Aromatics Elixir (1971) Perfume

Aromatics Elixir (Perfume) by Clinique
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Aromatics Elixir (Perfume) (Clinique)
Aromatics Elixir (Perfume) (Clinique)
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Aromatics Elixir (Perfume) is a popular perfume by Clinique for women and was released in 1971. The scent is spicy-woody. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is being marketed by Estēe Lauder Companies.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Verbena, Geranium, Chamomile, Coriander, Clary sage, Rosewood
Heart Notes Heart NotesOrris root, Jasmine, Carnation, Orange blossom, Rose, Tuberose, Ylang-ylang
Base Notes Base NotesOakmoss, Musk, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Frankincense



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6.3 (231 Ratings)
Submitted by Sani, last update on 07.08.2018
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Chamomiley Character.
This is basically a good solid oakmossy chypre, with a very strong - stronger than one might suppose on basis of summary assay - undertow of amber - a rather °gassy° amber, and plenty of grit & earthiness. Oh, and what a surprise! there's orris in it ^again^! The 'fumes I choose oblivious to... Read more
Bottle 5.0/10 Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 10.0/10
Helpful Review    3
Signature scent of my mother!
Aromatics Elixir; My mom's signature for 30 years. This perfume smells great on her and am jealous of such a beautiful signature fragrance. She always gets tons of compliments and they always ask what scent they on? I wear this scent never when I'm with my mom because it is really her scent. I... Read more
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Elixir Encounter
Aromatics Elixir grabs your attention like a carmine overcoat. Its rose - coriander - patchouli profile is unique and instantly recognisable and it still divides opinion today, 45 years after it was created. Many people are confounded by Aromatics Elixir and detest it; others appreciate the... Read more
Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 10.0/10
The Anointed One
Aromatic Elixir is not only limited for old ladies. It can be worn even by young adults. You only need to be patient to experience its wonderful revelation, that is if you treat AE with utmost respect, care and blend with it perfectly. AE blooms its goddess character half an hour and only when... Read more
Mrs Dora
Allow me to describe the person who always wore this perfume. 1992. We had just moved back to Greece and I got in the sixth grade of elementary school where ofcourse I didn't know anyone back then. My mother started talking to this big confident lady who assured her she will convince her son... Read more
Bottle 7.5/10 Scent 8.0/10
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Loved, Hated
This was my ultimate favorite 40 years ago. But somewhere along the way I started hating it and still do. This bothers me because I'm worried the ones I love today, I'll hate tomorrow.
Scent 10.0/10
rejected by your odd embrace
why oh WHY have the gods damned my chemistry with this one!? every year i try and try again to be accepted by this cocktail of odd juice and year after year it rejects me. *SOB* i've gone as far as to walk around the department store for hours at a time, cellophane sealed box clutched in hand,... Read more
Bottle 2.5/10 Sillage 2.5/10 Longevity 2.5/10 Scent 1.0/10
Dirty Laundry Scent
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... Read more
Very helpful Review    7
40 years and counting
Great reviews about AE. Lots of insights. I stumbled on this forum to find out what the essences arethat I live so much. My sister loves to get letters or hand me downs from me. When my 40 yr old Green Beret was 4 , he came running into the house, stopped in his tracks, and demanded "what is... Read more
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Scent 7.0/10
Helpful Review    4
Aquired taste
You're either going to love or hate this fragrance. This is not a safe blind buy at all. The scent has too much going on and reminds me of an old medicine chest of 100 years ago. I think the combination of geranium with corriander is what pushed this over the edge of being tolerable. On the other... Read more
Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 10.0/10
Very helpful Review    14
To my great surprise, I have been won over to the Clinique AROMATICS ELIXIR cult. For years, I scoffed at the very concept of a Clinique perfume--weren't they the company that eschewed all fragrance in their skin line? So what in the world were they doing producing not only a fragrance but an... Read more
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Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 8.0/10
Greatly helpful Review    15
The Mouse that Roared
Clinique's Aromatics Elixir has been somewhat of an oddity since its launch in 1971. At the time, perfume houses were splashing out with big ad campaigns that featured either a celebrity or a supermodel. Chanel No.5 had Deneuve, Charlie had Shelley Hack, Ciara had Lauren Hutton, Tigress had Lola... Read more
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Greatly helpful Review    7
If I were stranded with $50 and the clothes on my back, I'd buy Aromatics Elixir and some water.
I got a lesson in love and hate in fragrance from Aromatics Elixir. There are plenty of fragrances that on the first try I found uninteresting. Maybe I came to this conclusion as the top notes faded, maybe boredom set in by drydown. But I disliked AE. It was bitter chamomile, bitter oakmoss,... Read more
Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 4.0/10
Nail polish remover anyone?
I can't understand this fragrance. I can almost see why people love it, yet at the same time I can see why people dislike it. The opening is bitter, strong and alcoholic. To me it smelt like nail polish remover complete with hints of acetone. Not a particulary pleasant olfactory experience. ... Read more
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Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 8.0/10
The longer, the kinder
What a luck that I already have the certain, desired age! Many mothers have been mentioned here. Like a pity, I cannot ask my mother any more. Did she have this smell when I was still child? I find the smell very special and very beautiful. Aldehydes at the beginning combine with herbaceous... Read more


DorothyGrace 3 years ago
Love and wear my bottle from the 1990s. Formula from last year brings me up in angry red welts. Used to be my go to perfume.+1
Bottle 10.0
Sillage 10.0
Longevity 10.0
Scent 10.0
Cym 11 months ago
Reminiscent of the scent used in some museums to evoke a medieval village scene: dirt, hay, decaying vegetation, animal funk and excrement.

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