Atelier Cologne recently launched Bergamote Soleil, the latest addition to its Cologne Absolue collection. Bergamote Soleil's composition includes top notes of bergamot, bigarade and ambrette; heart notes of jasmine, lavender and cardamom; and base notes of vetiver, oak moss and white amber. And like every Atelier Cologne fragrance, this one comes with a story:
They drove all night long taking turns... The minivan was the same one they had when they first met. He spotted it instantly, driving along the line of bergamot trees leading up to the villa. The table was already set for lunch. He wasn’t surprised to see them. It was as if they had always been together. This moment was a blessing and a reminder of so many treasured years.
Comfort, companionship, a Mediterranean setting — we're on familiar ground here with Atelier Cologne. Bergamot feels very true to the brand's spirit and its "Collection Originale"; I was actually surprised to realize that Atelier hadn't already released a bergamot-themed fragrance. It seems like a natural fit. Bergamote Soleil is a very tart citrus blend with a woody underside. The bigarade (bitter orange) adds some sharpness to balance the juicier bergamot. The whole thing ends up feeling pretty zesty. It also offers a hint of lime, although maybe that's my imagination; in any case, this scent would complement a warm day and a chilly gin-and-tonic very nicely. The spice accents are very subtle while the woods are "natural" and more present underneath the extended development of the zingy fruit notes.
Atelier Cologne has very good staying power for a citrus-centered fragrance; I don't know how Atelier manages this, but I'm impressed. And I'm in a citrus mood this week, so I've been layering various orange-y and lemon-y body products too: LUSH Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream, Soapwalla Citrus Deodorant, CocoaPink Orange & Amber Body Lotion (from my latest Boxwalla box!). Add a generous spritz of Bergamote Soleil, and I'm ready for spring (and summer).
Atelier Cologne Bergamote Soleil is available as 30 ($70), 100 ($120) and 200 ($195) ml "Cologne Absolue." For purchasing information, see the listing for Atelier Cologne under Perfume Houses.