When it comes to European summer holiday destinations I have a feeling that French Riviera is among those places everyone would like to visit at least once. Almost like a mythical land that offers wide beaches, soft & golden sand as well as azure blue water. It’s expensive, usually quite crowded with (rich) tourists but we still would like to be a part of that summer glamour. That said it’s not a surprise that fragrance brands take Cote d’Azur as a place to inspire their ‘parfum d’ete’. So did Atelier des Ors by introducing a trio of easy-going compositions – Collection Riviera.
Pomelo Riviera is like a promise of a lazy day spent on reading an interesting book as you gently swing in a hammock. The compositions opens with a refreshing bitterness of pomelo, or of a grapefruit in general. Unlike many citric notes that tend to punch you in the face as molecules begin to evaporate, this new Atelier des Ors fragrance has more peaceful start and the smell of pomelo grows stronger over the next couple of minutes. Following this mouth-watering start, bergamot arrives shortly after – introducing a zesty and tangy facet fillet with juiciness & playfullness.
If perfume can get you as close to the impression of biting into a real citrus fruit then Pomelo Riviera is one of the perfume that can do it. After a while grapefruit and bergamot become milder, softer and kind of pillow-y. Like a soft perfumed cloud that is slightly powdery. Laziness and relaxing feeling slowly take over your body as you smell it. From this citrusy delicacy a floral accord emerges and blooms on the skin as the most ethereal jasmine you can imagine. Its airy, feathery – more like a breeze that carries the scent from the nearby garden rather than smelling the flower directly.
In this supple accord Atelier Cologne Pomelo Riviera is reminiscent of other summery florals, such as Van Cleef & Arpels California Reverie or more recently reviewed Chanel Paris – Riviera. Part of their DNA responsible for a dreamy, gentle note of jasmine is the same. Further into fragrance development we meet orange blossom. It re-introduces citrusy tones to the flowery phase. Additionally rose adds a pastel pink hue to the perfume. It’s like a chiffon veil and in this particular case it smells to my nose like some sort of a tea note. Maybe a refreshing rose infusion?
As if there wasn’t enough leisure in Pomelo Riviera, later parts of the perfume have a warm character with a delicate whiff of saltiness floating nearby. If you can envision taking a quick dive in the water to cool down a bit and then go back to your hammock – that’s how it smells. Like the skin kissed by the sun with a slightly salty taste of the Mediterranean sea. It’s sensual and undoubtedly summery. Cedarwood absorbs part of that saltiness and floral tones and slowly exudes these along some more substantive woody nuances that make the perfume last for a nice period of time.
What can I say? Pomelo Riviera from Atelier des Ors is a perfume that shall bring pleasure to anyone wearing it. This summery, almost cologne-like scent wears effortlessly and suits many different occasions – drive along the coastline, lazy stroll at the beach, night party? It will smell amazing during all of these activities. Since this new collection is inspired by Cote d’Azur the bottles have been beautifully tinted blue to evoke color of the water. Pomelo Riviera was developed by perfumer Marie Salamagne, it’s available in eau de parfum concentration and in 100 ml flacons.