prominent but its tartness gives a pleasant twist to the perfume and provides a counterpart that perfectly balances the citrusy sweetness, making it more interesting.

Depending on how ripe it is, rhubarb can be green, pink or red – usually it’s a combination of all 3. But it’s the green element that is continued in the heart of Atelier des Ors Blanc Polychrome. Green shade becomes deeper and intensifies over time. The perfume takes us to the South of France and draws the image of me standing in the middle of the orange grove. Orange tree leaves rustle in the wind, carrying a green, slightly vegetal and dusty scent of petitgrain. Then there’s jasmine – floral, very summery and light one. It has a warm & sunny aura to it. Over time fig leaf introduces a sappy, milky facet. Its vegetal, creamy character feels very Mediterranean to me.


Blanc Polychrome is a kind of fragrance in which any changes happen smoothly, transitions are seamless. There are no drastic cuts in it. For some time I did not observe many changes in the development. I could still smell the different essences – they kept playing on my skin, only their proportions were slightly changing. Then, 2-3 hours later, a slightly dry, herbaceous & tad floral lavender joined. A breath of Provence. The warmth of the note was step by step replaced by luminous, slightly balsamic Ambroxan accord. In the official pyramid you can find moss but I didn’t notice its presence on my skin. Musk gives Blanc Polychrome a fluffy, whipped cream finish. It’s delightful.

As you could already notice from some of my previous reviews, I’m a fan of Atelier des Ors and their range. I think that Marie Salamagne, a perfumer who works with Jean-Philippe Clermont, did especially well with the lighter fragrances. And since I like nuanced but lighter compositions for the summer I am not surprised that I enjoy Blanc Polychrome so much. It slightly reminds me of Nuda Veritas from their White Collection or of California Reverie by Van Cleef & Arpels. The presentation is simply stunning – the bottle has a shiny golden cap while flakes of gold dance in a completely transparent perfume liquid. New eau de parfum from Atelier des Ors is available in 100 ml bottles.

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6 Perfume Ideas for Christmas Festivities

tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock goes the clock, counting down the days until Christmas. There are only 9 days of Advent before the festive time is here, so if you haven’t yet met Santa to tell him what presents your family and relatives would like to find under the tree, this is almost your last chance to do it before it’s too late. As for myself I already completed my Santa quest and together with my Dad we’ve found a perfect spruce on Saturday. We plan to dress it in lights & ornaments next weekend probably. I don’t feel the atmosphere of Christmas yet but it will come to me eventually. It has to.

Christmas time is always filled with positive feelings, with good smiles and kindness. Everyone and everything seems to have that inner shine that we often don’t have on a day-to-day basis. Things look a bit prettier and even strangers seem more friendly. For me this is also the time to unwind and relax. For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day you probably put on some special clothes to be dressed more festive & elegant. And since for us perfume is an essential element of our outfit, you probably already started deliberating what perfume to wear on that special occasion.

Here are a few ideas of fragrances that I would wear to celebrate Christmas festivities.


Guerlain Iris Ganache – For me iris is not only a favorite note but in my opinion it is also one of the most elegant smells in perfumery, which makes it suitable for many different celebrations. In case of Iris Ganache you have a richness of a white chocolate served in a mousse-light form. It it surrounded by a buttery texture of iris that goes more powdery later on. Topped with a bit of zest and sprinkled with cinnamon for a delicious feeling on your skin. This perfume melts with your body, leaving a transparent vanillic-ambery veil to enjoy on that special evening. It’s a very smart gourmand.

Tauer Phi Une Rose de Kandahar – A list like this wouldn’t feel complete if there wasn’t at least one rose perfume among my suggestions. Fruity opening with a gorgeous apricot accord leads to the heart where roses, geranium and bitter almond meet. The result is an incredibly rich, yet not overpowering fragrant blend. Phi feels plush, velvety and uber luxurious and the smell of tobacco leaf makes this perfume stand out even more in the crowd. As hours pass tonka, vanilla and musk form a silky cocoon around your body. With Phi you’ll be the best smelling one at midnight mass.

Aedes Cierge de Lune – Chrismas is the time that brings more light to our life, so why not decide on a perfume that can light up the night. Starting with a shimmering crystal accord that has a slightly mineral scent, after a couple of minutes this perfume starts to reveal a very unusual and intriguing vanilla like I’ve never smelled before. It’s oriental but airy, not sweet but delicious. Surrounded by black and pink pepper, ylang, ambroxan and musk, among others, this perfume is sure to make you feel glamorous and special when you’re with your family, enjoying those days together.

Diptyque Oud Palao – I think that during Christmas there’s no need to hide behind a perfume or limit oneself. Why not go all out? Oud Palao definitely isn’t a quiet fragrance. It’s there to make a statement. With a bold smell of Laotian oud that has a strong, resinous sillage you surely will be noticed. Patchouli, cypriol and labdanum add more personality to the scent with their dark vibe. When frankincense makes Oud Palao slightly smoky, vanilla and rose smooth all the sharp edges making this a super enjoyable fragrance. I especially love it when it’s colder outside.

Atelier des Ors Cuir Sacre – Even though leathery notes can pack a serious punch there are also ways to tone them down and bring up their softness & elegance. To me Cuir Sacre from Atelier des Ors is like that. Initially it’s really powerful, with metallic juniper, spicy cardamom and oily green elements of cypress. Leather with backnote of incense and vetiver is really potent but thanks to saffron it becomes more mellow and eventually it becomes more fuzzy, like a suede. This perfume would be highly recommended to any stylish men who wants to make a good impression.

Puredistance Gold – Complex oriental composition that evokes luxury and refinement is an ideal candidate to put on for a Christmas Eve. Puredistance Gold is a beauty in many ways. Spicy at the beginning with accentuated clove, gradually becoming more balmy and mysterious. Cinnamon gives it a nice twist of a tingly sensation. Myrrh, benzoin and styrax create warmth on the skin. Tonka and vanilla give Gold more depth and they improve its roundness as a whole. Despite many potent essences this perfume is charming and supple. You won’t be disappointed to wear it for Christmas.

If you already decided what perfume are you going to wear for Christmas I’d be delighter to hear about your choices and why did you pick that scent in particular. I’m sure you’ll smell fabulous.

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