July 25, 2019

Atelier Cologne Pacific Lime Cologne Absolue Evoking Memories of Europe

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.
5 stars out of 5

Atelier Cologne Pacific Lime Cologne Absolue Pure Perfume ($28 to $135) launched a few short months ago and I ended up blind purchasing it because I was too impatient to wait for it to hit stores for a sniffle. It was a safe blind buy because I haven’t met an Atelier Cologne I didn’t like.

I had some hopes it would be a Tom Ford Azure Lime dupe but I knew that it would likely be a more herbal, earthy lime scent. With notes of lime, coconut, and eucalyptus it was far off from the masculinity of Azure Lime. The fresh, fruity notes and the promise of a “tropical burst” of lime drew me in but it wasn’t exactly what I expected.

However, it was a pleasant surprise that evoked good memories of my childhood summers spent in Europe with my family.

When I was a kid and well into my teen years my dad, who was always self-employed, would pack up my mom, my sister, and I and we’d fly to Portugal for nearly the entire Summer. We had a home by the beach in Viana do Castelo but it was about 40 minutes away from my father’s birth place, Arcos de Valdevez, and where my grandparents lived as well as many of my cousins. We made a drive there practically everyday because my grandmother wanted us to have lunch with her and my grandfather everyday, like EVERYDAY. I remember how she catered to me and my sister! Trying to buy us stuff we’d eat because we were picky American eaters that didn’t like most of what was on offer. Most of my time wasn’t spent at the beach even though it was like two steps away from my door! My time was spent with my cousins swimming our days away in a river in the heart of the village of Arcos.

I’d like to say I would never cross paths with a river in my adult life. I’ve become an utter snob that doesn’t like sand, water, oceans, rivers, etc…! Give me a pool any day! But in my youth I was a river rat. There are so many times I look back on my childhood and I forget how good a time we used to have on those vacations. I took them for granted because I literally hated going. I wanted to stay home with my friends and spend the Summer staying out late riding bikes or going to the movies. I was so envious my friends went to camp and here I was being dragged off to Europe. I really, literally though it completely sucked. Now that I’m an adult I realize how lucky I was to have the experience and I think it is what evoked my love of travel in my later age. I remember the year I entered 8th grade my crazy Social Studies teacher wanted to hear everything about my Summer vacation. She wanted to know about the currency, the places I visited, the cost of food, the people, she even had me stand up in front of the class and talk about it much to my embarrassment. I didn’t understand what she was so excited about. I realized much, much, much later what evoked her excitement.

When I first misted Atelier Cologne Pacific Lime Cologne Absolue it didn’t instantly bring back my childhood vacation memories. It’s a burst of zesty, juicy lime initially that reminds me of a freshly blended margarita. I don’t get any coconut even during the dry down but I do get a very subtle hint of the eucalyptus which rounds off the lime’s tart edge.

It’s during a hot, humid day when the fragrance has settled and I’m wearing it for three or four hours that I can smell a bit of Portugal in it. I spent many, many hours, days, and nights with my cousins Carla, Annebell, and Tiago at there home. My father and their father were cousins and the bestest of friends when they were children and it came full circle with me when I visited Portugal as Carla and I were as thick as thieves. You know, it’s weird because I knew very, very basic Portuguese and Carla knew a little bit of English but will still had the very best Summers of our lives. I think I seen my parents a hand full of times most Summers because much of my time was spent with Carla and her family. Tiago was about five years old at best back than and now he’s a full grown man which is a bit hard to digest! It means I’m getting old ha…! My cousin Carlos, wicked in his black sunglasses and Duran Duran hair ha.. (he has very little hair now LOL)! Now he has children of his own. Where does the time go?

I remember the many times we’d play and run through fields and fields of different fruit trees. Lemons, oranges, peaches, they had so many different fruits growing on their land. It all rushed together and smelled so wonderful. That smell of fruit hanging from a tree on a hot Summer day. Earthy, herbal, fresh…! If the Summer sun could smell like something I am positive it would smell like a combination of all the fruits in her backyard. Kids, don’t try this when visiting Europe or any other country, but there were many times we’d pick fruit from the trees and rinse it in the fresh running water flowing into the washing tank in her yard and eat it on the spot. Yup, they do laundry the long, hard way in Portugal ๐Ÿ™‚ They take a shirt, wet it in the tank, slap it on a rock, rub the shit out of it with a slab of soap, rinse it in the tank and put it on the line to dry. It’s all old school AF up in Portugal on washing day! If you visit major cities like Porto and Braga most people have laundry machines but as you head deeper into the country you’ll find many people use washing tanks.

But I digress..The scent seems to morph as my skin warms it and within three to four hours it becomes a heated fresh fruity fragrance. Lime is the dominate note but there’s something that smells like wet leaves, the sun, and good memories of my childhood! Nothing sweet, nothing tropical, just freshness, earth, a hot day in the Sun.

Atelier Cologne Pacific Lime Cologne Absolue isn’t special nor unique. But it had the power to evoke beautiful memories for me and that’s what I loved about this fragrance. I’m glad I got it because I always seem to forget to think back to good times in my life. Life runs by so quickly that it seems like I literally don’t have time to think back to yesterday and how great day it was or last year and the times I spent with my friends or family, or even further back to my childhood. Sometimes we need a little reminder and fragrances are just those reminders that bring back a perfect sense of nostalgia.

