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I might have to say that buying this particular perfume is one of my childhood dream. I grew up seeing this perfume sitting in my mother''s dressing table, and smelling the fragrance every time we went out for a family outing. I remembered quite vividly when I told my young self, that when I grow up, I would be a woman who is wearing this perfume.
So one birthday when I thought I was mature enough for this, I went to Boots, and just bought one. I still think that it was one hell of an expensive purchase, but I thought it was worth the GBP 65, and it was as if one of my many dreams came true.
Some people might think I was exaggerating, but I wasn''t.
Estee Lauder Pleasure seems to be especially designed for a particular kind of woman. I am not an expert in perfumery, so I don''t know anything about base notes and top notes. All I know that it smells nice, sweet and feminine, but also classy and mature. It reminds me of my mother when she was very young: a strong feminine and beautiful woman, who also embrace the fun things in life.
I think this perfume isn''t made for young school girls, but some of my friends and also my sister thought that this perfume is still too girly for them. I think it''s because of the sweet and feminine scent it produces, although they agree that it was quite nice as the sweetness and the feminineness of the scent is not "in your face".
Overall, I would rate this with 5 out of 5. It is worth every penny I spent on it.
Estée Lauder: Pleasures, Eau de Parfum
I first came across the Pleasures perfume by Estee Lauder when I received a free sample in a goodie bag I was given as part of a larger purchase. And after my first spray I fell head over heels in love with it.
If I had to sum up the perfume in one word it would have to be - Floral. But floral just doesn't do Pleasures enough justice; it is sweet, feminine, fresh and a bit of summery fragrance. It's also quite a light scent and I have never found it to be overpowering even when initially applied.
If I am honest I would describe Pleasures as more of a day perfume. However, I do wear it out at night on occasion because it's one of my favourites. Pleasures also makes for a great summer perfume, especially this summer when I need the constant reminder that it is in fact meant to be summer outside.
Pleasures by Estee Lauder is quite a light perfume and it settles really well after a few moments of being on your skin, but it does last. Being a Eau de Parfum I would expect the fragrance to stay with me for most of the day and it does, but I do find that I do like to have a quick top up spray late afternoon, just to keep the scent fresh and more noticeable rather than fading into the background.
I'm not going to pretend to know all that much about the notes of a perfume, it's not something that interests me I'm much more about the overall scent but for those who do wish to know the notes are:
Top Notes: White Lily, Violet Leaves.
Middle Notes: Black Lilac, White Peony, Karo-Karounde, Baie Rose.
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Patchouli.
From those notes the only individual scent that I can really pick out is an underlying rose fragrance, which probably explains why I love this perfume so much because as a general rule I'm a big fan of rose scents. I do hasten to add thou that this doesn't have an older rose scent, it's a fresh young floral fragrance that is very feminine and warm.
This wouldn't be a perfume review without a little mention of the bottle because although it is ultimately the fragrance that makes me buy a perfume I do like nice packaging. The Pleasures bottle is simple, but it does look rather elegant. I feel that it suits the perfume.
Prices for perfume always vary from shop to shop, not including online discount stores but for a rough estimate of what you might expect to pay:
30 ml - £34
50 ml - £49
100ml - £68
I really love Pleasures by Estee Lauder, it's a fresh floral scent that brings a little summer into my life even if the sun refuses to shine this year!
I highly recommend trying Pleasures for yourself, it really is a nice fragrance and I'm sure if you like a floral scent you won't be disappointed.
To sum, I think that pleasures is a great all around long lasting perfume. I love the fresh fragrance and I'm certain it will be a perfume I buy time and time again.
Five out of five stars.
I had a little 5ml bottle of Pleasures in my handbag a few years bag and really enjoyed using it, so when I saw the 30ml bottles on offer a while back I bought one for my Mum as a gift and another for myself.
The packaging is a very feminine pink cardboard in which is contained an elegant tall bottle with a classy silver top, which is quite chunky and is soft to the touch.
The fragrance when applied is pretty strong, and my first impression is that it is really very very sweet. Estee Lauder claim that this fragrance is fresh and never sweet, so I would strongly disagree there!
Once you get through the initial sweetness, the floral notes of the fragrance come through and the jasmine and rose notes are the ones that I can detect the most.
The full notes of the fragrance are as follows:
Top notes: white lily, violet leaves, green accents
Heart notes: black lilac, white peony, karo-karounde blossoms, baie rose, pink rose, jasmine
Base notes: Sandalwood, patchouli
This fragrance is definately long lasting, and can be smelled well into the afternoon after spraying in the morning. However, for me, with a list of notes as impressive as above, it just doesn't do it. I can't detect the sandalwood and patchouli which I would expect to tone down the sweetness of the scent and make it a much warmer and more rounded floral scent. However, this may just be how it reacts with my skin, as I know this is one of Estee Lauders most popular sellers and has spawned any number of variations within the brand - Pleasures exotic, Pleasures Intense, Pleasures Delight. You can also layer the perfume with the accompanying body lotion and shower gel.
