Elie Saab Le Parfum has been my “signature scent” for about two years now, and I just don’t see myself switching over to anything else anytime soon. It is exquisite and unique… and perfectly balanced. The other day I went shopping and spent hours sniffing and testing the other bottles on the shelf, but nothing can compare… How I wish we had an online scratch and sniff feature!
Elie Saab is one of my favourite designers, and he has influenced me throughout my budding college years to my professional debut in fashion. I have always been somewhat obsessed with his intricate embroideries, high sparkle factor, ethereal silhouettes and impeccable construction. He has the ability to exude a sense of romance in his designs that can make even non-fashion lovers swoon. He has had an incredible impact on my career and life, so I suppose it is only natural that I felt drawn to his perfume.
The packaging is beautiful… plain and simple. Elie Saab cites light as the driving factor behind the bottle’s design, and it certainly does catch light in the most beautiful ways.
It is difficult to describe the scent… I am no expert, but I do know fashion… so if this scent was an Elie Saab dress, it would be one of these:
As you spray it you get a strong scent of orange blossom and jasmine (my favourite). It’s quite sharp in the beginning, but then the sharp edges smooth out and you get more white floral notes with an undertone of honey. Besides orange blossom, jasmine, and a rose honey accord, Le Parfum’s official notes include patchouli and cedar. This perfume gets cleaner and fresher the longer I wear it… the scent literally just gets better and better throughout the day! On the video about Elie Saab Le Parfum on the Elie Saab website I heard perfumer Francis Kurkdjian say, “I felt I had to translate a brilliant femininity,” and that he wanted to create a fragrance that reflects “when the sun is almost gold or even white,” and smells “as if gold was glowing so brightly it was almost white,” – normally that would make me want to vomit, but this time – I have to agree that it is exactly what he achieved.
The narrator on the Elie Saab perfume clip describes Le Parfum as an “ode to light.” That sums it up nicely. Thank you Elie Saab and Francis Kurkdjian, for making a perfume that, by some miracle, I have not gotten bored of yet.
Elie Saab Le Parfum is available in a 90ml EDT, , 30ml EDP, 50ml EDP and 90ml EDP and range between R750 – R1600 a bottle.