Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine, 2010

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(image, Kelsey Boisvert Hair by Mlle. Chevre)

Perfumer Ralf Schwieger

Why is it so difficult to give orange a leading role in perfumery? Bergamot, a specific bitter orange oil, is one of the most ubiquitous elements in perfumery, but orange, as in juice, as in peel one and eat it, tends to miss the mark. Orange Sanguine smells like an orange oil cleaning product. That is, until the orange note fades. Then it smells like super sparkly laundry powder.

5-6 hours after application, just before it fades away, there is a faintly musky orange whisper that is pleasant but vague.


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