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Elie Saab Le Parfum L’Eau Couture ~ fragrance review

Elie Saab Le Parfum L'Eau Couture

I hardly know what to expect anymore when I see “Eau” next to a perfume’s name. Sometimes an Eau is simply an Eau de Toilette version of another fragrance, and it may be almost as assertive as its parent fragrance but more citrusy (think Cartier Le Baiser Eau de Toilette). But sometimes an Eau is a different fragrance altogether from its brand’s namesake fragrance (L’Eau de Chloé). Elie Saab Le Parfum L’Eau Couture, flanker to 2011′s Elie Saab Le Parfum, is a greener, lighter version of the original — a definite relative, but a different fragrance and much sheerer. Fans of Elie Saab Le Parfum should give it a try. I wouldn’t be surprised if some people like it better than the original.

L’Eau Couture was developed by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, who created the original Elie Saab Le Parfum…

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Carven L’Eau de Toilette ~ fragrance review

Carven L’Eau de Toilette advert

When I reviewed the new Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana, I asked readers to recommend a perfumista-worthy inoffensive, ‘light & fresh’ office-friendly floral. My vote went to Carven Le Parfum, the Carven brand’s reintroduction as a perfume house under creative director Guillaume Henry. I called Carven Le Parfum “young and fresh and modern and charming” when I reviewed it, and hoped we’d see a ‘noir’ or ‘intense’ flanker before long. As these things go, what we’ve got instead is Le Parfum’s “younger sister”, the new Carven L’Eau de Toilette, done up in the color du jour, pale green. Oh well, it isn’t over yet, right?

I wanted to bring a fresh floralcy, so we have an idea of something lighter without it being lighter.1

That’s perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, who developed both versions, and yes, fresh floralcy is just what Carven L’Eau de Toilette is all about…

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