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Elie Saab_s La Collection des Essences1

I talked previously to you about Elie Saab’s Essance’s, and about the creater of those Lebanese dreams that are captured in a bottle. I promised  to you, I would tell you all about those Essence’s created by Francis Kurkdjian.

Elie Saab has expressed his love for women in an exciting new dimension, drawing on his unique savoir-faire to celebrate Haute Couture in scents. The Couturier of sublime beauty invited the Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian to join him on this enchanting adventure. The dialogue between these two artisans of the exceptional has given birth last year to La Collection des Essences, creations as sumptuous and unique as a Haute Couture gown. With the same uncompromising approach he applies to magnificent and rare fabrics, Elie Saab meticulously selected the most remarkable ingredients. Elie Saab and Francis Kurkdjian share a mastery of demanding know-how, exacting expertise… and a unique sense of beauty.

Guided by the Couturier’s flamboyant vision, the Perfumer elevated rare ingredients, transforming them into dazzling essences. His remarkable expertise and constant inventiveness magnify Elie Saab’s emblematic style. La Collection des Essences expresses a supreme elegance, a concise refinement that melds light and color, depth and subtlety, volume and transparency. Four bold and exclusive statements with precise, dense and dazzling formulas. La Collection des Essences can be worn by both women and men.

Essence N° 1 Rose, unexpected, multi-faceted, unique

Elie Saab Rose

Voluptuous and enveloping like layers of precious fabrics, Essence N° 1 Rose weaves the most magnificent essences and absolutes of Centifolia and Damascena Roses.  A burst of fresh flowers reveals the dazzling brightness of essences of Turkish and Bulgarian Roses when the absolutes of Rose from Grasse and Turkey exude their intricate elixir. Vanilla and Cedar dress the trail of the Rose with a thousand faces…

Official, ‘La Collection des Essences’ are so called ‘unisex’. so can be worn by both women and men, but his one is for me very feminin.


Essence N° 2 Gardenia, a tribute to the art of trompe l’oeil  

 Elie Saab Gardenia

Essence N° 2 Gardenia is a true olfactory trompe l’œil, a blooming sculpture crafted from the duality between creamy wood tones and tender floral notes, with exquisite green and white accents. Egyptian Sambac Jasmine brings a radiant floral infusion to a creamy heart of Iris Butter absolute. The sophisticated and elegant trail is revealed in a caress of rare and precious Indian Sandalwood.


Essence N°3 Ambre, a radiant glow, born from black

Elie Saab Ambre

A luminous reinterpretation of a mythic Haute Parfumerie accord: amber. Essence N°3 Ambre pays tribute to the essence of the Couturier’s dazzling work.  The brightness of a fragrance bursts forth from darkness, a spectacular embroidery of black glitter and coppery crystals. Essence N°3 Ambre illuminates the darkest elements in the perfumer’s palette: Opoponax becomes radiant, Patchouli is resplendent and Sandalwood dazzles.


Essence N°4 Oud, black monochrome

Elie Saab Oud

Essence N°4 Oud is a virtuoso variation on a black monochrome where powerful volumes and subtle textures meld in an architectured silhouette. The intriguing and spicy nuances of Black Pepper and the unctuous soft curves of Benjoin triumph in this ode to the mystery and depth of sensual Agar Wood.


Elie Saab 4Essences

La Collection des Essences by Elie Saab marries the savoir-faire of Haute Couture with the exceptional and rare ingredients of Haute Parfumerie, magnified by exclusive craftsmanship. Unparalleled, meticulous skills guide each step in the creation of La Collection. Sourcing of ingredients, hand-picked flowers, ultra-precise distillation, rigorous selection of flowers and essences. The dexterity of the artisans, the unique materials and the skillful working of ingredients embody the soul of a scented world signed Elie Saab. The excellence and sublime alchemy of Haute Couture and of Haute Parfumerie have given birth to an exclusive collection of four exceptional essences.

by Jean Amr

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