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This is definitely an older more mature scent so I wouldn't recommend it for people in their early 20's or below.
It's got quite a strong smell, it's not floral, and it's a bold scent with notes of musk. I would describe it as heady and full bodied with sexy tones to it. I would say it is more suited as an autumn or winter fragrance. It's nicely presented in a sturdy, simple yet elegant bottle and it lingers all day so it doesn't need re-application so therefore I would say that it is good value for money as it has good staying power.
This perfume is not for everyday use, it would be more suited to going out in the evening or for special occasions. Strangely it does seem to react differently on each person's skin, if you're lucky and it reacts well it will smell very evocative. On the whole it seems to be quite a popular one with the male population as well. I would recommend having a spray of this in a shop and wearing it for the day before buying though as it's definitely not one for everyone and wouldn't be suited to those who likely girly and light scents.
I also would not recommend any boyfriends or husbands etc buy this without being 100 percent sure that the scent is one their partners will like as it could be an expensive mistake.
I am a little bit of a perfume junkie and I seen to acquire bottles at the same rate Amy Winehouse stumbles out of clubs. My favourite perfume really will change on a daily basis depending on my mood and what I like to wear today (DKNY just in case anyone is wondering) may repulse me next week. I do have some trusted old favourites that I know I can rely on to wear if none of the newer spur of the moment purchases takes my fancy. One of these trusted fragrances is Clinique Aromatics Elixir.
I usually buy the 25ml Eau De Parfum spray but it is also available in a Toilette and other sizes up to a 100ml bottle. Aromatics is quite an expensive perfume at around £30 for the tiny little 25ml bottle but as a little goes a very long way with this perfume to me it is completely worth it.
The perfume comes in a yellow box and the bottle itself is frosted glass with the perfume being a sort of amber colour. It is finished off with a silver lid and Clinique Aromatics subtly signed on the bottom. There is nothing flash or attention grabbing about this bottle, it is classy and understated.
Now for the scent. According to Clinique Aromatics contains top notes of aldehydes, coriander, chamomile, clary sage,lemon and verbena, bergamot, Brazilian rosewood and geranium. Middle notes of carnation, tuberose, orange blossom , orrisroot, jasmine, ylang- ylang and rose. And base notes of sandalwood, patchouli, musk, oakmoss, vetiverand incense.
I have no idea what most of these things smell like so I'm afraid I can't comment on if you can smell them but I know some people like to know so I have included the information.
Aromatics is not a subtle daytime perfume but a rich heady scent that you can enjoy all day but for me feels more suited to nighttime wear. Aromatics really is a good name for it as that's exactly what it smells like, an aromatic spicy scent that is musky and not too flowery and sweet.
A couple of squirts really is all that is needed as much more and the perfume could definitely become overpowering. You will definitely notice that this perfume does not fade like others do but clings to you for a long time.
When you first spray Aromatics the scent is really strong and heavy but after a few minutes when it settles down it is still noticeable but is no longer so strong it will cloud your sense of smell.
A lot of my friends are surprised that this is one of my favourites as they associate it with being an older old fashioned scent and so they are even more surprised when they compliment me on my perfume and I smugly tell them that it is the nana perfume they were so gleefully making fun of me wearing.
To be fair I understand where they are coming from, this is definitely not a perfume for young girls but neither is it old fashioned. To me it says confident woman who isn't afraid of wearing something that isn't light and girly.
Clinique aromatics really is one of the best perfumes on the market, there is a reason it has been consistently one of Clinique's best sellers since 1975 and it is definitely one of my all time favourites. It is definitely a love it or hate it type of scent as it is so unique I don't think someone could be ambivalent about it either way.
If you have never tried Aromatics or are put off by its old fashioned reputation then I suggest next time you are near a Clinique counter go and have a spray but don't be put off by how strong it is, leave it half an hour and then judge for yourself.
I received a small 4ml sample size of Clinique Aromatics Elixir as part of a gift set around Christmas time. I think this perfume is definitely a case of 'you will either love it or hate it', and sadly to say I'm the latter. I love many of the other fragrances produced by Clinique, I also like their make-up and skin care products, and try as I might, I am unable to love Aromatics Elixir.
This fragrance, available from Clinique counters nationwide, ranges in price from £19.99 for a small 10ml bottle up to £60.00 for a 100ml bottle. It is also available as an eau de toilette, which I have not sampled.
