Modern Muse

(Estee Lauder 2003) Top note: mandarin orange.  Middle notes: jasmine sambac, honeysuckle, lily, flower petals, Chinese jasmine and tuberose.  Base notes: musk, Madagascar vanilla, woody notes, amber, patchouli leaf and patchouli.  Nose: Harry Fremont

Pleasures 

Pretty, glittering and ephemeral with notes of lilac and a light, cheerful but lacy peony . (Estée Lauder 1995).  Pleasures, a sparkling 90’s fragrance is fizzy from karo karunde being rendered with a deep but buoyant and agile base. Meant to be worn in spring. In the late 90’s, Pleasures by Estée Lauder was worn…

Estée

Elegant tuberose, spicy, fruity aldehydes and a bohemian ylang-ylang open Estée (Estée Lauder 1968).  It’s sweet and sharp – intensely green and shamelessly floral. Into the drydown a beautiful oakmoss and floral honey are flanked by woody styrax. Top notes: tuberose, coriander, aldehydes, raspberry, lily, peach, lemon and ylang-ylang.  Middle notes: honey, carnation, iris, orris root,…

Intuition

Intuition is warm.   Similarly to Amarige, and Organza it has a sweet, flowery beauty that is very 1990’s/early 2000’s and quite pretty (Estée Lauder 2000).  Intuition is also a bit sexy and sophisticated, but in a sort of carefully nuanced, intricate way.  The freesia and rose are particularly lovely…  This is the kind of…

Private Collection

Green, intensely green actually with an unbelievably fresh floral beauty, Private Collection (Estée Lauder 1973) is unique.  With a bit of soapy spice, this fresh cut grassy scent is bold.  Notes of linden, ylang-ylang, Bulgarian rose, chrysanthemum, reseda, musk, heliotrope and sandalwood are blue and clean. And, I would also like to note that  beginning…

SpellBound

The opening of SpellBound (Estée Lauder 1991) is bright followed by sugary fruit and an unbelievably delectable spiciness, with hauntingly beautiful floral notes following the initial shout of cardamom.  On Frangrantica the note of narcissus isn’t listed as a dominant one, but on my skin it’s quite strong.  Carnation is also a strong note in…

Tuscany Per Donna

Intensely beautiful, lush, and elegant, Tuscany Per Donna (Estée Lauder 1992) is a truly moving fragrance.  With a bold and gloriously citrusy rose, a pretty carnation, honeysuckle and wonderfully watery peony, it amounts to something a bit breathtaking.  And of course, the sandalwood, amber and vanilla encirles the florals with perfection.  Longevity and sillage are…

Youth Dew

Youth Dew starts with a hot aldehydic burst of perfectly complimentary notes (Estée Lauder 1953).  They blend so well together that one must try hard to pick each out.  However, perhaps the most noticeable on my skin are orange and bergamot. Into the drydown the spices, amber, balsams, incense, vetiver and patchouli drift in from the…

Beautiful Love

Beautiful love by Estée Lauder (Estée Lauder 2006) is an airy floral with warmth and elegance.  It’s particularly fruity, with strong notes of tiara and tuberose.  It’s gummy and very sweet in the drydown.  In fact, it becomes a stronger scent as time passes, which is of course an unusual thing for a fragrance to…

Knowing

Knowing by Estée Lauder (Estée Lauder 1988) is one of the most beautiful fragrances I’ve ever smelled. Previously I’ve loved and been associated with Chanel No. 22.  I adore, adore that fragrance…  But Knowing is astounding. It has depth, intensity and beauty.  It’s overwhelming and yet unbelievably light.  It’s a rainy day, a bouquet of flowers…