Impulse buy, never again. Comments when wearing this: you smell like an old lady (roommate) please don't wear that scent anymore(my boss) PU you smell like air freshener.(boyfriend) So that's what I'm using it for.
I absolutely love this fragrance. When I was younger, this is the type of perfume I detested but now can't get enough of. I tried Aromatics Elixir based on previous reviews. Whatever you do, don't judge this fragrance based on how it smells in the bottle. The initial spray is mostly aldehyde but on the skin it warms to a beautiful fragrance. Herbaceous, floral (I detect mostly rose), a touch of powder, and slight peach-like sweetness. I find this comforting, yummy, complex and just plain smells good. My DH says this smells synthetic and perfumey but I'll be buying a full bottle anyways.
Once I accidently bought the men's version of this-i guess neither the salesperson nor i were paying attention- and i have never received so many compliments on a fragrance! It's not my HG (Opium is) and lately I'm on an oil blending thing, but i WOULD buy this, in the MEN'S version again!
This was my first lasting relationship with a chypre, worn as it was during my presumably precocious twelfth and thirteenth years. I wore it at a time when I was very influenced by an intense consumption of Twin Peaks, and in my way, wanted to think Aromatics Elixir, with it's spices and flowers pressed against dark woods, made me into Audrey Horne.
I put it aside for nearly twenty years and eventually noticed that Mitsouko had taken the place of Aromatics Elixir as a perfume I wear when I want to assert the will of my moodiness and simultaneously alleviate it's tension.
While on my way to Edinburgh for a short holiday, I found myself making an impulsive purchase in a Boots branch at a railway station, guessing (correctly, as it turns out) that Aromatics Elixir might go very nicely with the immanent chilly, damp, wooly, dark days.
Aromatics Elixir, not unlike Mitsouko seems to be a very polarizing fragrance to most of my kith and kin.
My sister, who was one of my companions on this trip, has a way of establishing her perfume tastes in a trenchant manner. All of my intellectualizations, pretenses, and fantasies regarding a scent are quite usefully tested against her very butch and concise editorial.
She said something less discreet than I will herein write, with the usual complaints about mustiness, triteness, and headaches. To which I replied with an argument that included comparisons to Angela Carter's The Erl King, and The Company of Wolves. It seemed to work; without any deconstruction of the notes within, or further sniffing, she loosened her judgement.
The first time I smelled AE was when I was 16 years old. My friend and I were visiting her old world (Hungarian) grandmother in Chicago. She lived in a high rise on Lake Shore Drive and I just thought that was just so divine! After a bath in her fancy bathroom I spied the bottle on a sleek glass shelve. I had to take a sniff and oh! This was sophistication to me. Classy, well traveled, used to sumptuous linens and wine and clothing. I never forgot it! The body cream smells younger on me. Like clean pretty soap. I think I have to try the spray when it is cold because in the heat it evaporates quickly and I'm stuck with an aldehyde smell. But whenever I smell it on other women I can't resist telling them, "you're wearing aromatics elixir!"
I love this stuff, it's one of my top three fragrances of all time. I have the perfume solid and it has lasted forever. A little of this goes a long way, as others have mentioned it is a bit heavy. The scent is warm, woody, spicy, and verging on oriental. Reminds me a bit of incense. Not a hint of floral or sweetness.
Amazing, one of a kind and unforgetable. These three words can only describe this perfume. But be careful! Don't spay more than once. Lasts all day but it's more suitable for more mature ages(above 30)
I love this scent especially after it is dry but you must be careful and only use one squirt and I usually put it on my back. If you use more than one squirt it may make you sick to the stomach. This is a wonderful all day lasting fragrance.
This smells like sandalwood. I can't even get a tiny bit of rose or jasmine note in this, it's just simply woody. This perfume smells exactly like those sandalwood fans I saw at my grandma's house when I was in China. That what I was thinking immediately after I open the box. I finally understand why everyone says that this perfume makes them smell like old lady. But it doesn't smell terrible either, my mom would probably like it.
My mom has a billion samples of this stuff from countless GWPs over the years. AE does not work with my body chemistry at all - with one dab I'm transformed from a bright and sunny twentysomething to an old, musky blanket hidden lying somewhere in my grandmother's attic. Yep, that's how strong this stuff is - it turns me into a blanket. Not good.