Aromatics Elixir was the first fragrance from Clinique way back in 1975, and is part of the chypre-floral family of scents. It is very heavy, distinct and a tad old fashioned. The fragrance in the bottle is deep amber colour, not many fragrances are so deep in tone, more modern perfumes are very light in colour.
One spritz is all you would need from this, it really is that heavy. There is nothing suble about this fragrance. It opens with verbena, sage, chamomile and geranium, which together are very cloying and overpowering and by this point I can feel the start of a headache, I kid you not.
The heart notes of ylang ylang, tuberose, jasmine and oakmoss just add to the overbearing jumble of earthy tones. I can hardly make them out individually, my senses just feel overloaded and not in a good way.
After these notes have dried down you are left with sandalwood, patchouli, musk and incense which is just way way too over the top. This fragrance is better once it has dried down, it is a little less confusing for me, but I still do not like it. It has too much of a 'hippy' vibe, which some people will totally love, and understand, but for me it is way too complicated.
One spritz will last for hours, which is great if you like this scent as the bottle will last pratically forever. Not so good if you don't like it. For me, it smells more like a fragrance suited to a man, not a woman, although I do understand fragrances which are unisex like CK One, which I do rather like.
To summarise I would have to say this fragrance is definitely not for me, however as I said earlier, you will either love it or hate it, some people rave about it, sadly I don't.
This is only my opinion, please do try it for yourself.
Clinique is a brand I first came to many years ago after trying their skincare regime. I then discovered their fragrance and back in the day this was the only perfume they produced.
Aromatics Elixir is quite a strong perfume, particularly if you buy the Eau de Parfum spray - a little really does go a long way. I love it, but it can be overpowering if too much is worn and I've known some people say the smell gives them a headache after a while!
It's a really heady perfume full of musky and floral notes which don't burn out after a few hours, but continue all day. I find that although this isn't a particularly cheap perfume, it actually lasts quite a long time as I only need to use one or two sprays in the morning and it will last me all day.
It's a very distinctive perfume and people do recognise it all the time when I'm wearing it, but no one has yet to turn their nose up at the smell so I figure I must be wearing just enough of it to be pleasant rather than overpowering!!
I discovered this perfume a couple of years ago after trying a tester and it very quickly became a firm favourite of mine. The fragrance is from Estee Lauder subsidary company Clinique.
Aromatics comes in a lemon coloured box and the bottle is glass as shown in the picture with a spray top. It retails for around the £30 mark 25ml size and can be bought at most good department stores and chemists. It is also available at most online fragrance sites at a slightly cheaper price so do shop around.
<<<What Clinique say>>>
The fragrance has a rich woody dry character with light violet undertones. The rich fragrant ingredients that also have physical benefits include
Rose de mai for toning properties
Sandalwood and camomile for cleansing
Orange blossom to relax muscles
Oakmoss and Patchouli
When first sprayed on it is quite strong and spicy and, at first, I wasn't sure I liked it. However, after waiting for about 15 minutes, it had died down to a lighter, fresher and slightly floral scent. The final smell I was left with was a subtle sweet and ever so slightly fruity fragrance which I really loved. I have had many compliments when wearing it from both men and women and from various age groups too. In fact my daughter who is 27 often "borrows" it and I know ladies in their 70's who love it too so it's a scent suitable for any age.
It can be worn at any time and for any occasion as it is not overpowering and has a sort of classiness about it. My husband really likes it and he's not keen on many perfumes but reckons this is one of my better ones!
I would recommend you try a tester of this perfume but don't judge it straight away. Perfume has three stages the first being when it is first applied. This is called the top note and will be a stronger smell than the one you finally end up with.
The second is the middle note which can kick in after 10 minutes or thereabouts. This will be remnants of the initial smell but with a new set of ingredients blending with it.
The third is the smell you are left with and is called the base note. Stages 1 & 2 will die down to be joined by the last of the ingredients to complete the fragrance. This can take up to 30 minutes sometimes longer.
So you really need to wait about half an hour before you make a decision on whether it's for you or not. Give it a try it won't cost you anything for a tester and you might like it.
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Clinique has always been of one my favourite cosmetic brands, and this parfume is a timeless classic. I have used this perfume now for the last 10 years, and although I regularly try other perfumes, I keep coming back to this one.
