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Knowing (1988)
by Estée Lauder


Knowing information

Year of Launch1988
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 239 votes)

People and companies

HouseEstée Lauder
PerfumerElie Roger
PackagingIra Levy
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies

About Knowing

Knowing is a feminine perfume by Estée Lauder. The scent was launched in 1988 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Elie Roger. The bottle was designed by Ira Levy

Knowing fragrance notes

Reviews of Knowing

This is a review for the current EDP, and I'm sorry to say that Knowing can no longer be included in the chypre category. Gone is the bite of moss to round out its floral notes - not only is oakmoss not among the listed ingredients, even tree moss is absent. Today's Knowing is a pleasant rose concoction, pretty and refined and not much else. It's not bad, so I can't give it a thumbs-down; but it isn't Knowing anymore, either, so a neutral rating is the best I can do.

Lauder's website now describes Knowing as a floral/woody fragrance, but in its past incarnations this was a gorgeous rose chypre. I don't know why Lauder still lists oakmoss among the basenotes, since the ingredients tabulation on the box makes no mention of oakmoss (or even tree moss) - maybe moss is present in such a small amount that they're not required to list it.
15th January, 2016
Knowing is one of the few fragrances I wear where straight men stop and ask what wonderful "cologne" I'm wearing. It is highly unusual for heterosexual men to stop a 6'4" male stranger and tell him he smells good, so it must really pique their curiosity. The current formula is more streamlined, bitter, and dry than before--fine with me--which causes it to edge more toward Bandit and perhaps more suitable for masculine wear. It's an intelligent scent that conveys a degree of sexiness while remaining nicely aloof. Additionally, it's one of the few remaining real French (though parodoxically American in origin) chypres still on department store shelves. Like Aromatics, it seems to have a devoted cult following and still sells well, as evidenced by the fact that Lauder didn't relegate it to the "House of Lauder" collection recently as it did all its other older scents. The original ad with Paulina Porizkova, arms crossed in a tuxedo, is one of my favorites. The fact that it's a ripoff of the Deneuve No. 5 ads from the 70s doesn't detract one bit. There aren't smart ads for smart perfumes for smart women in tuxedos anymore.
12th October, 2015

A perfume of conquest.KNOWING draws its strenght from powerful expresses the warmth and sensuality of female body.a dark chypre oriental, become the source of addiction.this is by far one of my favorite scents for blends into the skin to create a Infinitely Warm,Irresistibly Sophisticated,Dangerously Voluptuous,Highly Classic, Mysteriously Complex and Clearly Sexy scent.

The top notes burst to reveal aldehydes,green notes and coriander. the middle notes develop to include patchouli,cedar, jasmine,lily of the valley accord. finlly the base casts an addictive spell with an intoxicating overdose of wood,oakmoss and civet making the scent a sensual reserved for cold weather.definitely for a femme fatale not for the faint of heart.


Longevity?Superb on my skin.

13th June, 2015
If I wear Knowing to church, men follow me through the Coffee Hour following the service.
18th November, 2014
Knowing is a good - great, perhaps - floral chypre of the late '80s which bears a distinctive fruity-citrus breeze together with a floral feel tending more towards the delicate-soapy-sweet side, all together wrapped around a great, juicy, refined rose accord. All the "dark side" is there too - benzoin, civet, oak moss, aldehydes - but overall, at least for the first couple of hours, Knowing is as much carnal as lively, carrying a subtle sort of fizzy, invigorating and graceful spring feel. Which is enough to make it stand out of the crowd of chypres; not a gourmand but lightly fruity and sweet, not a "femme fatale chypre" but with all it needs to smell feminine, sensual and sophisticated enough. And not just a floral scent centered on rose. Plus, the evolution is subtle but really well engineered; after a while, the oak moss note starts to emerge over the sweeter–brighter notes, dirtening the overall liveliness with its woody-mossy sour dryness—thus enhancing the gloomier side of rose. A nice twist for sure. A perfect candidate for any "high-quality-chypres" rotation and a must try for rose fans.

04th October, 2014
Genre: Floral

Knowing is a rose so big that a family of four could take up residence inside it and still have room to entertain. You know it comes from the 1980s: never before or since have floral scents been as loud. Knowing is to rose what Giorgio, Amarige and Poison are to tuberose. A scent like Joy is feeble next to Knowing, and of the older florals only Fracas comes to mind as matching its flamboyance.

For all its heft, Knowing is still a great rose. It may be big, but it’s highly articulated, filled with interesting detail, and surprisingly well proportioned. Smelling Knowing navigate its way around being too sweet, too heady, too soapy, or too fruity is like watching a circus elephant pluck a daisy by the stem. How can anything so huge be so poised and dexterous? Knowing will appeal to those who love Pierre Montale’s grand rose scents, and I might even go so far as suggest it as a less exotic, though much more affordable, rosy alternative to Amouage Lyric. In case my description leaves any doubt, Knowing fills the room and lasts forever. There’s no turning back once you press that sprayer!
19th June, 2014

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