Atelier Cologne Clémentine California is perfume inspired by sunny Los Angeles. Los Angeles is one of those places that I love when I’m not there. I actually spend a lot of time thinking about moving there, fantasizing about year-round perfect weather, Art Deco architecture and endless sunshine. But, as soon as I’m there, I want to leave. I can’t really explain this phenomenon. I guess I love the idea of Los Angeles more than actually being there? I truly have a love/hate relationship with one of the U.S.’s best cities. Anyway, to the perfume…
As you’d guess, Clementine California is a citrus perfume. It opens with the peel of mandarins – sweet, sour and pithy. It wears as “orange” – a sweeter orange. I absolutely love this opening, but alas, an opening like this never lasts too long. The heart adds some dry spices and vague greenness. I swear I get some jasmine in there too that makes this perfume seem like it also contains orange blossoms. The opening and heart really do come across as warm and sunny. Honestly, the rest of the fragrance disappoints me. It’s a vague,green vetiver, chemical-y woods and pale musk. It’s one of those bases that I can’t even remember when I’m sniffing it.
I like Clémentine California. If someone were to give me a bottle, I wouldn’t complain. However, I think I can find something similar for less (i.e. Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic and the budget-friendly 4711 Acqua Colonia Blood Orange & Basil). I love to wear citrus perfumes, especially in the summer. But, I rarely spend that much on them since by design they’re made to be sheer and have a bad reputation when it comes to longevity. But, this may be just be my personal philosophy. Price/value is truly subjective.
Notes listed include mandarin orange, clementine, juniper berry, basil, pepper, star anise, sandalwood, cypress and Haitian vetiver. Launched in 2016.
Give Clémentine California a try if you like orange perfumes. Or perfumes like Arquiste L’Etrog Acqua, Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine, Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic, 4711 Acqua Colonia Blood Orange & Basil, Lancôme Ô Oui! and/or Clarins Eau des Jardins.
Projection and longevity are below average; yet, it’s about average for citrus-centric perfumes.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Sweet oranges and vetiver. It’s a perfectly adequate perfume. I wouldn’t say it’s exceptional or anything. I wouldn’t say it’s the best in the genre from the line (I like perfumes like Orange Sanguine and Pomelo Paradis better). It’s just a citrus perfume that smells nice. You can probably find something that fits the bill for less.
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*Sample obtained by me. Product pic from the brand. Lana Turner from Dr.Macro. Post contains affiliate links. Thanks!