In the top note I get orange, dark lemon and bergamot; it is fresh but not brightly citrussy. Soft patchouli comes in, a wood note and some tuberose are added, giving it depth and substance. After an hour or so, deep and rich oakmoss develops with a hint of vetiver providing a green tinge to the total picture. For the last hour a gentle pleasant soapiness is added. This is a rich, beautiful and wood-herbal-citrus-note scent. Good sillage and projection, and excellent longevity on me of over seven hours. A Floris that I find convincing.
An over-rich concoction that struggles in vain to come across as 'green' and 'cool' but whose true character is of an aromatic herbal with a woody-leather base. There is a hard-boiled sweet note (the 'amber'? or a leather-patchouli-bay reaction?) that lingers at the opening which fortunately resolves an hour or so in. Over its progression the mosses come increasingly to the fore, drying things out, fortifying the resins and relaxing the composition's oh-so-square jaw a little.
This is not the dischordant blunder some have made it out to be, but it does bring to mind an unfortunate archetype when I think about who would wear this. Someone in a double-breasted blazer with brass buttons, a black patent leather briefcase carrier, and in all likelihood a furtive PowerPoint obsessive. Not me in this life.
Revisited: This one kept drawing me back to re-test and I have, several times. With familiarity, the bumpy opening becomes quite easy to live with, and its power and longevity come to be treasured. Now its slick city gent associations are all that's holding me back from caving in and getting a bottle.
I can understand why some don't like this, but why the angry reviews? This isn't exactly a radical, groundbreaking scent.
I agree 100% with odysseusm - this is a great herbal green fragrance. It's got the big oakmossy style of 80s powerhouse fragrances, but without the crazy sillage. To me, Elite smells like a toned down Sung Homme.
The dominant notes are oakmoss and laurel. The laurel acts like this big warm, pale green blanket on which the fragrance lies, and when it mixes with the patchouli, amber and oakmoss, it casts a kind of rich but dry leathery pall across the entire fragrance, and that's what gives it an 80s-type smell. I do have to admit that it does have that old-cigarettes-in-an-ashtray smell that others described, and I love it.
On the other hand, being a Floris scent, Elite has a certain stodgy, serious feel to it that counteracts the macho elements. All the herbal notes are prominent but restrained at the same time, and the whole fragrance is very well balanced. It's not powdery as most "dandified" fragrances usually are, but I could easily see Elite being in a dandy's wardrobe.
This is one of the better green fragrances I've worn, and is a class act for sure.
MY RATING: 8.5/10
I was ready for another rant, since I hated this stuff beyond words on the last few wearings, but it just isn't bothering me as much this time. Floris Elite spawns out of the mud as a sharp, anisy, 80s-style tobacco powerhouse, though admittedly without that one screaming lemon topnote that they used to use sometimes. It's got some green, but it's a minty green...more like spearmint than peppermint, which helps, but I still don't think it's necessary. It has the dusty, rustic hay-like notes of VCA Tsar or Aramis Devin, or more specifically Nicolai's oddball Vie de Chateau, but with more wood and smoke than green. As the smoke gets stronger, I remember it now: envisioning a stale ashtray in an old woman's apartment that had accumulated years of old-style perfume residue and talcum powder. For a while in the mid notes, I do find some reasonably convincing incense, but as the smoke gets more sour and less sweet, the ashtray is inescapable. By the base notes, nothing else is left. Hermessence Vetiver Tonka did this to me alongside its nutty notes, as did VdC and Tsar to a lesser extent, but I can't think of any other scent that just screams "I'm not wearing cologne but I'm a bigtime chain-smoker" as much as Floris Elite. It's not as bad as I remembered, but still not really useable for me. I'm sure it would be great in a gentlemen's club a hundred years ago, with rich, well-dressed men smoking countless cigars and swilling brandy, sweating in their pompous army uniforms.
I don't know what type of elite they were referring to at Floris, but this is anything but elitist. A so and so concoction of citruses and aromatic herbs laying on a mossy/woody base enriched by vetiver and hints of tuberose. I also get a barberhop vibe that in this context gives an unpleasant feel of aging. A fragrance of very very little interest.