Mainstream Monday: Sniffing A Popular Fragrance

This is a fragrance that I thought I hated. As I’ve matured, I have found that I don’t dislike this one. This is my favorite Clinique fragrance and one of my favorite mass market, line specific, department store fragrances. Clinique’s slogan for this fragrance is “Intriguing, Non-Conformist Fragrance performs the role of a perfume, but goes far beyond”. Pretty bold coming from the “safest” cosmetic company that I can think of. This fragrance was created in 1975 by Bernard Chant, the man behind the classic chypre, Cabochard, and the 60’s floral, Estee. So, yes, Mr. Bernard Chant, was the creator of the many fragrances that Generation X-ers and beyond refer to as “old lady” smells. I find that I like “old lady” smells. I’m a vintage, old-fashioned gal. I prefer the scents that my grandmothers wore.

At first spritz, Clinique Aromatics Elixir is mossy and has a greenness from an old-fashioned rose. There is so much oakmoss. I need to add that I love a heavy dose of oakmoss in about any perfume. After the mossy rose settles, I get tons and tons of patchouli. So, if you despise headshop patchouli then stay away from Clinique Aromatics. It is an oily and rich patchouli with a hint of dried vetiver and dried lavender. This adds a coolness to the earthy patchouli and its bed of mossy roses. This really hits me as a Pacific Northwestern scent because of the moss, roses, and wet dirt. It’s like being at The International Rose Test Garden in Portland on a wet and dreary October afternoon. I love it. The dry down is still heavy with patchouli but it lacks that wetness and coolness. It becomes slightly powdery with soft amber and sandalwood notes. There is a 70’s musk present too. This soft, earthy and musky dry-down is reminiscent of many dry-downs of juices in the mid-60’s to mid-70’s. This means that if you wear this, then somebody may carbon date you back to the 1970’s. The dry-down reminds me of going through grandma’s containers of vintage face powders and perfume oil bottles that she saved for their containers. It’s powdery but has that richness of dark perfume oils. I must add that my grandmother did (and continues to) wear Clinique Aromatics Elixir as her casual, “around the house” fragrance. So, I do like this fragrance because it reminds me of laid-back days with grandma.

I am so happy that I gave this one another try. This is why I should never let go of perfume samples 🙂 I’m moody and it only makes sense that my tastes would be too. I realize that many young adults will not find this perfume attractive. I don’t wear perfume for others. I wear what I like. This elixir is very long-wearing. I would say that I find it on my pulse points 12-15 hours after applying. It just contains so many rich and adhering fragrance notes.

Notes listed include: rose, jasmine, oakmoss, ylang ylang, vetiver, patchouli, musk, amber, and sandalwood.

You may like this if you like fougere scents or scents like Miller Harris Feuilles de Tabac EDP, Estee Lauder Youth Dew Cologne, Tom Ford Private Blend Moss Breches EDP, Parfum d’Empire Fougere Bengale EDP, Serge Lutens Chypre Rouge EDP, Heeley Parfums Cardinal EDP, Tauer Perfumes Incense Rose EDP, The Party In Manhattan EDP, and/or Montale Orient Extreme EDP. The 1.5 oz retails for $42.50 and the 3.4 oz for $52.50. It can be purchased at Clinique counters anywhere or Sephora. It’s also available at fragrancenet.com.
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Aromatics Elixir Perfume for Women Parfum Spray 3.4 Oz by Clinique

My husband bought me L’Aromarine Mousse de Chêne aka Oakmoss fragrance oil not to long ago. I really didn’t know what to expect because oakmoss is a popular note that I thought I never smelled in isolation before but knew it in dry downs. I have been very pleased by this fragrance and I love it.

I have reviewed L’Aromarine Jasmin in a previous post. L’Aromarine fragrances are very potent fragrance oils that have a nice price tag. Oakmoss is not as potent as Jasmin but it is still a very long wearing oil. The picture above is that of the EDT spray. I have the fragrance oil and use it as is and love it. I am sure the EDT is wonderful too.

When I first applied Oakmoss I was surprised by its complexity. All I could think of were the old forest floors found here in the Pacific Northwest. I love it because it was reminding me of this new stage in my life, I’ve very recently moved and this was the smell that I would use to define this area. It is earthy, woody, crisp, and somehow very fresh. It is very chypre and rustic. This fragrance oil wears for hours. I mean all day without reapplying. I get complements on it all the time. When I first saw the bottle and read the name I thought it was going to go to my husband’s collection. I feared it would be too masculine but it isn’t. It really works with my chemistry. It is unlike anything that I own and that is saying alot because I have alot.

Anyways, this fragrance made me curious. Why did I associate this with the PacNW so much? Well, I looked it up and it is because, duh, oakmoss is the lichen that really takes a like’n to this area. It is all over the forest floors being crunched under your footsteps. You can’t walk two feet in a PacNW forest without stepping all over it and releasing its woodsy aroma. So yesterday I went to a local park and collected many different specimens of oakmoss which I found near a lot of different conifers. I smelled them and they were all dead on this L’Aromarine Oakmoss. They weren’t as strong as L’Aromarine, I don’t know if anything is as strong as L’Aromarine, but L’Aromarine Oakmoss is the forest floor times ten. It’s amazing. Oakmoss that takes a liking to pine has a special turpentine aromatic quality. It does smell different and is used in many men’s fragrances. L’Aromarine Oakmoss is not the oakmoss from pine. I do not pick up this turpentine aroma. I assume that since the L’Aromarine buys some of their fragrance oils from Grasse that this Oakmoss comes from that region since Grasse is a big producer of commercial oakmoss used in perfumery.

So, L’Aromarine is an intoxicating and very pleasant, high-quality parfum oil. I am so happy that my husband chose this fragrance for me. This is one fungi that I can’t live without.

You can purchase this fragrance from beautyhabit.com or smallflower.com or just google it online. Prices vary but it is always a great deal.

This is it. Im sure many of you have seen it. Just look for the fungus that looks like antlers.

This is it. I'm sure many of you have seen it. Just look for the fungus that looks like antlers.