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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Perfume Review: Estee Lauder Youth Dew Amber Nude

The description of Youth Dew Amber Nude (“warm, sensual, intimate”) sounded like music to my ears. The notes (magnolia, ginger, tea, grapefruit, bare skin accord, black rose, red carnations, jasmine, ylang ylang, patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood, dark chocolate and amber) whispered in my ear promises of a beautiful friendship. Imagine my disappointment when, instead of being enveloped by a balmy, sweet, rich fragrance, comforting like the softest cashmere wrap, I was coldly greeted by a rather dry, harsh scent with an unpleasant, rubbery note in the drydown. However, so high were my expectations that I refused to believe that Youth Dew Amber Nude and I were not to be. I decided it was only a skin chemistry mishap and tried again. And I was right, it must have been a skin chemistry mishap. From then on, Youth Dew Amber Nude worked like a charm and is now a proud member on the list of my comfort scents.

It starts on my skin with the scent of amber and apples (perhaps this is the combination of magnolia and ginger, who knows…), not unlike a lighter, less sweet version of Ambre Narguile. Youth Dew Amber Nude has the same, albeit much drier, honeyed and smoky feel that I adore in my favorite Hermessence. Although leather is not among the list of notes, I definitely smell a leathery accord, it adds elegance and, when joined by carnation, exquisite spiciness. Amber, leather and carnation are the three notes most prominent to my nose; rose, patchouli and chocolate are a no-show. When sandalwood comes into play in the drydown, Youth Dew Amber Nude becomes that cashmere-wrap scent I wanted it to be. It manages to be warm and dry at the same time, it stays rather close to the skin, but is nevertheless sensual and comforting.

As far as I am concerned, Youth Dew Amber Nude is a great success on Tom Ford’s part and I am very curious to see what else he will come up with fragrance-wise for the good old Estee Lauder.

Youth Dew Amber Nude is available at Nordsrom, $65.00 for 2.5oz.


Blogger Christina H. said...

I'm going to have to give this a try on of these days. There are just so many others ahead on the list that this will probably be awhile before I test it.Apples and amber piqued my interest!

11:08 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Christina, I know what you mean about the many lemmings so little time :-)

Do you like Ambre Narguile? I am not saying the two are identical or even too similar, but I think if you do like AN there is a chance you will like YDAN.

11:22 PM EST  
Blogger Patty said...

Wow, I'm glad this wound up working. This always makes me think I should go back and visit some things I've thought I hated. Except Angel, I definitely hate that.

7:47 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Yes, Patty, thanks to you I foudn a new took me a while to get to like it, but I do now.

Poor Angel...I don't exactly hate it, but I am quite tired of smelling it everywhere. And because there are so many Angel-smell-alikes, the scent really is everywhere.

8:15 AM EST  
Blogger Christina H. said...

Do I like Ambre Narguile? Must remain calm when I profess my love for it!! I absolutely adore it!!
Out of all the fragrances I have(which is quite a few)this one is the only one my husband sincerely likes. A lot!
I will need to give this a try.

8:40 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Yeah...I love it so much myself that I wasn't even been able to review it...I am afraid the post would consist of oohs aahs and !!!!s. :-)

I must put another disclaimer about YDAN- it is not exactly LIKE AN...just the beginning smelled sort of reminiscent of it...but it is less sweet and drier.

8:50 AM EST  
Blogger Christina H. said...

That still sounds interesting and it is a whole lot cheaper HUH!

9:00 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Now THAT is true! :-)

9:07 AM EST  
Blogger AngelTea said...

Hey, finally I heard on EL from you (was quite interested: are you planning to review smth from them). And I remember from my childhood that I liked smell of my mom with Youth Dew - should try this one too. But with me and EL's fragrances it's always the same: the first time I hate it, then become a permanent lover:-) By the way, now I am in their White Linen Breeze - and jsut this morning my husband said me a compliment on it (again and again!!!)

9:10 AM EST  
Blogger ParisLondres said...

Thanks for this review dear M! I tried this yesterday and I did not like it much - in fact, not at all. I now love Ambre Narguile but could not see any similarity as you mentioned.
I really had to wash off. :(

1:42 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

T., you know I also love White Linen Breeze. I've got to get myself a new bottle. It is lovely!

1:48 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Dear N, I disliked YDAN at first try too. It was nothing like Ambre Narguile or anything pleasant at all on me then. But somehow something changed :-)
Though the slight similarity to AN maybe just my a)skin chemistry and/or b)wishful thinking :-)

1:50 PM EST  
Blogger boisdejasmin said...

I have to say that I love that ad with Carolyn Murphy. Such a beautiful woman!

I agree with N that I cannot see much similarity with AN here, other than the sweet note in the heart the reminded me of cherry jam. I did not dislike it as intensely as some other ladies did, but it did not seem to grab my attention.

2:06 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Fine! I will be the only (freaky) one who gets similarity to Ambre Narguile. :-) But I can't complain, can I? I love Narguile.

PS, oh Caroline M. is gorgeous!

2:17 PM EST  
Blogger NowSmellThis said...

M, YDAN didn't work for me, but like you I can't wait to see what Tom Ford does next!

4:44 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

R, yes, I am very curious what is going to be his next step perfume-wise.

5:04 PM EST  

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