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Published on October 23rd, 2014 | by Celina

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Snuggle Up For Winter With Atelier Cologne Candles

Each season brings marked changes to our landscape. While springtime is a time of rebirth, with delicate blossoms and warming light, summer  is filled with fragrant flowers and green plants. Fall is more vibrant, saturated with deep colors and thick with musk and patchouli. As the weather turns chilly and we begin to spend more time hibernating indoors, winter can be celebrated with scents of citrus, vanilla and spice. In lieu of fresh cut flowers, fragrant candles are an easy way to feel the season change indoors.

The brainchild of Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel, Atelier Cologne creates couture colognes as well as specialty scented candles. The beauty of the perfumeries’ candles lies in the high percentage of fragrance oils used in combination with a custom blend of vegetable and paraffin waxes. The company stays true to traditional candle making techniques and years of refined craftsmanship to ensure each candle burns evenly, lasting up to 50 hours.

The house’s newest ‘Collection Metal,’ is a celebration of rare and precious essences. An industry first, these candles are packaged in beautiful bottles gilded in genuine precious metals. We were lucky enough to sample the Santal Carmin candle with the elegant glass cloche. We loved that the top notes seemed in heavy opposition: the heavy green bergamot rind lent a slightly acidic aroma, carefully balanced out by the smokey flavor of the Indian saffron. The pretty heart notes of the wax were more subtle, with New Caledonia sandalwood, Indian gaiac wood, and white musc. The sweetness of the musc was at times a bit overpowering but we felt that the base notes more than made up for it with their ruggedness. The manliness of the papyrus and cedarwood reminded us a bit of a men’s cologne but the Madagascar vanilla made our home smell like we’d been baking all day.

We loved the juxtaposition of the sweet and woody aromas but we were disappointed when the scent showed surprisingly low longevity, dissipating from a room in under ten minutes. However while the candle was lit, it made our offices smell perfectly seasonal (and just a little bit sultry).

Available in stores and online for $65. Include the glass cloche and you’ll spend $95.

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About the Author

Celina Kelly is passionate about New York, scarves, and puppies. She also loves writing about herself in the third-person. She graduated from Barnard College having double majored in English & German Literature. While a student, she worked with The New Yorker as part of the editorial department for ‘Goings On About Town’. Since she was not busy enough, she added a concentration of creative writing, completing her thesis project in the form of a yet-unpublished novel under the guidance of a bestselling author. Celina operates a retail store on the Upper West Side, where she spends most of her time. She enjoys being able to design, order and merchandise a new collection twice a year with the help of a talented staff of minions. She is also currently pursuing a certificate in Millinery at the Fashion Institute of Technology. If you ask her nicely, she might make you a hat!



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