White Shoulders


73 reviews

69% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.5

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.5

Price: $$


on 12/13/2014 3:32:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

Just a little trivia for the White Shoulders lovers on this site... My dad was the perfume chemist who created this scent back in the 1940's. He was working on salary for DuPont, who sold the formula to Evyan, and was paid nothing for the creation of this extremely successful product but his weekly salary. He was also prohibited from disclosing her participation in the scent's creation by the company. He went on to open a long-time successful custom perfume shop that he ran until he passed away 11 years ago. White Shoulders smells different in it's present form, as the company who has rights to it seems to have changed the quality of ingredients. But it is still a sweet reminder of my dad for me.

23 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

on 10/15/2014 7:53:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I'll start by saying that my five-lippie review is NOT for the Elizabeth Arden (EA Fragrances) version of White Shoulders-- that one, now omnipresent on drugstore shelves, is sharp, urinaceous, and cheap-smelling.

Parfums International, which I think carried White Shoulders through the '80s and '90s, after original manufacturer Evyan went under, did fairly well in replicating Evyan's formula. It's not hard to find PI versions of White Shoulders, especially online. Notably, they made an EDP version in a frosted bottle that's quite nice.

But the original Evyan version, which is also not hard to find on eBay? Oh mama. What a babe! I currently own 2 bottles of Evyan cologne (with the embossed "E" and crown on the cap) and 1 very prized bottle of Evyan bath oil. I may not always be in the mood for White Shoulders' "fleshy, bodacious white florals," as one online reviewer wrote, but when I am, nothing fits the bill like this uber-female elixir.

Funny thing is, I HATED this when I smelled it as a teenager, rummaging through my Grandma Esther's dresser. The prim, frilly pink-cameo packaging, with its formal gold script, struck me as incredibly dated. And the juice itself seemed heavy, sweet, and ponderous, with its overload of creamy white florals and old-fashioned lilac. At the time, I wore CK Obsession because the ads were filled with nude men with chiseled torsos, and I wore Paloma Picasso because Paloma herself had huge red lips, geometric earrings, and badass 'tude.

I left WS alone for 20 years thereafter, seeing it at the drugstore from time to time and shuddering at my memory of it. Then one day, CVS was having a clearance of the older perfumes on their shelves and I scored a bottle of White Shoulders EDP for maybe ten bucks. I sprayed it on oh-so-gingerly, and at first sniff I went, "HELL NO GRAMMA'S DRESSER"... but then I decided to be patient and leave it on.

Soon, I noticed things about WS that my younger self wouldn't have picked up on. The gardenia was buttery and gorgeous. The lilies were refreshing. The lilacs were deep and dewy. The sillage was soft and ethereal. There were no indolic or cloying notes, no woodsy base, just an endless fresh bouquet unfolding on the skin.. And I couldn't deny this stuff had its own strong identity and would never be confused with any other scent. I liked that about it.

Now I wear WS all the time and wonder what I ever did without it. I apply sparingly, though, as this is a somewhat formal and elaborate composition compared with flavor-of-the-month fragrances of our times. It needs room to breathe on the skin or it will overwhelm. But I love it, other people love me wearing it, and if you're into white flowers, you've gotta check out this classic.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

on 8/16/2014 8:08:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I don't actually wear White Shoulders and never have. But when I was a kid (I'm in late Middle Age now) my mother, who was "just a mom" by day but transformed into this elegant creature by night (usually in hand beaded gowns of her own design and execution!). And White Shoulders was one of the fragrances she wore and there was always a bottle on her dressing table. She would come in to kiss me goodnight when she was ready to leave and had applied this perfume - such graceful glamour on all counts! In my little kid mind, I thought the woman on the front of the bottle was actually MY MOTHER. I don't know if White Shoulders is still being made or if it's sold in Canada and I have the feeling that even if it is, it's probably been reformulated and may not smell the same at all. But I am so tempted to buy a bottle, if I can find one, just for the memories and out of sentimentality (or "scent-imentality"?).

6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

on 3/25/2014 10:37:00 AM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I haven't worn White Shoulders in years and didn't realize it had been reformulated. I got it the other day at Wal-Mart and though it may be slightly different from the past it still is a delightful scent. After spraying my old Evyan scent on one wrist and the new scent on the other there is a difference but they both are lovely perfumes.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

My husband gave this to me for my birthday when we first started dating. He knew that I love fragrances, and not really knowing what I would like, he chose White Shoulders.

I had never smelled it before then. It has a very "classic" scent...you can definitely tell this is a fragrance that was designed a long time ago. It's not new, but seems so fresh and different compared to today's perfumes. It is a soft, sweet floral perfume that clings delicately to you. It lingers softly throughout the day, gentle florals wafts...it is noticeable, without being aggressive. It's ladylike.

