I'm not an old lady, nor elderly but late 50's. This was my first fragrance I bought when I had a good job back in the 80's when it first came out. Everybody in the office then was wearing Ralph Lauren's Lauren. And an occasional Obsession. We were wearing the strong perfumes back then. All the guys in the office were more drawn in on my side in the cubicle, lol. I just bought a huge bottle of the EDT in my local Wal-Mart for 20 dollars! And I put it on today ( squirted on my wrists) and it is still there later, just a faint whiff which means that while it fades during the day, I can still smell traces of it on my just washed hands. A little goes a long way, ladies!
My grandmother loves this.... I hate it. Its another one of those strong old women scents tbat are outdated. Only people wearing these thpes of fragrances are elderly people. Too strong and powdery.
This has a similar feel to White Diamonds. But of course... they were both composed by Sophia Grojsman. While WD is a Floral Aldehyde that dries down to 'meh' bitter powder on me, Vanderbilt is a sparkling Floral Oriental with a sweet, powdery base. I especially love the pineapple in this (don't be scared off by the civet listed in the notes below... I detect NONE whatsoever in the current formulation). Many reviews here & over at Fragrantica have compared Vanderbilt to Oscar... I have yet to test the latter, but Oscar fans might want to check this one out. I also have to commend the quality of the spraying mechanism -- the nozzle never fails to squirt out an even, fine mist of perfume, unlike many expensive fragrances with crappy atomisers that either squirt out too much or too little.
The notes from Fragrantica:
Top: Aldehydes, Bergamot, Green Notes, Neroli, Pineapple
Heart: Jasmine, Orange Blossom, Rose, Tuberose, Ylang-ylang
Base: Cinnamon, Civet, Musk, Opoponax, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Vanilla
This is a big, beautiful floral that smells expensive but costs very little, the definition of affordable luxury. Others have already mentioned that this is one of the creations of famed nose Sophia Grojsman, so if you enjoy her style (YSL Paris, Lancome Tresor, Estee Lauder White Linen, etc.) this is definitely a must-try. Heck, if you like fragrance this is a must-try.
There's a reason Vanderbilt is still so widely available in Europe and the States: it smells beautiful, projects just the right amount if worn considerately (it is quite potent so don't douse), and lasts all day (even on my infamously fragrance- eating skin.)
I have deducted one lippie simply because I find the opening a tad too aldehydic/sharp and GREEN; however this phase soon gives way to the development of a rich, well- blended, seamless floral. The dry down is somewhat honeyed/vanillic on me and not too powdery.
I think this is the rare kind of fragrance that works during the day and for evening occasions, both formal and informal settings. I'll be honest here--I have smelled current designer fragrances I liked less, even from the luxury sector.
While I think that Vanderbilt might not appeal to very young girls still attracted to current and hip marketing (CK In2U, anyone??), I think Vanderbilt would appeal to women anywhere from their 20's to their 90's simply interested in smelling lovely, feminine, and classy.
I bought a 100 ml bottle here in Germany for 9,95 EUR and consider it the perfume score of the year where bang for my buck is concerned.
I got given this as a gift one year for my birthday. Its very "Old Lady" ish but, to me its very nice and great for all year round.
I remember buying this years ago because it was cheap, but not disappointing. I loved it and used to wear it all the time. I'm not sure if it's for me now but it was perfect for me in the summer of 95. It's light, fresh, flowery and unique ... and it would last on me forever. Not one that would generate a lot of compliments from men ... strangely women seemed more drawn to this who would always say it smelled really good :-)
Reminds me of sixth grade. I used to cover myself in this. I feel bad for it now. This was way before I learned about proper perfume application. I remember it having a sweet smell. Wasn't bad but not something I would wear now. Nostalgia in a bottle.
I agree that this fragrance is a feminine one--not sporty, not androgynous, not too light. I actually don't want to wear it every day. As with other fragrances that I wear, I like Vanderbilt once in a while. To me, Vanderbilt is a very romantic fragrance, and a very rich one. I think the richness of it is what appeals to me. The floral notes really linger, and I can detect vanilla notes. I think the swan is a brilliant marketing strategy. I admit I greatly admire the grace of the swan. Vanderbilt really intrigues me. I almost have to wear it whether I want to or not.
I guess body chemistry is important for this one. In modest amounts, Vanderbilt produces a nice flower scene in watercolours and sits on a serious oriental base. Just a bit more, and it is bitter flower-powder on me, with the warmth and power of Eau du Soir. I can't say that I'm fond of Vanderbilt's carnation and cinnamon. I tried it mainly for the aldehydes and pineapple pairing but they are not impressive in my reformulated sample. I would rate it between 2.5 and 3.
Great value for money and an 80's original. Top notes of jasmine and freesia given a citrus lift by bergamot. The drydown is vanilla and musk. I like this one although I do find it a bit heady for everyday wear.
Fantastic staying power and lovely swan on the bottle. Reminds me a little of Rafinee by Houbigant and also Oscar de la Renta, would purchase again.