Estee Lauder Private Collection

Estee Lauder Private Collection

3.7

83 reviews

68% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.6

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.6

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS



Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

Private Collection is a most delicious, enticing, voluptuous, sexy, ELEGANT, and strong (think character) scents that I have ever smelt. It was my signature fragrance in the 1980s, and I have never stopped loving it. I read that it was name Private Collection because it was amongst Estee Lauder's private fragrances--unavailable on the market. I also once read that it was Grace Kelly's favourite perfume, and I can certainly understand why! Good grief it is heavenly! I feel sophisticated, elegant, voluptuous, and simply quite happy any time I wear this mesmerising fragrance. Private Collection is truly a classic. If Estee Lauder ever stopped making it, I would proclaim it a crime against humanity to have stopped.

Top Notes: Orange Blossom, Linden Blossom, Green Notes, Hyacinth, Lemon, and Bergamot.

Heart Notes: Mignonette, Honeysuckle, Chrysanthemum, Jasmine, Pear, Ylang-Ylang, Rose, and Narcissus.

Base Notes: Coriander, Sandalwood, Amber, Patchouli, Musk, Oak Moss, Heliotrope, and Cedar.

I cannot wear most Estee Lauder scents (they literally make me ill), but Private Collection is definitely the exception! Wearing it to bed tonight and am sure to have very sweet dreams indeed! I cannot imagine how anyone could not be immediately and totally seduced by this parfum!!

Fragrance: 10/10
Projection: 10/10
Sillage: 10/10
Longevity: 8/10



Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I had a small bottle of this years ago and loved it, but moved on. Perhaps too young for it as well


I was looking for something new and after using a sample of a Cristalle my taste for something green was renewed.
I thought about buying the Private collection before but went back to Bloomies and got it however they sort of keep it hidden now.

If you like a green, assertive scents then check this out. It's very different from the sweet floral ones that are out now.

It is priced reasonably too at about $70? IIRC

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

A truly beautiful and unique perfume. Smells of jasmine and musk so not too floraly. You can wear it day or night - a true classic by Estée Lauder

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


Age: 36-43

Skin: Other, Other, Warm

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

my very first time to smell this clean, fresh and feminine fragrance which starts off with a blast which fades in such a short space of time to a floral skin scent which smells to me like it could be a weaker but prettier version of Knowing by EL but very pleasing to smell and it lasts a long time on.
Some reviews made me think this is such a strong scent, "only put on a dab" they say, I was almost afraid to try it. Well this does start with a lovely ultra strong bang for a few seconds only, I'm not sure if the reviews were for a previous formula but the one now is not strong after the bang has settled.
Fortunately I'm at an age of freedom to wear anything without worrying about been too mature.

Private Collection I think would be good in summer.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


on 2/27/2015 10:01:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

I am shocked and surprised that i actually LIKE this old-school frag. And older lady in my office wears it (and a little goes a long way) and thus i have now tried it.

I am getting a bottle for myself.

SHOCKED and amazed by this.
It's heavy and bracing and strong - but I kinda dig it. It is so opposite of what I usually like.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.


on 1/17/2015 12:51:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Very Dry, Dark, Warm

Hair: Black, Kinky, Fine

Eyes: Black

EDIT: I wrote the rave review below before I bought the newest bottle of Private collection & got my heart broken. According to my batch number it's a 2015 batch. I am sorry to say that this former beauty has been diluted so much it barely resemles the rich, heady, deep, gorgeous, stunning beauty of before. Now i need to bathe in it to have any lasting power. It now lasts barely for 4hrs. I even had a colleague sniff me to see if I wasn't hallucinating & she said she could barely smell anything! Why do companies do this? why ruin something that's already fantastic? To make us buy the "new" private collections? It's an eau de parfum & at the price it cost me I expected better lasting power than a eau de cologne! I'm SO disappointed.

The start is sharp, bracing & bitter. The galbanum opening in this one is reminiscent of Vent vert by balmain. The sharp note is cold, sharp like the crack of a whip. I loved it! This is green to the max! As it dries down, I start to smell some jasmine & a beautiful honeysuckle. It's also slightly peppery because of the coriander, I think. On me, my body amps the Orange blossom which I love. That added with the honeysuckle & creamy sandalwood goodness makes me smell glorious! This is classy, feminine just beautiful! This reminds me somewhat of Chanel 19. It's that same vibe but private collection is warmer while No 19 reads a little more cold. This is a gorgeous green floral chypre!

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.


on 10/18/2014 11:15:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

PINE. Not the bottle in the picture above, but an older vintage frosted glass with plastic stopper (I have a mini). Beautiful unsweetened, but not bitter, natural pine fragrance that is a floral chypre whose rose patchouli accords are evident in the dry down. Wonderful, easy to wear compared to vintage azuree or aliage; NOT musty or bitter mossy like some vintage chypres. Although it has honeysuckle in its top notes, this is not like a modern sweet honeysuckle scent. Rather it's a subtle floral sweet undercurrent to something deep, forest, elemental, yet uplifting.

This is what I wish Lutens Filles de Aiguilles was, and sadly I have a full 50 ml of FdA which now reads as a caricature of pine, artificially over sweetened and over the top.

