The recent Smog in Paris did little to deter visitors from travelling to the city last week and we joined a very busy Eurostar last Thursday afternoon for a few days of pre Christmas enjoyment.
By the time we arrived in Paris it was dusk, the fog had lifted, the Christmas lights were dazzling and the City looked very glamorous, our cab driver drove with care and at a speed whereby we could really enjoy the City of light. As we crossed the Seine onto the Left Bank and approached Invalides, the Eiffel Tower suddenly burst into it’s sparkling glitter party mode – on the hour throughout the evening this display is magical.
I had contemplated taking back to London a Bûche du Noël but this most delicate looking piece of patisserie art displayed in Angelina’s and elsewhere did not look like it would survive the Eurostar experience and although I love this train journey and the relative ease with which it takes us to Paris, it is always bursting with passengers with huge amounts of luggage and it often feels the baggage space gets smaller and smaller with each journey we take.
Earlier in the year whilst in Paris I was keen to discover some of the newer fragrances for men, I am constantly disappointed with this genre, many old classics have been re-edited and no longer represent the original formula and designer scents for men come with an almost identical formula.
Commes des Garcons are an exception and have over recent years created perfumes crossing all age groups. Hinoki is a wonderful perfume specially created in honour of the men’s lifestyle magazine, Monocle. The Incense collection and Man are all modern avant- garde fragrances from this Company.
A visit to Atelier Cologne, Paris in late Spring introduced me to their citrus based perfumes for both men and women.
At that time I bought Blanche Immortelle for my husband, buying a perfume for a gentleman who has favoured one specific scent for over 40 years is never easy and we did ponder over our choice, Atelier Cologne did give us an alternative, it has proved successful and I believe he has enjoyed the pleasure of this change.
Going back to Atelier Cologne last week I discovered two further delicious fragrances within this collection, Orange Sanguine, a combination of Italian Blood Orange, Egyptian Jasmine and Indonesian Sandalwood.
The smell of oranges is so provocative, perhaps our first introduction to this wonderful fruit was finding one in our Christmas stocking when we were children.
This natural smelling and sparkling fragrance for both men and women is synonymous with winter and Christmas and would make the sweetest of stocking fillers.
Emeraude Agar is one of their latest perfumes created this year, a blend including Agar Wood from Malaysia, Bergamot from Calabria and Geranium from Egypt.
Agar Wood can be overwhelming, the citrus element of Bergamot and the floral of Geranium brings the perfect balance to this perfume, it is a very elegant and unusual fragrance.
If you are lucky enough to have a filled stocking this Christmas we hope it will also include Peace, Love and Joy with Hope for our World in 2017.
From all of us at Perfume and Paris
Atelier Cologne is available at Selfridges, London
Comme des Garcons perfumes are available at Dover Street Market, London