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I decided to buy a bottle of youth dew because my mum used to wear it when I was younger and I always had fond memories of it. Unfortunately my memories were much fonder than how the perfume lived up to its reality.
Youth dew by Estee Lauder has been around since the 1950's unchanged so lots of people must like it but for me it was just too cloying and I ended up giving my bottle to my mum who was pleased to receive it from me as she hadn't worn it in years but for her it was just as nice as she remembered so it is a real love it or hate it fragrance.
It is a very sophisticated fragrance and one that I could only see being suited to a lady of more advanced years. It is so strong that a couple of squirts completely envelope you and you will smell it for the entire day without it losing any of its punch or intensity.
I found youth dew to be very spicy almost to the point where it overpowered almost everything else that is included in it. For example it contains orange, peach and ylang ylang but I found it impossible to detect even the faintest whiff of these scents.
There is something that just smells 'expensive' about it if that makes sense. It doesn't smell cheap and artificial even if it is too strong for me personally.
When I would first spray the perfume it immediately hit my senses overpowering every other smell. This isn't so unusual with some stronger perfumes but they usually settle down in time but with youth dew I found it to be cloying for the entire day.
When I smell it on my mum from a distance I still think it is quite lovely though still heavy but on myself it was just too much.
Even though I said I think this is more of an older scent I could see it being used as a sexy scent too as I feel that someone with confidence and sophistication could really pull this perfume off as it does have a sort of warm sensuous feel to it.
Even though it comes from Estee Lauder youth dew isn't as expensive as you might imagine and you can buy a smaller 28ml bottle for around about £24 which isn't a bad price for a designer perfume.
Overall I wouldn't buy this again for myself as it was just too overpowering but that isn't to say it isn't still a beautiful fragrance and I would even be tempted to try the bath oil to see if that is any lighter on my skin and not quite so overpowering.
The transparent bottle has a shape slightly similar to an hour glass, or the figure of a woman. Placed where the waist would sinch is a gold ribbon bow, topped with a gold cap. Adding more colour to the bottle is the perfume its self, which appears to be brown. The packaging, overall is lovely and extremely feminine. A perfume bottle that many women would like... Non the less, despite it's lovey exterior, the contents of this bottle smells absolutely horrid! And the name is positively ironic as it smells like something only elder people would wear. The smell totally gives away your age. No young person, that I know, would be caught wearing it.
When trying it on in the store I made the mistake of trying it on myself rather than putting it on one of those test papers, and the rest of the day my friends avoided me like a pariah ... that's how bad it smells..to me... and my friends.
Of course this may be a matter of preference, you may like it... the smell was just not for me. I will not be buying it.
Estee Lauder: Youth Dew holds many memories from my childhood as this was and still is my Mum's favourite perfume. I can remember the smell wafting around the house when I was a child and everytime I smell it whether it be on myself or on my Mum now I am instantly transported back to times gone by. I loved this scent so much that when I got older (about 20) I purchased a bottle for myself (though it doesn't smell as good on me as it does on my Mum).
Estee Lauder: Youth Dew comes in strange bottle measurements: 28ml and 65ml and they cost £20.00 and £30.00.
The box for the perfume hasn't changed much at all since my Mum first started wearing it when I was younger. The box it was in when I purchased it is exactly the same. The box is tall and aqua coloured and it reminds me of the colour of the Tiffany & Co boxes. Down the middle of the box is a white rectangle which extends to the lid of the box and is edged with a gold trim. In the white rectangle there is gold swirly lettering which is "EL" underneath that it says "Youth Dew" in bold white font. The box is a little boring in my opinion and not one I am overly fond of. It doesn't look much like a perfume box, more of a lotion box.
The bottle is pretty and it has always reminded me of the old fashioned glass Coca-Cola bottles. It is hour glass in shape and has a ribbed effect all over it. At the middle of the bottle (which actually looks like a woman's waist) is a gold piece of ribbon tied into a bow. The bottle is made of glass and you can see through it to see the brown, Coca Cola coloured liquid which is the perfume. The lid of the bottle is quite chunky and is gold. At the top of the lid is a rope effect band running around it. I really like this bottle.
The perfume is made up of the following scent notes: rose, jonquil, geranium, amber, lavender, jasmine, muguet, spices, moss, vetiver, sandalwood and patchouli. I find the scent to be a warm and spicy scent. It has a floral element to it but it also has a woodsy element to it too. I always manage to pick out the amber and spices in this perfume. It is a very heavy scent and very strong. It is a very warming scent and one best suited for winter - I wore it in the summer and felt like I was choking underneath the headiness the heat of the summer caused when mixed with this perfume. It is a timeless scent.
