"The Finishing Touch to Elegance"

"The Finishing Touch to Elegance"

Today I’m doing a so-called “unboxing” post, a neat genre I picked up from the land of YouTube. Those well-versed in Versace quotes may have picked up that today’s unboxing is perfume (please note my sarcasm -- I definitely googled “perfume quotes” so that I wouldn’t just have to title this post the rather unromantic “Perfume Unboxing”, lol).

So, I’ve only recently gotten really into fragrance as *a thing*, but it just makes me feel more grown up and put together somehow (thus the utterly pretentious and contrived title). Anyways, I picked up this order after watching one of my favorite bloggers-turned-vloggers, Rachel Nguyen of That’s Chic. Rachel mentioned this perfume in one of her “favorite things” videos, and I checked it out. Turns out it’s from this really lovely Parisian company, Atelier Colognes.

I checked out their website and discovered the closest brick-and-mortar store was in New York (and I’m in Boston), but also discovered their Discovery Set (see what I did there? This is why they pay me the big bucks), in which they send you an itty bitty vial of every single Colognes Absolues they have for a flat fee, so you can try out a perfume before shelling out for the full bottle. So, in a fit of thesis-induced stress, I purchased this discovery set, and today, it came in the mail.

The presentation was impeccable.

For starters, the Discovery Set fit perfectly inside of its shipping box, which gives me so much symmetrical, geometric joy.

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The Atelier Discovery Set consists of 31 tiny little baby vials of fragrance and their accompanying postcard, which has beautiful imagery evoked by each scent. These two items are packaged together with a semi-sheer envelope of wax paper, and these 31 elegant little packages are tied together with a neat, chic leathery bow.

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It was all almost too pretty to disturb.

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It’ll take me a while to sift through them all, since I can only really wear one or two fragrances a day, but I’ll keep you updated on my favorites. For now, I think I’ll start with the fragrance recommended by Rachel Nguyen, Santal Carmin.

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Well, that’s it for my fun, frivolous, fragrance detour, back to work I go, hi-f***ing-ho...

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