Before reformulation, this was a wonderful scent--a sweet, indolic white floral caress. Like the caress of form-fitting cashmere, this is a sweater girl fragrance: sweet, innocent but watch out if that sweater ever comes off! Once worn by Doris Day, this was the American perfume to put France in its place and--along with Elizabeth Arden, Norell and some others--put American fragrances on the map (sorry, Revlon, you were what they were working to overcome). Vintage perfume, if you can find it, is wonderful and so is White Shoulders powder. Sweater girls of the world, whether vintage icons like Lana Turner or modern day coeds, I salute you! Keep the sweaters coming and if you can find vintage, wear White Shoulders, too!
This is one of those fragrances where you must buy the perfume rather than the cologne or toilette to appreciate it. Cologne, even after dry down, has a cheap and biting fragrance. The perfume is a different story. After the dry down it turns very soft and feminine.
This review is for the original Eau de Cologne by Evyan.
The initial phase is an indolic jasmine & tuberose, very similar IMO to Crabtree & Evelyn's Gardenia; perhaps a touch more powdery. After thirty minutes, it settles into a prettier, but still sultry white floral, & in the heart l detect something like honeysuckle. The base is sweetly animalic, with musk, amber & a little sandalwood. lt's still going softly after nine hours.
A likeable fragrance, not as innocent as it appears, but still a little too "pretty" in the drydown for my personal taste.
Always loved this scent because my mother loved it so much. As a token of remembrance of her I wear this especially on her birthday and the anniversary of her death.
Have adored this since a teenager in the 1970s. I admit it has an almost grandmotherly scent quality to it, but Ive worn it on and off since about 1972 . It is beautifully feminine ....and as a flower gardener I ESP enjoy it.
I have gardenias and moonflowers in my garden and I cannot ever get enough of that sort of sweet yet fresh scent. And, on me, White Shoulders has staying power.