One of my all time favorite fragrances. Absolutely captivating with each and every application, for it's both uplifting and fresh yet richly deep and alluring. I adore this scent's complexity and pure elegance and how it compliments my moods throughout the day.
Yes. This is the good stuff.
It's funny how perfume can be such a head scratcher... nah uh. No.
Well, go on with your bad self!
P.S. I won't talk about 'notes' because they are all there. In the bottle.
Everybody tries to play catch up and Private Collection drop kicks them to the curb.
Need I say more?
Another masterpiece from Vincent Marcello (who gave us Yatagan and Z-14), this bitter, green scent is the epitome of 70s chic. Rich beyond belief and yet austerely green and piney, this scent is unlike anything that came before or after. This was the signature scent of a much-loved aunt of mine; as she got older and couldn’t smell it on herself, she wore more and more of it (and she was a perfume, cologne, powder and lotion kind of gal) and the sillage was nuclear. Estee Lauder scents are never known for their subtlety and this is the prime example. Used in moderation, however, this is pure genius. This is from a time when Barry White, Helen Reddy and KC and the Sunshine band were charting, but this chic lady eschewed the glittering disco ball for a Halston Qiana caftan and a Dubonnet on the rocks.
I love the opening. Green floral. Very classy but BIG. And it has tenacity- it lasted for hours, which is unusual for my skin. The drydown turned to baby powder, however. I had to scrub.
Private Collection is one of those few fragrances that I can honestly describe as timeless. It could have been done in 1923, 1953, or as it happened, 1973. It’s not merely a classic, but a classical structure: a soapy, green aldehydic floral on a dry chypre platform. It’s stately and reserved, yet just short of stuffy, perhaps because of the keen, bitter edge lent by its prominent galbanum note. The opening burst of powdery greens and aldehydes peels back partway to reveal a clean jasmine and narcissus accord as crisp as a starched, pressed collar. Private Collection runs a linear course once the green floral chypre heart coalesces, the major developmental event being the emergence of a dry, yet rounded rose from among the other floral notes.
Like many of Estée Lauder’s offerings, Private Collection is potent and enduring. It projects well off the skin for several hours before settling down into its moss, white musk, and wood foundations. Cool, clean, and almost entirely bereft of sweetness, Private Collection is utterly genderless, and used in moderation it would make a great alternative to conventional “fresh” men’s scents.