While trolling around looking at all the luscious treasures on offer at Surrender to Chance a while back, I happened upon some vintage beauties that had me strolling down Memory Lane. Among them was Estee Lauder’s Private Collection.
I know it’s still out there, so not technically vintage, but it came out in 1973, so it’s definitely an oldie but goodie. I remember wearing it in college and feeling very chic and sophisticated in it. Not to mention classy. Its green floral chypre vibe strikes me as timeless and classic. Wearing it even now makes me sit up straighter and reach for my red lipstick and pearl earrings. It still manages to take me back to a happier, less complicated time in my life when the whole world seemed open and new and anything was possible.
Apparently at first, Private Collection was the grand dame Estee Lauder’s personal scent, and it was later released for sale, so that speaks volumes, most obviously that the lady had great taste. The nose for this fragrance was Vincent Marcello.
Notes per Fragrantica: green notes, honeysuckle, linden, jasmine, orange blossom, Bulgarian rose, chrysanthemum, reseda, ylang-ylang, coriander, sandalwood, heliotrope, amber and musk. Mr. Marcello kept the gray matter (and olfactory senses) hopping when orchestrating all those notes, I’m thinking.
Anyhoo, so often we go into department stores and think, “Oh, the same-old, same-old; more junk, celebrity scents, etc.” But we forget that there are a number of gems hiding in plain sight (or tucked away out of sight, in some cases) at the Estee Lauder counter. They may have been reformulated and are not quite what they once were, but most still are pretty nice.
Did you ever wear Private Collection? Was (is) there an Estee Lauder scent that you love? Or did your mom or another family member wear one and it’s an instant reminder of them?