My Azzaro Pour Homme after a successful adjustment
I suppose that 2008 Paco Rabanne 1 Million is the best selling fragrance family in the past 10 years. The nose behind the success of the 1 Million fragrance is Michel Girard. He also signed the creation of Azzaro Elixir in the following year. So far I never bought any flask of 1 Million but I do have a couple of its flankers and a pair of its look alikes as well. I always considered that Azzaro Elixir shared a couple of vibes with 1 Million. Only recently noticed that they shared the same creator. Both perfumes were launched only with some months in between.
For me there is a big difference between the two. I do not like 1 Million, which I find a little boring and cloying, and I really appreciate the Azzaro Elixir.
Differences between Azzaro Elixir and 1 Million - my findings:
- I do not like 1 Million, which I find uninteresting and tiring; I enjoy Azzaro Elixir.
- To most people, they do not seem to share even a single note, and consider them to be two unrelated fragrances. That is not my opinion, probably due to the notorious sweetness of both.
- 1 Million is more sweet than Azzaro Elixir.
- Elixir has a strong family tie with the original Azzaro Pour Homme. Of course does not happen with 1 Million.
Concentrating in Azzaro Elixir...
With the exception of the Chrome family, Azzaro products are always confused with, or related to the original "Pour Homme". As a result there is a pre-conceived evaluation that this brand of perfumes only edits "old scholl" scents, powerful but outdated.
With the Elixir, Azzaro decided to keep the original DNA, but in a very cleaver way. The perfume is somewhat linear. The most noteworthy notes of "Pour Homme" are presented earlier, almost at the opening, which means that notes like tonka and oakmoss influence the development from the beginning, not just from the base. Using the lavender note, Michel Girard established a noticeable bridge with the original. Nevertheless Elixir gives us an impression of novelty due to a different development.
In the heart, Elixir presents an exemplary creaminess. The (wonderful) overdose of both benzoin and vanilla creates a vanilla cream effect that is very well blended with the citrus and cumarin notes. At the base is served an intense fruity accord with blackcurrant and greedy pear notes.
The traditional aroma of the Azzaro Pour Homme has traveled in time from 1978 to the 21st century meeting the market requirements. The bottle has straight lines identical to those of the original but more reddish.
The scent final result is a sweet, creamy, non-synthetic fragrance that retains the basic characteristics of the original Azzaro, pleasing the faithful fans with an obvious "Pour Homme" DNA, but conquering also new fans.
Silage is good peaking at 5 or 6 feet and it projects really well for more than a couple of hours. Longevity is about 9 or 10 hours with 3 sprays for the test. After spraying for a night out, I can usually smell the drydown close to the skin in the next morning. I usually only apply 4 sprays, once on each wrist and twice onto the back of my head (in the hair to be precise). Additional sprays may be overwhelming. I hope you enjoy this masterful scent as much as I do.
The name suits like a glove as it is a true ELIXIR.
Now the mathematical truth ...
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- Scent opening............8.5 (linear fragrance with sweet vanilla, tonka/coumarin and fruity accords)
- Scent Dry Down.........8.5 (the Drydown is a bit resinous with strong vanilla and tonka)
- Longevity....................8.0 (almost up to 9 hours on my skin, with 3 sprays)
- Sillage..........................7.5 (up to 6 feet; projection for 2.0 hours)
- Versatility....................7.5 (avoid any type of hot temperatures)
- Usability......................8.0 (quite versatile and easy to please for such a strong scent; it is too sweet for the office; beach, gym and any type of hot events are excluded; under spray for dates and intimacy)
- Compliments..............7.5 (it will please people but all the over 35 will recognise the Azzaro vibe; not good enough for explicit compliments)
- Uniqueness.................8.0 (the 1 Million association it's just my opinion; The "Pour Homme" association is the major drawback for uniqueness; this fragrance also makes me remember Givenchy Xeryus Rouge but darker and nicer)
- Quality.........................9.0 (Very enjoyable notes; good spray; same Azzaro strange plastic cap)
- Presentation...............7.5 (a little déjà vu)
- Price...........................10.0 (€20 for 100 ml tester)
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between 7 and 8 => above average;
between 8 and 9 => recommended;
equal or bigger than 9 => don't miss it;
Opinion on "Azzaro Elixir":
As far as I am concerned I am very happy with it. If you like or love the "Pour Homme" original, this one is a must. If not, do give it a try. With its outstanding scent and very good performance you may be positively surprised.
Blind buy worthy? Yes!
Music: Simon & Garfunkel - "Homeward Bound"