Many moons ago, when I was at university, a fellow student wore Estee Lauder Knowing. She was also eighteen like me, and I felt it was wayyy too old for her. My Mum also wore it at the time and she was ancient- forty years old! (Three years younger than I am now). I remember thinking it was OK for Mum to wear as she was “old” but not for my eighteen year old friend to wear it.
Fast forward 25 years and I am wearing Knowing today. It’s a whole different story. I have a bit of a thing for greeny retro chypres and Knowing doesn’t disappoint. It opens with a full on blast of Aldehydes that I initially thought nobody should be subjected to before cocktail hour. However, after an hour, this becomes a wearable daytime chypre and it’s still there ten hours later.
Knowing makes its presence felt immediately: there is Bergamot, Aldehydes and Green notes in the opening. However thankfully, I could find none of the Melon described (phew!). It’s the base notes that are a real treat: Patchouli, Oakmoss and Vetiver. In fact, all my favourites are in today, “Hello at the back!”
It’s almost as if Knowing was made with me in mind. Not only greeny aldehydes, but then Oakmoss and a Woody finish. I adore it and despite its wide availability, it knocks hundreds of other High Street scents into a cocked hat.
As for my fellow student back in 1988 (the year of its launch), she was way ahead of her time and really onto something, whilst little old me was still wafting round in either LouLou or Body Shop White Musk (which I still do sometimes, just for old times sake).