Estee Lauder Private Collection Amber Ylang Ylang: A Perfect Balance


 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.

4 thoughts on “Estee Lauder Private Collection Amber Ylang Ylang: A Perfect Balance”

  1. Dearest Iscent
    What a pleasantly fragrant Friday you’ve been having.
    Here’s to a wonderfully scented weekend.
    I’ve been indulging in some lovely figs myself, my favourite Autumn note… more of which next week.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    1. Ooops I meant to say that I quite liked this one too in a ‘but I wouldn’t part with my pennies’ sort of a way. And was slightly puzzled by taking the ‘Private Collection’ name in vain.
      But then I have never been able to work out marketing departments!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

      1. Dear Mr Dandy,

        Oops I forgot to put Private Collection in the title. I’ll just put that right. There are perfumes I like which are not on my Wish list but I wouldn’t turn down a free bottle, so I know exactly what you mean!

        Your friend

  2. Great review. I really love ELPCAYY. If it were priced like their regular line, it’d be my next purchase for sure. Classy but warm, quiet but not dull. Perfect for daywear, indeed.

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