12 days ago
Today's Beautiful is a less complex version of the original, which would perhaps make it a dissapointing shadow of its former glory. I never used the original, but I think the current version is still a handsome, quality fragrance with enough depth and complexity to make it stand out. I think it also has that character that divides audiences, some like to call these fragrances old fashioned while others enjoy the DNA they share with new releases from expensive houses. Estee Lauder Beautiful is a floral that many would not mind paying a lot if it was released by Amouage or whatever Middle Eastern house I think. It is, as of now, an intense but relatively easy-to-wear floral that reminds me of Givenchy III, but in a more sombre, less ambitious way. I love the way Estee Lauder uses Galbanum and here, again, it is a treat in the middle of flowers, adding depth and character to the perfume. It has a heady, dense opening of sparkly bergamote paired with some sweetness from just the right dose of well-blended blackcurrant. Soon dense, almost balsamic big flowers enter, but so does some very appreciated bitterness. I think the presence of galbanum and ylang together make this a very special perfume where you can sense the stems and everything slightly dark, beautiful and charismatic. Then the hissy tuberose and that so-called vintage characteristic that becomes so memorable on the right person. You know some women have signatures not because they keep on using the same fragrance all the time but because others remember them with it even years later. It is that kind of a fragrance. It is like those optic glasses with a certain serious air, glasses that many avoid but they look incredible on the right person. Beautiful is that kind of fragrance to me. Nothing passe about this fragrance family. To the contrary, I think they compliment messy ballerina buns, white t-shirts, prescription or other Ray-bans etc better than anything else - that chic without an effort look. Good sillage and lasting power on my skin.
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