I have to admit this perfume smells alot better on my Mum than it does on me. It smells a little bit "older" for me but it smells perfect on my Mum - she is 47 now but I remember when she was wearing it in her early thirties and it always smelt right on her. I think this fragrance is definately one you have to try before you buy to make sure you have the right body chemistry for it. Regardless of it smelling a little too old for me, I still wear it ocassionally purely for reminiscing. I would say it is an everyday and nighttime scent.
The perfume is very strong and can be a little heady if you spray too much of it. It definately lasts - I wore it all day and I didn't get home until 10pm in the evening and it was still as strong as it was when I put it on at 7am that morning! If you get caught in the breeze you get a massive kick back of the scent and everyone around you will be able to smell it.
It is a sexy and sultry scent but it is down to each individual's body chemistry as to how it smells on you so I highly recommend trying it. This perfume has been around for over 25 years as my Mum said she used it before I was born so it must be doing something right.
Estee Lauder have a wide range of fragrances that are as different from one another as they can be. I have tried so many of them over the years, with one in particular being in my top 3 fragrances of all time. Sadly I have to say that the iconic scent that is Estee Lauder Youth Dew is not amongst my top 3 for Estee Lauder, let along my personal top 3.
I first had a bottle of this given to me as a gift and I thought it looked classy but a little behind the times. This was some time ago and I feel it still gives off the same look. My own Youth Dew was in a special presentation box which was very impressive and could have fitted another 5 to 6 bottles of the fragrance within it if the need arose. The usual box you get is small and compact but comes in the same shade of pale blue and off white as my gift box did.
The scent bottle is rather old fashioned, but in a rather charming way that is not at all offensive. Its tall sculpted and elegant with a gold lid and matching gold bow. I do feel the look and of course the small that you get from Youth Dew is more suited to an older fragrance wearer rather than a youngster. Perhaps thats exactly what Estee Lauder had in mind when the scent was created.
Youth Dew is now over 50 years old and my goodness I think it smells it too. Estee Lauder may be trying to persuade me that Youth Dew is 'an absolutely captivating perfume, with opulent flowers, rich spices, precious woods' and I can agree with it being opulent, rich, spicy and woody. However its also heavy, over powering and very dated and try as I might I have never truly warmed to it as much as I have with many of the other fragrances under the Estee Lauder label.
I feel that a plus point for the fragrance is the price you pay for a bottle of Youth Dew. Even now prices remain lower than for some other famous fragrances and you can buy a small 15ml bottle for £14, a larger 30ml bottle for £22 and a 65ml bottle for £30. Comparing those prices with other fragrances from major brands means that Youth Dew has to win on price to some extent.
The dark caramel toned liquid that makes up the scent is thick and solid looking in the bottle. It has a great deal of presence when you look at it and I feel it lets you know that its going to be a warm and strongly scented fragrance. Once you get down to using Youth Dew it really does stand out and I haven't found anything that really reminds me of it. I don't feel that it suits me at all, but I do feel it is a stand out scent.
When I have worn Youth Dew it has enveloped me in a very strong and thick scented spicy blend that I always felt was far to old for me. The top notes of Youth dew are surprisingly florals and comprise rose, jonquil (from the narcissus family) and lavender. I cannot really smell any of those in Youth Dew which is disappointing.
The mid notes are jasmine which I do get from the scent, yet there is also lily of the valley which seems non existent and spices of which there are way too many. The base notes are moss, vetiver which gives a woody smokey smell and patchouli. I feel that these 3 do make Youth Dew heavy to wear, yet very long lasting at the same time.
Over all I would say that Youth dew is a very strong and long lasting fragrance that is an acquired taste. Sadly its one that I have tried and failed to get along with and its not a fragrance that I would rush out and buy. I will say that its a classic scent that many women adore and are loyal to and it does stand out from the crowd. To be fair Youth Dew may not be my ideal fragrance but it does have a certain something that sets it apart, so I would like to rate it as a 3 star fragrance.
I am a bit of a fragrance collector, I am an avid lover of perfume, so which one to review first is hard so I thought I would review the first perfume I ever owned, some 35 years ago and always have a bottle on my dressing table all year round.
Estee Lauder's Youth Dew is a timeless classic, very spicy and woody in its aroma. It is very strong smelling, so a couple of squirts are enough. The perfume stays strong throughout the evening and a second application is rarely needed.
