Atelier Cologne: Iris Rebelle (Ralf Schwieger) 2018


Originally published on  5 January, 2018

Premiering late January (exclusive to Atelier Cologne Boutiques and is a sublime new addition to the Collection Chic Absolu, named Iris Rebelle. It was composed by Master Perfumer Ralf Schwieger of MANE, who has worked with Atelier Cologne’s Creative Directors and founders Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel since the House was founded in 2009. Ralf Schwieger’s work for Atelier Cologne includes Orange Sanguine, Vanilla Insensee, Sous le Toit Paris, Bergamot Soleil, Cedrat Envirant, and Pomelo Paradis (a CaFleureBon Best of Scent in 2015). With 18% concentration, Atelier Cologne Iris Rebelle stays true to the DNA of the House, cologne with sillage.

With Atelier Cologne Iris Rebelle, Ralf Schwieger shows once again why he is one of the most sought after perfumers in the world. If you are a fan of the modern masterpiece Hermes Hiris and love sheer and sparkling Iris-centric perfumes, then you will surely want to add Iris Rebelle to your collection.This is a light-as-air iris that goes on as easily as a see-through gauze shirt you might throw on after a warm day at the beach. The Iris is slightly carroty and earthy, but sweetened with a floralcy that is both mauve-colored from the lavender, and slightly blush from the rose centifolia.

Opening with shards of sweet orange and bergamot, Iris Rebelle wastes no time in leaping right into the deep end of the rooty iris pool, the pepper and patchouli add slight spice and cool metallic notes, but clearly Iris is the star of this show. No one does cologne quite like Atelier Cologne, and the twists and turns within the scent are compelling, intriguing, and eminently likable. Atelier Cologne Iris Rebelle is a very easy to wear and pleasing-to-the-nose scent, made even more extraordinary by a refresh spray (or three) about two hours in. With this second application comes a nuclear-increased sense of rose that shoots Iris Rebelle right into the olfactive stratosphere, transforming it from just another iris soliflores into a fragrance that is fresh, complex and exceptional. Notes: Moroccan Iris, Moroccan Orange Flower, Central American Gaiac Wood, Calabrian Bergamot, Vietnamese Black Pepper, Provençal Lavender, Grasse Rose Centifolia, Indonesian Patchouli, White Musk Accord.

Disclosure: Thank you SO much to Atelier Cologne for supplying my sample. The opinions are my own.

–Robert Herrmann, Senior Editor

-Art Direction and contributions: Michelyn Camen, Editor-in-Chief


Thanks to Atelier Cologne have one avant premier 30 ml bottle of Atelier Cologne Iris Rebelle (the winner will need to be patient as it will be shipped as soon as it is released) for one registered reader In the USA and the EU so be sure to register if you have not done so. To be eligible please let us know what appeals to you about Robert’s review, your favorite Atelier Cologne, and where you live. Are you a fan of Iris fragrances? Draw closes on 1/9/207

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8 thoughts on “Atelier Cologne: Iris Rebelle (Ralf Schwieger) 2018

      1. Iris is a tricky one. I either love it or really dislike it. Your take on this makes me want to seek it. I enjoy many you have presented, so I tend to have faith in your judgement.


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