I first smelled this on a young indian woman in a store. She smelled so amazing I stopped her and asked her what she was wearing. She told me "some new clinique scent." I went searching for this the next day and was surprised to learn this is no new scent, it's been around for over 30 years. I ordered a 4ml mini off ebay for 15$ and have been in love ever since. This is very incensey, and it is very intense. I love strong perfumes and will usually just spray once on my wrist and then dab it on pulse points all over my body, but this fragrance is almost too strong for that even. The spray puts out a little too much, I wish it was a stopper vial that I could dab with instead. It is so insanely strong the first hour or two, but then it fades to a wonderful aura of incense, musk, vetiver all mixed in with a bunch of florals like jasmine and rose. I think it's a truly lovely scent. It smells so exotic to me. It's definitely a better cool weather scent though. The 4ml I bought will probably last me forever, which is great, I love when you don't need to over use a perfume to make it last all day or do constant touch ups.
lmao at lepins review! this stuff smells like badly aged coco chanel. its sharp, sour,medicinal,decrepit. i cannot understand its appeal. funny cause i smelled this in a magazine and i thought "wow ive found my holy grail scent" , then i buy it...and i swear this stuff gave me heartburn. i felt like i got punched inside my throat when i first sprayed it. maybe i got the wrong formulation? im not gonna give up on it though...i will try all other concentrations of the elixir and see if i change my mind.
Short story ...I was visiting London several years ago minding my own business....only to be literally surronded by half a dozen ladies demanding to know what perfume I was wearing and wafting down Kensington High Street ..they had followed me all the way down!!! when I told them AE they all dashed off to Barkers (a high end dept store) to buy a bottle each.....this happened so many times to me when I wore AE ...sadly my new husband cannot stand the perfume on me he says smell of dettol disinfectant...charming!!!..but it still imo remains a stunning beautiful perfume ....
I used to love this fragrance on other women but hatad it on my self, it was too animalic on me , maybe it is an age thing but now i absolutely love it, it is a foresty woody- earthy- green- chipre marvel.
This is a fragrance that picks its wearers, perhaps more than anything else on the market. It's a highly polarizing experience--upon application it either transports you to a higher plane, or singes your nostrils with a sepulchral, urinaceous death-funk. For years I had the latter response. I would smell this on people and be amazed at its cool, clean, loamy, meditative beauty-- then I'd go to the Clinique counter, spray it on myself and gasp for air.On my skin, the stuff was a jangle of chemicals and manure.
From time to time I'd give AE another try, because I knew the magic this scent could work on the right person. And after 15 years, my chemistry changed and the incredible beauty and complexity of AE unfolded for me. This is a world-class chypre par excellence; don't let the mid-price-point fool you. It's elegant and tranquil, yet spicy and seductive. The patchouli is of high quality and blends seamlessly with the other elements. The scent often gives the olfactory impression of a forest, with its warm woods and leafy greens. You can actually smell the layers of the forest on your skin-- genius! I get so many compliments, and propositions, wearing this that I'm a bit embarrassed sometimes! People can't get enough of it.
Even though AE works on me, it is SO much more potent than most other mass-market scents that it's very easy to overdo. For everyday, I use only the body cream and only on my neck and decolletage. For dressy occasions, ONE spray of the perfume that I walk through rather than applying to skin. For God's sake do not saturate pulse points with this fragrance; you'll die of a migraine!
Absolutely skunkish. Will coat your throat and your sinuses and make you gag until you can get it off your skin. Run far, far away.
This is a love it or hate it. It is incredibly strong and to be used VERY sparingly, it can be quite off putting right off the bat, but my favorite method of application is to spray it (not on the skin) then dab what is left on the nozzle on my wrist....seriously that is plenty for ALL DAY. But, it is unique, woody, herbal, and one that you absolutely will not find just everyone wearing.
Churchy and Repulsive. People around you, will HATE you!
Extremely nauseating perfume. I can't stand this smell as it gives me a headache. Too strong and overpowering.
I can absolutely see that this has strength and character and may be too heavy for many but I adore it and have done ever since I first encountered it in the late eighties. It is beautiful and unique in my opinion. I do have a soft spot for 70s perfumes but this is different to the more popular ones of the time. Every single time I wear it complete strangers ask what it is. Different, beautiful and original a gorgeous, fresh oriental with attitude. Go on, you know you want to. Don't be out off by the people who scoff, usually put off by first reactions. Out it in, live with it and see what response you get.