My mother preferred her perfumes served up in lotions, creams, or bath products, and she wasn’t stingy in the use of toiletries. Mother wasn’t a snob when it came to perfumes either — she used every drop of every fragrance anyone ever gave her, whether that fragrance was by Avon or Guerlain. I use perfumes I tire of or don't particularly like as air fresheners; my mother used such perfumes in another way — she'd pour entire bottles of scent into a tub filled with hot water and Mr. Bubble; in summer, when our house's windows were left open, you could always tell when she was taking a soak in the tub — the scent of fragrant water and suds wafted from the bathroom window into our yard (and into neighbors' yards too). The moment I got a whiff of L'Atelier Bohème Immortelle, I thought of my mother and her perfumed bathing extravaganzas, and I remembered, especially, the fragrances she wore when I was growing up: Guy Laroche Fidji, Chanel No. 19 and Norell.
Immortelle was created by perfumer Crystelle Darchicourt (who needs to hire a good translator for the English version of her website); it contains tangerine, bergamot, white flowers, pomegranate, amber and immortelle. In ad copy for Immortelle, L'Atelier Bohème mentions the goddess Juno (and her attendant, the peacock) and pomegranates — symbols of fertility, bounty and immortality (the immortelle flower is likewise "ageless", refusing to wilt even after being harvested). Immortelle, the perfume, is not "immortal" — overall it’s a mild fragrance that stays close to the body, and it needs to be reapplied at least once on the days one wears it.
L'Atelier Bohème Immortelle's opening is strong and ‘humid’ and evokes tropical flowers that are scenting warm air with their perfume. Immortelle is well blended, but as the fragrance matures, and softens, I smell hints of straw-immortelle (there is a faint, dusty bitterness in Immortelle's dry down — the scent of dried flower bouquets) and tart fruit. To my nose, Immortelle is more about a perfumer’s idea of “pomegranate” than immortelle, and it is reminiscent of Santa Maria Novella’s Melograno fragrance. Immortelle’s amber is crystalline and shimmers throughout the composition. As we all know here at Now Smell This, it's so '1975' to classify scents into masculine/feminine categories, but if you are a man who would never consider wearing Chanel Bois des Iles or Balmain Ivoire, you will certainly not be buying and wearing Immortelle; however, as I did my usual rounds with this scent, I found that men really like it and a large percentage of women find it "old fashioned" and “too powdery". If Immortelle came in candle or soap form, I'd buy it immediately since it reminds me of two easy-going, lazy, warm and jovial (on good days) things — summer, and my mother.
L'Atelier Bohème Immortelle Eau de Parfum comes in a cotton-flax pouch and sells for $75/42€ for 50 ml. There are two other fragrances available from L'Atelier Bohème: Hélianthe (for women) and Fil de Soie (for men); please comment if you’ve tried them. L'Atelier Bohème offers different scents in home fragrance products: scented candles, room sprays and solid perfume "nuggets".
For buying information, see the listing for L'Atelier Bohème under Perfume Houses.