I can't believe I'm about to say this, but up until two weeks ago, I'd never visited Italy. That's correct, NEVER. I'm almost ashamed to admit, especially after seeing how beautiful it is. (Note to self: start exploring more of Europe) I was very kindly invited to explore some of Italy's south coast with Atelier Cologne to celebrate ten years of Orange Sanguine. One of their most popular fragrances and my favourite candle of theirs. Our trip began in the Calabria region exploring the citrus plantation and warehouse used to produce the oils used in Atelier Colognes fragrances. (The smell of lemons and bergamot was delectable) We then embarked on a road trip further up the coast into the Campania region to Cetara, where we boarded a boat for the final leg of our journey finishing up in Positano. What a journey it was! We sailed along the coast for two hours and it was every bit breaktaking as you'd imagine. The coastline is decorated with beautiful small towns nestled cosily amongst these huge ominous cliffs. When capturing and creating travel posts, I think there's always a pressure to document places in their most appealing light when the sun is shining, and all is right, but Italy was cold, and it was chilly. At first, I was hesitant to document or post much from my time there, but if I'm honest, neither rain or wind detracted from the beauty of the south coast and of course Positano. I enjoyed every minute of the trip. Not only did it feel like a unique way to see Italy but it an especially enjoyable way to get acquainted with Atelier Cologne.
Sylvie and Christophe, the founders of Atelier Cologne, joined us during the trip and it was so refreshing to see two people still so involved in their brand and the entire process that goes into creating the fragrances. I think this is so important for brands now because when you see that genuine care and intent behind a brand, you naturally feel invested and connect with the product. I sampled over 20 of their colognes during the trip, all very unique, but the combination of Trèfle Pur's notes of Basil, Petitgrain and Cedarwood came out top for me. If you like a green fragrance that reminds you of freshly cut grass and tomato vines definitely give Trèfle Pur a try!
You can discover Atelier Cologne at their standalone in Covent Garden and Selfridges.