Insitut Tres Bien is one of those underrated companies which would deserve higher exposition and bigger success: their three Colognes ("à la Russe", "à l'Italienne" and "à la Francaise") feature high quality naturals providing a fresh, natural feeling. Even if Colognes -that is, nothing particularly original or edgy- they are quite unique and memorable, you can smell the artistry behind them (Pierre Bourdon).
Cologne à la Russe is among the best Colognes you can get around: less fresh and bright than her sister "à l'Italienne", less floral than her sister "à la Francaise", here bright citrus and soft leather unite in a powdery, comforting skin-scent of rare balance and elegance. A perfect wear for both men and women who love sophistication, but in a charmingly understated way.
This is a nice summery cologne, with an amber base that I find very pleasing. It's best for a hot and humid day outdoors; it's a bit subtle to shine in an air conditioned space. Thumbs up overall for its 'naturalness' and uplifting qualities.
Institut Très Bien's Cologne a la Russe is a lovely powdery fragrance with notes of orange blossom, almond and vanilla which has a clean, high-quality smell. Scent-wise, it is nearly a twin to Dior's Cologne Blanche with Russe having a touch more powder and Cologne Blanche containing a tiny bit more citrus. Both are comforting and beautiful perfumes which would appeal to someone who wants to smell "clean". Personally though, if I could only have one item from the Institut Très Bien line, it would have to be the exquisite Francaise.
Per The Perfumed Court, here are the notes: Sicilian bergamot, Calabrian cedrat, Provence verbain, Moroccan romarin, Florentine iris, Siamese benzoin and ambrette seeds.