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    Default Aromatics Elixir de Clinique

    Please help me ...

    I'm thinking about getting me a bottle of this notorious scent.
    But there are so many concentrations.
    Can somebody tell me a little about them?
    I cannot find anything online, not even on Cliniques homepage.

    The parfume spray, is that really pure parfum?!
    I mean, there is an Eau de Parfum, so it's not
    that!

    What is your fave concentration?!

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    I have the parfum, and I think it's the pure parfum.

    I also recommend Estee Lauder Azuree, which is a more floral version of Aramis.
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    Default Re: Aromatics Elixir de Clinique

    OK, but the bottle is so big, and relatively cheap.
    I mean, 100ml pure parfum is ALOT.
    Other houses sell parfum in 7,5/15ml ... if it's really
    parfum, I think I'm going for that! Cool!

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    Ducky my bottle was sourced from a thrift shop .It is a frosted glass bottle with a gold cap that I think had the concentration on a label on the bottom of the bottle -unfortunately that is missing.I don't know if my bottle's topnotes are off but I like it anyway!
    It smells a little soapy then soap/rose/patchouli spicey -possibly what would happen if YSL Paris and Opium (f) had an offspring?
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    Default Re: Aromatics Elixir de Clinique

    Hi there Duc! I've been through a lot of Aromatics Elixir in my life, and except for the Velvet Sheer/Philtre Sensuel which is a gel, I've never seen an indication of concentration on any bottle other than "Perfume Spray." But now I'm curious - have you actually seen bottles marked edt or edp?

    You needn't worry at any rate - no matter what you get it will be strong, gorgeous and just plain perfect!

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    Default Re: Aromatics Elixir de Clinique

    Yes, E ... on eBay you can buy;
    EdT; EdP; and perfume spray..!

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    Default Re: Aromatics Elixir de Clinique

    You've actually seen the labels, or is that just in the seller's description? I've honestly never seen any other concentration so I've always been under the impression that Aromatics Elixir is perfume, period.

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    Default Re: Aromatics Elixir de Clinique

    I believe I've seen both EdT and EdP at my local parfumerie, yes.
    The EdP is frosted, and the EdT is clear ... right?!

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    Default Re: Aromatics Elixir de Clinique

    If so then that's news to me (and I'm still tempted to stick to my original impression until I see otherwise.) Currently, I have a large opaque special edition bottle that's marked "Perfume Spray" on the label underneath (it's never on the bottle) and a smaller frosted bottle that's also marked "Perfume Spray"...so I guess I can't address the concentration of the clear bottles. Sorry I can't help!

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    Default Re: Aromatics Elixir de Clinique

    Somebody help us ... who is right?!

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    Default Re: Aromatics Elixir de Clinique

    I just spoke with Sylvia at Clinique customer service; she confirmed that AE is offered in multiple sizes but all of them are EdP strength. I didn't ask if other concentrations used to be offered in the past, however.
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    Default Re: Aromatics Elixir de Clinique

    But are they marked "Perfume Spray"? It wouldn't surprise me if the concentration is technically edp, but I still maintain that they're labeled "Perfume Spray" and that's what I have.

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    I was given no indication that the labelling has changed recently, and the bottles pictured at clinique.com are the same design I've seen for years. So yes, they are quite possibly still labelled "Perfume Spray."
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    Default Re: Aromatics Elixir de Clinique

    I'll be darned ...

    I was so sure I'd seen all three concentrations.
    But, OK, I surrender!

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    Buy the one marked at perfume spray. The first one I bought back in the early 90s just said that and was a 8ml size, dirt cheap too. Bought bigger bottle again frosted glass and gold top marked perfume spray. A friend then started wearing it as her signature. So I stopped. It was later they brought out the edt version.
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    In fact it is not important. The sillage and longevity of whatever AE in whatever bottle is infinite and huge like if it was an elixir at least.

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    Default Re: Aromatics Elixir de Clinique

    Quote Originally Posted by donna255 View Post
    It was later they brought out the edt version.
    Aaah, so there is an Edt Concentration avalible?!

