The wind was blowing. The graceful petals of the cherry blossoms were dancing like snow flakes. Suddenly, she got closer to him and he fell into her jet black eyes. He thought that his spell started to take hold. Her beauty was unique. Despite feeling guilty, he kissed her.
Sad. Falling into her poor black eyes (ouch!) and then giving a guilty kiss ... as recompense? (thanks for nothing). I guess we'll blame the translator of Atelier Cologne's Encens Jinhae1 PR. (Jinhae references the location of South Korea's biggest cherry blossom festival, so I must mention the incongruous presence of an Indigenous American dreamcatcher in the Encens Jinhae ad — see lower right in image above.)
Encens Jinhae goes on smelling of pale lemon and pink pepper (a chalky and dry opening). Next up is faint nutmeg and super-soft, floral incense ash (I just realized I know nothing about Korean incense and must remedy that soon). Encens Jinhae's restraint continues in the dry down where brittle rose petals mix with pale musk and sheer/scorched woody notes.
I fancy myself an expert on the scents of plum and cherry blossoms, and Encens Jinhae comes up short in the re-creation of cherry blossom scent (if re-creating that aroma was one of Atelier's goals). Encens Jinhae underwhelms me from start to completion as an incense and/or floral perfume; its thin, washed-out, department-store character is a disappointment, and its price is a shock.
"Despite feeling guilty, I kissed my Encens Jinhae sample good-bye."
Atelier Cologne Encens Jinhae is available in 30 ($130), 100 ($250) and 200 ($325) ml Cologne Absolue. For buying information see the listing for Atelier Cologne under Perfume Houses.
1. Listed fragrance notes of lemon, pink pepper, nutmeg, incense, cherry blossom, Turkish rose, elemi, patchouli, sandalwood.