Unlisted Brand • White Shoulders • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||67%|
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 have to give 4 stars.
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!
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, Medium 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
Age: 36-43 Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
My mother wore this when I was little....I remember sneaking into her dresser drawers and putting it on myself. It is a very nice floral, has strong notes of lilac and lillies, with a very subtle musk undertone. It is a nice classic fragrance to wear to the office. It is a rotation on my perfume shelf when I feel like something professional and not overtly sexy.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
This is a nice floral and some would say, right off, that it smells like a "grandma" fragrance. Well, my mother wore this when she was alive and when I smell it, I think of her.
I'll agree, I don't think of this as a "young" fragrance.
I would not wear it, but for a more mature woman who prefers feminine fragrances, White Shoulders is worth looking into.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
I just smelled this horrid stuff at Kohls the other day during my new perfume quest and HOLY MOTHER of GOD, this stuff is DISGUSTING! I would not wear even if it was the last pefume on earth!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Brown
This review is for the pre-Elizabeth Arden version. This scent was originally manufactured by Evyan, until the mid-'80s I think. It ages remarkably well and Evyan versions are always available on eBay for a reasonable price. I've gotten two bottles and both were perfectly fresh. (Evyan put tiny rubber stoppers in their splash bottles and they really work!) Second best to Evyan is the Parfums International version, which comes in an EDP as well as parfum and cologne. Avoid the Elizabeth Arden reformulation; it is like a bad Designer Impostor.
The original White Shoulders has a special place in my heart, even though it isn't entirely my "style." It's just so pink, so '50s, so evocative of shirtwaist dresses and gentle summer flirtations. It is an uber-white floral, redolent of honeysuckle and lilac and carnation. It's just nothin' but sweet flowers, and it's very pretty. The cameo bottle is just adorable. I feel happy and innocent just looking at it, even if I'm not always in the mood to wear a liquid bouquet.
**EDIT: Knocked this down a lippie because I've found that every time I try to wear even a tiny dab of this, it becomes very sweet and cloying and I end up feeling nauseated. I'm coming to accept that my childhood memory of WS is better than the actual product. What girl wouldn't gravitate to a romantic pink box with a romantic floral perfume inside? But the more I experience this, the more i think, "It had its place and time... and it's not now."
Age: 44-55 Skin: Oily, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Cute, cheap floral; very sweet. This is from a new, pure parfum mini; I would love to smell the vintage version.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Very Dry, Fair Hair: Black Eyes: Hazel
Wow! Talk about a blast from the past. My daughter and I were shopping last night and happened upon some cheap fragrances. Since both of us are headache prone from many perfumes, we were relegated to spritzing on paper rather than us. However, I spotted a bottle of White Shoulders and could not hold back. My daughter gagged from the scent...I have to admit...
While I loved this fragrance in high school...many years later, my tastes have changed. I will admit that I do love clean scents, and although the scent is clean--it is just too sweet at this point.
The absolute best thing about this is if you are prone to headaches, you CAN wear this.
Sometimes memories are better left in the bottle.