Elie Saab Le Parfum is the new, hot thing on fragrance counters everywhere, as well as on blogs everywhere. It is not often that a mainstream release gets that much attention, but when Francis Kurkdjian is commissioned to do it, even hardcore niche lovers cock an ear and try to get their noses close to the juice.
As a long time wearer (in another life) of Narciso Rodriguez For Her, another Kurkdjian mainstream designer fragrance, – I was curious, but in no rush, but serendipity sent Le Parfum my way and here we are…
Upon spraying I am very much reminded of Narciso Rodriguez for her, the brightness, the quite loud diffusiveness… but then Elie Saab Le Parfum calms a little and gets to become its own character. Although sillage is above average and staying power very good, I am glad that the heart and drydown phases are a bit toned down, the exuberant first ten minutes are a bit much for me.
In the heart of the perfume, orange blossom and a soft jasmine dominate, sweetened by honey, the floral accord darkens as time passes. The base is quite heavy on the patchouli, which I don’t mind in the least.
All in all Elie Saab Le Parfum is solidly made, but I leaves me cold. After wearing many very high quality perfumes in the last weeks, I can’t help but find the orange blossom and jasmine thin, the whole thing a bit synthetic, flat and lacking in dimension and character.
Elie Saab Le Parfum reminds me of that girl in high school who is always dressed in the newest designer fashion, is made up and coiffed to the max, and laughs easily, she is fun to be with, and lovely to look at, but appears a bit shallow, as if there was not much behind that lovely facade.
Many really like this new release and although I am not overwhelmed in any way myself, I still think it is one of the better mainstream releases out there (whatever that is saying about the state of affairs). The bottle and general visual aspect of the perfume is pretty and well made.
Maybe it is my fault, I never was the cheerleader type…
For another point of view, good and bad, check out these reviews:
I am giving away a big bottle of Elie Saab Le Parfum in its original box, labeled as a tester. I decanted off some for my review and a gift for a fellow blogger, there are at least 70ml remaining. The first person to email me, who is willing to pay for the (horribly overpriced but safe Austrian) shipping themselves (15€) will get it.