Just purchased this in Paris while on vacation. It is the perfect blend of understated with lasting power. In the US, I have tried many "subtler" fragrances that fade after an hour. This one has better lasting power. It starts off floral on me, but dries to a spicier, warmer scent. I already love it.
Elie Saab is my signature scent. It's definitely not your average fragrance. It's got a unique, sophisticated combination of ingredients. The orange blossoms, patchouli, Jasmine, rose honey and cedar work perfectly with my chemistry. I put on Elie Saab and feel like a woman. It's the first scent I can truly call my own.
I ripped out the sample strip from a magazine and rubbed it on my wrist, then let my husband smell it. Usually he's indifferent to my perfumes (Angel, Organza, Black Amethyst, Notorious...) but when he smelled this, he said, "Now THAT's a perfume." I've been searching for a fragrance that would get that reaction from him! Just hope he surprises me with a bottle of it. Yummy, lovely, feminine, but not cloying or sweet.
This is an edgy perfume, it's neither FULL floral or too oriental. On my skin it smells slightly exotic with a tad bit of spice. Not for me!
Maybe it's not fair to base a review on a paper tester in a magazine but I reacted so badly to this perfume that I have to say something. (There were other fragrance testers in that magazine that were fine so there is some basis for comparison.) Bottom line, this overwhelmingly floral perfume smells something akin to bug spray - I had to shower and throw the magazine in the trash before I could get it out of my nostrils. Ugh.
I sniffed this on a tester in Nordstrom's and really enjoyed the sweet, uplifting citrus scent that reminded me of SweetTarts candy. I bought a sample, and it goes on smelling very sharp and alcoholy--not like candy at all. Eventually the SweetTarts reveal themselves, but they are mixed with something green and somewhat acidic that hurts my nose when I inhale it. This doesn't smell bad, but my sensitive nose just can't handle it. If you are looking for something similar to Serge Lutens Fleurs de Cittronnier, this is it. When it dries down, the greenness subsides somewhat and there is a faint powderiness like the SweetTarts have been crushed. Not bad, but not super-good. Reminds me of something a rich teen girl would wear.
Elie Saab is an edgy, classy but sassy scent with excellent staying power. I first smelt it in a magazine sample swab and it was love at first scent. Bought it immediately afterwards. It does start off sharp, but it very quickly settles down into a clean, crisp, white and green floral. Beautifully feminine and very sexy. I'd say it suits the more confident woman - shrinking violets look away now! The bottle is stunning as well. I can understand why some have given this a negative review, as it's one of those scents which (like Marmite) some will love and some will hate. I hate Marmite. I love Elie Saab.
This is a lovely warm, but elegant scent that could be worn both day/night. It's a rich full bodied perfume that opens with orange blossom and jasmine. As the scent develops, it smells a little sweeter (patchouli?) and finally finishes to a light cedar-wood scent that is ever-so-slightly spicy. If you don't like white florals (particularly jasmine), I would stay away from this. Very strong so only a few sprays is needed.
I was walking around a department store last year and got cornered by a sales person during their launch type activity. Being a perfume junky took a strip so i could have a little sniff. At first i hated it. My first impression was that it was too sharp, too much alcohol too much everything.
I was packing to move to england and somehow i ended up tucking it under my duvet. I was walking around the airport duty free waiting for my flight and another sales person handed me a strip of the perfume. I took it as reflex and once again didn't like it. I just threw this strip in my purse. I forgot about the strip until like 3 weeks later when i was cleaning out my bag. took it out and the perfume was so much softer, the jasmine mixed with what i thought was orange blossom and became this gorgeous scent. The dry down was not at all powdery at all, although it had totally different notes it somehow reminded me of miss dior cherie (the old version), my fav. perfume of all time. It's sweet, florally but strong yet not overpowering. From then on whenever i walk by this perfume in a department store or duty free i ask the SA to spray it on me. After the initial blast of crazy the scent is perfect.
Now the reason for my long story. I came back home from england after 4months..found the strip i got form the mall the VERY FIRST time. i sniffed it. It still had a pretty strong scent!!! for those that are doubting the staying power of this perfume, don't....two words...four months. that says it all. what perfume can beat that...getting a bottle at duty free next week.
The jasmine killed this one. Smells like bingo hall.