Opens with a searingly intense chemical blast, unpleasant. This reminds me exactly of the opening for Byredo Mr Marvelous, so I wasn't surprised to hear it comes from the same perfumer. The intensity of the top note blast fades as the fragrance dries down, but doesn't completely vanish. I almost wrote varnish there by accident, but now that I think of it that's exactly the impression I get.
This is an oddity to me because it seems to go from one end of the spectrum to the other.
What im talking about is sort of a sour/balsamic or vinegary type of vibe but then I also, at other times, get that Iso E Super and ambroxan smell to it and yes, Dior Sauvage does come to mind.
The way some talk about apricot, then maybe that's the acidic aroma I'm getting. What I love is the Ambroxan which within Sauvage's review I have described as a hazey type of smell.
Cedar is not the main character here.
The reviews are mixed for this one, and I understand why. A scent named "Cedre Atlas" should have cedar as a prominent note.
As others have observed, the most prominent features are apricot and amber. Neither of those are notes I particularly enjoy.
The scent is OK despite these notes: it is not sweet and some of the dry-down feature rather faint but pleasant wood and vetiver notes.
The initial phase of the apricot-amber smells just like hot buttered popcorn. That settles down into a light dry apricot note, not too fruity.
Go easy on this one, folks, 'cause she's strong.
I'm with Asha: this is heavy on the IsoE and vetiver. It has a thick, almost ink-like feel to it that is almost throaty. While it becomes tamer as time goes by, it remains on the skin well past the six hour mark.
It garnered me a few compliments, but it's not one for up close and personal environments.
09th August, 2016 (last edited: 08th August, 2016)
Top notes: lemon from Sicily, bergamot from Calabria, blackcurrant bud from Burgundy
Heart notes: cedarwood from Moroccan rif, jasmine from Egypt, apricot
Base notes: white amber, papyrus from India, vetiver from Haiti
Atelier Cologne Cedre Atlas will pique the interest of those who love sheer, woody, unisex fragrances. I can't say that I can distinguish the notes listed on the brand's web site. I mostly detect cedar, vetiver and IsoE Super. Still, it is better than Escentric Molecule 01 and less smoky than Lalique Encre Noir, which may appeal to a broader audience. I personally find Cedre Atlas to be boring, a bit headache inducing and somewhat harsh in the opening half. However, I love the vetiver dry down with a hint of ambery sweetness--it reminds me of a quieter TF Grey Vetiver. Definitely sample-worthy for those who are attracted to this style.