Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Elie Saab Le Parfum

Elie Saab , red carpet dress maker and coutourier extraordinaire is coming out with his own fragrance. He has teamed with not only one of my all time favorite perfumers, but also one of the best , Francis Kurkdjian.  Kurkdjian has created masterpieces like Guerlain Rose Barbare and Acqua Di Parma Iris Nobile. ( I dream of one day being able to afford a bespoke fragrance by him, le sigh).

Elie Saab Le Parfum is a woody floral with a big emphasis on the woods. It is strong and full bodied . No lightness or  sugar sweet here.

As it starts the woods come right off with patchouli ,  along with jasmine and orange blossom  florals.    As it heads into the mid notes , I get an underlying tiny sweetness from the honey note , just enough to ground the woods and soften the edge.

As it dries down there is more floral  but  the woods really take center stage by the drydown , predominately cedarwood along with the patchouli still going strong.  

 They list a rose honey  note , the honey I mentioned earlier ,  and  I do  get the slightest hint of rose in the bottom notes, which makes it really pretty and tempers the  woods notes that anchor the drydown.

Elie Saab Le Parfum is very elegant,  reminding of a real woman who isn't afraid  to be bold with her perfume.  It has  major sillage and will be one of the fragrances that goes the distance lasting time wise.

I think , too, that this is especially a fall into winter scent.  You can wear what you want when you want, but my personal taste runs to  certain  types of scents depending on  warm vs. cold weather.  This come sweater season will be perfect.

Elie Saab le Parfum will be available in September at Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue  and will  have a bath and body line as well as the perfume.

1.0 oz EDP $60.00
1.7 oz EDP - $90.00
3.0 oz EDP - $120.00
6.7 oz Body Lotion - $50.00
6.7 oz Shower Crème - $42.00
5.0 oz Body Crème - $85.00 [Saks Fifth Avenue Exclusive])

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