Elixir White is a lot better than C.O. Bigelow’s disastrous Elixir Green (see my review below). Unfortunately, that’s not saying much.
White is a woody citrus scent, in a style that has been
done thousands of times before. Like so
many others, it starts off with sharp, bright lemon and wood notes, fades to
soft floral and wood notes, and dries down to soft woods. It smells a lot like Terre d’Hermes, only
drier, and without the obnoxious orange note.
It’s a boring fragrance.
One thing I do like about White is that it manages to
sustain the citrus notes for hours. I’m
sure it’s not actually citrus I’m smelling for five hours, but rather some soft
floral notes that were craftfully added to create the impression of a long
lasting citrusy smell. I have to say
that it succeeds.
Barber Elixir White bores me to tears, but I can’t give it a thumbs down because it is
only $20 U.S. for a 2.5 oz. bottle, it's pleasant and inoffensive, and it is competently composed. I just won’t be buying it.
MY RATING: 6/10
Fragrance House: C.O. Bigelow