Fruity orange. Pure orange juice.
Smells very close to natural.
Easy to wear, great fragrance, but lacks of a consistent/heavy base.
Ethereal... wonderful while alive.
The opening is at all red bitter/sweet orange with a touch of synthetic beyond the limit but in a while the sourness starts to fade and a sort of powdery jasmine prominent dry down takes the stage (with a sort of green tea synthetic effect under my nose) in a more conventional way. In this phase the juice reminds me a bit those 90's scents with a watery/citrusy opening, a deeply floral heart and a slightly powdery tonka/ambergris centered base. Not a disaster but frankly useless (and nothing in common with the great-far more natural, sultry and elegant-Eau d'Orange Verte). Unisex but winking to the feminine side in my opinion.
Comparisons to Eau D'Orange Verte are inevitable, expecially to the Concentre version but where the Hermes stays pretty linear on the unripe effect, this one turns to a sweeter slightly-ambery drydown. Personally? I'm not a fan of either but if you're into true-to-life citruses compositions (actually mandarine and orange), go ahead...
A softly sweet citrus that smells very much like satsuma (a variety of clementine native to Japan), with the barest hint of jasmine in the heart. The smooth sandalwood and tonka drydown reminds me somewhat of Monsieur Balmain’s own. Overall, it’s nicely put together but I prefer a little more bite in my citrus.
I was a bit confused by the whole Atelier Cologne line. Traditional cologne-style fragrances that come in EDP concentrations? It sounded a little reminiscent of Hermes' Concentre du Orange Verte, which upped the concentration (and subtly altered) the Eau.
I have to say that while the Atelier is nice, it fades quickly. The initial burst of orange is as close as you will come to that sublime moment when you plunge your thumbs into an orange in order to peel it - and the orange zest sprays its essential oils into the air. Very nice. But then the cologne starts to fall apart. There is a hint of jasmine and geranium in the heart, along with some tonka and woods in the base - but they are muted and grey and don't serve to accentuate the orange.
At the price, I'm going to stick with the Hermes.