Product Type: Yves Rocher fragrances
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This Deep Purple (EDP) Rocks!
Yves Rocher So Elixir Purple Eau de Parfum
Member Name: supersonic75
Yves Rocher So Elixir Purple Eau de Parfum
Advantages: Smells beautiful
Disadvantages: None at all for me
I am a huge fan of Yves Rocher the french beauty company and most people who regularly read my reviews will know this. I like the majority of their products but have a soft spot especially for their fragrances and as I've been a customer for 19 years now I've tried just about every single one - whether that has been in sample size or full sized format - there aren't many I've not tested at least.
When I placed an order a few months ago I received a small sachet style wipe in my order for their newest EDP which was due to be launched soon entitled 'So Elixir Purple' - and at the time put the sachet to one side and almost forgot about it. When I came across it a few weeks ago in a drawer I tested it on my wrists and was instantly in love which subsequently led to the purchase of the purse sized version when I ordered from their Christmas collection just over a month ago.
Three weeks in of using it almost exclusively on a daily basis I feel I can review it fully, so my review will now focus on my experience of using So Elixir Purple..
*~*The fragrance itself*~*
Yves Rocher describe their newest EDP with the opening lines of "..Reveal your seductive power with the unique combination of an infusion of tuberose, plus essential oils of vetiver and patchouli in an incredibly feminine, floral-woody elixir..."
This is the follow up to it's very successful predecessor simply entitled 'So Elixir' which was launched in 2009 and whilst many of the notes are very similar (So Elixir contains Bergamot, Tonka bean, Patchouli and Rose damask) the two fragrances are nothing like each other at all with this newest Purple EDP being far deeper altogether different.
This beautiful fragrance is made up from the following composition of notes:
It is available in several sizes, though the only format is EDP, and amongst other items in the So Elixir Purple collections are:
50ml EDP spray - £43
30ml EDP spray - £29
Shower gel - £13
Deodorant - £15
Body lotion - £17
*~*Price, packaging & availability*~*
I decided to order the purse size version of this fragrance at first as it was the cheapest being just £6 at the time for a 15ml sized bottle. Having been utterly entranced with it I have since used some money from my birthday recently to order the larger sized 50ml bottle which the design reminds me of a teardrop as it's rounded at the bottom and veers in towards the neck. My purse size is a slimline cylindrical shape so the larger sized bottles are certainly more attractive. Both designs are made from sturdy transparent glass with a nozzle to access the spray at the top and each design has the same lid being a clear plastic design with a slight lilac hue. The bottle appears to be purple but it is actually the rich and sumptuous liquid of the EDP that gives this illusion as it's a beautiful dark purple in colour.
Prices as mentioned above are what the RRP will be with Yves Rocher soon though they are currently being offered at an introductory launch price of half the RRP meaning I've picked up the full sized 50ml version for just £21 making it affordable as at £43 this is way out of my price range.
As per usual Yves Rocher products can be found online at their website - www.yves-rocher.co.uk or by phoning their customer service/ orderline on 0870 049 22 22. Alternatively you can shop in one of their stores (type into a search engine for your nearest), order via their mailing lists (though you would need to ring customer services to request this) or try looking on eBay where I've found many a bargain over the years at much cheaper prices.
*~*My thoughts on using So Elixir Purple*~*
I received a small sample bottle of the original So Elixir shortly before it's launch date a few years ago and whilst I found it pleasant enough it certainly didn't become one of my favourites. When the sample sachet containing this Purple version came through with an order I didn't rush to open it, presuming incorrectly that it would be similar to the original, which is why it was placed in a drawer unused for some time.
Once I had tested it and decided that it was one of the nicest fragrances that Yves Rocher have come up with for a while I was eager to own my a larger bottle though with funds tight I opted for the smallest - the purse size - as it offered 15ml of fragrance for at the time just £6 making it an economical purchase at the time though since the price has risen to £15 which I think is too expensive for the size despite it being an EDP and not just an EDT.
Once my purse spray arrived I wasted no time in using and as the package it was contained in arrived on a Saturday morning I used it as soon as it was opened as I was meeting up with some friends at dinnertime that same day. The lid for the purse spray is easy to remove though you do have to be slightly force full to a degree as it it 'clicks' on and off over a slight ridge. This gave me immediate peace of mind as if it is in my bag and the lid was to come off it could easily waste some of the precious liquid.
The nozzle is actually quite large given the size of the bottle though there are only tiny little pinpricks of holes for the product to escape via meaning once pressed the EDP emits in a very fine mist and slightly slowly. Though So Elixir Purple lives up to it's name by being purple in colour it becomes transparent the second it touches the skin and whilst I've sprayed it liberally over clothing I can't say I've noticed it's left any visible marks though I'm not condoning spraying onto white material I'm merely expressing my own views and experiences from using it.
Once the fragrance has been evenly distributed onto my skin I can easily make out the use of tuberose here as there is a soft, romantic even, floral theme from the start which is truly enchanting. There is a deep woody feel to this EDP and
the base notes seem to make themselves known quite early on as it has a warm, earthy and seductive scent which is strong on application but not overpoweringly so.
To me this fragrance has a real fruity essence, despite it being part of the woody/ floral family, which combined with the earthy scent it reminds me of grapes and smells rich and fruity once the fragrance has settled on to my skin. There is no hint of vanilla nor tonka bean which is unusual especially with vanilla as it can usually be detected but it seems to remain unnoticed in the background here. There is an ever so slight hint of sweetness here but is only minute though it does add to the overall make up of the composition making it even more perfect to wear (if possible).
I think it's safe to say judging by the positive way I've spoken about So Elixir Purple throughout this review that I think highly of it..and why not indeed? Once applied to the skin the fragrance is sexy, alluring and seductive and very feminine to wear which has gathered compliments on each occasion I have worn it. I would say it suits night time wearing more as it seems a little too heavy for the daytime though that is down to personal preference.
The longevity is very impressive and whilst I love YR fragrances they tend to fade quite fast despite their premium names and accompanying price tags. This is truly different in every way though as the EDP fades ever so slightly from spritzing on my skin, then is noticeable for at least 6 hours afterwards which I have been very impressed by. I'm sure by layering the scent using coordinating beauty items which are available would increase the longevity and power but I've not tried this as I don't own anything else apart from the EDP's (my larger sized bottle arrived two days ago) and also I've been impressed with the level of the scent offered from just spritzing on it's own.
I love this as you can tell and though I tend to like about 90% of all Yves Rocher items I buy this has got to be one of my most favourite finds and is definitely my favourite perfume at the moment for sure.
Summary: A beautiful aroma that is captivating