The perfume comes in a fairly "normal" looking bottle, topped of with a silver top. It is a yellow colour, with plain silver letering on the bottle. It come sin 3 different sizes, 10ml retailing at approximatley £18, 25ml retailing at about £28, and the bigger 45 ml, retailing at around £38 ml.
This is one of the few perfumes I have ever worn that people inevitably ask you what perfume you are wearing, and I always get a compliment on how nice I smell when I wear this perfume.
The smell is extremely distinctive, and I can always pick up when a lady is wearing this. And the best of all it lingers long after you have left a room, and smells all day as good as it did in the morning when you put it on!
I should first say that I actually got a small sample bottle of this perfume as part of a gift package for buying ridiculous amounts of Clinique products (!) - meaning that I didn't choose it myself. Therefore I suppose it probably isn't fair that I review it in a way as usually we only review perfumes that we chose for ourselves and therefore probably like!
As it turns out I unfortunately don't like Elixir - at least certainly not for me, or anyone my age. Perhaps on someone older this would be appealing, but I don't find it to be an adaptable fragrance at all like a lot of other perfumes now that could be worn by many different types of people.
So what's the first impression of this fragrance? For me it's one of those POW type scents - I find it really incredibly strong. For me it is an overpoweringly sweet and quite powdery scent. Something very powerful like lavendar seems to be the first hit for me, but with a more artificial and quite sickly sweet aspect to it. Clinique say that the perfume's primary notes are jasmine, rose, ylang ylang and vetiver - and you would immediately recognise the scent as predominantly floral. Perhaps this is why it always smells like talcum powder to me - and somewhat more 'mature'. I really don't know anyone in their teens, twenties, or thirties who likes this perfume. it is definitely for someone older.
I also find that because it is such a strong and heady scent it actually has given me a headache the times when I have worn it. On the positive side though, I guess that if you did like the scent it would have good staying power and would definitely make an impact because of how strong it is.
Not recommended from me but could suit you if you're slightly older and like sweet, floral fragrances.
This has to be my favourite perfume of all time. Just one waft of fragrance as someone walks past and it is unmistakable.
Aromatics Elixir is made by Clinique, and the first thing you will notice about it is that it's not cheap!! I must say however that a little of it does go a long way.
I won some vouchers to spend at Debenhams a couple of years ago and I decided to treat myself to some of this perfume. I bought the 45ml parfum spray which cost about £30, I think.
There are larger bottles available and you can also buy the
various toiletries to match - bubble bath, talcum powder, soap etc, if you're feeling really flush! I now have the deodorant, shower cream and body smoother (moisturiser) and it is lovely to be able to use them all on the rare occasions I go out these days!
It is quite a heavy fragrance and it lasts for ages. It does cling to your clothes as well so you'll notice the fragrance if you wear the same item of clothing again, before it's washed. I've noticed it on things such as cardigans, which would not necessarily be washed every time they are worn.
The best way to describe the fragrance of Aromatics Elixir would be to say that it is not unlike Aramis aftershave in its actual smell. If someone were to walk past you wearing this particular perfume you would get a delicious waft of fragrance on the air - it's that type of perfume. Oh heck it is so difficult to explain a smell using words!!!!
I will say though that I feel like a million dollars when I wear this perfume.
The bottle itself is plain cloudy glass with a gold coloured top. There's a picture at the top of this opinion. Clinique don't go in for gimmicks like brightly coloured or oddly shaped bottles. Their products are classy and the packaging reflects this.
Following on from the classy image is the fact that Clinique products are only available in certain stores. In Llandudno the only places that are allowed to sell this brand are Debenhams and Boots. This presumably adds to the exclusiveness of Clinique, and so makes it appear to be worth more.
Incidentally last year Dave wanted to buy some Clinique perfume and body smoother for me at Christmas. He went into Boots to ask for a gift box to be made up for me. He was told that they hadn't got time and could he come back in the week! He went to Debenhams and they made up a lovely presentation box for me and were very happy to do so.
Debenhams often have an offer before Christmas where, if you buy a certain amount of goods you get some free gift vouchers. Clinique also do offers where, if you spend a certain amount on their products you get free gifts. It would certainly be worth looking out for these offers and making the most of them to treat yourself, or to get someone else to treat you!
And something far beyond / Touching the senses and spirit in subtle, pleasing ways / Aromatics Elixir appeals to the individualist in every woman / Kicks off with toning and astringent qualities that also give the sense of calm / The mid-notes begin with a wa