I have loved the original Estee since the 1970s. In 2008, EL company in New York admitted to me over the phone that they had tweaked the fragrance. I stopped buying because it gave me such a vile headache. In late 2010, EL began trying to make their classics similar to the originals. I have purchased two Estee Pure Fragrance Sprays with a batch code of A (America) 3 (March) 1 (2011) and get compliments once again. I love it. It's so clean, but a little dab is al you need. I love that about EL fragrances---their staying power. I highly recommend searching out the right batch codes. My local Belk still has the old ones, so I don't buy there. Look for something Sept 2010 and newer to get their reformulated-back-to-the-original Estee. It's not like it was in the 70s :(, but it sure is nicer than what they did in 2008.
I tried the most current version at the Estee Lauder counter. It had a few seconds of nice, bubbly aldehydes, like champagne, and then moved briskly into a strongly synthetic floral and a surprisingly animalic base, almost as if they ran out of the right ingredients in the lab and dumped in some Youth Dew. Ugly bottle.
This review is for the Estee Pure Fragrance Spray. I wear this scent when I can't decide what fragrance to put on. Estee is a gentle, unoffensive floral I can use as an everyday or any day scent.
Vauguely cookie smelling, vanilla, cream. Some sort of light flower smell. Ok, but not really my taste. A little heavy.
This is the signature fragrance by estee Lauder - one that's been around for many years . Everyone old enough has probably smelt this on someone they've known back in the 70s.
I admit...it does smell al ittle dated but normally to me, that just means it's vintage !
It has notes of rose, jasmine, citrus oils, sandalwood and moss amongst others.....
There is a sharp not in there which makes me think of civet but it maybe citrus oil . I love this perfume !
Price wise - it's excellent value for money especially the pure fragrance spray .
I think the bottle design should be updated .