Blu Atlas Atlantis – Fragrance Review

by The Daily Front Row

Atlantis, the signature cologne of Blu Atlas, is a sexy, romantic and earthy Eau de Parfum with the perfect initial punch of citrus. Blu Atlas’s slogan is “Premium skincare for the modern man,” and with this cologne, I deem this extremely on point.  The company identifies itself as a science-backed personal care brand with all-natural ingredients–aligning with the newer surge of luxury companies marketing natural and sustainable products. Many of these companies lose their touch with the addition of these natural lines, forgetting that products can still have longevity even without synthetic ingredients. Blu Atlas’s Atlantis perfectly hits the mark of a natural, captivating and lingering scent. 

A Little History (and Science)
In the 1920s, perfumers all around began adding synthetic chemicals like aliphatic aldehydes to fragrances. And many fragrance companies currently use alcohols to replace carrier oils to increase shelf life and avoid rancidity. Some fragrance companies also add stabilizing chemicals, coloring agents, preserving agents, and ingredients to adjust product viscosity.  These products really do mask odor and oftentimes last longer, but at what cost? Synthetic ingredients have recently been linked to having detrimental long-term effects on their consumers. There is an evident critical health risk in using personal products ridden with synthetic ingredients. A simple search of “Eau de Parfum” will show that a lot of popular fragrances people enjoy are not very safe for use. Some long-term effects from just inhalation of these irritants are nasal allergies, breast cysts, anxiety, depression, irritable bowel, and asthma.  I always encourage doing your own research before buying products.

First Impression
Blu Atlas’s Atlantis Eau de Parfum is presented in a dapper bottle with neat white letters, appearing quite anonymously compared to the other products in the Blu Atlas catalog. Atlantis proves itself by featuring a sweet, fruity and almost spicy first impression, and upon dry-down, delivering a warm, woody, inviting aroma to any wearer.  This cologne is quite versatile. It could be worn every day by the honest tradesman or the successful business owner. This cologne does not discriminate and has the potential to fit quite well on any person that enjoys a woody, fresh scent. It reads simply with key notes of bergamot, clary sage, and patchouli, a deliciously complex and rich blend.  It is quite unisex. Each person who wears Atlantis will make this cologne theirs. It may not be a cologne that travels far. But if you want to wear a fragrance that will have you stand out where it counts (up close and personal), try Atlantis. 

The Scent

This transformative top note invites the fun part of masculinity. Bergamot, known as the “prince of citrus,” is assertive and packs a nice punch, but quickly allows the clary sage and patchouli to make their statement when they are ready. The luxurious bergamot orange is commonly loved in fragrances, but it has a more unusual scent compared to other citrus fruit extracts and oils. Its zest donates a bubbly, unisex, rindy sweetness with an herbal twist that flirts with the other two keynotes that make this cologne work.  The natural and vegan ingredients invite the wearer to let their ego and pride subside—to let go of so many norms in order to invite more peace into one’s life, conjuring memories of a spring boat ride in Chicago, the sun beaming warm and delicate, the water inviting the perfect breath of crisp air. 

Clary Sage
This hearty note is the perfect addition for the working man. Its main aromatherapy benefit is to calm, but to many, clary sage is considered an aphrodisiac. The powdery herbaceousness of clary sage is quite surprising and adds a vanilla-like sweetness to the dry down of this cologne. As it blends with the bergamot and patchouli, the clary sage ties the cologne together, allowing it to transcend across all seasons, keeping you hot and fresh in the spring and summer, and warm and inviting in the fall and winter. 

Patchouli, a powerful, earthy base note, offers the intoxicating pull that the Atlantis fragrance encompasses. This note provides a lasting masculine impression, making it an alluring, spicy fragrance for any occasion. Patchouli provides the cologne with its long-lasting power, as even its backstory involves riches and royalty. Early European traders even traded one pound of patchouli for one pound of gold.  This note is also regarded as an aphrodisiac, as its velvety, rich and smoky aroma is highly compatible with the sweet herbal nature of clary sage. Patchouli was the perfect choice for Atlantis, as this base note makes Atlantis the distinguished fragrance it is. 

After a full workday of wearing this cologne for our Blu Atlas Atlantis review, I’m left with a comforting earthy and sweet scent reminiscent of a frankincense and myrrh fragrance oil. Though this cologne is more modern, because it is so versatile, it can be worn by all ages.  Many buyers may not pay as much attention to the ingredient lists of their personal care products, but Blu Atlas takes care of that for their customers. Promising a safe line for fragrance and men’s grooming, if you care about what you put on your body, Blu Atlas may sell just the right products for you. The citrusy sweet aroma provided by the bergamot top note with the earthy, grounding nature of the patchouli really conjures an incense shop in the middle of a ritzy downtown area. The clary sage offers an elegant earthy balm that perfectly combines the top and base notes. As each note greets another, more fragrant layers are revealed, making this simple-appearing cologne one of the best of the year thus far.

Presented by: Grooming Playbook

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