Precious and quite rare…like a gathering of flowers, green leaves and spices from your private greenhouse.
Reader, I think I am in love again. If you could see my dressing table (modest by blogger standards) you would see immediately that greens are my thing. Recently I have tamed my greedy impulse to try on five scents at once and go home muttering that everything smells the same. These days I’m a one scent woman, at least at the counter (at home I practice perfume promiscuity), and thus I came to really know Estee Lauder Private Collection.
To say it is Green would be an understatement. Bring it on, I say.
As soon as it goes on, it reminds me of the woody base left when O de Lancome has settled down, yet it effervesces as it lands on your skin.
Lemon and Bergamot keep this brisk, and there is a powdery note that arrives after an hour. This just makes it more wonderful and establishes its status as a classic. The end is a green, mossy dream, where the green, citrus notes lighten it up whilst it dries down into its woody patchouli finish, like expensive rough green tweed that you just want to keep forever.
I didn’t get the promised heliotrope, nor the chrysanthemums (thank goodness- I don’t even like them in real life!), but to me this is a masterpiece for green lovers. Indeed, Mrs Lauder kept it to herself until 1973, but I am very glad she chose to share it.
Longevity is good on my skin: around eight hours and I could NOT stop sniffing it. My coat sleeve still bears witness several days later and I won’t be getting it dry cleaned anytime soon.
This has made it onto my Top Five Wish List, (which is almost impossible to whittle down). It would suit any season, any occasion, and I want ME to smell like THIS all the time.