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Youth Dew Bath Oil by Estee Lauder

Youth Dew Bath Oil by Estee Lauder

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Absolutely captivating, with opulent flowers, rich spices, precious woods.

It has been called one of the sexiest fragrances ever created, and more than 50 years after its launch, it continues to entice with its sensual yet timeless appeal.

This oriental fragrance has a blend of rose, jonquil, lavender, jasmine, spices, moss, patchouli, and vetiver notes.

TOP NOTES
• Rose
• Jonquil
• Lavender

MIDDLE NOTES
• Jasmine
• Muguet
• Spices

BASE NOTES
• Moss
• Vetiver
• Patchouli

Fragrance Type: Amber/Spicy

Estee Lauder initially released Youth Dew in bath oil form in 1953, speculating that American women would be more inclined to purchase a hygiene accessory than a fragrance. Fragrance was still something that a man would buy for you, too decadent to purchase yourself. She predicted correctly and sold an unfeasible amount of bottles.

A rather prim Ms. Lauder faffs about with nice bottles.

Still in pondering stage, I asked a question to my online scent buddies at the ‘Facebook Fragrance Friends’ group. What’s the difference between the EDP and the bath oil? The response was rapid and mammoth. They loved it. Members spoke of it’s multiple uses, as a bath oil (just 2 drops required to fill your apartment with it’s heady whiff), dabbed neat onto the skin in the manner of an extrait, rubbed into the tips of the hair for an animated scent trail or burned in an aromatherapy ceramic. I’ve since tried all of these tips and they were highly effective. Thanks chaps.

So how does it smell? Like the Youth Dew of my own youth; decadent, oily, spicy, burnt, opulent, edgy, piercing, sweet, animalic, camphorous, exotic and exceedingly grown up. If you removed the bright, powdery and soft elements of the current EDP, you are left with the bath oil, which is sticky, dark and as rich as bonfire toffee.

Youth Dew, alike YSL’S Opium, was arguably a starting point from which niche amber focused Orientals grew. Containing notes of labdanum, vanilla, incense, balsams and a Moroccan market’s worth of spices, you can easily read the inspiration for indie greats such as Serge Luten’s Ambre Sultan or Histoires de Parfums Ambrarem. However, in comparison to its contemporary offspring, Mother Youth Dew seems more complex and thus more interesting.
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