Why Do People Buy And Wear Those Things? Clinique’s Aromatic Elixir.

In 1968 Estee Lauder created another division called Clinique. This skincare division was the first allergy-tested skincare line and premiered at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City. Clinique would soon be known for their fragrance-free products. Odd then, that they soon produced a fragrance, called Aromatics Elixir in 1971.  Today, it has held steadily as a popular fragrance, although it’s either a love-hate relationship with a person.

When I was 19, I became a Clinique fanatic. I delved into their skincare diligently. I even allowed an SA to give me a makeover one evening before a date with my future husband one summer evening. (Oh the horrors of that make-up job she did-I still remember wanting to scrub it off!) I sprayed myself with Aromatics Elixir that night and went off to meet my guy. I remember not particularly enjoying this perfume and I am a hard-core patchouli fan from back-in-the-day. I never wore it again. It was an unpleasant aroma to me.
Fast forward to today. After receiving another sample, I happily put this on, thinking I might recapture a time, a moment, a memory. How wrong of me to think so. This formulation is so weak, so linear on me that I keep wondering where has the glory gone? Certainly there must be something in this perfume that would stick to my chemistry to give me something to extoll its virtues? After all, so many love this. After numerous attempts, nothing has changed. Dirty patchouli, stale perfume odor and gone in an hour (thankfully). It does remind me of one other scent-dirty laundry.

I truly cannot discern any other notes from this perfume. Clinique’s Aromatic Elixir just does not blend well with my chemistry. It didn’t back when I was a teenager and it doesn’t blend well with me as a mature woman.
This Elixir doesn’t cure my ills. It brings them on. It didn’t work back then and it still doesn’t now.
Top Notes: Aldehydes, Coriander, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Lemon Verbena, Bergamot, Brazilian Rosewood, Geranium.
Middle Notes: Carnation, Tuberose, Orange Blossom, Orris Root, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Rose.
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Patchouli, Musk, Oakmoss, Vetiver, Incense.

For more information on Clinique’s beginnings see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinique.

Should you like information on Clinique’s Aromatics Elixir please see: http://www.clinique.com/products/1578/Fragrance/aromatics_elixir/index.tmpl.



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