Elite 1979Eau de Toilette

Elite (Eau de Toilette) by Floris
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Elite (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Floris for men and was released in 1979. The scent is woody-spicy. It is still in production.
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Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Cedar leaf, Grapefruit, Juniper berry, Lemon, Petitgrain
Heart Notes Heart NotesLaurel, Fir balsam, Lavender
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Cedarwood, Leather, Moss, Musk, Patchouli, Vetiver

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Scent

7.7 | 120 Ratings

Longevity

7.2 | 96 Ratings

Sillage

6.4 | 98 Ratings

Bottle

7.9 | 91 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 28.10.2020.
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Salva
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Salva
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A house to my taste?!
Floris London, founded in 1730, is considered by my researches probably the oldest
Perfume house of the world (source: www.parfuemerie.de/floris-london).

The founder, Juan Famenias Floris, a Spanish immigrant, opened his shop in the elegant and venerable St. James quarter at 89 Jermyn Street with his wife Elizabeth that year and began to bring fragrances, cosmetics and combs to the English population. It is still located in the same place today, is considered the luxurious heart of the brand and is carried on by family members in the advanced generation. And in the meantime, this small individual shop opened at that time has grown into an internationally very recognised and renowned group of companies...
[...]

I came across this house by chance about two months ago on Parfumo. The first fragrance from this brand, which I was allowed to call my own, was No.89 EdT. I still find this one excellent, but it resembled me personally too much my Dior Eau Sauvage perfume (2017), so that I resold it for this reason.

When I then looked at other fragrances of this brand, I first became aware of the Elite EdT. The scent pyramid appealed to me quite a bit...
"Bergamot"? Juniper berries? You can't like them," I thought about the top notes...
"Lavender"? One of my favourite notes!", I was delighted with the heart.
And the base is also full of ingredients, all of which I like very much and many of which are my favourites: Above all vetiver, moss and musk...

Unfortunately at the time of my bottle purchase there were no sample offers here in the Souk and I had no other opportunity to test this fragrance. So I ordered on allbeauty.com the 100ml blind...
The No.89 EdT had also been a blind buy, by the way, and so I relied on my gut feeling again and already suspected that the Elite EdT would suit my taste as well. Fortunately it came also so...

I would describe the start as fresh and citric with a slightly fruity nuance, which is due to the bergamot mentioned above, but also grapefruit and lemon as well as juniper berries. These berries make the top note a very beautiful opening in my eyes, which distinguishes it from many other fragrance openings with the same direction that I have known so far. But right from the start, this so loved and cherished by me so-called "berry opening" actually swings. Oldschool-Vibe', which I personally like very much. I attribute this "old-fashioned" swing (absolutely not meant negatively; I only quote the description of many other users for this kind of scents) to lavender in particular. Together with the fir balsam, it provides the woodsy-floral or herbaceous-aromatic and at the same time somewhat spicy kick after the opening. After all, the base makes this fragrance a wonderful, classic masculine fragrance for men. The moss or vetiver, for example, which is so often used for fougère and chypre fragrances, on the one hand, and the woody cedar note on the other, I then perceive very well. They give the whole thing a woody-earthy character, which I regard as the icing on the cake and the fragrance is rounded off excellently by this
You can wear it all year round and for any occasion, but I personally think spring and autumn would be the most suitable. The durability is with a good 5 to 6h average; the Sillage is very moderate and rather reserved. You don't really attract attention with a big cloud of scent, which is good for the fragrance in this form and is probably intended by the perfumer.
The bottle fits the hand very well and is made of thicker glass, transparent and chic in a simple way. The liquid is a lush green, so you might want to be careful when spraying it on your clothes.
Conclusion:
I am very happy to have discovered this highly interesting and exciting brand for me. Because as it seems, this house primarily makes fragrances that are entirely to my taste. The Elite EdT is a great woody fresh / aromatic and slightly spicy gentleman's fragrance that has class and style. Whether at work, in the evening to go out, or just for me alone at home; when I apply it, I feel like I'm at home. It's the kind of fragrance that I feel most connected to or associate with.
The Elite EdT conveys an aura to the wearer that is associated with English sirs. So if you are a fan of classic fragrances, you should definitely try this brand.
[...]

And thank you very much to everyone who has read so far!
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Taurus1967

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For Elite
Yesterday during my research I noticed that Floris fragrances are unfortunately offered less and less in perfumeries.

This may be due to a drop in demand for the traditional English brand's products or a change in the distribution system as a result of any changes or exclusivity. Maybe even a mixture of both.

Anyway, it's a pity that you have difficult direct access to such classics as Elite. This one still has the true spirit of the 70s in it. That was the very first thought after spraying on, without first seeing from which vintage it comes.

The decisive factor is not only the typical Floris lemon, a splash of bergamot, but also a skilful juniper note to wake up.

A few breaths later it becomes greener, more coniferous and thanks to laurel also a little spicier, whereby the vetiver creeps up from the background and gives Elite a bitter-scratchy to herbaceous touch. The similarity to the polarizing Vetiver of Guerlain, 20 years older, is not by chance.

