First things first, the original Aromatics Elixir from Clinique is a fragrance I’ve been wearing for around thirty years now, if I were to ever have a “signature fragrance”, Aromatics would be it. So, when Aromatics in White was released, I was intrigued.
It is difficult for me to do a direct comparison, as the original is just still a little too strong for me to wear comfortably at the moment, so I haven’t smelled it in the best part of a year now, but Aromatics in White is far more of a wearable proposition under the (parosmic) circumstances.
A lightened – by emphasising the rose – and brightened – by the addition of violet leaves and orange blossom – version of Aromatics, this is very much a whisper in a quiet room rather than the SHOUTING THROUGH A MEGAPHONE IN A LIBRARY stance of the punchy spices and funky patchouli of the original. I suspect a lot of people won’t like it for that. For me, the lightness and the brightness has simply lifted the facets of the original that I couldn’t really notice under the funky spiciness – I genuinely had never noticed the rose in the original, and still have trouble picking it out now even thought I’ve read a thousand reviews that have mentioned it – to the fore, without turning it into a watery and weak “fresh” version, which is all to the good as far as I am concerned.
I can smell white roses and orange blossom up top, and there are some slightly smokey woods beneath, but in between there are musks galore, making this a skin scent first and foremost – no one will run away screaming in terror when you wear this (more’s the pity) – but the longevity is good, and it is ladylike without being wishy washy or overly sweet. They haven’t drowned it in vanilla, either, for which I shall be eternally grateful. It does, actually, remind me of AE, but in a fuzzy, milky, distant sort of way, like snuggling into a cardigan, or a cashmere scarf that was once dowsed in the original, and you’re now left with the ghost of fragrance past. This isn’t to damn it with faint praise, though it may sound it, but there’s enough of the original in the formula to evoke memories of Aromatics proper, making Aromatics in White a fair partner to have alongside.
Is it a classic like the original? Possibly not, whilst there’s still nothing available on the high street that smells like Aromatics Elixir, and though Aromatics in White doesn’t smell like absolutely everything else, it’s familiar and friendly without ever being unconventional. I like it and whilst I can’t wear Aromatics Elixir, this is a good replacement for it. But will I love Aromatics in White in 30 years? Only time will tell …
The Fine Print: PR Sample
The Even Finer Print: We’re not featuring full fragrance reviews on Get Lippie at the moment owing to illness – please see The Parosmia Diaries for more.