Estee Lauder uses flowers, rich spices and precious woods in this perfume. The spicy aroma is apparent when you first spray it on the skin, it quickly settles down into a more floral scent when jasmine is detected, however the fragrance will still remain overall much spiced in its scent. The longevity of this fragrance once sprayed is one of the reasons I keep it as one of my regular fragrances, there is nothing worse than blowing a lot of money on a fragrance that you can't smell a couple of hours later.
Rose, Jonquil, Lavender
Jasmine, Muguet, spices
Moss, Vetiver, Patchouli
Estee Lauder Youth Dew is packaged very nicely, which makes for an attractive looking gift, it is boxed and bottled in a very nice hour glass shaped ridged bottle with a gold bow around the centre.
Estee Lauder Youth dew is stocked in some department stores, chemists, and some Superdrugs, prices vary tremendously depending on what time of the year it is and whether any retailer is running offers, my latest bottle 65ml was £35.00 from my local chemist, but I saw it in The Perfume Shop for only £29.99. So it is well worth have a good look around before purchase.
I have been using Estee Lauder Youth Dew for as long as I can remember. My Mum used to wear it as well many years ago. It is one of those scents that you can't mistake for another thats similar, as I don't think there is another smell like it. It comes in a talll slim ridged bottle that goes in smaller in the middle a bit like a womans waist would. With a gold ribbon tied round the middle and a tall gold lid fitting for a Queen as to me this is the Queen of Scents.
This perfume has a very dark brown look to it unlike some others that look very light and pale. When having a spray you will need the smallest amount
as it is very strong and if you went to mad spraying all over ( which with some of the Celebrity ones you need half a bottles to even notice it!) you
would find this perfume very overpowering. Once you have had a tiny spray on your neck and arms you will instantly notice just how gorgous you smell.
Once sprayed you will be confident that you are going to smell like this for the rest of the evening, I say evening as I sometimes wear this if going out
during the day,but tend to wear a lighter one for daytime use as this is too
good just to do the gardening in.
This perfume seems to be very popular with the men species, as a lot will
instantly know what you are wearing or will make a comment like " You smell
lovely" This is known as a sexy, exotic, scent, which has been around for 50 years. I'm not any good at describing perfumes as everyones nose is different so I can only quote as the perfume is described by Estee Lauder
~~~~An absolutely captivating perfume, with opulent flowers, rich spices
and precious woods~~~~
~~~~Fragrance Type~~~~ Oriental/Spicy
~~~~Top Notes~~~Rose, Jonquil, Lavender
~~~~Middle Notes~~~Jasmine, Muguet, Spices
~~~~Base Notes~~~Moss, Vetiver, Patchouli
I would never have described this perfume as having Lavender in as I have never picked up on that at all. It must be well covered by all the other exotic
ingredients. I do think that this perfume does have the stigma attached to it by younger people as being an old ladies perfume ( probaly because they have seen it on their nan's dressing table). My daughter who is 26 always says to me "Oh you are wearing Estee Lauder today" but I don't think she would ever wear it ( as this is the one thing that she hasn't try to steal of me yet!!).
You can buy this in big stores like Debenhams, House of Fraser, Boots and even in Wilkinsons which do a very good price as they do not put on the VAT.
You will pay around £14.00 for 15ml in most shops, but in Wilkinsons a 65ml
botle will only set you back £24.95 which is a fantastic price. We have in the past got it at the Duty Free shop at the Airport, but that was only a fraction
cheaper than the Department Stores so Wilkinsons is the place to go. I don't think they have testers there, so if you haven't tried it then it might be a good idea to go somewhere like Debenhams and have a sniff first.
I'm lucky enough to always have this as everyone in my family know this is my favourite so it usually turns up at Christmas, Birthdays, Mothers Day and
sometimes just for a treat!
So if you younger ones want to smell sexy then give this a go Estee Lauder Youth-Dew Eau de Parfum Spray as it is definitly not OLD LADY!!!!
I would give it more stars if it was possible!
Youth Dew is the most amazing perfume. I put it with those 'timeless' perfumes - something Estee Lauder does really well. It never goes out of fashion and makes you feel warm and sexy (in a classy way, not a 'jordan' way).
My Mum used to wear this when i was young and i associate it with hugs and cashmere. Despite this, it is not an older lady's perfume, it is as fashionable and relevent today as it has always been. It is musky and slightly heavy (if you like Obsession you will like this) and it lasts all day. It is one of those perfumes that leaves wafts behind you as you walk around.
If you are fed up with 'flowery' perfumes and all those celebrity fragrances that smell like sugar in a bottle, then give this a go. A timeless, classy fragrance that it grown up and sexy too. Lovely!!
Oh! What I can tell you about this perfume!