Nevertheless, Elite remains softer and more supple in the finish, because amber, musk and patchouli give the Eau de Toilette an elegant touch in the base with a dash of soapy barbershop feeling. This is definitely not new and unique, but something so typical of the 70s that you get a little nostalgic.

I don't know if anything has been reformulated over the decades, but Elite is relatively authentic for this decade. For others he might be an oldschool after all - that's partly me. Accordingly, I am for Elite.
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Konsalik
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Ye olde Gin-Head
After I recently approached an old citrus moss decentling cedar with classic status with Pitralon, I thought to myself today: Why not even discuss an increased (according to the fragrance pyramid), expanded daddy of this topic? And even though "Elite" was launched on the threshold of the eighties, the name of the venerable house of Floris alone makes it claim to be a classic - even if hardly anyone should know it on the street.

After the first seconds, an ethereal, citric freshness does indeed unfold on the skin. Essential? Yeah, almost schnapps, actually. The juniper releases fine, English gin aromas, only of the citric variety. Think of Tanqueray No. Ten. Very pleasant, understated and not at all comparable with the many, nowadays so popular "boozy" notes, which make you smell as if you had covered yourself with rum and cola at the village fair. Here the alcohol is spiritualized and (in relation to the wearer) spiritualizing. It was not for nothing that an Austrian novelist described Gin as the "basically most sensible drink"... It gets herbaceous after that. The juniper spirit transparency blends conifer, but not so much the cedar, but something darker. Is it the fir balsam listed? Maybe. Lavender is also clearly noticeable, but noticeably more powerful and harsher than in Caron pour un homme, for example; this will probably be the pointier British breed.

In contrast to the discreetly tidied up (and as an aftershave of course much weaker concentrated) pitralon, the base can already be seen in the heart note: Amber, patchouli and especially vetiver already provide strong support without pushing forward. They place the fragrance on a broad, thoroughly radiant foundation, so that the actually quite ephemeral reading components of the head and heart note still play a comparatively long role. The basic ethereal character alone is increasingly being replaced by a sense of soapy. At the same time, the fragrance becomes significantly "older". At least in relation to the presented carrier. In my opinion, most of the "gentleman scents" I have discussed on these pages can be presented to particularly distinguished people in their twenties. Definitely in the 1930s. In most cases, I even consider age specifications for fragrances to be ridiculous to annoying, because they do not take the wearer seriously as an individual with the possibility of a biography. In my opinion, the dark herbaceousness (which in me personally even evokes the association of something wilted floral), which is almost tarry in the course of the fragrance, demands a corresponding arriviosity of the wearer, which the noble juvenile desire for posture and distinction alone cannot fulfil. I'm afraid "elite" simply means years. And sitting here in front of the laptop and smelling at the back of my hand, I don't know if I have exceeded this imaginary threshold at the beginning to middle of 30. Even if I put another pair of welted Oxfords in my shoe cabinet. What trouble!
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Seerose

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I wonder
In Germany a lot of poeple have a problem with the name "Elite". This is of course caused by our history and out of this by the spirit of the 68th. And this causes that they merly reduce and asscociate "Elite" to a scents for Lords and the sterotyped English Gentlemen. And that's what it smells like to them, their olfactory sense is pasted up with prejustices.
For me "Elite" is a modern nevertheless traditional perfum.
But I wonder if my olfactory sense does not deceive me as well. First "Elite" is a masculine scent. But for me it is an unisex fragance.
Shure at first is arising a tangy citrous scent, coniferous and juniper berries. But not too strong and unbearable for me. Yes, there migt be bay-leave scent. I am identifying especially a fine and suble lavender. I recognize the wonderfull bitter scent of oakmoss. The woody touch of "Elite" and the resin and spicy notes are not going to conceal for me. But for me there is also after several tests undoubtedly a clear scent of r'oud. I can't help it. I wonder if "Elite" is fooling me. I just like this a r'oud note which is more or less medicated. "Elite" is, if my perception is not fooling me, one of the perfums with r'oud and without flowers especially roses, which I like very much and which I want not to vanisch from my skin. I wonder whether there are some more flower notes addes than lavender? "Elite" is lasting for more then 10 hours on my skin. It is alway keeping this blend. Then it is fading out becoming a little more gentle. "Elite" is amazing me.
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Drseid

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Drseid
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Under-rated Old-School Woody Scent From Floris...
To me Elite is a great woody scent with a bit of masculine floral thrown in. It is perfect for wearing in the fall in particular. The only thing that mars it a bit with respect to general acceptance is I get a medicinal undertone throughout whenever I wear it. As such, it has a more "mature" vibe, so it probably will appeal more to the 30+ year old crowd (a group I am admittedly in). Still, while not anywhere near a perfect scent, it definitely is a good one that is worth a try and is recommended with a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5.
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MrX

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Elegant & Classic!
Usually I do not like Lavender! However, "Floris-Elite" made me love it so much. Very good cologne for real gentleman. I believe it is one of the best classic colognes out there! Also I highly recommend "Floris- No 89" ! Very English cologne indeed.
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Old school British scent. A bit too smokey, rich and cloying to me. JF from Floris is a better option in the genre in my opinon.

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