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Flower by Kenzo L’Elixir ~ perfume review & quick poll

Flower by Kenzo L'Elixir brand image

Kenzo launched Flower by Kenzo L’Elixir last year, and I preceded to pretty much ignore it. I did like a few of the earlier Flower flankers (Flower Oriental is my favorite of what I’ve tried so far, followed by Winter Flowers) but hours are few and perfumes, to say nothing of flankers, are many: you all know how that goes. But recently someone said in the scent-of-the-day that the Elixir was good, so I gave it a shot.

This one was developed to celebrate Flower’s 15th anniversary, and it’s billed as a “sophisticated gourmand floral”. If you took that to mean “fruity sugar bomb with a few rose petals”, you’d be right on the money…

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Chanel No. 5 L’Eau ~ fragrance review

Lily-Rose Depp for Chanel No. 5 L'Eau

We should be happy. Chanel has been very careful with its legendary No. 5 and until now has only dared an Eau de Parfum and Eau Première beyond the original Eau de Toilette and Extrait. Both were careful enhancements. No No. 5 Noir or Eau de Sport or Resort Rose.

I can almost imagine Chanel executives casting sidewise glances at Guerlain. “What the heck are they doing with Shalimar?” they might ask. All those takes on the classic — Eau Legère, Light, Souffle de Parfum, Parfum Initial, Ode à la Vanille, and more — are akin to stealing Joan Crawford’s shoulder pads and eyebrows. At some point you end up not with an icon, but with a placid starlet who will please the common denominator for a few months, then be forgotten for good…

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