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Knowing by Estee Lauder is one of the most powerful and long lasting of the reasonably priced perfumes I have tried. Even though it is Eau de Parfum, any stronger and you could knock a man down at 10 paces.
Because this is a fairly sexy scent with a strong erotic charge and it is what I would define a skin scent like Shalimar. In this respect it is similar to the old formulations of Opium- I find the moden formulation highly disappointing.
However, cheerfully, Knowing is a fab as ever. It was formulated in 1988 so it is one of those powerful confident scents of that era.
It is characterised as a rose chypre and after the topnotes which are almost all flowery, the drydown is sandalwood, patchouli and musk. Despite this, it is an intensely urban perfume, not countryfied and tweedy.
The scent is not earthy like Jicky by Guerlain (which has now lost its essential but cruel unecological civet undertones), it is more smoky and feminine, although I do think a man could wear it, if he were inclined for something punchy and floral.
Whenever I wear this, someone asks me what lovely perfume I am wearing. I have to say, although this is nice, it is also faintly worrying, as I then feel that maybe I am overpoweringly scented. No one normally remarks too much on scents, but they may when you wear this.
I wore it to a wedding awhile ago and it worked very well in this sort of setting, as it would for a dinner dance or evening a deux.
I do actually wear it in the day, although that is because I am addicted to perfume, I do realise it is probably immapropriate for work etc.
It has extremely good sillage and will last all day on the skin and when you step into a shower you will notice the damp heat makes it rise again.
The colour of Knowing is amber, and it is indeed redolent of a precious substance, or attar.
The bottle is a neat rectangular twist- nothing special, and the box white with gold and black.
In Boots it is the most stolen tester! So it must have some addictive power which brings out the kleptomania in perfumery shoplifters.
Be aware, this is not a scent for the shrinking violet and certainly one for full blooded women, not little jeunes filles.
However, it lacks the subtlety of other perfumes which have something more subtle to say; Knowing is a shopping trip to Harvey Nicks, theatre dinner and day out in London; not a club or lounge perfume at all.
I sometimes avoid it for a while, as it can make you feel a little jejune and faded if you are not in the mood.
It can wear you, in other words, instead of you wearing it...
I would tend to buy a bottle every 5 years or so, as it lasts for ages. It's intense amber works particularly well in the colder months and clings beautifully to a scarf or coat collar that you can bury your nose into on a cold platform or outside a shop. That, I find romantic.
Some time ago, I was sitting in the city centre on a breezy day, when the scent of something wonderful caught my attention . I tried to figure out what it was, before realising that the nice smell was coming from the lady sitting on the bench a few feet away . She had clearly bathed in perfume, rather than just applying a little, but as the scent was nice, I enquired into what she was wearing, before nipping off to the local Boots to see if I could try some on myself.
The scent, she explained, was 'Knowing' by Estee Lauder. On the lady in question, it smelt like a nice combination of Rose and Sandalwood, but knowing that the smell of a scent varies from individual to individual, I resolved to try before I decided to buy, and sprayed some on in Boots . Several hours later, at the end of my shopping day, I liked the way it smelt on me so much that I went and purchased a bottle, with a 30ml bottle costing me £37.
Now, the bottle isn't the most atrractive design in my opinion, I tend to have a preference for quirky bottles that look cute on my dressing table, but this is simply a clear glass twisted rectangle type shape with a black and gold lid . Don't get me wrong, it's simple and classy looking, and has the benefit of being able to see how much of the amber coloured pefume is left, but it's just a little dull for my liking .
Still, I don't buy perfume just to look at it - I'm sure you want to know what it smells like, at least on me .
On initial spraying, the immediate smell to hit me is a rich rose scent, strong but without being too overpowering, with a slight hint of something unidentifiable but slightly fruity underneath . There is almost a slight powderiness to the smell initially, almost as though I'd used some kind of scented talc, but the powdery element of the scent quickly fades . After a little while, the scent of Jasmine begins to mingle with the Rose, as well as Patchouli ( a scent I normally associate with hippies, but that seems to complement the other scents here). The overall scent at this point is something subtly oriental, quite fresh, yet floral and woody at the same time , undescored with a vague hint of sandalwood .
I find that the perfume takes a little while to develop into the full scent on my skin, but that the scent does linger for ages . This isn't a particularly overpowering fragrance, and I find it quite grown up and sophisticated. I have recieved compliments and enquiries when wearing this, so it's certainly strong enough for other people to pick up on .
I don't wear this everyday, and certainly it's a little too strong to wear in the daytime I think. However, I do like to wear this out in the evening, or occasionally to dab a little behind my knees and on my neck if I'm planning an evening of seduction . I think this is a romantic yet sophisticated scent, perfect for special occasions . 5 stars.
Do you walk quickly past those women on the beauty counters in the big department stores? You know the one's I mean the woman that is beautifully made up, perfect hair and a size 8! Whilest you look like you've just gotten up, the little ones are playing up and as for make up gawd I havent got time for that!! Sounds familiar then? I'll admit I sprint past these displays, or cast a casual look only if the sales woman is dealing with someone else! But having smelt Estee Lauders Knowing perfume and having a bit of spare cash I braced myself and marched straight up to the counter to actually be confronted by a rather nice woman who didnt seem to be thinking poor thing could do with a whole body overhall!! Sorry for the rambling but it took a bit of courage to actually buy this perfume!!! Back to the point of this op - the perfume! Knowing by Estee Lauder is one of several perfumes that they market. I must admit having smelt some of the others I did find them rather coying and too sweet smelling, so was surprised when my friend told me who actually made the perfume. Knowing is a sophisticated perfume that lingers but is not an "in yer face" kind of perfume, subtle would sum it up well. With over tones of musk it is a heavy smelling perfume but could be used for either day or night time wear. To me Knowing is the kind of perfume that you can spray on and even if you are in your scruff feel like a million dollars! Word of warning though Do not go for the kill when spraying this perfume as too much and be a little over powering!! It comes in the usual nice packaging which you would expect from designer perfumes. The bottle is a twisted glass effect, with a gold band and a black top - It wouldnt win any design awards but it's the perfume inside that is the winner!!! As with all so called designer perfume this isnt cheap! I paid £25 just over 3 years ago for my last bottle a 30 ml bottle, yes it does last
along time as you only need a tiny spray!! The perfume also comes in a 75 ml EDT version as well Having searched several web sites for deals on this perfume I'm afraid that I didn't come up with any outstanding deals for you so brace yourself and talk to that nice woman on an Estee Lauder counter in a shop near you.....
Designed by Estee Lauder in 1988, Knowing is a refined, woody, mossy fragrance suitable for evening wear.