I’ve fallen behind in my sampling of the Atelier Cologne line. I tried all the original releases (and I liked Trèfle Pur enough to put it on my to-buy list — where it’s languished for years). Just-launched Cédrat Enivrant* is the first brand-new Atelier Cologne fragrance I've tried since Vanille Insensée three years ago.
The Atelier colognes I've worn remind me of Jo Malone perfumes: well-blended, non-threatening, mostly “dressy-casual” in style. These type scents smell “good” but rarely inspire me to purchase them. Cédrat Enivrant fits in this category.
Cédrat Enivrant (“intoxicating citron”) goes on smelling sharp, robust and natural; the air where the cologne is sprayed smells like I've sliced into a Buddha’s hand citrus or etrog citrus. There is a green tinge to the proceedings: hints of lime and mint. Cédrat Enivrant's tangy herbal aroma is a bit “weedy” and bitter. As Cédrat Enivrant develops (and it lasts a long time for a citrus perfume...over six hours), the mint and citrus are joined by a light and dry vanilla aroma.
There's not one thing to dislike about Cédrat Enivrant...but it doesn't thrill or offer anything new in the "citrus cologne" realm. I've yet to find an effervescent citrus perfume to match my beloved Guerlain Eau de Cologne Impériale; though it lasts only five minutes on skin, I'll stick with that for a fresh blast of citrus that is intoxicating. However, I've not written off Cédrat Enivrant entirely; I plan on buying a bar or two of the soap (Atelier Cologne soaps are heavily scented with luxurious lather).
Atelier Cologne Cédrat Enivrant is available in "Cologne Absolue" (15% concentration) strength: 200 ml ($170), 100 ml ($105) and 30 ml ($65).