Atelier Cologne Does Less Sugar, More Spice-------
Sylvie Ganter spent many years working in the perfume industry before debuting Atelier Cologne, a collection of five concentrated perfume waters that Ganter coined “colognes absolue.” With her latest launch, she takes on the acute challenge of re-imagining a note both beloved and maligned: vanilla. Unsurprisingly, considering her already impressive perfume compositions (our personal favorite, Trefle Pur, brings a bright, new freshness to feminine violet), Ganter’s vanilla shares little in common with other fragrances based around the sweet spice, which tend to be too cloying, too saccharine, or so gourmand it smells edible. As the name implies, Vanille Intensée is a bit revved-up—notes of lime, coriander, jasmine, oak moss, and vetiver give substance and structure to a rich Madagascar vanilla base, so it’s a darker, more sensual side of vanilla. A vanilla, that’s not so vanilla, if you will. (And we will).