Atelier Cologne’s Rose Anonyme
I’ve been meaning to review this perfume for a while now. I’m glad I’m finally sharing it with you. If you’re not familiar with the concept of Atelier Cologne, this niche fragrance house creates light, airy perfumes within the cologne genre but with the concentration and lasting power of perfume. They have also just come out with Vetiver Fatal which also deserves some recognition.
I had an instant connection with Rose Anonyme, mainly because the oud note was prevalent from the very beginning. It’s not the kind of oud that overpowers, but rather hangs back in the shadows and gets noticed periodically as it pops back up.
The Turkish rose absolute is so so good. I’ve been in a rose-rediscovery phase and I’ve been leaning into perfumes that use the natural absolutes rather than reconstitutions. They are pretty genius in their own right, but there’s nothing like that honeyed-dark, deep Rose. Turkish rose is one of my favourites actually, I’ve used it plenty in my own formulae.
There was a wetness a few minutes into having Rose Anonyme on my skin. At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it, but it grew on me. It was almost like the scent had to create a wet film in order to dry and give room for more ingredients. As the wetness subsides (which I think is probably the ginger playing around with the remnants of the rose leading into the Indian papyrus), the incense and patchouli blend and the oud reappears. This is my favourite part. The combination of the three create a sticky sweet smoke, earthy…reminiscent of the Middle East. Benzoin plays its role perfectly here.
Above average sillage, stronger towards the end actually. Wonderful tenacity.
Perfect for autumn, winter or when you’re wearing mustard yellow. Does that make sense?
The evolution of this perfume is wise beyond its years, its grows to become something. This helps the wearer, in my case at least, feel a sense of experience, a change. Certain perfumes come into your life, like songs, at a specific time, when needed. Rose Anonyme holds true to that.
Ingredients for Rose Anonyme: Calabrian Bergamot, Ginger, Turkish Rose, Incense from Somalia, Indian Papyrus, Oud, Benzoin from Laos, Indonesian Patchouli.
If you live in Montreal, you can find the entire collection sold at Sephora Sainte Catherine or at Etiket. You can also find Atelier Cologne on Sephora.com, Luckyscent, at Neiman Marcus and many other points of sale.
Shout out to Ross Barry and Gerard Camme from Atelier Cologne for introducing me to this gem!