I fell in LOVE with Elixir des Merveilles from the very first time I sampled it (I remember clearly sniffing my hand all day...)
I wear it & I have posted many times on BaseNotes about it - it's one of my Top 10 fragrances. I like most of the perfumer's (Jean Claude Ellena) scents, so clearly I'm biased towards it, but I have never smelled anything like it (except for Eau des Merveilles...of course).
I am entirely secure with myself in wearing fragrances marketed to women, so it was easier for me to like it immediately!
I really like the 'chocolate covered candied orange peel' note that opens the fragrance - and then when it dries down and you get the 'salt water' note (from Eau des Merveilles) it's a nice transition. Great longevity too (whenever I take my shirt off at the end of the day, after wearing this, I pick up the scent).
I can't say enough about this...blah, blah, blah - so I'll shut up now.