As Kevin has observed in past reviews, Atelier Cologne fragrances don't push any boundaries; they often lean towards the fruity, the sheer, the casual. For those same reasons, I think Atelier is useful "gateway" brand to mention when I want to offer someone the first figurative step away from the Macy's perfume counter. Atelier roll-ons are easy to find and reasonably priced, and even if the scents don't inspire ecstasy in hardcore fragophiles, most of them are easy to like.
My own favorites from the Atelier Cologne line-up are Trèfle Pur and Vanille Insensée; neither of those is a floral, which is funny for a diehard flower-lover like myself. If I were to purchase an Atelier floral, though, it might be Love Osmanthus. This is Atelier Cologne's latest launch, a fruity floral meant to put us "in the mood for love in a secret garden" with notes of osmanthus, lemon and cedar.
Niche perfumery has already brought us some lovely interpretations of the tiny orange osmanthus flower: Hermès Osmanthe Yunnan (soft and sueded), Ormonde Jayne Osmanthus (polished and radiant), Hermetica Multilotus (bright and dewy). How does Love Osmanthus fit into this sub-genre? Typical of Atelier, it's citrus-focused, with hints of lime and something a little more raspy, like petitgrain. I'm also reminded of the aroma of lemon-infused tea, a nice complement to the osmanthus note, which is softly peach-y.
Trying Love Osmanthus, I'm remembering how much I like this floral's balance of fruit and petal; it doesn't have any of the drama or mystery of some other floral notes, but it's satisfying in its own way. Love Osmanthus centers its namesake without much fuss. There's also a sheer cedar-musk base, but the peach and tea aspects still continue well through the dry down. Overall this fragrance leans more traditionally feminine than some other Atelier scents, though it's certainly not "frilly" or diva-esque. It has low sillage and average staying power. Since it's also fairly linear, though, it's easy to re-apply without much disruption.
If another sample or a roll-on of Love Osmanthus happened to fall into my lap, I'd enjoy using it on the inevitable muggy days of July and August. If you somehow don't already own a summery citrus-floral or two, you might want to give it a try and consider adding it to your wardrobe. It's the equivalent of a "beach read," not exactly challenging but still good breezy fun.
Atelier Cologne Love Osmanthus is available as 10 ml ($30), 30 ml ($80) and 100 ml ($140) Cologne Absolue.