Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Atao by Lostmarc'h
LS has the notes listed as : Orange, Bergamot, Lemon, Mandarin, Rosemary, Woods and Spices.
My first thought is that this is indeed a cologne in EDT strength. However, there are classics in this genre that are actually stronger than this EDT and they are Eau de Colognes. They used to make everything stronger years ago. That's not wishful thinking either. It just is.
Wearing Atao is a pleasant experience. Please don't think it lacks strength because of the previous paragraph. Suffice it to say Atao is sufficient in projection and could last longer than it does, but even the longevity of a few hours is acceptable because this smells very good. Be warned that if you do not care for "cologne" type fragrances or traditionally made scents, you may not like this. This style is from the past.
The citric opening is very, very good and the orange rendition is right up my alley. This may not be the most natural smelling citric accord, but I happen to like the orange note, so keep that in mind. The spices are in the mix from the beginning, yet I can't identify the Rosemary. It's like mystery spice and it's just loud enough to embellish the citrus. After 5 minutes or so, what seems like pepper begins to rear it's head.
The woodiness in the base smells ( to me ) like a combination of sandal and rosewood. It's not a preemptive accord, but it successfully assists the continuation of the opening and heart notes. It's just "there" doing its thing underneath........and smelling pretty good while it's doing it. "Woods" are what's listed and that's a pretty non descript term.
In a nutshell, Atao by Lostmarc'h is a very nice citric woody of the cologne variety. It's reminiscent of Acqua di Parma and that ilk, so expect that if you sample it. The price point is twice as good as AdP, so that's a plus. I like it and find it bottle worthy if I was looking to add a scent of this category. Thumbs up from Aromi for Atao.