Product Type: Elie Saab fragrances
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A vintage floral scent
Elie Saab Le Parfum Eau de Parfum
Member Name: pink_glitter
Elie Saab Le Parfum Eau de Parfum
Advantages: soft, floral, feminine scent, very vintage, perfect for daytime wear
I got a sample vial of the Elie Saab perfume 'Le Parfum' a few months ago. I was immediately excited to try this as I had only just watched a beauty blog on it a few days prior to receiving it.
For those who don't know, Elie Saab is a fashion designer. He made that stunning blue dress Katy Perry wore for the Grammy's recently. Le Parfum is his first and only fragrance.
Released in 2011, La Parfum comes in a simple, yet striking bottle. I can't comment too much, as currently I only have a sample vial, but I do think the unusual cut of the plain glass bottle makes it noticeable, and I love the soft peachy pink of the liquid inside shining through.
The top note of La Parfum is apparently African orange flower. I am not familiar with the scent of African orange flowers, although I am familiar with the scent of orange blossom, and that is what this fragrance smells like to me, when initially applied.
This orange blossom type fragrance lingers for perhaps a minute or two after application. After this time, a softer more floral fragrance begins to emerge. The middle note is jasmine, but it is a fairly soft jasmine scent and nowhere near as strong as I usually expect jasmine to be. The fragrance has a powdery-ness to it - and although I would usually view that as a negative, I actually think it suits the fragrance well. It's difficult to put into words really, but I feel it is classic and vintage, yet not old fashioned.
The base notes are patchouli, cedar, rose and white honey. I cannot smell patchouli in it at all, which for me is a good thing as I am not a fan of it. The rose can be smelled quite clearly and there is a sweetness to it which I assume to be the honey. Cedar only becomes apparent after a good while on the skin and is faint, yet noticeable.
On the whole I really like this scent. It smells gorgeous, very feminine, sweet and classic. It's a nice strength - strong enough so that I can smell it when I'm wearing it, but not so strong that it becomes overpowering or heady. I don't normally go for floral scents, preferring fruity ones, but this is an exception, as I love it. If I had to compare it to another perfume, I'd say it's vaguely similar to Versace's baby rose jeans, so if you like that one, this one could be worth a try.
The staying power of this fragrance is fairly good. It will last a good eight hours - if it gets into your clothes, then it lasts for even longer.
This is definitely a daytime scent in my opinion. The softness lends itself well to daytime wear, I prefer something a little stronger for evening wear. I'd also say this is more suitable for spring/summer, being so light it lends itself well to warmer weather. I think this would be suitable for most age ranges, it's light enough for younger women, yet the fragrance is almost timeless so I could imagine an older lady liking it just as much.
The perfume is available in three sizes. The following prices are taken from the Boots website, but prices will vary depending on where you shop.
30ml - £38
50ml - £55
90ml - £71.50
A matching shower cream and body lotion are also available. I don't think those prices are too bad, although I would be tempted to hold out for special offers, as I am sure I saw this as part of a gift set near Christmas for around the £30 mark.
Overall, I think this is a lovely fragrance. If I didn't already own so many perfumes I would have definitely bought this in full size by now. If you like light, floral fragrances then this is one I would recommend giving a try.
Summary: I love it!