Fragrance File: Grand Neroli by Atelier Cologne

There’s nothing quite like a gorgeous scent to transport you to another time and place… Memories are made of smells and fragrances and for that I am very grateful.

I only have to reach for a spritz of my favourite scent whenever I need to be reminded of a special time. I head to the floral perfume I wore on my honeymoon when I want to spark romance, when I want one to evoke happiness I choose the one I wore in the months after I became a mom. When I want exotic, I pick the heady jasmine scent I picked up at a market in Bali and when I want peace and serenity I choose neroli… an essential oil my wonderful aromatherapist friend used on me whenever she gave me a massage! A little dash of heaven.

I am a sucker for a new scent… and passionate about ones I love

Choosing to wear a different perfume every day, depending on my mood or the mood I wish to evoke. A little spray of scent every day makes me feel really feminine and fresh (and sexy!)

There are so many scents I love that I have worn over the years, and new ones I come across regularly, that I realised I should celebrate my love of fragrance on my blog with a series dedicated to this side of beauty.


Today, and this post, marks the birth of a new series on Becoming you… Fragrance File. In it I’ll be sharing my thoughts on some of my favourite fragrances starting with a delicious new one that I came across recently…

The Atelier Cologne store front in Paris

Atelier Cologne is a bespoke French fragrance house that started in 2009. They are the first Maison de Parfum creating Pure Perfumes inspired by the legendary Eau de Cologne and are purely focussed on developing colognes, all suitable for unisex use.


The French founders of Atelier Cologne, real-life couple Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel, gave birth to a new olfactive family, “Cologne Absolue”. Every fragrance from the collection has a strong citrus base, blended with natural raw materials for perfectly balanced creations and lasting power, ideal for both men and women who wish to make a statement with their scent. Find out more about them and their company in this little video –> Atelier Cologne official video

With their rich, deep scents and characterful notes, each of the Cologne Absolue scents tells a story inspired by unique, individual moments.

The scent that spoke to me the most from their extensive selection was the gorgeous Grand Neroli and only afterwards did I discover that the special story assigned to each scent really resonated with me too…

“The windows were thrown open to let in the afternoon sun, along with a breeze of orange blossoms. She secured fresh flowers into her hair and her eyes sparkled with excitement and anticipation. She had been a whirl of precise motion in her final preparation and took pause to dream about the moment to come.”

Be sure to visit their website to read more of the beautiful stories assigned to each scent!


Grand Neroli has top notes of Moroccan neroli, bergamot from Calabria, petitgrain from Paraguay. Heart notes of Persian galbanum, oakmoss from Slovenia and birch leaves from Scandinavia and Base notes of musk, cedarwood from Virginia, vanilla from Madagascar. As  you can see it’s an exotic, sophisticated scent that creates a one of a kind fragrance experience. I’m in love and it’s fast becoming my favoured fragrance for the summer. Here’s hoping it’s connected to beautiful new memories yet to be written!

The fragrances come in big, sturdy glass bottles (100ml or 200ml) with a leather cap that are simple and beautiful. Any purchase of a 200ml fragrance, entitles you to receive a FREE 30ml Travel refill spray (this it the sample I received to trial!).

Another amazing bonus is that Atelier Cologne will personalise your Cologne Absolue by embossing your name, initials or a special message on the coloured leather case of the 30 ml spray. The choice is yours: black, burgundy, bordeaux, blue, emerald green, lemon, orange, magenta pink, coral… And you’ll walk away with an incredibly personal gift  – for you or your loved one!

Fragrance House: Atelier Cologne

Name of Scent: Grand Neroli

Type of Scent: Cologne

Scent Family: Chypre

Retail Price: R3500 for a 200ml and R2000 for a 100ml

Stockists: Available exclusively at Edgars at The Mall Of Africa, Sandton and at the V&A Waterfront.

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Images: Supplied

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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