I have almost, but not quite, given up on new releases on the High Street. Whilst not blinding myself with prejudices, too many disappointments have rendered me cautious and jaded.
However, Clinique Aromatics in White caught me off guard. I sniffed it, sprayed it, sniffed it again and went back the next day to spray it again and wheedle a sample or two from the nice sales assistant.
Don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say it reminded me strongly of Chanel Les Exclusifs Coromandel. Yes Coromandel- that Holy Grail that is so exclusive they even put exclusive in the name. You have to travel to a major city just to try them.
I haven’t gone mad I can assure you. Allow me to plead my case. In my earlier review of Coromandel I said it reminded me of damp castle walls and a Milky Bar. Clinique Aromatics in White has a distinct milkiness that stops short of being rich and creamy. Coromandel has spiky patchouli and an underlying heat, as does Aromatics in White. Both have delicate watercolour roses radiating subtly throughout: enough to intrigue and just enough to stop these warm scents from going down the manly chest route, but at the same time, both have enough Benzoin to make them appealingly unisex.
I should point out at this stage that Aromatics in White is in no way a duplicate or even a copy of Coromandel, but they had enough qualities in common to remind me of each other.
As far as the original Aromatics Elixir goes, this is not similar, apart from a certain retro chypre feel to it that smacks of a classic already. If you like Aromatics Elixir, first of all, may I congratulate you on your great taste? And secondly, Aromatics in White may or may not be your thing, but I wholeheartedly recommend giving it a good go. Launch time is usually when its easiest to get samples from the sales assistants so strike while the iron is hot. It’s Limited Edition, which worries me, because I want it to stick around.
In a blind test I would have said Aromatics in White was either a Serge Lutens or an Eau Legere type thingy of Coromandel. You can imagine how thrilled I am that I can bag something of such calibre on my High Street for around £55 for 50ml. Sniff and sigh. Sniff and sigh…
Clinique Aromatics in White is available from House of Fraser, Selfridges, the Clinique website and Amazon, to name but four.