There's something so traditionally feminine and sweet about White Shoulders. The next day after my birthday, I wore the perfume. When I went to hug my husband, he closed his eyes and sighed that I smelled wonderful. He was happy to know it was the White Shoulders he gave me.

The fragrance reminds me of that first year of us dating before we married. It makes me think of fresh, new love.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

on 12/12/2013 5:50:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

When I was in Jr High, the mother of one of my friend's wore this. I always thought she smelled lovely and one time when I was visiting my friend she went into her parents' room to get something and I spied this on her mother's dressing table. I didn't know what it was called but remembered the bottle. Flash forward a few years later around Christmas, and I was in a drugstore and spotted the bottle as part of a giftset, so now I had the name of this gorgeous elixir. For whatever reason, I never bought it. Still, in my mind, the fragrance was etched in my mind so I knew it whenever I smelled it on someone. Well, last week, I was online at Walgreens and spotted some for sale. I ordered that along with another giftset of Toujours Moi, the closest thing I have to a signature right now, along with the bathpowder of White Shoulders. The bathpowder arrived first and I opened it right away. The powder was beautifully scented and exactly how I remember. Then the giftset arrived today and I opened it and dabbed on a little of the parfum. Lovely. It also came with hand cream and a large 4.5 oz bottle of Eau de Cologne. I am really enjoying this. There's something about it that smells almost like you'd expect the hand cream in a fancy bathroom to smell. Large white flower bouquet fully enveloping you, but with a creamy hint to it. Overall, it's not an every day perfume for me, but something I can see me wearing frequently.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 6/15/2013 9:23:00 PM

Age: Unknown

Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

A whiff of Evyan White Shoulders in Fall of 1969 is what began my obsession with perfume. I was a high school senior, sitting in the first desk of the center row of my homeroom class. The girl who sat directly behind me in homeroom (Janet) came into the room and passed in front of me to get to her desk -- swishing past me and throwing a GLORIOUS scent in my direction.

OOOOOH!! The impact of that unbelievable swoosh of perfume changed my life forever! She took her seat behind me, and I spun around to face her. I told her she smelled sooooo good, and what was that scent she was wearing? She said "my mother's White Shoulders bath powder".

My experience of perfume to that point had only been what my mother wore. She had always worn loud, strong perfumey perfumes, chiefly Tigress, which choked her whole family. Until I smelled Janet's White Shoulders bath powder, I had never known that soft perfumes even existed. I was 17 and thought all perfumes were strong. Evyan White Shoulders was new and different to me in that it was SOFT! I thought it was the most gorgeous scent I had ever smelled.

That evening, when I got home from school, I remember the exact spot & time in our kitchen that I approached my mother. I asked her, "Have you ever heard of White Shoulders perfume?" and she said "Sure!", so I said, "Well, I'd like some for Christmas please!" and told her about that heavenly whiff.

Lo and behold, I found a splash bottle under the Christmas tree in 1969. I spent the whole day inhaling from the bottle (as well as wearing it). I was deeply in love with Evyan White Shoulders, and I had been introduced to the power and joy of perfume. I've been mad about perfume ever since. Athough it's been reformulated and has lost considerable of the original magic of Evyan, I still have a bottle of White Shoulders today, in the new formula.

I would give 5 stars for the original Evyan and for its importance in my life, but to the new reformulation, I would give 3 1/2 stars.

15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

on 7/23/2012 3:17:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Other, Fair, Cool

Hair: Other, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

I love white florals - when I initially sprayed some of this on, it smelled okay - but within seconds what ever may have been potentially acceptable, vanished. The dry down was revolting...dare I say extremely cheap & nasty smelling...terrible!

on 6/16/2012 7:27:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

After loving White Shoulders in my teens, I saw a small bottle of the parfum variety on a clearance table and purchased it without sniffing. It is how I remember it but my tastes have obviously changed a great deal. Now, all I can detect is heavy gardenia and maybe more white florals. I no longer like gardenia at all and the same goes for magnolia. I can hardly stand to wear it but will try using it occasionally in tiny amounts to use it up. If you like gardenia, this is for you.

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

I fell in love with this scent when I was a little girl. My mother wore it on her wedding day in 1976 and wore it VERY rarely, but it smelled heavenly on her.
When I was about 12, I was snooping in the little perfume tray she kept in her bathroom. She was in the hospital alot while I was growing up and I think subconsiously I would sniff her perfumes to make me feel like she was near. Her bottle was the original, screw top cologne. But it was beautiful, floral, Mum.
Mum recently purchased a new bottle and then gave it to me, as she thought it didn't smell right. To me, it is the EXACT same gorgeous gardenia, tuberose, lily and jasmine fragrance I took comfort in so long ago. I normally gravitate towards Oreintal scents but this beauty will always be in my top three. Thank you Mum <3

14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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