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Sniff Test Fragrance Review: Atkinsons 24 old bond street Triple Extract mystic essence

Sniff Test Fragrance Review: Atkinsons 24 Old Bond Street Triple Extract Mystic Essence

Sniff Test Fragrance Review

Atkinsons 24 Old Bond Street Triple Extract Mystic Essence, 30 ml

Atkinsons is a British niche perfumer founded by James Atkinson in 1799 who would go on to become the official perfumer of the English Royal Court. 24 Old Bond Street, the location of its early perfume lab, is an aromatic-woody scent featuring notes of whisky, juniper berry, cardamom, rose, black tea, cedar, Ambergis and musk. It was blended by two innovative perfumers: Christine Nagel and Violaine Collas.

Atkinsons 24 Old Bond Street Triple Extract Mystic Essence
Atkinsons 24 Old Bond Street Triple Extract Mystic Essence

She says:

The revived British brand is celebrating ‘200 years of perfume snobbery’ (at least they’re honest?). This formulation will more than satisfy fans who have lamented the bestselling 24 Old Bond Street eau de cologne’s lack of staying power: this is an extremely concentrated and alcohol-free version. It comes in a handsome ombré amber apothecary jar and, befitting a perfume oil, is dispensed with a swipe or two from a glass pipette applicator (very posh, like Gucci’s bottles for The Alchemist’s Garden). Where the eau is bracing, this is moodier. The Turkish rose and astringent black tea come through on drydown more than the crisp cucumber and juniper. What lingers—tenaciously—is balsamic warmth. 3 out of 4    

He says:

Have you noticed that so many of the designer fragrances these days smell suspiciously similar? That’s because fragrance houses create scents to appeal to a global audience. The cost of launching a luxe perfume can exceed $60 million which is a big financial risk should the scent fail at retail. To hedge their bets, these companies hire trend forecasters and market research firms to predict which notes and fragrance styles will appeal to the greatest number of potential clients. That’s why you’ve seen so many tuberose and rose-themed scents lately. And while this makes financial sense, it makes for dozens of similar fragrances. All this is a prelude to the fact that I appreciate niche perfumers like Atkinsons who follow their passion and muse – instead of market research.

I immediately smell the fresh juniper berry and cardamom notes – but these are warmed by the whisky and cedar. And while I don’t get the black tea, I do smell the rose which is a nice balance to the woods and musk. It’s the perfect scent for a cold, winter day walking through London. 3 out of 4

Atkinsons 24 Old Bond Street Mystic Essence is available in Canada at holtrenfrew.com and Holt Renfrew stores.

Sniff Tests are the personal and professional opinions of Nathalie Atkinson and Cityline’s Dave Lackie.


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    December 17, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    I agree with one of the prior commentators — a sample set of Atkinsons would be incredible!

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  • Sherry Proch
    December 16, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    These posts are my favorite!! Love the two points of view, the education information present and the fun infused!!

  • Leslie Mortimer
    December 16, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    Sexy snobbery!! Love it 💕.

  • Janet Moulton
    December 15, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    A solid 3 out of 4 from both Sniff testers. I wish Atkinsons had a box set of all their perfumes in sample size… I’d be in heaven. Wearing an Atkinsons fragrance is like feeling sexy, sultry, fun, playful, elegant and sophisticated all in one.

  • Gabrielle
    December 15, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    This sounds like something I’d like! Thanks for the excellent and informative reviews. @velvetwhip

  • LINDA L
    December 15, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    Oh your descriptive sniffs are so enticing! @linlett60

  • S Smith
    December 15, 2020 at 10:12 am

    My husband has a bottle of 24 Old Bond Street as a perfumed toilet vinegar. Sounds horrid but it’s a all rounder body splash, aftershave, you name it. Nice scent so this must follow.

  • Brenda Elkins
    December 15, 2020 at 8:58 am

    This fragrance sounds intriguing! I don’t always follow the crowd so I admire the individualistic vibe behind this scent. @BrendaECoventry

  • Elizabeth Vlug
    December 15, 2020 at 7:20 am

    Sounds like a winner. And I just love this bottle too.

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    December 14, 2020 at 10:48 pm

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