Estee Lauder Amber Ylang-Ylang

I will admit to being something of a snob.  a lot of a snob.  just ask anyone who knows me.  So, I was a bit sceptical when I heard about the new EL release Amber Ylang-Ylang as I wasn’t entirely impressed by Tuberose Gardenia (dodging tomatoes) or wowed by Sensuous.  Aside from the original Youth Dew, nothing has really called my name in the EL line.  Most of it is kind of predictable, and a few rather nice, but nothing spectacular. 

But I heard the perfumista buzz about the upcoming (now here) release of AY-Y and made my stop at Nordie’s this afternoon to give it a sniff.  Before I get to my reaction let me make an important note.

  I actually got a free sample!   That’s right fellow sniffistas, I was given, without asking, begging, pleading, or blackmailing, a carded spray sample in a glass vial– 2 ml!  Imagine that!!! A perfume company that GETS that people want to take a little home to wear around, test the developement without high pressure sales tactics based on the top notes!! Geniuses they are!  Estee Lauder gets a really big gold star in my book for courtesy here — particularily because the SA encouraged me to take it home and wear it and think about it, then come back later.  could have cried…

Right, so how does it smell? Good.  Really, really, Good.  Imagine Amber Narguile (JCE at Hermessence) without the sometimes perfect, sometimes cloying apple pie note.  Then add some incense and vanilla smoke.  Not quite gourmandy, but really very wonderful. 

This warm perfume begins with what smells to me of tobacco, light ylang and a little tiny bit of citrus.  Immediately, I feel as though I should be wearing a perfectly cut tweed suit -bracelet sleeves, very nipped waist and sexy pencil skirt- with something cashmere underneath. 

It’s intellectually sexy and definately invites someone to come closer, or possibly back to your country manor’s library.  I bet this will really take off outside in cooler temps and I can’t wait to try it there.  As the tobacco wears on, a little skin flash enters the composition, bringing out a little salty, humany sex.  Ylang-Ylang intensifies?

Further in I do get the warm spicy rose mingling with the tobbacco ylang sex goddess.  It’s feminine, warm and smart.  Finally, a bit of vanilla, which momentarily goes too sweet, as  vanilla scented pipe smoke can be, but it is quickly whipped into shape with incense smoke, almost dark, very resinous and bringing to mind the embers of a dying fire. 

Do I love this? resounding yes.  After my FREE sample runs out I will most definately be picking up a bottle, though I wonder if I am coughing up 300 for the parfum.  Just imagine this stuff intensified… wouldn’t that be glorious?  And the golden bottle, which is studded with agate and various stones is quite elegant, a perfect compliment to the elegant, warm and delicious juice.  Maybe they should have called this one Sensuous….

Estee Lauder’s copy “The richness of Amber and Ylang Ylang combined with the luxurious depth of Sandalwood and Vanilla.The second fragrance in Aerin Lauder’s Private Collection. Warm and inviting. Luminous and intimate.”  (no odd crap about molten woods here.  thank god. )

Thier offical notes :  Ylang Absolute, Italian Bergamot, Geranium Oil, Bulgarian Rose, Absolute
Cinnamon Ceylon, Incense, Vanilla Bean, Sandalwood, Amber

Weekly Poll Question — What would Daisy Buchanan of the Great Gatsby wear?  I’ve got a perfect dress and a hot date… suggestions?

Published in: on October 2, 2008 at 8:27 am  Comments (8)  

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  1. this sounds like love…maybe we should split a bottle , you can have the bottle…i’ll get back to you after sniffa ($25 off at BG )…
    congrats on the addition mama !!

  2. I’d love to try that. Lots of stuff in there that I really tend to love the scent of.

    Hmm. This Daisy Buchanan dress; is that for Saturday? Well I’m thinking something sophisticated and monied, a little mysterious (with a past) and a bit girlish. Very “kept woman”.

  3. Carol, we should do a split. parfum? edp? what do you think? And thanks 🙂

  4. Thanks everyone for all the congratulations!

  5. Wow, you had me at tobacco. Great review–you’ve created a lemming! I’ve now got two perfume sniffing errands this weekend: Musc Nomade at Neimans and AYY at Saks (Austin perfume counters are a pain in the ‘tocks–there’s never two decent new launches at one store. heaven forbid!)

  6. *evil cackle*

  7. Rcv-d pkg! Fantabulous selection! Thanks so much!
    I had been CRAVING Parfum de Theresa for this beautiful crisp fall weather. It’s my “Condescending Bitch” perfume for business meetings, but it really was calling my name today. Your package was so timely!
    Now you have me craving AYY.
    Hope all is well post-storms. We’re all still stranded at home in Atlanta, hijacked by gas shortages. It’s amazing how MANY essential places there are to drive to, except when you don’t have gas…

  8. liss-
    parfum or edp…
    I’ll decide after I sniff , I’ve turned into a parfum HO though , thanks to some fragrant friends…*grin*

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