White Shoulders

 White Shoulders

3.7

77 reviews

68% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.5

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.5

Price: $$

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

What strikes me most about White Shoulders is that it is the perfect representation of a little girl’s idea of “perfume”: sweetly, almost impossibly floral. Positively ebullient with innocence. This is how Snow White smells as she skips through the meadow, surrounded by songbirds.

But that’s not an insult, in my book. I love many genres of perfume for many different reasons, and I always have respect for true classics like White Shoulders. I may not wear it daily, but I do wear it when I’m in a romantic, girly mood. It was created at a time when perfume houses spent months perfecting each formula, and when most women only owned 1 or 2 treasured fragrances. Everything about White Shoulders is exquisitely female, from the lavish pink presentation box to the juice itself: an onslaught of impossibly pretty white flowers of the highest quality, that lasts for hours.

If you can get past the racist name that was a product of its time, and the foofy pink packaging, this is an absolutely beautiful fragrance and anyone with any color of shoulders would smell gorgeous wearing it. It can broadcast as either innocent or very sexy (what’s not sexy about fleshy tuberose and gardenia?), depending on your mood. I would especially love to smell this on a goth girl in black pleather, because the contrast would be devastating. Meow!

PS— Highly recommend original Evyan formulation (easy to spot, as the lady on the box has curlier hair & box/bottle says “E” or “Evyan”). This was such a quality fragrance that it’s held
up perfectly over the years. Second to that would be the Parfums International version sold through the ‘90s. Current EA Fragrances version is still pretty but smells much cheaper and harsher.

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on 8/12/2017 7:11:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

I have the eau de parfum version from Elizabeth Arden. I found it on the internet. I've not tried the Evyan version. I also have some tiny bottles of the perfume, but I think the eau de parfum is better. This is one of my favorite fragrances. It's very feminine. I smell lilac and white flowers. The only con is I have to apply about 6 spritzes to get any sillage. However, it does last all day. The bottle is pretty, if a little cheap looking. White Shoulders is also very affordable. I definitely want to buy a backup bottle. If you like feminine, romantic fragrances, you will love this.

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on 11/28/2015 2:52:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

To me this fragrance is the epitome of the saying an iron fist in a velvet glove.

On the surface it's a hopelessly romantic white floral featuring orange blossom, lillies and jasmine, to be worn with soft summer dresses, pastel colours, and wide brimmed hats.

Underneath, though, is a powerhouse bomb that lasts all day and leaves a fragrant trail in its wake. Tenacious is an understatement. I have skin that can eat some perfumes, but one spray of this at 7am in the morning is enough to see me through till midnight. If it gets on your clothing it's there until you wash the garment. Although it's a very feminine white floral, the inclusion of some heavy hitting base notes, such as civet, oakmoss, sandalwood, musk and benzoin give it this incredible longevity.

Despite this, sillage is fairly moderate, which is a good thing. Lillies can be problematic in frgrances, giving many people headaches or making them feel ill. Given its longevity, one spray of this in your cleavage is really all you need. I'm reviewing a spray bottle marked Eau de Cologne, and it has more strength than most eau de parfums.

Now that I've waxed lyrical, I'll tell you what it actually smells like on me. There is very little development in the fragrance. It goes on harsh and within 10 minutes begins to soften to a soapy, waxy floral dominated by orange blossom, lillies and jasmine. Aldehydes give it the soapy drydown and lillies contribute to the waxiness. The basenotes mentioned above are blended together so that no one of them stands out, instead contributing to a subtle animalic aura and giving it the aforementioned tenacity.

This was a blind buy for me off Ebay. It's not at all right for me which is why I have not ticked that I would repurchase. This is a fragrance for eternal romantics who smell good in white florals, in particular lillies. If you smell good in Anais Anais, you will probably smell good in this. On Fragrantica many people are comparing it to either Anais Anais or J Lo Gow (which I personally have not smelt). I don't really think it smells much like Anais Anais except for the dominant note of lillies in both of them.

So, here I am with 113ml bottle of something that doesn't really work on me but that I don't want to part with. I'm using it up by putting one spray in my bath water every now and then. That one spray not only perfumes my body, but my whole house. Once a week it's a lovely way to go to sleep. Used this way, not only will the bottle last for years, it will probably last longer than me.

Edit: 13/12/15 - This is another perfume that works well layered. I've layered it with Jessica Simpson Fancy Nights. I love heavy orientals and really like Fancy Nights but have found it to be a very linear and simplistic fragrance. Prior to layering it, it was a fragrance that I tended to wear around the house in cold weather but not often wore when I went out.

Once I tried layering it with White Shoulders several things happened. Two fairly linear fragrances became one much more complex sex bomb with absolutely phenomenal longevity. The waxiness of the lillies in White Shoulders was turned into powder instead. The amber/slightly chocolate drydown of Fancy Nights was turned uber sexy by the civet in White Shoulders and the hopeless romantic has become a woman of the world.

I find that two parts Fancy Nights to one part White Shoulders works absolutely perfectly. Given how strong both of these fragrances are, there's no way of just layering them on the skin. Three sprays of would be overwhelming. Instead I mix them together in a small spray bottle and allow to age. That way, I have my favourite custom blend available whenever I want it.

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Age: 36-43

Skin: Other, Olive, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

My grandmother use to wear this and I remembering it having a sweet scent like honeysuckle and lilac. When I was young it was one of the few designer fragrances that was classic. I don't prefer this for myself but it does bring me back to a memories of my mammaw.

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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.

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I've been on a vintage fragrance kick for a few weeks now and White Shoulders was one of the perfumes I got. One by Evyan and one by Elizabeth Ardan. The Evyan version in Cologne is far more superior, this is a beautiful blossoming floral with a hint of black tea with a lovely musky floral drydown and noticable sillage. In the EA version in edt, I don't get the blossoming floral tea scent and hardly any sillage at all. It's basically a toned down floral with more soapy synthetic somewhat dryer sheet smell in the dry down. They do smell similar but I can definitely tell the difference. The EA version is sort of a travesty to this beautiful cologne imho. A shadow of its former self.

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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"?).

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

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.

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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.

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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.

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