I have been wearing Estee Lauder Private Collection Amber Ylang Ylang today and I am more than satisfied with this tender golden treasure. Sometimes I want some heat and spice, but not too much. Yesterday I went overboard with the very robust La Fumée, and today I wanted to tone things down a bit.
Amber Ylang Ylang does what it says on the tin. However, it doesn’t end there. The genius here is not just in matching these two, but in the expert blending so that one enhances the other without taking over.
Amber is one of my favourite notes for Autumn: it’s the gentler side of the Oriental genre. Ylang Ylang is one of those flowers that rarely overpowers. Estee Lauder wisely held back from using dominant Jasmine in this one and played a gentler card alongside the rich Amber.
Longevity is very good. I tried this not long after 9am and it’s there, although close to skin, eight hours later. It reminded me of sparkling ginger ale in that it is both spicy and refreshing at the same time.
There is Bergamot in the opening notes, which probably gives this its sparkle, whilst Cinnamon, Incense and Sandalwood warm up the Amber without getting heavy handed.
Overall, this is a delightfully warm and cosy scent, but what makes it stand out for me is the restraint used. It’s an Oriental Lite pleasant enough for daywear. In fact, daywear should be positively encouraged. I would love more people to wear this.