Atelier Cologne Mistral Patchouli
“A fearless adventurer sails a sea of bright green Pomelo grapefruit while notes of salty marine from natural Star Anise flow into warm incense and leafy factions of fresh Patchouli”
Top notes: Pomelo, Black Pepper, Star Anise
Heart notes: Iris, Incense, Geranium
Base notes: Patchouli, Benzoin, Vetiver
This is not my first foray into the world of Atelier Cologne, I have featured their fragrances a few times in the past and always been a fan of their high quality, unique blends. Mistral Patchouli is no exception. First of all, there is a beautiful burst of pomelo, which is somewhere between a grapefruit and lemon, it’s a fresh citrus with a twist and a lesser known feel. The pomelo dominates the top notes, but there is also a hint of spice with the black pepper and star anise, there is also a softness to the citrus, it’s not quite as sharp and powerful as you might expect, it has rounded edges and a more powdery twist to it. The heart is filled with Iris, Incense and Geranium, adding some notes of sweet florals and smoky tones to the fragrance, it’s almost like a bridge between the fresh citrus pomelo and the dark, earthy base notes. Speaking of which, the base notes are heavy and prominent early on in the fragrance; the Patchouli has a real earthy, mossy, which is elevated with the more refined notes of Vetiver and enticing Benzoin. Benzoin is my favourite of the resin family and any amber based fragrance which has a heavy hit of Benzoin is always a winner for me!
Sometimes it feels like Patchouli has to work very hard to free itself of the 70’s biker connotations. Back in the day, bikers would buy patchouli essential oil and splash it on their clothing, it was never blended with any other notes and the essential oil was probably a lower quality than that Atelier Cologne are using now. In the last year or two, Patchouli has become a really desirable fragrance note, perfumeries are sourcing it from around the world to find the most beautiful version of it they can and it is being blended with other rare oils to create a fragrance which is refined, sophisticated and unique. Atelier Cologne have done just that, Mistral Patchouli seamlessly blends the citrus freshness of the pomelo with the earthiness of the patchouli, giving it added depth and texture with a hint of spice, floral, sweetness and smoke. It has a lightness and breeziness, but it also has a dark, rich exotic feel. It is unisex and perfect for the Summer through to Autumn. Also, I’m loving the slightly larger size bottle as it has more of a ‘splash’ feel to it, it makes me feel less guilty when I re-apply throughout the day! Make sure you try this fragrance next time you are in the below stores, it’s stunning and if you have not considered patchouli-based perfume before, you should, you might be surprised as to how beautiful it is!