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Courtier Elie Saab releases first fragrance inspired by the Mediterranean

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Courtier Elie Saab releases first fragrance inspired by the Mediterranean’s not just the beautiful bottle that makes me love the first fragrance from Elie Saab, but it’s hard to resist, isn’t it? The bottle was designed by Sylvie de France, and combines architecture with beauty.

When I first sprayed the Elie Saab, I was a little overwhelmed. At first is was a nice orange blossom, but then cedar came out quickly and was almost overwhelming. I don’t do well with woods, sandalwood being the worst offender, but it receded quickly enough and was replaced with an interesting combination of white florals and patchouli. I object to patchouli on it’s own, but combined with other notes it morphs into something fantastic on my skin, which is probably why I love Black Orchid so much. I’m not entirely sold on the white floral/patchouli combination, but the cedar gives it a complexity that I’ve never before experienced. The drydown is lovely – a rose and honey that sounds cloying but isn’t. The sillage is long-lasting, and didn’t disappear on my skin. I smell something else in there, but I just can’t put my finger on what it is. Some sort of floral that isn’t sweet and isn’t rose. Very intriguing.

The fragrance was created by world-renowned perfumer Francis Kurkdijian, and produced by Beaute Prestige International, which is a subsidy of Shiseido’s fragrance industry.

The Elie Saab Le Parfum collection includes a 1.0 oz. EDP for $60, a 1.7 oz. EDP for $90, and a 3.0 oz. for $120. There will also be body products, including a 6.7 oz. Body Lotion for $50, a 6.7 oz. Shower Creme for $42, and a 5.0 Body Creme for $85. The Body Creme, however, will be exclusive to Saks Fifth Avenue.

Elie Saab Le Parfum will be available in the United States at Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue in September, 2011. It is currently available exclusively at Harrod’s in the UK.

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