For the longest time, Elie Saab Le Parfum was invisible to me in the ever-burgeoning clutter of self-named designer perfumes. I have my YouTube fumies to thank for the discovery of this kitten-in-springtime delight. After repeated requests to review it, I dutifully trudged to Elie Saab's spot at the perfume counter, and wearily took a sniff.
Blah turned to "ah!" as the parade float of orange blossom, jasmine and honey sailed past my nose. Francis Kurkdjian is the fellow behind Le Parfum, and it shares a kinship with his Narciso Rodriquez For Her. It's brighter, less musky, more floral than For Her, but they both croon with the same velvet tone.
Le Parfum possesses a real lilt, with a lot of space in the smell for happy little birds, bees and gamboling Bambis.