A pleasant neroli-dominant fragrance with a few other elements mixed in, Atelier Cologne Grand Neroli is another nice warm-weather-friendly entry from the house. The other relevant notes are the citrus mix in the opening (I get more bergamot than lemon) and vanilla/musk in the dry down.
Grand Neroli is still a safe neroli, not a smack-you-in-the-face neroli like the Tom Fords, but its sweeter dry down does slightly distinguish it from some of the others.
Like the other Ateliers, performance is is not bad, but not very good, either---modest projection and longevity.
Not among the most unique or daring neroli fragrances, Grand Neroli is nonetheless another pleasant option from Atelier Cologne that could be used in a variety of situations but would surely shine most in the summer, perhaps outdoors.
A pleasant scent but with the performance issues, it's another Atelier that one needs to like a lot in order to spring for, at the usual pricing, but Grand Neroli seems to be much cheaper on BeautySpin and FragranceX: under $80 for 100ml.
7 out of 10
No overbearing musks, no spiky synthetic-smelling blond woods. Just an affable bergamot/neroli-based eau de cologne that is well-supported. It's probably a little too sedate for some, with zero sillage, low projection and average longevity. While I do enjoy its lightly mossy drydown, I simply can't see how Grand Neroli could ever replace the vintage Eau de Rochas Homme in my wardrobe.
Well, I'm a bit confused here!
If this is a true neroli smell, what was all other neroli based fragrances that I've tested before?!
If those are neroli, so what is this?!
There is neroli in this fragrance for sure but I wouldn't call this a neroli based fragrance at all!
Not even close!
To my nose, this is a sweet juicy citrusy smell mix of tangerine and a little bit of lemon with some bitterness of the peel and very bright floral notes and easy to ignore soapiness in the background all the way through.
The scent gets a little more sweet and less fresh and citrusy in the dry down but all and all it's a linear scent.
Projection is average and longevity is around 4-5 hours on my skin which is OK.
Not a bad fragrance but also there is nothing exciting about it!
A simple orange and bergamot composition with some musk 2 give it some longevity..
otherwise it's boring and uninspiring, ok for both male and female..
Pros: light good for summer
Cons: does not project"
Think Penhaligon's longevity and freshness
I think of Penhaligon's House when I smell a scent like this. Bergamot/lemon/orange/neroli are rounded out with oak moss and musk.
Pros: Clean sharp Neroli
Cons: Suffers from fair longevity like most citrus"
pleasant orange blossoms
As I've said in other reviews on the fragrances of this line, my appreciation depends on the delicate balance between the beautiful top notes and the rather hurried, boring when not vexing, mid and base ones.
Grand Néroli succeeds in combining a fresh, fragrant, juicy neroli, tinged with red grape accents with a slightly powdery, ambery base that retains a floral quality for a considerable time. A pleasant fragrance on the whole, clean and sunny.