Knowing (1988)
    by Estée Lauder




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    Knowing is a women's fragrance by Estée Lauder. The scent was launched in 1988 and the bottle was designed by Ira Levy

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    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!

    19 June, 2014

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    This is a wonderfully old-fashioned scent, smelling like the latest it could possibly have been created would have been in the 1950s. It is a fragrant green floral chypre that is extremely well balanced. There is a big rose at the center, but it never screams at you, it only insinuates itself to support the other florals.

    Top notes: Coriander, Neroli
    Middle notes: Rose, Jasmine, Lily, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Vetiver
    Base notes: Patchouli, Oak Moss, Honey, Musk, Amer, Civet

    One of Lauder's finest and highly recommended.

    13 March, 2014

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    I couldn't buy a bottle fast enough. The infatuation was wild and delicious. Just released, yes I knew everything. Half way through the bottle we encountered irrevocable differences, I began to smell apples during the 'everything scented apple' phase. And that was it, I gave it away. Sometimes, at the perfume counter, I give it a whirl, but it doesn't rock my world. Now it's somebody that I used to know.
    It's not you, you're wonderful, it's me.

    27 April, 2013

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    An amalgam of all the best chypres, and more than the sum of its parts, Knowing is among Kerleo's best creations and Lauder's finest releases. Only the most minute dab of the vintage parfum or edp is ever needed to bask in this glorious scent all day long complete with alluring sillage; oh Lauder's glorious economy of scent, as Knowing could be a great Patou with ease or could pass for Caron or vintage Dior at four times the price.

    The rose chypre par excellence, this rose is dry and evil, seductive but menacing and grim. The odd fruits are Dionysian offerings, nothing ripe or sweet about them. Knowing is crypto-pagan but overtly 90s working woman austere. The Paulina Porizkova commercial from the early 90s portrays a time much like today's: full of upheaval, solemnity, uncertainty, goofy as the ultimate fall into solipsism in the ad is. Knowing is just another perfume, but when I wear it, its strength, boldness, seeming olfactive translation of staring difficulty right in the face and prevailing, gives me a kind of solidity and feeling of steely grace. Knowing is somewhat industrial, sky scrapers and platform heels, but the oakmoss and civet keep on whispering about witchy secrets and sex. There is a divinity and untouchable simplicity to how absolutely right Knowing is when used very sparingly: hours of style and mystery.

    21st November, 2012

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    Not bad. However, I believe Knowing is a cheaper version of Coriandre by Couturier launched 15 years earlier. These fragrances share almost the exact same base notes:

    Knowing: Sandalwood, patchouli, civet, oakmoss, vetiver

    Coriandre: Sandalwood, patchouli, civet, oakmoss, vetiver, musk

    Of course, the top and middle notes are quite different (with the exception of the rose which is common to both fragrances) but to the untrained nose these two perfumes are oddly similar. Knowing is not as crisp and clean as Coriandre. It is a little heavier and most certainly not as chic and refined as Coriandre. Since Coriandre is not easy to find in some parts of the world, maybe Knowing could be a reasonable second-best but still...

    04 October, 2012

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    I know I'm in the minority here, but my only experience with Knowing is a quick spray on the wrist at a department store while on lunch break. Despite a thorough scrubbing, when I got back to work I made two of my patients ill, one even asked what was that horrible smell. Its perserverance after washing with industrial soap has convinced me this is not a fragrance for medical care workers.

    03 September, 2012

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