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Private Collection (1973)
by Estée Lauder


Private Collection information

Year of Launch1973
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 172 votes)

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HouseEstée Lauder
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies

About Private Collection

Private Collection is a feminine perfume by Estée Lauder. The scent was launched in 1973

Private Collection fragrance notes

Reviews of Private Collection

Loro Show all reviews
United Kingdom
I adore this.

It paints a picture - high-end American suburb in the 60s, glamorous woman awaiting her husband's return. She's in the kitchen, cocktail dress and heels, freshly showered and soapy clean, door ajar and a light breeze bringing in the scent of freshly mown grass and mimosa. Lingering in the kitchen is the aroma of baking, not sweet but buttery and warm. Something with almonds.

I have not the faintest idea why the notes listed above should combine to conjour this image (although no doubt I've been influenced many years of Estée Lauder marketing campaigns) but they do and it's fabulous. And there IS an underlying warmth that throws the greenness into relief and adds body and depth.

Longevity is decent at 5-6 hours, and the first two hours are sublime.
27th October, 2015
Jule Show all reviews
United States
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.
30th May, 2015
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?
28th March, 2015
Oviatt Show all reviews
United States
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.
09th December, 2014
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.
29th July, 2014
Genre: Green

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.

23rd June, 2014

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