Penhaligon’s Elixir is a spicy incense fragrance that I absolutely adore. It’s the type of fragrance that mellows me out, makes me feel chill. And being that life is stressful, this is a fragrance that gets a lot of wear from me. It makes me feel content.
Elixir really has a eucalyptus steam to it. It’s like a sauna, humid and herbal. But, it’s spicy. These spices aren’t baked or foody. This is a spice market filled with cinnamon and mace. There’s a pipe tobacco vanilla there to add some depth. This “softens” the dry cedar in Elixir. This cedar is so dry that it could give a nosebleed. But, it’s so good! For some reason, I can’t explain it, maybe I’m too mellow at this stage from this fragrance, but I get musty old books. I’m transported to an antique study. I’m in front of a crackling fire sipping mulled wine and reading from a leather bound antique book. This fragrance “puts” me there and this is my “happy place”. And yes, it’s a dorky happy place and it looks like it would be used in PBS’s Masterpiece Theater. But, it’s quiet and beautiful and not the loud, stressful everyday world. It’s a fragrance escape. The dry-down is clean and steamy on me. It’s like exotic woods steaming in a sauna. It’s clean, which I usually dislike, but it’s good and different. Why? Take this steam and add an acrid incense. I love this fragrance from top to bottom. However, it’s an EDT so it doesn’t last very long 🙁
Notes listed include eucalyptus steam, cinnamon, cardamom, white cedar, red Turkish rose, orange blossom, Egyptian jasmine, mace, rosewood, benzoin, tonka bean, vanilla, red sandalwood, guaiac, and incense. PERFUMER – Olivia Giacobetti
Give Elixir a try if you like dry incense fragrances or perfumes like Etro Messe de Minuit, CdG Incense Series Avigon, Estee Lauder Cinnabar, Bond No. 9 Andy Warhol Silver Factory and/or Prada Infusion d’Homme. Elixir is easily unisex.
I asked in the video review what fragrance mellows you out? Elixir makes me feel calm and soothed.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Spicy, acrid incense fragrance. I love it. This is one of those fragrances I reach for to mellow me out during stressful times. It’s meditative and soothing for me. So far, this is my favorite Penhaligon’s perfume. It’s seamless in composition.
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