Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Le Parfum description
Simply named Le Parfum, or “The Perfume” Elie Saab Le Parfum has become a modern classic that every woman should wear at least once in her life.
It is a perfume that represents the passions of two very interesting men – Elie Saab himself, a Lebanese fashion designer famed for his romantic, ground-sweeping, ballgowns that make women all over the world swoon with desire, and Francis Kurkdijan, the Armenian perfumer who has revolutionized the perfume landscape with his own vision of feminity, all dripping with honey, orange blossoms, and smooth, dark-but-sleek patchouli.
It’s fair to say that both men love unabashed feminity and have a certain haute luxe way of doing things. Le Parfum encapsulates their vision completely.
Upon spraying, a rush of sugared orange blossom petals escapes, fluttering around the skin like a snow flurry. There is an intriguing hint of spice to the orange blossom, like a faint dusting of black pepper. This opening salvo is brief, because there follows a blaze of rose honey so fierce you’ll wonder if you’ve actually spilled honey on yourself.
A little groan of pleasure might escape from your mouth. We don’t blame you. This is pretty sexy stuff.
The sultry orange blossoms are joined in the heart by two different types of jasmine – grandiflorum jasmine, the classical jasmine of Grasse with its soft, syrupy purity, and sambac jasmine, with its spicy, leathery, and slightly minty facets. The effect of the orange blossom and jasmines is a symphonic floral that sings high and clear.
In a way, one might say that the construction of Elie Saab Le Parfum follows the same lines of one of the designer’s beautiful gowns. The florals form the effect of a thousand different layers of tulle that fluff up around the woman’s body from the waist down – they are airy, sweet, and different shades of blush pink, apricot, and creamy white.
But in the base, a very clean, chocolate-like patchouli and dry, smoky cedar act as anchors to the florals, pinning them down and holding them in place like hundreds of crystals glue-gunned to the bodice. If you’ve even seen an Elie Saab gown, then you’ll understand how the weight of the jewel-encrusted bodices is a necessary counterweight to the flighty layers of tulle that sweep the floor.
Elie Saab Le Parfum took 279 trials to get right. We think they nailed it because it’s beautiful, classy, and sexy in all the right places.
Elie Saab Le Parfum has all the beauty of a stunning couture gown – layers of airy, sweet jasmine and spicy orange blossom, covered with dark rose honey, and pinned in place by clean patchouli and cedar.