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.
The White Shoulders I remember so well is from the 1970s and 1980s, I do not know if it has been reformulated since. My personal memories are of weddings during that era, the brides always wore this.
What I remember is a lovely, delicate floral with a heart of gardenia and tuberose, but never overwhelming as those fragrances can be. Women of different ages can wear this one, from the youngest preteen to senior citizen.
I have some I bought on clearance in Target. Very flowery and, while I like florals, this doesn't work on me. There is one note that doesn't smell good, haven't figured out what it is. Smells cheap and tarty on me. Sorry.