I assume Mirus The Elysian Fields1 is named after Elysium, not The Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey. But whether you're a fan of happy (dead) Greek (im)mortals or baseball legend, this perfume offers some afterlife/outdoorsy sweetness.
Like many flowers (tuberose, peony, freesia, carnation, ylang-ylang), I prefer lavender in my garden, not on my person. But there are always exceptions, right? I was immediately pleased by The Elysian Fields, and it contains a good dose of lavender.
Mirus categorizes The Elysian Fields as a fougère perfume. It goes on smelling crisp and refined, a blend of lavender and bergamot. The other floral element wavers between what could be described as "green" lilac and geranium leaf (a pleasing combo). The perfume wears down to a lovely arrangement of aromatic (not culinary) tonka bean with residual lavender.
The Elyian Fields is a kissing cousin to Caron Pour Un Homme. Where these two differ is in the overall character: The Elysian Fields is cool/crisp, while Pour Un Homme is more warm/fuzzy (and Pour Un Homme's base is amber-y with a lavender edge). The Elysian Fields also brought to mind a long-discontinued favorite perfume of mine: Patou Pour Homme Privé (a great sophisticated lavender fragrance for men). If you like lavender perfumes, give The Elysian Fields a try. It has good lasting power and sillage, and is unisex.
And since we're talking death and what comes after (see paragraph one), have a great Day of the Dead tomorrow! And remember, Nov. 3 is Fougère Friday here at Now Smell This.
Mirus The Elysian Fields is $65 for 15 ml Parfum Extrait. It can be found now at Tigerlily.
1. Listed notes of floral lavender, bergamot, cardamom, lilac, sandalwood, tonka bean, oakmoss, geranium, sandalwood and white musk.