By Catherine Tse

Behind every Atelier Cologne scent is not just an origin story, but a sensory journey that taps equally into adventure as it does nostalgia. Musc Impéri-al is a unisex woody, floral musk that was inspired from a stay at the Majestic Hotel & Spa in Barcelona where Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel, Atelier Cologne’s creators, were overwhelmed by the classic elegance of the suites impériales coupled with the magic of the Catalan city itself.

“Emotions and places are sometimes inseparable. The evening approaches. Revived by the powerful rays of the sun and the Mediterranean breeze, the city comes to life. The encounter must take place at the top. Excitement is inevitable. The party will be epic.”

While originally commissioned as the signature scent for the Majestic Hotel & Spa in Barcelona, Musc Impérial’s fresh and sparkling elixir easily transcends all borders and is now available in all Atelier Cologne stocklists. It opens with aquatic fruity notes of black currant and bergamot, balanced by creamy fig and Spanish clary sage. The bright opening bloom mellows out with gentle Provencal lavender, Andalusian fig and velvety leather accords. But the true star of this fragrance comes from the ambrette musk, a slightly sweet and nutty base that gently unfolds with hints of Virginia cedar during drydown. This creamy, woodsy musk captures the creative essence of Barcelona — it’s a modern, confident fragrance at home anywhere.