It is a fact, universally acknowledged, that I cannot walk past the Estee Lauder counter without pressing a nozzle of some sort. Today that nozzle was Estee Lauder Sensuous and let’s just say there was no chemistry during our first meeting. Sensuous left me within moments of our first introductions without a backward glance. I don’t think there’s going to be a second date.
There is no rhyme or reason as to why some perfumes are anosmic to some and not others. Cartier Delices de Cartier was one memorable example ( or should that be unmemorable?). I sprayed and sprayed and practically used up a whole sample before realising I couldn’t smell it at all. Luckily, with Estee Lauder Sensuous I judiciously sprayed my sleeve so I can vaguely recall what it smelled like and can report back.
It reminded me a little of Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial in that it is a powdery floral with a smoothing hint of vanilla/honey round the edges. It’s very close to skin (that’s an understatement) and disappeared within about three minutes. Now, I know this is just me as it wouldn’t have been a steady seller since its 2008 launch if it were anosmic on everyone.
The strongest notes I can smell are still very faint and they are sandalwood, honey and magnolia. If it was stronger I think I would actually like it, and by stronger, I mean noticeable without trying to inhale my entire arm in one snort just to catch a passing zephyr of it. It’s reasonably priced however, possibly one of the cheapest Estee Lauders in fact, so if it hangs around you’ve got yourself a bargain.
My overall verdict? We could have been good together if you’d stuck around to get to know me. Mystifying.