There’s a new love in my life… one that is strong, sensual, manly. Unafraid to embrace the warmth of vanilla, but possesses the gravitas that demands to be taken seriously. This is Vanille Insensée by Atelier Cologne.
Not your everyday plain vanilla of the cupcake variety, this is Vanille Insensée, literally vanilla out of its senses! It opens with a burst of tanginess, the way the deep mossy forest would hit your senses. This is the work of Mexican lime, Italian cedrat, and Russian coriander. But this quickly gives way to the main star of the fragrance, the warm sensual vanilla from Madagascar. It is anchored by English oakwood, and balanced with Haitian vetiver and Slovenian oakmoss. These give the fragrance its manly spiciness, reminiscent of a gentlemen’s lounge and fresh tobacco. Jasmine and Amber rounds up the scent, integrating the entire mix into a cohesive story.
“He wove through the crowd when suddenly his heart quickened. That scent. It was hers. He had worn it first until she stole it for herself. Now, there she was before him and the magic of years past came flooding back in a moment.”
Atelier Cologne is founded by Sylvie Ganter (formerly of Hermès and FRESH fame) and Christophe Cervasel (responsible for creating scents for John Galliano, Zac Posen, Agent Provocateur, etc), and is dedicated to producing entirely Cologne with a twist. Termed Cologne Absolue, it combines the traditional elegance of citruses with high concentrations of essential oils to create a pure perfume with exceptional lasting power.
I love the clean modernistic design of the bottle, and its bespoke touch with the handcrafted leather cap. The scent itself is very unique to me, and is of a rare unisex appeal. I love wearing it on its own, but it also pairs beautifully with something more floral like Jo Malone Silk Blossom and even Dior Addict Eau Sensualle. Vanille Insensée by Atelier Cologne has medium sillage, although with its warmer nature, it doesn’t project very far. It lasts for about 6 hours on me, but fades uniformly throughout.