When I first read about Elie Saab releasing his very first fragrance, I was expecting a heavy, sweet spicy oriental scent, in line with his luxurious and ornamental designs. Instead, the idea behind Le Parfum was to capture the light of the Middle East and the modernity of the West. Therefore, it should be no surprise that the appointed perfumer for Le Parfum was Francis Kurkdjian - the creator of many perfumes from the Jean Paul Gaultier line, the famous Narciso Rodriguez For Her, the potent and skanky favourite of mine, Enlevement au Serail for Parfums MDCI, and in 2009 he also started his own line Maison de Francis Kurkdjian - and the man even makes perfumed bubbles!
Le Parfum by Elie Saab is a very simplistic and elegant fragrance with orange blossom and jasmine being the most prominent notes (at least to my nose). Orange blossom and jasmine are very clean in this fragrance and softened with what might be the rose honey note. Luckily, it doesn't get sickly sweet and there is no annoying tickling of the nostrils that I encounter with some high-pitched white floral fragrances (I especially seem to have this problem with the sharp scent of lily of the valley). I think that even those who are not fans of floral fragrances might like Le Parfum because the overall effect on the skin is very soft and seamless. It stays close to the skin and the sillage isn't heavy either. Le Parfum is a lovely daytime scent for these days when it's not hot anymore and I crave something with a stronger base but it's not yet so cold to bring out the warm, comforting and woody scents.
Le Parfum by Ellie Saab was launched in the end of August and I have also noticed just yesterday that it is already available in Slovenia, in the department store Nama.
I was sent a bottle of Elie Saab Le Parfum from Escentual.com.