If this is one of your favourites, then you can pick up a 30ml bottle for around £30 in Boots, though I would wait until after Chrismas and see if you can pick up a bargain gift set. As for me, I won't be replacing my bottle, in fact Mum, another part used bottle coming your way!!!
I'm a great fan of most fragrances, but have a number of firm favourites, one of which is Estee Lauder Pleasures.
Estee Lauder established her company in 1946 and some 64 years later her products still remain huge best sellers as they ooze both sophistication and style. When I was a little girl, I can always remember feeling envious of my grandmother as her dressing table drawers always brimmed with beautiful Estee Lauder cosmetics and fragrances, which I always dreamed of owning myself one day.
When the company was first launched, Estee Lauder maintained that her products represented beauty. Consequently, some of the world's most famous supermodels and actresses have marketed her range of fragrances, cosmetics and beauty products. Over recent years, we have seen the stunning faces of both Elizabeth Hurley and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Estee Lauder Pleasures was created in 1995 and was advertised as "capturing the clarity of flowers just after a spring rain".
The fragrance I am reviewing today is the Eau de Parfum, which is a highly concentrated scent that can last for up to six hours. It is contained within a luxurious looking pretty pink box and inside we find a gorgeous transparent rounded glass bottle with the simple words of Estee Lauder Pleasures in italic writing. Whilst the bottle appears somewhat minimalist, it is extremely stylish with its' securely fitted ball-shaped silver lid.
The scent is released by way of a spray where we are provided with a reasonable amount of the stunning fresh and extremely feminine floral fragrance.
The top notes, which last for up to ten minutes are moss, musk and cedar, with the middle or heart notes of patchouli, peony and gardenia that remain with us for up to an hour. The longest notes - the base notes, which remain with us for several hours are musk, moss and cedar.
If I have sprayed this fragrance in the morning, I always find it remains on my skin for the remainder of the day and it is simply stunning. Whilst it is marketed as being floral, it is a considerably light and uplifting scent. The lilies are clearly evident and their scent is very refreshing and in my opinion, this gorgeous fragrance is suitable for both day and evening use.
To allow my fragrances to last longer, I always layer them by initially using the matching body lotion. There are a number of other stunning products in this range so as well as treating yourself to this luxurious fragrance, which normally retails at around £30 for a 30ml bottle, you can also purchase the extras, such as the 250ml body lotion for around £30, 150ml bath and shower gel for around £20 and 150ml body crème for £23.50.
I always tend to stock up at Christmas time where you will find many large stores selling the boxed sets which include a free body lotion or shower gel.
I frequently cheat if I've run out of body lotion and mix a little of the fragrance into some normal baby lotion and find it is just as good as using the body lotion. A tip I heard a little while ago is to spray your fragrance on the lower part of your body, thus allowing the scent to rise.
Estee Lauder Pleasures is available in Boots and most department stores and is an absolutely stunning fragrance. Consequently, it receives no less than 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars from me.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
I received this as a gift for Christmas and I am really glad as otherwise I would of never bought it. The box is pink and in my opinion the perfumes that have this type of smell do not attract me at all. Besides when I go to a perfume shop I am too busy trying others so I might of never got the change to try this one. However this one, pink as it may be, is quite pleasant and in some on my moments I do use it with great joy.
This might come across as bland smell for someone that likes strong perfumes in general. It makes you think of something pretty and youthful but I am not sure it worth it's price. I think the scent has been used in many other types of everyday household items so it can be easily associated with body soap for example but I think you should at lest give it a try and see how it works on you it is actually a pretty well refined fragrance. After all it has a good clean smell and that can't be bad.
Fragrance: Type: Sheer Floral
Top Notes: White Lily, Violet Leaves, Green Accents
Middle Notes: Black Lilac, White Peony, Karo-Karounde Blossoms, Baie Rose, Pink Rose, Jasmine
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Patchouli
Pleasures is an old favourite of mine and has been enjoyed by customers since 1995. The fragrance can be bought in various sized bottled from 15ml up to 200ml. The price ranges from about £5 - £45. I would say that pleasures is more of an occasional purfume and not really one for everyday use. It lasts for a really long time as well meaning you don't have to continuously reapply during a night out. It smells very fruity and is the kind of scent that you either love or hate thankfully I just love it. There is also a wide range of bathroom products available from Estee Lauder to compliment the fragrance as well as a few variations of the smell such as pleasure exotic and presures exotic. Pleasure is also now available for men. The purfume comes in a lovely pink coloured box with the bottle itself really pretty this will look good sitting on anyones dressing table. Estee Lauder often have great deals on their purchases so worth looking out for one of these as the free gifts are always really excellent.
