Every bit as beautiful as one of Elie Saab's ethereal evening dresses, the Lebanese designer's first perfume is called simply 'Elie Saab Le Parfum'. The 90ml bottle is satisfyingly heavy, with faceted glass and clear plastic lid. A very pretty addition to your dressing table...
The perfume is described as having top notes of orange blossom and middle notes of jasmine absolute and patchouli heart. The base notes are cedar accord and honey rose. On application, you first smell jasmine (a little too strongly for my taste – as I've mentioned before, I'm not keen on jasmine). Mingling with orange blossom and the warmth of cedar, the jasmine absolute creates a leathery, peachy finish that's strong yet delicate. My favourite thing about the scent is the soft, powdery drydown: it mingles perfectly with skin. You can't smell it on yourself after a while unless you put your wrist to your nose.
After the slightly overpowering first waft, Elie Saab Le Parfum is really rather lovely. What do you think ladies? Tempted to have a sniff?
Elie Saab Le Parfum is available at Escentual.com.