I hope you read this and mist something from your collection on that reminds you of a great time in your life.

Where to buy

Sephora Nordstrom

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Elaine G

    Read the whole beautiful essay! How wonderful. I have been enjoying trips to my childhood places ( in NH & RI) & this captures the freedom of those days. Scents do too…I will take your advice. And find a nice Portuguese wine to enjoy! Here’s to cousins & grandparents & dads. Hugs. E

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m so glad you liked reading it. the fragrance gave me such beautiful memories I wanted to share ๐Ÿ™‚ New England is just as beautiful as Europe ๐Ÿ™‚ those were probably gorgeous days as well! haha enjoy the Portuguese wine! I don’t drink but I tip my glass to family with you! big hugs ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thank you for reading them! I always get a little wordy and sentimental when I write fragrance reviews lol!

  • Lillie

    This is such a great story! You were so blessed, but I get it. I went to Mexico summers when my mom worked on her Masters and hated being the little blonde attention of everyone! I thought you were going to say it smells like the baby cologne that Latins and Europeans use on infants. I love that stuff and use it myself.

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m so glad you liked it and yup, I TOTALLY get what you mean. I’m not blonde obviously but I was an oddity just being from the USA. I bet you think back on Mexico fondly now though! I guess we are spoiled and bratty not realizing what a great experience our parents were giving us! Ha! My mom and my sister are still obsessed to this day with Eau de Miel L’Occitane en Provence! Not baby powder, but a sweet, light honey water fragrance. ;D

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks! Yes, it is. It’s a weird feeling how scent can just transport you to a certain time in life!

  • Dee

    What a beautiful story! I’m so glad you chose to review this fragrance and now I’ll be heading to my local Sephora to check it out!

  • Colleenie

    This was so wonderful to readโ€”thank you for sharing it! I really want to smell this fragrance now. The scent that has the biggest hold on me is orange blossom. I have lived almost all of my life in Southern California. When I was growing up, there were tons of orange groves all around; I remember being surrounded by the scent every morning when I walked outside. Most of the groves are gone nowโ€”demolished for housing and business. Anytime I get a whiff of orange blossom, I feel like Iโ€™m back to being a kid on a school morning.

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad you enjoyed it. Let me know what you think when you smelled! That’s beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s sort of weird how scent can evoke such strong memories. But also, it’s a very nice feeling smelling something and just instantly being transported back to a certain time in life!

  • Mary

    What a wonderful memoir and review, Muse, and thank you for posting it!

    Most children don’t appreciate what they have while they have it, but many adults don’t either. You appreciate it now, and that’s what counts.

    • Isabella Muse

      Aw thanks Mary I’m so glad you enjoyed it! <3! Too true too true. I realized later that I was crazy not to enjoy it and love every single minute of it. I felt resentful I couldn't stay home and go to camp like all my other friends did but now I realize that I was very very lucky! Thank you for the love comment <3! And I totally agree, I think we take way too much for granted in life! We need to remind ourselves daily how very lucky we are to just be alive and experiencing life!

      • Mary

        You’re so welcome, Muse. I was lucky enough as a child to grow up on a beautiful farm. I did enjoy it, but I really wanted to be in town with my friends instead of “stuck out in the middle of nowhere,” as I thought of it at the time. I whined that they went to the skating rink, the library and the swimming pool while I only had 240 acres to roam, a creek to play in and my own pony to ride…LOL. My parents weren’t too sympathetic to my ingratitude, not surprisingly.

        Age gave you (and me, too, I hope) a different perspective. I’m thankful for what I’ve learned, and I know you are, too. Love your stories and your reviews. Thanks!

  • Felicia Ferrick

    What a wonderful share into your life. I am so scent driven myself and my most memorable memories always have smells associated with them. Thank you for sharing, was lovely to escape with you to Portugal for a few moments and take a break from my desk job. Have a lovely weekend!

  • HapaGirl

    Gorgeous storytelling and beautiful memories. Thank you for sharing with us! When I was little, my parents used to pack me off on my own to fly to Japan because I had dual citizenship (later you have to choose between Japan and the US, at like age 20). I hated it as a kid but once I got used to it I loved running around with my cousinโ€™s, grandparents, and friends. Now Iโ€™m so grateful that I had those experiences as a kid. Your story reminds me that those memories are so special and unique.

  • Ashley

    I love this fragrance!!!! I’ve been to Mexico 6x, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Domincan Republic. I bought the $29 spray last week. One of my favorite scents of all time is Aqua di Gioa, this comes in at a close second. Really unique in terms of notes, and longevity on the skin. Great spring, summer fragrance.

    • Isabella Muse

      I love Mexico (and Jamaica!)! I’ve never been to DR and Costa Rica! Everyone tells me I have to go to Punta Cana and I still haven’t been! I hear it’s gorgeous ;-D Acqua di Gioia has that cool aquatic vibe ;-D great vacation-y scent ;-D