It is an unmistakable perfume that gives an aroma which stays with you all night. If it were a food you would want to eat it. The perfume has a scent that is totally moorish. But beware! You do not need to over do it. It lasts for hours and hours. It is a heady blend that needs and gives confidence. Once others have had a whiff of this aroma, believe me, they never forget the name or the assault on their senses. It speaks of Woman !
I love it and wear it with complete confidence. To me it is my personal signature. Enjoy !
I first started wearing Youth Dew many years ago in my youth.As time went by I thought (foolishly) that it was a younger persons aroma. You know, YOUTH DEW.Because it is so distinctive I even stopped buying it, I guess I was listening too much too other people. Then, one day whilst I was on holiday, a Lady walked past I instinctly knew she was wearing Youth Dew and I was hooked all over again. I have learned since ....Age has no limits.
I love my Youth Dew !
Like I said, ENJOY ..
amazing perfume.one of a kind.too good for words.
Classic, that's Youth Dew.
A perfume that carries memories every bit as strong as its aroma. It was my mum who wore this perfume, initially only wearing it as her 'secret weapon' or ring of confidence, that extra touch of va-va-voom to top off her evening wear as she and my dad went off socialising at the country club.
That was in the seventies, when women started to learn about independence,
about choice. Freed from the earlier constraints of fashion, everything was bold
and.. well... perhaps a little brassy. Youth Dew wasn't brassy though, oh
no. Youth Dew was classy. Mum started out wearing it for 'special events'
then slowly increased her excuses for wearing it. After all, women were burning their
bra's for goodness sake, so what would it hurt if my mum chose to wear
perfume all the time? So, she came out of the closet, along with the Youth
Dew. No more to be satisfied with a dab of cologne behind each ear. This
wasn't just a faint whiff of aroma, it was a perfume to announce "I AM
HERE" at the top of its voice.
Strangely enough, this smell hasn't dated as much as others of that era.
Although it has a lasting scent it is more effective than offensive. Not
cloying like some of the modern upmarket perfumes can be, more 'clingy'.
Certainly this is a perfume worth every penny. A spray of it really does
last the whole day. It is instantly recognisable (to me anyway) and still
has the ability to give that 'ring of confidence' to me when I am in the
mood to wear it.
If you want to try out this perfume, I would suggest that you spray a
sample onto your wrist then forget about it (if you can). Several hours
later (4-6) have a sniff of your wrist. If you still like the smell then
this is one for you. If not, fair enough. You really do need to give it a
good few hours for your nose to adjust to the smell and decide if it is
too strong over a long period or ideal for you.
If you do like the smell then I can give you good news. The Youth Dew
range is vast. Tell your friends as Christmas is coming. They can choose
from bath oil to soap to talc to shower gel to body lotion etc. giving you
the chance to have a 'layered' effect to your aroma. No more clashing with
your toiletries. At around ten pounds you might want to give the
anti-perspirant a miss though. Only one tip. Having thus 'layered'
yourself with this aroma, it is advisable to spray your perfume into the
air then walk through the mist, rather than use a direct spray of it, that
just might be too much for all but the very brave to carry off!
I think this is a good perfume for special occasions although some may
find it is their 'signature' perfume and wish to wear it all the time like
my mum. Either way enjoy.
If you visit www.pharmacy2u.co.uk you will find the following prices
Eau de Parfum 65ml £25.50
This is a perfume for:Daytime wear, evening wear, going out,
romantic occasions, special occasions, anytime you fancy really. Its aroma is flowery, quite heavy, sweet and a bit fruity with a tinge of the orient.
Truth to tell I don't use this perfume, too many bittersweet memories. If I was given a bottle I guess I would wear it from time to time as it is a very nice perfume but to me it is the essence of my mum and I would feel uncomfortable wearing 'her' perfume regularly.
That doesn't stop me getting all nostalgic when I smell it on others.
Estee Lauder Youth Dew reminds me of Christmas. It reminds me of my youth and the smell of dressed up ladies walking past me going to the theatre or out for a meal. Quite a heady perfume if you use too much it is one that smells delicious on other people but you can't smell on yourself...or at least I can't...therefore I tend to spray a lot more which must make me really stink. I love Youth Dew and always have some around for nostalgic reasons. At one time it was one of the top perfumes, so many others have been created now. There is one major problem I have found with it though. You must be very careful of your clothes when spraying. Unlike many other perfumes, Youth Dew is very dark. It can cause a mark on certain colours and certain types of material, especially if the perfume is quite old. I love it but it can be heavy.
Contains warm rose, geranium, and amber notes / Accompanied by moss, vetiver and sandalwood