Suitable for either gender and most seasons, weather and occasions. Also very reasonably priced. I would recommend the vintage bottles of relatively light amber colored liquid (slightly darker than the liquid in the bottle pictured, but not nut brown at all)

Agree with zeynepd below - transporting! Magical!

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.


on 10/4/2013 2:03:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I'm in love. I didn't expect to be but I am. Ever since my interest was peaked by the green and bitter top notes of Boadicea Delicate, which lovely MUAers in the fragrance forum suggested could be galbanum, I have been trying to sample fragrances with a similar vibe.

Still, my encounter with Private Collection was purely accidental. I was in a department store to look for an eye creme and something pushed me to try the lonely bottle on the EL counter. For some reason unbeknownst even to myself, I had this this bias that this could smell pungent, so despite my habit I sprayed with caution.

Then I was in love. Transfixed. Transported... you know, that special feeling when a fragrance alters your entire mood, changes the stream of consciousness in your mind and you feel you have experienced something significant.

Private Collection opens with dense but transparent, wet and very lush notes on my skin. It's dark, bitter and delicious in a rare way. I don't notice any pine in it other than for a brief moment when I smell something like that pine scented stuff you sometimes get to pour on hot stones in a sauna. Other than that, this is a wild, shadow, rainy garden left on its own in a secret corner. I find it brooding, inspiring, thoughtful. The heart is a continuation of the green notes which lose their bitterness a little bit, perhaps replaced by some floral notes. The drydown is my least favourite part because the perfume mellows considerably, revealing soft, ambery powder on my skin.

When I think of other fragrances with a similar kind of green, bitter vibe, I immediate think of Chanel No.19 but that one is much sharper, brighter, thinner and at the same time edgier with tumultuous animalic notes during certain phases on my skin. Private Collection is softer, rounder, as seamless as other fragrances from the Private Collection even though it has ten times more character. As for No.19, I always feel that I need to dress up for it, be more prim than I really am. Nothing like that with Private Collection. I feel that the more I wear it, the more I will find space for it in my life.

Definitely worth a bottle and I feel that I'll buy this one over and over.

17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.


on 8/10/2013 3:31:00 PM

Age: Unknown

Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

In the mid-80's, receptionist Dot at my workplace wore Cinnabar EDP, almost exclusively -- it was her signature. We were all used to the considerable clout of her strong oriental perfume. We liked it, but it's really too strong for daily office use, esp in a small confined space. Fortunately, her reception area was separate from our offices.

Then one day I went to Dot's desk and waited until she completed a phone call. Dot smelled *awesome* that day! Wow, she wasn't wearing the powerful Cinnabar -- she was wearing something SOFT and sensual -- and skin-musky! (and I just LOVE skin-musky scents)

It was something that pulled me in -- made me want to come closer and inhale deeply. I HAD to know what she was wearing -- it was fabulous. So when she completed her phone call, I pounced -- asked what perfume she was wearing, and Dot said it was something her boyfriend had bought for her -- EL Private Collection.

I immediately ran out and bought myself a large bottle -- was happy as a clam -- and I used almost the whole bottle -- I loved it. I was once walking around the high school track for exercise, and the guy walking/running behind me said (as he passed me) that he really enjoyed running behind the wonderful scent of my perfume. All was good -- Private Collection was a big hit.

THEN I smelled it on my mother, and it did NOT smell good on her. I had to ask her what she she was wearing; I didn't even recognize it. Apparently, she had liked it on me and had bought herself a bottle, and on her, it wasn't smooth at all -- it was scratchy -- like hay or dried grass -- it just didn't come together into the soft, smooth, delicious musky skin-scent that I had thought it was.

Unfortunately, the way it smelled on my mother ruined it for me. My perception was altered (or maybe corrected?) after smelling it on her, and I stopped wearing my Private Collection. I still keep a small bottle on hand, just for old times' sake.

Knowing what I know now about perfume, I should have just chalked it up to her particular skin chemistry, but the way it smelled on her made me second-guess my entire impression of this fragrance.

I never see PC for sale any more -- has it been discontinued? I experienced it as a green, low-key, quietly elegant, close-to-the-body fragrance -- one that is refined and doesn't need to loudly announce its presence -- speaking softly, yet definitely there.

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.


on 6/15/2013 11:18:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

When I was a child in the 70s and 80s Estee lauder was the epitome of class and also wealth . To say you used Estee Lauder Private Collection and Estee Lauder make up, meant you were definitely privileged and that you had taste. I was in awe of all those who owned precious Private Collection as I was in awe of those who used Joy and Youth Dew, Opium etc. These were great great scents.

Private Collection is an absolute beauty - even today - a green floral classic and bone structure to match . Opens with a gorgeous deep green note that lifts your spirit before opening up into a dusky floral heart. It reminds somewhat of Vol de Nuit extrait by Guerlain with the sensual mossy slightly bitter green character .

Truly is a great fragrance. I cannot stand it that people call this an old lady or grandma fragrance. The women ( and men perhaps ?? ) who have known this beauty and worn it for years, knew something good when they smelt it. That meant they have good noses and great classic taste. I love Private Collection and the price is very reasonable for a bottle of greatness.

10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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