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Elite (1980)
by Floris


Elite information

Year of Launch1980
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 112 votes)

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About Elite

Elite is a masculine fragrance by Floris. The scent was launched in 1980

Elite fragrance notes

Reviews of Elite

Hearty green and crisp perfume. Huge bouquet of vetiver and moss that lasts well past 9+ hours of wear. Heavy citrus opening and a good punch of juniper and fir balsam resin. One of the few green perfumes I rather enjoy!
16th April, 2020
Zesty citrus with woods and burned sugar. The citrus is paired with oakmoss which gives an old school vibe, in the lanes of Chanel's Pour Monsieur and YSL Pour Homme. And the combination of lavender and juniper is adding a nice aromatic experience.
09th October, 2018
Genre: Fougère

Floris Elite seems to me a rather staid, conventional aromatic fougère composition. All of the pieces are duly assembled and in the right place. Lavender? Check. Coumarin? Check. Bergamot? Check. Geranium? Check. Dash of spice? Check. Maybe even a touch of oakmoss. The result? A very traditional “barbershop” style masculine that, while perfectly serviceable, competes in very crowded territory.

Bigger, more ambitious alternatives like Jules, Equipage, Lauder for Men, or Arquiste’s new Él offer greater complexity and character. Brighter, sprightlier competitors like Aramis Tuscany per Uomo offer more grace and humor. All stand on the broad shoulders of Azzaro pour Homme, granddaddy of the genre, which still smells richer and deeper than the Floris at a fraction of the price.

Nice enough, in the end, but liable to get lost in the shuffle.
17th September, 2017
Elite is definitely British in character. Feels somewhat complex to me. Those who appreciate Arboretum by Le Prince Jardinier would definitely appreciate Elite. Or, should I say, those who enjoy Elite would appreciate Arboretum since Elite is Arboretum's senior by 15 years. There are some distinctive differences between the two however. Both fragrances have a green vibe as well as a nice musty herbalistic feel. Elite however, brings a few other notes that are strange, but enjoyable. I smell a sweet grape quality that is tempered by an astringent note that keeps the sweetness from becoming cloying. There's almost a wine like quality to Elite. I don't drink, so I may be wrong, but that's the feeling I get as I smell Elite. Another interesting note I'm picking up is the smell of toast. Maybe it's grape jelly on toast. Odd, I know, but I can almost picture an English gentleman spreading marmite on his toast whilst sipping a glass of wine. There's also a fresh laundry like smell that I noticed, but more in the opening than in the dry down. As I mentioned, there is a complexity to this fragrance that is interesting, but I enjoyed it and will continue to see what unfolds in my next wearing. Longevity and sillage are both outstanding!
21st January, 2017
Hairy chested beast that epitomizes the 80s! This is not for the faint of heart! A no holds masculine spicy leathery citrusy barbershop-y blast of goodness.
A more interesting and multidimensional version of Tsar from Van Cleef & Arpels. Perhaps a cologne de parfum version, so lighter but not weaker. Quite nice!
19th November, 2016
So far, this is the best of the Floris masculines I have tried. A punchy green chypre, it exudes confidence, but not in a chest-beating kind of way. It would be an excellent choice for work days when an assertive persona is required. The ingredients work together well, and I experience more than acceptable longevity and sillage. Perhaps not modern, perhaps not dynamic, but it has a place.

Next step: to test Palm Springs by the same house, which to a sniff from the vial is redolent of Elite but incorporating possibly superior accords.

Update: it didn't. Palm Springs is nowhere near as good as Elite, which seems to me rather underrated. No problem, I will avail myself of this when a niche appears in the collection.
05th September, 2016 (last edited: 15th March, 2020)

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