White Linen is a clean clear scent. The dry down is very similar to the dry down of Aromatics Elixir. I like both, but not the dry down. It is missing something. Some wood maybe?
White linen makes you feel clean and it is easy to wear during the work day. I do not find it sexy or flirty material, but it very useful for every day use at work.
I tried this at a store counter and wandered round to give it time to settle.It was a hot, humid day but I fet refreshed, clean and was put in mind of clean washing, blowing in the wind on a fresh spring day.
As an older woman, I too can wear many things that did not smell too good when I was 30 years younger, so I understand why some women might not like it. One's skin does change over time, plus what can smell good on one, can stink on another, due to body chemistry. As for myself, so many of the popular, modern perfumes are too overpowering for me: they often give me a headache and smell more than a little lowbrow - like "Saturday night at the local Palais!"
For me, this perfume - which I went back to buy - smells like a fresh daytime fragrance for outdoor activities. It has more than a little class and allure. It has a sweetness which isn't cloying and its freshness is by no means ordinary. Rather exclusive and classy.
I know that this is an incredibly popular, well-loved fragrance but to me it's one of the worst florals I've ever smelled. I find it extremely sharp, harsh and overpowering and it gets up my nose and makes me feel sick. I guess it goes to show that different body chemistry really does affect fragrances a lot!
I love this fragrance and to me, it's the epitome of class. My husband gave me a bottle of this, at my request, for an anniversary a couple of years ago and it got pushed to the back of my cologne cabinet to be rediscovered a few days ago. I'm not good at describing scents but this is a fresh floral that has a sophistocated edge. I read that when this came out in the 70's that no store could keep it on the shelves. A true classic that every woman should discover.
White Linen (the original, not the derivatives) has been my go-to summer fragrance for years. The crisp, green top notes seem to cut through hot, humid air like a laser and give relief on even the muggiest days. Once on the body, it mellows, so the scent is not harsh. It lasts as long as other fragrances on me. I also have the body cream (the one in the jar), but I'm not sure if layering it under the spray really prolongs the life of the scent. I will definitely buy this again when my supply runs out.
Fresh fragrance as the name implies. Its floral scent I really like
Totally agree with the reviewer below. Imo White Linen smells better now that it ever did and is now rid of that really troublesome ending that spoiled it for me in earlier versions. I nearly liked it then, but I really like it now...
It's become one of my favourite perfumes. If I'm feeling indecisive and don't know which perfume to go for, White Linen is always a good bet and makes me feel upbeat for the day. It also smells delish!
I loved White Linen when it first came out, then got away from it in the early 1990s. It's been reformulated within the last approximately 5 years, and I actually like the reformulation better(!) as it no longer has the dusty "Desenex" drydown that was unpleasant and that I've experienced with some other iris fragrances such as Prada's. White Linen notes include bulgarian rose, jasmine, iris, violet, moss, vetiver. Very clean, dry, sparkling floral - a classic! Just MADE to be worn with all-white cottons or linen. EL PC Jasmine White Moss is similar.
It's massively powdery, a white rose, maybe a silvery thread of lily of the valley, frozen by a deluge of crystal-clear aldehydes, almost to the point that the living aroma has been completely neutralized, like the way that the outlines of a landscape loses all its sharpness under a blanket of snow: an utter overdose of aldehydes. But there is also a subtle, quirky spiciness to White Linen, like the crunch of the lawn under a quick, hard frost—vetiver, I am told—that lends the composition a sense of humor beneath that frigid exterior, rather more sociable than the dead-eyed Gallic sneer of No. 19.
I picked this up in Duty Free. I had been sampling a number of different fragrances - some of them a lot more than this - and decided to go for this. It is entirely different from my other choices, although I have to say that I am becoming a bit of and Estee Lauder addict, having purchased Beautiful and YD bath oil in the last few months.
I appreciate the fact that these fragrances are luxurious enough to feel like you have treated yourself to something special, whilst sparing yourself shoppers' remorse and guilt. Nothing like guilt to spoil the enjoyment of a shpping spree.
To get back to this scent, it is like nothing I have tried before. It is dry and soapy and feels like I have just stepped out of the shower. I find this it the perfect antedote to this horrible grey, mizzly day, reminding me that Spring is only around the corner and I'll soon be hanging laundry outside again. There is nothing I like better than the smell of freshly laundered washing that has been air dried. (I can't believe I have just said I can't wait to do some laundry but there you have it!)