We interrupt this season of cold, dark dead of winter (for many of us) to give you a much-needed commercial break, a few moments to curl up with something comforting, cozy and warm. And that CCW for me right now is Norell Elixir.
I have been a fan of Norell ever since the original launched, way back when, and wasn’t disappointed when its modern namesake was rolled out a year or two ago. So here’s the description of Norell’s latest:
“An addictive and sensuous fragrance that seduces the senses with blends of cool spice, the headiness of white flowers and a narcotic trail of dark woods and sweet sensuality,” reads the inner flap of the Elixir sample card.
Hmmm… I don’t know about all that, but it certainly is yummy, at least to my nose, on this near-freezing night. It seems to venture slightly into powerhouse gourmand territory, but the pink pepper, patchouli, sandalwood and benzoin keep it in gently, warmly in check. Good lasting power, too — at least five hours on my skin.
Fragrantica calls it a chypre floral, and lists top notes of Italian mandarin, pink pepper and plum; middle, Indian tuberose, Egyptian jasmine and pimento; base notes of sandalwood, patchouli and Siam benzoin.
What also attracted me is that the Norell Elixir bottle echoes the first new Norell (as opposed to the first original Norell) just beautifully, with its smoky-quartz-like hue, a darker contrast to the golden-clear shading of the original (the uber-spendy Baccarat version of it is shown at left). I snapped up a mini of that one and would give my eye teeth to have a mini of this one as well. Also, in the scent at left, they did a lovely body oil, and I can only hope they will do the same with their newest baby.
Norell Elixir has been around for a bit at Neiman Marcus, but I’m just now getting caught up and able to test it out. Best I can tell, it’s not at any other stores or at the decant houses, but samples can be had on good ol’ eBay.
So please do share: What’s keeping you comforting, cozy and warm now or whenever you need it most?