I can't believe it's October already. I recently came across the sample of Atelier Cologne's Jasmin Angélique that a friend passed to me over lunch one day back in July. That visit is still very fresh in my memory, and at the same time it seems much too long ago. That's how things are with long-distance friends. Now Jasmin Angélique is inextricably bound in my imagination to that happy afternoon; fortunately, it lives up to that challenge for me.
Jasmin Angélique is the latest addition to Atelier's Cologne Absolue collection, and it's described as "a mysterious path to a secret garden," with notes of lemon, Sichuan pepper, angelica, jasmine, galbanum, fig, incense, white amber and tonka bean. Like all the Cologne Absolue scents, it includes a high-quality citrus accord. This one is an irresistibly tart opening that reminds me more of lime than lemon, perhaps thanks to the tang of the accompanying pepper. The angelica note doesn't have the intriguing bitterness of Frederic Malle Angéliques sous la Pluie; it's a brighter, cleaner take on the subject. The mingling of the tart lemon (lime?) and the angelica reminds me of a gin-and-tonic.
I don't wear any jasmine soliflores, or many big white florals in general; they're just not as "me" as roses, violets and carnations are. Yet I really enjoy Atelier Cologne's interpretation of jasmine here — it's one part of a balanced composition that also includes the above-mentioned citrus cocktail, a fruity-green fig and a hint of something mango-like. The base of almond-y tonka and sharp, faintly "dirty" musk clings nicely and makes this scent more gender-neutral than the name might suggest.
My sample vial of Jasmin Angélique is a bit leaky, and it perfumed the inside of my purse with a stray drop or two today. The lingering scent made me smile every time I reached for my wallet or my lipstick. I'm considering purchasing a small bottle of this fragrance (or perhaps some of the matching shower gel, or the candle) for autumn and winter days when I miss my faraway friends or just need a dose of summery cheer.
Atelier Cologne Jasmin Angélique was developed by perfumer Jérôme Epinette, and is available in 30 ($85), 100 ($145) and 200 ($210) ml. For purchasing information, see the listing for Atelier Cologne under Perfume Houses.