Atelier Cologne Cedrat Envirant


I was supposed to love Cedrat Envirant. It was created by perfumer Ralf Schwieger (I love Ralf Schwieger!) as an homage to Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine (I love Orange Sanguine!), and the press release promises that “Cedrat Envirant is for lovers of lemon and gin notes” (I love gin! With an intensity that I suspect most people reserve for their firstborns!) And I do love Cedrat Envirant, for the first five minutes. Cedrat Envirant opens with gorgeously sparkling lime and juniper notes, like the best gin-and-tonic you’ve ever had. This delightful phase lasts for literally five minutes on both myself and my test subject, at which point Cedrat Envirant floats perilously close to Orange Sanguine itself. Cedrat Envirant spends the rest of its (brief, one hour) lifespan smelling like a lime-tinged Orange Sanguine, only less vibrant and weaker. It smells great, because Orange Sanguine smells great, but lacks the excitement of the opening notes. If that glorious gin accord had lasted for even half an hour, I would have happily picked up a bottle, but five minutes is just comical. For a less abbreviated gin fragrance, I would recommend TokyoMilk Gin & Rosewater, Lubin Gin Fizz, or Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling.