I’ve been sampling the heck out of white floral perfumes lately. Penhaligon’s Ellenisia, described by the brand as “an extravagant floral”, is one of these that I’ve tried.
Ellenisia opens with citrus. And then it’s a soapy version of gardenia, peach, peony and tuberose. It’s a “fresh” floral that is so feminine, so pure, that it seems to be in some church-lady Chanel Les Exclusifs Gardenia drag. Ellenisia loses some of that soapiness and gets more voluptuous. It becomes this stone fruit syrup with tuberose, like Fracas-lite. And the it turns into something that reminds me of Dior Poison meets Givenchy Amarige– plum with heady florals and vanilla. But, this version is like the “eau de cologne” version because it isn’t heavy like those two 80’s powerhouses. It dries down to a fainter version of the heart – white floral with some sweetness.
Ellenisia is not a a scent for me but I’m sure it has fans. I have difficulty with these cleaned up florals and I accept this.
Notes listed include mandarin zest, violet leaf, gardenia petals, rose, tuberose, jasmine, plum nectar, and vanilla. Launched 2004. PERFUMER – Steve de Mercado
Give Ellenisia a try if you like soapy white florals. Or perfumes like Penhaligon’s Gardenia, Chanel Les Exclusifs Gardenia, Piguet Fracas, Kim Kardashian EDP, Dior Poison and/or Lili Bermuda Passion Flower. I perceive this as a feminine fragrance.
Projection is average. I would say with longevity that it wears more like an EDT on me.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Stone fruit syrup and white florals. Not for me but if you like these “high pitched” white florals, give it a try.
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