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    Default Re: Aromatics Elixir de Clinique

    Not according to the info I got yesterday. I couldn't let it rest so I also called Clinique. I specifically asked if it ever came in an edt or any other lighter concentration other than the Velvet Sheer, and the girl who answered had to verify it with someone else, but her answer was no. I asked her again and rephrased it to make sure she knew what I was asking and she said that "the Elixir" has always been a strong edp, although that time I must admit she didn't sound sure of her answer - she should have just put me on with that person who knew! At any rate, if you purchase it from the Clinique site or a Clinique counter, the only concentration currently available is the "Perfume Spray" which is an edp.
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    I love the original Aromatics Elixir - it's real perfume - the perfume spray is real parfum - so I thought ?? I believe it's been reformulated but it still smells gorgeous. The shower cream is great too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evangeline View Post
    Not according to the info I got yesterday. I couldn't let it rest so I also called Clinique. I specifically asked if it ever came in an edt or any other lighter concentration other than the Velvet Sheer, and the girl who answered had to verify it with someone else, but her answer was no. I asked her again and rephrased it to make sure she knew what I was asking and she said that "the Elixir" has always been a strong edp, although that time I must admit she didn't sound sure of her answer - she should have just put me on with that person who knew! At any rate, if you purchase it from the Clinique site or a Clinique counter, the only concentration currently available is the "Perfume Spray" which is an edp.
    Well the sa is talking rubbish. And here is the link to prove it does come in edt.

    Clinique offical UK site.

    http://www.clinique.co.uk/product/15...tte/index.tmpl
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    Default Re: Aromatics Elixir de Clinique

    Thank you, Donna ... I thought I was becoming dementic or something.
    I just knew, that I had seen two versions at my local parfumerie ...

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    And here is the U.S. site that doesn't state any formulation at all. It's just "Aromatics Elixir". Which makes me wonder whether it's been toned down a bit for today's market, at least over here. It was a bomb back in the day. I couldn't wear it then, but I might try it again if I ever get myself over to the mall. I smelled it a year or so ago on someone who wore it so well that I couldn't even recognize it.

    http://www.clinique.com/product/CATE...xir/index.tmpl

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    Default Re: Aromatics Elixir de Clinique

    Actually, I just realized that there is an EdT currently in production. It's called Aramis 900...
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    Default Re: Aromatics Elixir de Clinique

    Well shut my mouth, there is an edt! It must be a U.S. vs. U.K. distribution thing (and I bet you're feeling rather smug and righteous about now, Duc, hee!) I read recently that some company I can't recall at the moment (Estee Lauder?) formulated their fragrances differently for the American market in the '80s because American women demanded enormous sillage, so maybe that's the same idea at work. Anyway, thanks for the link, donna!

    I'm starting to froth up about this revelation now - I must sniff this edt!

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    Default Re: Aromatics Elixir de Clinique

    Quote Originally Posted by Evangeline View Post
    (and I bet you're feeling rather smug and righteous about now, Duc, hee!)
    Somewhat ...


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    I gotta go dig out my Aromatics Elixir after all this talk ............
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    Default Re: Aromatics Elixir de Clinique

    I always thought there was only one formulation of AE, the EdP. Evidence of an EdT is news to me.

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    Seeing as Aromatics is a Lauder scent, I highly doubt it's been toned down. It is without a doubt the strongest perfume I have ever encountered, and can be TASTED by people ten feet away if it is oversprayed. When I first got it I was unaware of its power and spritzed myself LIBERALLY before class...I think my professor was having an allergic reaction, as he kept leaving the room and returning with red, watery eyes, barely able to speak. I have never seen anything but the "PERFUME SPRAY" (I definitely believe it's pure perfume) in the US. It upsets me that I never, ever smell Aromatics on anyone else, though...who still wears it, besides me? It's uncompromising, intellectual, and confrontational and people either find it offensive or intriguing, not "sexy", but that's part of the fun. Nobody will tell you that you smell good because they're so disturbed by it- somebody even told me I smelled like piss one time when I was wearing it!

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    Default Re: Aromatics Elixir de Clinique

    Quote Originally Posted by FruitDiet View Post
    ... It upsets me that I never, ever smell Aromatics on anyone else, though...who still wears it, besides me?
    We do, oh, and, Madonna does!

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    Default Re: Aromatics Elixir de Clinique

    Quote Originally Posted by FruitDiet View Post
    Nobody will tell you that you smell good because they're so disturbed by it- somebody even told me I smelled like piss one time when I was wearing it!
    Aromatics Elixir can be very polarizing, but this is really shocking to me! I've been wearing it for decades (lots of people around here have, like Duc said - you are in a forum for fragrance-lovers after all) and I've never received anything but compliments. I even layer it with the body cream. I admit that it has to dry down a bit - I always give it at least an hour before going out - but I actually consider it one of my crowd pleasers!

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