Product Type: Beyonce fragrances
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The Heat finally catches fire...
Beyonce Heat Ultimate Elixir Eau de Parfum
Member Name: MalibuMands
Beyonce Heat Ultimate Elixir Eau de Parfum
Advantages: Reasonable price, easy to wear, good lasting power,
Disadvantages: only suitable for colder weather.
*** This limited edition release was only sold in selected US stores for a few months in 2009/2010 ***
HEAT ULTIMATE ELIXIR tones the fruit notes from the original Heat's blend right down - sometimes I do think that I can still detect a hint of peach, but it's slight and short-lived. The official scent notes don't list any fruit notes, so maybe I'm confusing a floral note for peach - I'm not familiar with plumeria, but that is meant to be peach-like. Oh; just thought that maybe what I'm picking up on is a honey accord. I've just bought Fame [Lady Gaga] which uses honey and the two perfumes are a bit similar at first.
I don't get much time to ponder over the mystery note, as the strong woods from the base develop quickly on me and give the perfume a sharp kick and burying the sweeter note. I'm not saying that all of the sweetness leaves the perfume, but the vanilla-like accords of the amber and orchid definitely take a back seat to everything else. The tonka gives the perfume a deep nutty kick, and there is something slightly spicy there too - there is a hint of liquorice.
The cedar in the base develops more fully within the hour, which lends a masculine side to the fragrance. I love how the base provides a contrast to the traditionally feminine floral and vanilla opening notes. The cedar is very strong, so I think there is a few different woody accords in there and possibly some patchouli. If you didn't like the masculine side to the original Heat, then I doubt that you'll like HEAT ULTIMATE ELIXIR, as it is much more apparent.
Key scent notes: tonka bean, amber, vanilla, osmanthus, red vanill-orchid and cedar.
I first discovered HEAT ULTIMATE ELIXIR almost three years ago, when I bought it on my first night in NYC and continued to wear it every day that I was there. Long story short; when I returned home I discovered that various items had gone missing from my suitcase along the way, including my new favourite perfume. I've since been back to America twice and, despite going into every perfume shop and outlet I saw, couldn't find it anywhere. Since I've read on various sites that this version of Heat has such a high parfum concentration that the value of each bottle was quoted as over $500 [over £300], I'm not surprised that Coty couldn't afford to keep it in production.
Anyway; the good news is that we can finally buy HEAT ULTIMATE ELIXIR over here, as the remaining bottles are now on various UK sites - at bargain prices [I can't remember how much I paid in NYC, but I do remember that it was quite a bit more then regular Heat and it's various gift-sets cost]. It's been a long wait, but, for me anyway, it has been worth it.
I'd been excited about the release for Heat, but was ultimately disappointed; it wasn't that I don't exactly like it, it's just a bit wishy-washy and boring overall. Luckily HEAT ULTIMATE ELIXIR is what I'd originally imagined Heat would be like; Sultry florals interlaced with a warm vanilla and nutty tonka, showcasing the concept of the perfume - sensual heat and spice. It's a real shame that Coty didn't go for a international release, as quite a few people felt that the original version is too weak.
HEAT ULTIMATE ELIXIR was created using most of the same key scent notes as the original, but the concentration of the ingredients has been altered and the formula is a more concentrated parfum then the original. As such the silage has a heck more punch to it, which makes all of the notes more distinctive, and I often catch a lingering scent of it at the end of the day, when changing out of my clothes.
I'd recommend wearing HEAT ULTIMATE ELIXIR in autumn/winter, as the masculine kick to the woods is personally too much in warmer weather. As mentioned above the perfume is stronger then the original Heat and as such it can be a bit overpowering to many people, based on customer reviews on fragrance sites.
I may be limited to autumn/winter wear for HEAT ULTIMATE ELIXIR, but in those months I happily wear it any time of day; the sweeter notes makes it easy to wear on weekends, whilst the masculine side makes it sophisticated enough to wear to work. The contrast and the combination of spice, woods and tonka makes for a unique, long wearing evening fragrance too, so this perfume is a good all-rounder in that respect.
HEAT ULTIMATE ELIXIR is only sold in 50ml bottles. Amazon sellers stock it between £16 and £27.
CheapSmells.com also stock HEAT ULTIMATE ELIXIR now, for £17.95.
Summary: Much more pleasing then the original...
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