Jean-Claude Ellena is a genius, especially in regards to composing his fragrances using a wide range of ingredients, some that you would never believe could go hand in hand.
Elixir des Merveilles is a lot bolder and richer than Eau des Merveilles, and in some ways, a touch more masculine. It opens with aromatic orange peel, foody caramel and chocolatey accords. Before jumping on the gourmand bandwagon, Elixir des Merveilles settles rapidly into a musky, and slightly soapy woods and orange blend.
This complex blend keeps me intrigued throughout Elixir des Merveilles' development. The soapiness that I'm referring to is not necessarily clean smelling, but more like the sharp scent of laundry powder. This is the point where I praise this fragrance to the high heavens, but admit that it does absolutely nothing for me when I wear it.
I've worn Elixir des Merveilles twice now, and I can honestly say that it's unique and beautiful, yet disturbing at the same time. It's that mish-mash of sugar meets masculine citrus, then along the way bumps into bitter dark chocolate and earthy woods. Confusing at best, but still an absolute masterpiece, but unfortunately one that isn't for me.
The drydown was a lot more powdery than I thought it would be, but I openly welcomed the slightly more feminine finish. Due to its heavy nature, I would personally wear it in the cooler months, but if applied with a light hand, I suppose it could wear well during Summer too.
Despite Elixir des Merveilles not turning out to be something that I personally considered bottle-worthy, I'm not at all disappointed. Sometimes it's the scents that don't quite work for you, that stay in your mind the longest.