Estee by Estee Lauder: Not to be Messed With


I have a soft spot for perfumes that were popular in the 70s when I was growing up.  The scent of 70s perfume was my blueprint for the glamorous appealing world I would one day inhabit as a grown up.

Estee by Estee Lauder was created in 1968 so by the time I was born in 1970, it was pretty much all the rage.  A textbook 70s aldehyde, my first impression on smelling the bottle in my possession was that it smelled like Panache.  Panache incidentally is one of my favourite present day perfumes.  It’s cheap as chips, and one spray lasts round 14 hours.  It unfurls beautifully on skin as the day goes on and is still there when you go to bed.

In fact, it’s more likely that Panache was walking in Estee’s footsteps, having been launched in 1976 (though some sources cite it as late as 1979). Classics have always been “homaged” by cheaper drugstore version of the same trend, and it still happens today.

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Estee opens with aldehydes and mossy greens straight away. The opening is brisk and prickly and there’s no time for frills.  However, as the chilly ( and wonderful) exterior melts away the floral middle notes drift in.  Here you have everything a good florist could throw at you: prickly carnation, sombre Orris root,  pretty roses and lily of the valley and a tiny smidgeon of sweet honey.  The blending is seamless and the scent a classic: perfect as it is.  The base notes are all serious and rich: Oakmoss and styrax make for a deep, lasting mossy finish.

If you like your day scents classic, powdery, floral and aldehydic, this could have been made just for you.  Or me, actually.  I love it.

One of the things I love about Estee Lauder is that when trends come and go, EL stands its ground and keeps producing the classics.  They might not be for the Britney crowd or the vanilla cup cake fan, but they are the excellent coat and the simple shift dress that you will always need, no matter what.

Big thanks to Lisa Wordbird for letting me borrow her bottle of Estee Lauder Estee Super Eau de Parfum on which this review is based..


8 thoughts on “Estee by Estee Lauder: Not to be Messed With”

  1. I’m a die hard Estee Lauder fan and have all of the vintage classics in my collection. Estee is sophisticated, classy, elegant. Not so keen on the reformulation, but the vintage is a perfect blend of aldehydes, oakmoss and woods with the florals adding a feminine undertone. Great review!

    1. Dear Sally, How lovely to hear form you. I don’t think you’ve ever liked a perfume I haven’t liked too. We have very similar taste. In other words, you have great taste too!

      Estee Lauder will never go out of fashion and if it ever does, then I give up. There’ll be no hope for any of us.

  2. Oh I do like this one! One of the few I have ever had a compliment on from a stranger. I think it would make quite an interesting signature fragrance (not that I really believe in those) because it’s quite versatile, and not as dated or recognisable as some of the other Lauders or indeed other classics.

    1. Hi Alice,

      Yes I agree. It is a trademark Lauder but retains its own identity. I found it just gets better and better the longer you wear it. By the end of the day its still there, but different. Still great and still there though!

    1. Oh I totally agree Alice! It just proves that aspirational needn’t mean a bare ripped bikini stomach or a cleavege or sex, it can mean a composed, elegant, fully dressed woman.

    1. You have put your finger on what is wrong with the current modern perfume counter. They are trying to please an imaginary insatiable twenty something who loves sweet’n’fruity’vanilla cupcake strawberry cream cheese frosting eau de toilette. Instead of the slow, steady buyers who have their classic favourites. As you rightly say, Estee Lauder doesn’t pander to nonsense and just churns out good stuff. As I said earlier- EL don’t try to move with the times- they are the little black dress and the good coat that everybody needs.

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