Notes: cedrat, peony, lychee, pink berries, freesia, jasmine, patchouli, vetiver, ambrette
Elle opens with a citrus topnote accompanied by patchouli and sweetness. I don't ordinarily like patch, but somehow I am completely unoffended by its presence here. In fact, I rather like it. On my skin, the rest of the scent is peony and some berries, all enveloped in that pleasant patchouliness. And it reminds me a bit of Stella, with patch in place of the amber.
I was prepared to hate this one. The packaging is tawdry, and, in general, most department store fragrances horrify me. But, I am almost ashamed to admit, this one had me at the first sniff. I bought it Saturday, at Bergdorf Goodman, tempted by the gift card discount. I'm wearing it right now, and I can't say it was a mistake.
No matter that Chandler Burr raised an eyebrow at me over lunch when I confessed my purchase.