Very few fragrances pique my interest upon sniffing them for the first time. Neroli can be tricky to be used in a feminine-leaning fragrance. Nevertheless, in Atlas Garden, Neroli has been incorporated in the best way possible to make it shines like a speck of fairy dust and gives off its charismatic aura throughout the wear.
Yves Saint Laurent has released some of the best exclusive blends in recent years, most, if not all, met my expectations. Atlas garden is an amber floral composed by Amandine Clerc –Marie and was released in 2019. It’s a mesmerizing elixir of delicious sweet dates, orange blossom, and coumarin resinous tonka bean that wraps around the essence of vibrant neroli.
The opening gives a luxurious milky aroma of orange blossom along with the lush neroli and juicy mandarin. The composition gets thicker and sprawls over a savoury layer of dates and dried fruit accords that give an outstanding unique oriental twist to this bright, uplifting dominant white floral fragrance. The fragrant honeyed orange blossom, sticky sweet date accords, and ambery tinge of semi-sweet balsamic tonka bean glide through the woody musky ambroxan base trail.
Towards the end, the ambroxan leaves subdued sweet, musky, slightly floral residue on your warm skin. The best part about Atlas Garden is that the lovely sweet trail never fades away, making it a well-rounded and refined gourmand white floral-based perfume with a seductive citric anchor.
Atlas garden is an all-year-round floral scent, but I love wearing it on summer night outs. Because of its long projection, you need to be sure of how much you spray.
There is something magical about wearing it in the heat and layering it upon scented, moisturized skin. It offers the best value per ml with this orange blossom Tonka bean genre in terms of sillage, projection and performance. I genuinely consider YSL Atlas Garden as one of my most precious scents and something I see myself keeping in my collection for many years.