This is a review of the original Super Perfume. I was bequeathed a 15cc bottle of this earlier this year, and despite now having the consistency of motor oil, it has lasted the 42 years since its purchase remarkably well. The notes are consistent with the current EDP edition, just richer and obviously more potent. A single dab lasts a full day with virtually no diminishment of quality.
The opening is typically Lauder, with the trademark aldehyde marker being strong, and heralding in an array of strident florals. Lily, carnation and rose notes attach a bitterness that remains throughout, but it’s not dominant, more of backdrop. I am often wary of tuberose because any excess leads to an awful cloying sensation, but here it emerges from the flora creating softness in a supremely serene drydown.
It is easy to see Super as the template for many subsequent Lauder fragrances, but I don’t see that they have ever topped this. Simply stellar
08th September, 2011 (last edited: 29th October, 2011)
Super ain't strong enough a word. Talk about evocative! This is one for big girls and men who like big girls. It makes me want to get it on in the back of a limo with a high powered lady executive of a certain age, wrapped in her fur coat that she flaunts with not a shred of remorse.
Seriously, if there was ever a "power" frag for women, this would have to be it. Think Gloria Allred or Alexis Carrington. Probably the only American perfume Coco Chanel might've worn. Real old school, knock 'em on their ass in a bottle not for the shrinking violet. This is what I imagine Dorian Lord on "One Life To Live" smells like.
As far as the notes...I get orangey on top of strong white flowers on top of suede on top of wood. Pretty linear. It's not subtle, but it's not not subtle either (like say, Tabu). It's an animal unto itself, this...and that animal is a cougar no doubt!
How did I wear this for so long? I was young and foolish and had no idea that I was probably knocking nice people on their keister - it is a bit scary actually. So glad we have better choices today. I also did something very strange to the fragrance - I actually had an Estee sales person not recognize it on me and it is a VERY unique scent. It is a fierce one.
Strong, biting aroma. Sharpens mind and tongue. Absolutely inimitable. One of the most important qualities a perfume should have.
By far the BEST of all the Estee Lauder Fragrances. Don't mistake this, however, for the Estee Pure Fragrance Spray. This is the Estee Super Cologne Spray. They are two totally different things. The Estee Pure Fragrance Spray does NOT last at ALL. However, the Estee Super Cologne Spray lasts ALL day. I wore it the night before and could still smell it on my skin the next morning. The Pure Fragrance Spray comes in a 2-ounce bottle, the Super Cologne Spray comes in a 1.85-ounce bottle. Buy the Super Cologne Spray, otherwise you'll keep spraying the Pure Fragrance Spray to constantly freshen up. I highly recommend the Super Cologne Spray!