I received a 30ml bottle of Estee Lauder Pleasures for christmas from my husband. I had never tried this scent before, however I fell instantly in love with its heady perfume. Its a scent that has staying power throughout the day the fragrance fades and changes through its complex perfume notes.
Pleasures is a scent that lifts my mood and gives me an aura of confidence when I wear it. At around £28 for 30ml its not cheap but it will last the evening.
If you love heavy florals and want to wear a womanly romantic aura this is your scent. Sophisticated, intoxicating and complex Estee Lauder Pleasures makes a statement when you enter a room.
Spirited, yet elegant. Fresh, yet softly sensual. It surrounds the woman who wears it with a soft, romantic shimmer.
Fragrance Type: Sheer Floral
Top Notes: White Lily, Violet Leaves
Middle Notes: Black Lilac, White Peony, Karo-Karounde, Baie Rose
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Patchouli
At around £28 for 30ml Estee Lauder Pleasures Isnt cheap. You can also buy it in two other sizes £39 for 50ml and £55 for 100ml, but as I like to wear different perfumes on a daily basis I would recommend buying the smallest as perfume will go off after a while. I personally find the fragrance sickly sweet, and I class myself as a fan of sweet perfumes this one is a little to overpowering for my taste and dosnt have enough going on within the fragrance so I prefer the variations such as pleasures exotic. The good points are that its a proper fragrance and by that I mean that it lasts on your skin for a good while, and although its sweet Id say its more suitable for women in their 30s as its quite a classic scent. The bottle is simple and elegant and depicts the fragrance well. Its quite floral and fresh and smells of lilys and peonys.
Years ago I decided I just couldn't stand Estee Lauder perfumes, this was because a woman I worked with drenched herself in Youth Dew. Having to work alongside her all day was horrid!!! The smell was overpowering and sickly, but she thought it was "the best" because it was by Estee Lauder. I knew someone who worked on the perfume counter of a posh store and she told me that Youth Dew was what the local prostitutes wore! That really made me even more certain that I hated Estee Lauder perfumes. (It also upset my colleague when I told her!!!!)
So what happened to change my mind about Estee Lauder perfumes? Well a couple of years ago for Christmas I was given a gift of Estee Lauder Pleasures body lotion. I really loved the fragrance and was surprised when I realised whose it was.
In fact I like the body lotion so much that I bought the eau de parfum and the shower gel. They are lighter fragrances, than her other perfume, not at all overpowering.
According to the product information the fragrance is described as "floral". Apparently it has top notes on white lily and violet leaves, with middle notes of lilac, peony and rose. The base is sandalwood and patchouli. Now if anyone had told me about the base fragrance my reaction would be "i don't like patchouli", but honestly, I wouldn't know this was one of the ingredients if I had not read the blurb. Just goes to show that I don't know too much about perfumes - just if I like them or hate them!
The advertising for Pleasures claims it is "Spirited, yet elegant. Fresh, yet softly sensual. It surrounds the woman who wears it with a soft, romantic shimmer." I think I would have to agree with this, it certainly has a romantic feel about it, but then again that is perhaps true of all perfumes. They certainly add a touch of femininity don't you think.
The last bottle of Pleasures I bought was in the duty free at the airport and I can't remember how much I paid for it. However, looking around the department stores, prices start at around 18 pounds for the smallest 15ml, rising to about 50 for the 100 ml. It is packaged in a pretty pink carton.
The 100 ml bottle is elegant and has a silver top and as it is tall and slim it sits neatly on my dressing table. A quick spray every morning, after a shower with Pleasures shower gel, followed by the same fragrance body lotion, and I can smell the fragrance gently lingering all day. I once read that perfume should "whisper, not shout" and I have to say this is what I think about Pleasures.
So if you have never tried any of Estee Lauder products before, or thought like I did, that all her perfumes are heavy and sickly, then do pop along to your nearest stockist and ask to try it. Sometimes they give you those little stick things, but do insist you try the perfume on your skin. That is the only way to find out if it suits you.
Perfumes smell differently on different people, so even though this one suits me that may not be the case with you. I am now happy with Pleasures and intend to stick with it for a while. I have to say though that it is not something I would have ever tried, purely because of its connections with Youth Dew. I am so pleased I was given the body lotion as a gift. It has made me aware that you should not judge all the fragrances by one maker as being the same type.
Incidentally, they also a men's range in the Pleasures products.
