Yves Saint Laurent • Elle • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||56%|
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
It's pleasant. Nobody would (I think) find it annoying or jarring or irritating. However, I expect more - much, much more - from a fragrance.
I want it to stir my emotions, fire up my imagination, evoke memories and make me feel that anything is possible. A tall order? Well, some fragrances have made me feel just this way. Almost all of them were created decades ago, when master perfumers set out to create a work of art and not just something that would appeal to the mass market.
So, "Elle" is a modern fragrance - modern in the sense that the thinking behind its creation is not "I want to create something extraordinary and never mind who likes it or not", but instead "what will appeal to the greatest number of consumers?"
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
OMG - perfumery degenerates more and more. Poor house of YSL!!! Without the "master" himself it's not the same anymore. What a shame. What a wonderful masterpiece OPIUM was and the earlier YSL fragrances... Good old times... Sniff...
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Description: a vibrantly feminine, audacious fragrance that blends dazzling woody and floreal notes. The hallmark of a bold personality with a unique and unpredictable lifestyle. Peony, Pink Berries and PatchouIi.
My opinion: I find "Elle" anything but irresistible, just an ordinary perfume IMHO. As my expectations weren't met, I totally agree w/the other low ratings. Sorry YSL, but you can do more than this!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Hazel
This is the one that all the SAs at all the dept store frag counters are pushing at the moment. On cardboard it is pleasant, fruity-floral and girly (is there tea in this?) but has a bit too sharp of a citrus edge going on. Or whatever that is. If it did not have that edge I would much prefer this. I don't think I will even bother to test it on my skin. I am not fond of the bottle or the name. I can see a lot of younger trendy types liking this, it is a nice scent if you like this type but it's not for me. Pass, no regrets.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
It kind of smells like bug spray mixed with peony, red berries, rose, incense and patchouli! What gets me is the bug spray note, I love it, it's like bug spray and red berries, all the way down. But bug spray you like. And I usually hate patchouli but this one works. I got spray attacked in a local department store and then I had to have it, no lie. Would give this five stars but no sillage, that's ok I just keep spraying. I so wish I could be a fraggie but I never will when I smell such odd things in fragrances I love. Seriously, this is a cute scent. It reminds me a little bit of Provocative Woman with more berry and peony. A cross between Stella McCartney and Provocative Woman. And bug spray. Loves it.
EDIT- It just dawned on me. it reminds me of a perfume that is harder and harder to find where i am- Boucheron Initial.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Other
I saw the gorgeous fuchsia colored glass bottle at first. When I came closer, I saw the beautifully gold cut out YSL logo band beneath the stopper. I then new I needed to try it on - so I did.
That first citrucy (Citron) burst I noticed made me almost fall to my knees, and then the sweetness kicked in (with notes of peony and litchi.)
As I have not been impressed with new fragrances lately, I thought this was a really god start for "Elle" - to knock me out in awe, så I decided to let it develop to find out if my first impression would be of lasting character or not.
After a short period of time the freesia mellowed the sitrucy sweetness with a pinch of pink pepper, and somewhere in the background I could almost identify a rose note. It mellowed and mellowed.
The fragrance ended up being very mild, and my nose that earlier was glued to my wrist because of the lovely smell, was still glued - but now because the smell was so faint.
After 3-4 hours it was finished developing, leaving me with not much more than a vague Ambery note with a hint of patchouli and vetiver - not making it incensy at all, no smoke, nothing.
Somewhere along the drydown I started thinking Cinema, but that thought was gone by that time.
I must say this fragrance disappointed me. All that beautiful bottle containing a fragrance that hasn't got sillage....
So in short: I had high hopes for this fragrance - for about an hour, then I felt disappointed. It's initial burst of wonderfullness doesn't handle the drydown, and the fragrance has left the building anonymously.
It's too mild for me, but maybe it would be the perfect day scent for you? I recommend to try it - maybe you will have other experiences than me.
But I sooo love the bottle.....If I could put my new HG fragrance Midnight Poison (also a patchouli based fragrance) into an empty bottle of this I would be quite happy with it!