Clinique Aromatics Elixir
Frédéric Malle once told us that "wearing an Oriental scent is like putting on a fur coat, and you can't do that in August." So as I transition into fall, I consulted Malle for an oriental fragrance to consider. For the weekend, he suggested the outdoorsy Clinique Aromatics Elixir. Turns out, the cult fragrance—developed by Clinique's co-founder Carol Phillips and master IFF perfumer Bernard Chant in 1971—is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month.
In honor of the big anniversary, Clinique decided to do a little tweaking to the classic blend, and created a limited edition scent—Perfumer's Reserve. The fragrance—crafted by perfumer Laurent Le Guernec—contains two new top notes—crisp bergamot and orange blossom, which were combined with the those in the original (verbena, chamomile, and sage). The intense jasmine note was softened, and lastly, the patchouli oil was "cleaned up," resulting in a lighter, not-your-grandmother's perfume scent—the one that won the title of my new fall scent.
But get it while it's hot: The Perfumer's Reserve fragrance, along with a solid perfume necklace, and perfume spray are on counters now but expected to sell out fast.