Aromatics Elixir Perfumer's Reserve 2011

Aromatics Elixir Perfumer's Reserve by Clinique
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Aromatics Elixir Perfumer's Reserve is a popular perfume by Clinique for women and was released in 2011. The scent is woody-spicy. The production was apparently discontinued.
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Fragrance Notes

JasmineJasmine
MyrrhMyrrh
Orange blossomOrange blossom
PatchouliPatchouli
PeachPeach
RoseRose

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Scent

8.021 Ratings

Longevity

7.815 Ratings

Sillage

7.015 Ratings

Bottle

8.825 Ratings
Submitted by TrueBlood, last update on 28.08.2020.
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WildGardener

217 Reviews
WildGardener
WildGardener
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Perfume - myrrh's Reserve
Perfumer's Reserve was a short run flanker released on the 40th anniversary of that great classic Aromatics Elixir. By giving it a top to toe makeover the structure has been brought into line with modern trends while at the same remaining true to the spirit of the original.

The most fundamental change is a new foundation of myrrh in the base. This only goes part of the way to replacing the coarse grungy feel of the patchouli - which is such an important part of the original - and as a result the structure is smoother, lighter and more legible. As well as a reduction in patchouli, the chamomile - which has a similar coarse but drier feel - has also been scaled back. Rose, which is complemented so well by patchouli, is here partly replaced by white flowers - which are backed up by a dry powdery accord.

The same process has been applied to the higher end of the profile. Although coriander remains in a lead role, the addition of a strange plasticky note and the presence of myrrh - which are both evident at the start - means Perfumer's Reserve is paler toned and clearer but it has less of the distinctive weirdness of the original. Both versions have a similar aromatic top note running through them but P'sR has largely dropped the soapy overtone found in AE.

The general effect of these changes is to overhaul the structure of patchouli - chamomile - coriander - rose and make it more legible. Throwing out a lot of the excess baggage has stripped the profile down and it feels more modern as a result, but like restoring an old painting, stripping away the crud may also strip out the character.

If P'sR feels a little anodyne when compared with the original (despite the myrrh and the odd plasticky note) it still preserves something of the old mystique. This is a valid update of an old favourite which gave it a new (if sadly limited) lease of life.

The other notable thing about P'sR is it was only available as a extrait, with all the soft force which that brings. It was a nice move to bring AE back in a new shape and a rarely seen concentration, and it's appropriate that a homage to a great classic should appear in classic form.

Perfumer's Reserve is good stuff, especially in the first couple of hours. Fans of Aromatics Elixir - at least those open to a new rendition of the old chestnut - would probably love this, if only they could get their noses on it...

9.5
Scent
7.5
Longevity
5
Sillage
10
Bottle
Cumulnimbus

87 Reviews
Cumulnimbus
Cumulnimbus
   2  
A different though not worst elixir
I'm wearing this one today and it fits today's winter sunday's sun perfectly.

I love original Aromatics Elixir but I wasn't disappointed by this version in anyway.

I just find this version is smoother, a bit quieter as it stays closer to skin and slightly powdery, adding up as a different though very elegant scent. Still connected to the original while distinct enough to deserve a place, it is a wonderful chypre and a very good ingredient quality one.

It is this cuter version that I go for in the privacy of my home or when I'm going to be among friends. The darker and stronger original fits better working days. Maybe the original is like a perfectly engraved heraldic detail on an armour versus the pretty and detailed embroidery work on the shirt under it which this version can be thought of as.
8.5
Scent
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
7.5
Bottle
Gold

470 Reviews
Gold
Gold
Helpful Review    2  
No improvement
I have to warn you about one thing here: This scent is not worth the hunt if you expect something very different from the original formula. You will enjoy the new edition if you're a perfume vessel collector (lovely bottle indeed), but if it is the sheer fragrance you are after I can tell you that the original formula is much better! This stuff doesn't break new ground, it comes with a slightly toned-down rose and a softer patchouli than the original. The new perfume is a warm and enigmatic scent, quite good if you don't know the original, but not really necessary.

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