My first experience with Atelier… how exciting
Ok popping open my sample vial for my review, the juice spurted everywhere including my face – a proper pornstar cumshot, and now it’s everwhere… fantastic.
So how does it smell…
Rose Anonyme at first is friggin’ delicious, and boring as hell. It’s a jammy, fruity rose with a little translucency to it that smells girly, pink with a cotton-candy sweetness. Much more feminine than I expected, with an oud underneath drained of anything remotely challenging… it is about as clean and as harmless as an oud note can get… a synthetic “Black Agar”-style aroma-chemical that almost smells candied in itself. Yes it’s a touch medicinal, just a tiny bit “woody”… but there is nothing sour, fecal… it’s not even dense. It’s the most translucent rose/oud combo I’ve smelt – but then how I’ve missed that combination having avoided it for so long!
A hint of a sweet benzoin/patchouli comes in giving off a cocoa (Angel-like) vibe, and if anything that’s what Rose Anonyme reminds me of… a lighter, more “summery” version of Thierry Mugler’s Angel. There’s even that weird, pistachio/nutty vibe going on, but unfortunately not due to anything fun and animalic like castoreum. There’s a hint of pepper providing just a touch of spice, and even a hint of soap… it’s clean.
Rose Anonyme is slightly medicinal cotton candy all the way. The bit of faux-oud bitterness keeping it unisex before it tumbles into a pink cloud. It’s both fun to wear, and as above, hella boring. The sweetness even becomes annoying, turning my stomach a bit with a mix of lactonic vanilla, ethyl maltol (cotton candy) glue-y oud and hyper-clean patchouli. The rose is a slightly powder-y Turkish rose, slightly leaning towards Turkish delight with a “jelly-like” vibe that I get in Chypre Rouge.
After no time at all this annoying stuff begins to dominate, settling into a translucent, sticky layer of sweetness that I have to wash off.
Not for me cheers
Rose Anonyme 30ml Cologne Absolue Atelier – $75 luckyscent