Aromatics Elixir starts strong, floral, green and aromatic, almost balsamic, with also a bright sour side given by aldehydes and probably some citrus. In other words: complex.
Not long after the opening, the florals lower their intensity. They feel soapier and allow the aromatic side to cut through and stand out more. The overall effect is now gentler but not one bit less rich.
It’s an intense fragrance, but it can suit a fresh summer day, thanks to its brightness and the green notes, which make the florals damp at times. This bright sourness will remain as a counterpart to the aromatic-floral until the end, when musk takes over giving a soft warmth.
Clinique Aromatics Elixir is a perfume on its own, not only for the smell, but for the whole personality. It’s almost easier to define it for what it’s not: not sexy, not young, nor old. It’s not willing to please but it couldn’t be bothered to shock. It’s distant, but accessible, and even after more than 30 years it feels like it will be around forever.