Like a human raccoon, I was attracted to Atelier Des Ors' Riviera line of perfumes because of their beautiful blue bottles — with gold flakes in the bottom: sparkly! Since I'm always in the market for a fresh citrus cologne, I sampled two from the collection with notes that appealed to me (in descriptions, anyway).
Pomelo Riviera: bergamot, grapefruit, orange, jasmine, salty notes, rose, cedar
Pomelo Riviera starts with an old-fashioned mosquito repellent scent: a sickly sweet mash-up of faux bergamot and grapefruit (both salty). There's a distinctive naphthalene aroma in the opening, too, that grows in strength into mid-development (so don't wear this around endangered insects)! From there we go to pale, soapy orange blossom and dehydrated rose petals salvaged from a dusty bowl of old potpourri.
I found Pomelo Riviera unpleasant to wear — inexpensive and stale smelling, with a strong chemical impression.
Riviera Lazuli: bergamot, lemon, cypress, clary sage, cedar, guaiac wood, immortelle, fir balsam, incense
Riviera Lazuli begins with bergamot and an overheated-metal, lemon-like scent (imagine a super-hot hairdryer blowing freshly shampooed hair). Rubbing alcohol makes a quick appearance before it disappears (just like in my supermarket in these days of COVID-19). What comes next is a diluted (and disagreeable) "wood" accord that leads to a generic/department store men's fragrance note of talc-y imitation citrus.
My raccoon cravings would have been amply met with empty bottles of these two products (leave in the gold flakes, please). I find both so awful smelling, it's hard to believe! Atelier Des Ors writes of "precious essences and the most exclusive and fascinating raw materials...to give back an element of mystery and imagination to fragrance." I'm soooo tired of being told how great things are, of non-stop attempted gaslighting by everyone, that this meager (and admittedly unnecessary) response to predictable perfume-marketing BS felt necessary for my sanity.
The perfume world is filled with sensational citrus perfumes, and these are not among them.
Atelier Des Ors Pomelo Riviera and Riviera Lazuli Eaux de Parfum are available in 100 ml ($225).