I'm cheating slightly with this opinion and using the "Pleasures" category for "Pleasures Intense". One of my presents for my 18th birthday was a 30ml bottle of Estee Lauders Pleasures intense. It is available in 30ml,50ml and 100ml sized bottles starting from £25, from Estee Lauder counters. Also available is a matching "shimmering spray". As with all the Estee Lauder products I have tried, this is of very high quality and the fragrance seems to last a good length of time without being harsh on my skin. The perfume is presented in a simple oval shaped, pink tinted glass bottle with a silver lid, giving subtle glamour without being overly flashy. The fragrance itself is like a bouquet of fresh dewy flowers- lilac,rose and lily. Its a very summery scent with a lot of depth and warmth, but it isn't too cloying. It would suit romantic girls who aren't afraid of being feminine and sexy. If you liked Pleasures but want something more this could be it. You should keep the perfume in its box and out of the light as it preserves the fragrance but remember that after a year the scent tends to change anyway, so its not really worth only using only special occasions. When the bottle is empty try keeping it in your underwear drawer to subtly scent your clothes. Spray onto pulsepoints (wrist, inner elbow and neck- not behind ear) for best release of scent as your body as warmest in these places. You will need to refresh the perfume after about 6 hours as the scent will fade! Finally, never buy a perfume because it smells good on some one else, the scent changes slightly on each person so make sure you like it on you before splashing out.
I received a small 0.5 oz estee lauder pleasures lotion as a part of the gift with purchase last summer. I smelled it and didn't like it at that time. Later, I heard my friend said she loved estee lauder pleasures a lot. Therefore, one day when I was on ebay and I saw an auction of estee lauder pleasures lotion (8.4 oz) was kinda cheap and I could use the buy it now, so I bought it. Ever since, I love it so much. Maybe the scent from a small tube is different from the big bottle. I love the scent because it's light and floral. It seem like I can spray 3 or 4 times and it's not overpowering. I think the price of each estee lauder pleasures is not cheap, but it's not as expensive as other brand like gucci, givenchy, etc. However, I bought a gift set of 3.4 oz estee lauder pleasures perfume spray, 3.4 oz silky moisture mist, 3.4 oz shower gel, and 3.4 oz body cream for only $60. I bought it when it was near christmas (that was when gift set was available). There are some new collections of pleasures come out like 1. pleasures liquid summer fragrance spray (3.4 oz for $42), 2. 3 scented oils ($25 and each capturing a unique facet of Estee Lauder pleasures: Sparkling Essence, Floral Essence and Warm Essence), 3. Estée Lauder pleasures Warm Essence Body Lotion ($25), 4. Estée Lauder pleasures Sparkling Essence Body Lotion ($25), 5. Estée Lauder pleasures Floral Essence Body Lotion ($25). The lotion that I bought was the regular pleasures scent (white bottle) and its price in the shop was $38.50.
I guess I should start by saying that I am no perfume expert; this perfume is the only 'proper' one I own, unless you count the teeny tiny samples you get sent through the post or at department stores! Although I like perfume, I often find it difficult to find one I like, but this one suits me perfectly. I bought it on the ferry last year on the way home from France. I really enjoyed buying it, actually, as I had about thirty quid left from my holiday, and had decided to spend it on A perfume, but didn't know which one....it occupied me for most of the crossing home, going round the shop smelling different ones, gradually going through a process of elimination. As I remember, it was a toss-up between two in the end, this one and some other one I can't remember the name of, and eventually pleasures won because of being cheaper and having nicer packaging!! I bought a 30ml (1fl.oz) bottle of the eau de parfum (because pure perfume is a bit scary for me...I always end up putting too much on and smelling like I've bathed in it!), and it set me back a very reasonable 12.50. I sort of save it for 'special occasions', so I've still got about 3/4 of the bottle left, but I think this is also partly because you don't need to put much on. Two squirts is plenty, don't do 3 or its a bit of a case of overkill! The packaging is fairly simple for a perfume; it comes in a pink (bleuchh!)box, but the bottle inside is just oval shaped clear glass with a silvery oval-the-other-way top, with the name written on the bottle in white....it looks very nice on your bathroom shelf! The perfume is good quality (I know, because as I have sensitive skin, if it wasn't I would come out in blotches every time I wore it!) It has a floral feminine fragrance, but it is not too flowery...quite fresh too. This is what makes it suitable to wear any time, anywhere! The best comparison I can make is that it is more flora
l than cool water by davidoff, but not as floral as anais anais! I really like this perfume, and think it would suit most people. It is not exactly cheap, but it is cheaper than a lot of other brand name perfumes, and I think it gives excellent value for money. Go and try it for yourself (free in Boots if you're dubious!) ;)
A refreshing, flowery fragrance / This feminine scent possesses a blend of white lily, lilac, rose and violet / Accompanied by a hint of sandalwood /