Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Aromatics Elixir description
Clinique is one of the most unique fragrance lines that you will come across as you build your collection. Their range of scents is dramatic – it starts with the super-sunny Clinique Happy and ends with one of the most intensely aromatic perfumes ever made: Aromatics Elixir. Both are considered iconic perfumes, and their personalities couldn’t be more different.
For the uninitiated, Aromatics Elixir is a monster perfume. It revolves around a gargantuan oak moss note in the heart that rises like Godzilla’s towering shadow from out of the depths.
This is a good thing for people who love chypre-style or green, mossy perfumes. Aromatics Elixir has grown an enormous cult following in the 36 years since its initial launch, and “in-the-know” fans wear it loyally. There is truly nothing else like it in the entire scented world, and no true perfume lover should pass on the chance to experience it.
Aromatics Elixir opens with an understated duo of soft, subtle rose and cool chamomile. The rose petals are an ambient sketch, just a flash of floral femininity behind the chill of the chamomile. The opening lingers for only a brief moment, but without this Zen-like floral start, the powerful heart would not be able to ascend to its thunderous height.
The heart of Aromatics Elixir is the heart of mystery itself. When the rose and chamomile fade, Aromatics Elixir expands into a glorious plain of pure floral energy. Smoky sweet tornadoes of jasmine and ylang-ylang furiously spin around an emerald green obelisk overgrown with lush patches of rich, damp oak moss.
The notes are not delicate. Instead, there is a palpable weight and a force buried inside them. The jasmine and ylang-ylang rise continuously in strength as they spiral through the darkness of Aromatic Elixir’s verdant heart. You don’t wear this perfume; you are confronted by it.
The dry down arrives in near silence. Warm rays of sandalwood and flashes of spicy, herbal patchouli filter through to escort the senses away to higher ground. The smooth, creamy sweetness of sandalwood is used to wonderful effect in the base, after the heart’s floral storm passes by. The sandalwood and amber notes airily comfort your senses after the oakmoss and its pulsing aromatic intensity subsides.
Aromatics Elixir is a fragrant force of nature. And just like people who love being out in a deluge, there are those who will love it and those who won’t.
But one day, you’ll have the notion to chase after a massive, chaotic storm. And this perfume will lead you right into the mysterious, exhilarating whirl of its embrace.