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Modern Muse (2013)
by Estée Lauder


Modern Muse information

Year of Launch2013
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 36 votes)

People and companies

HouseEstée Lauder
PerfumerHarry Fremont
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies

About Modern Muse

Modern Muse is a feminine perfume by Estée Lauder. The scent was launched in 2013 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Harry Fremont

Reviews of Modern Muse

A light, fresh, boring but nice white floral, dominated by jasmine. Ok.
22nd May, 2018
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The top note is a somewhat nonspecific floral impression with a slightly orangey touch. It has some fresh-ish moments though.

The drydown develops the floral theme further. A somewhat faint honeysuckle combines with a fairly perfunctory tuberose; all this is given some depth by a pleasant jasmine note that is the dominant component at that stage of the development.

The base, with a bit more sweetness as the earlier phases but never cloying, is centred around vanilla and a woodsy undertone. An agreeable white musky impression is present and, with the vanilla, prominent towards the end.

I get moderate sillage, adequate projection and seven hours of longevity on my skin.

This spring scent is quite pleasant at times, but at times outright boring. The jasmine is quite nice, but overall the whole mix never really develops on me into a convincing whole. Most of the ingredients are rather generic and anaemic on my skin. 2.5/5.
19th July, 2017
Everytime I wear Modern Muse, I love it more. This is my "I want to smell sophisticated today" perfume....I love it for work and daytime events.

Some white florals overwhelm me and put me in headache territory pretty quickly, but MM wears easily. Lasts all day too! Estee Lauder rarely makes a misstep in my book, and this one is a goodie!
30th June, 2016
Languid and diaphanous as a faery of the enchanted forests, aqueous (initial) transparency, green floral subtleness and otherworldly poetry. Hardly Estee Lauder fails a move and who cares about the ordinary designer-type synthetic approach? Vaguely (may be conceptually) close to Lancome Poeme and fragrances as Just Precious La Perla or Elie Saab (of course Elie Saab Le Parfum is the first perfume that jumps on mind to many) Modern Muse smells about extremely delicate muskiness and transparent sophisticated floral/green fluidity; a bright romantic combination of musk, citrus (orange, bergamot, mandarine), various floral patterns and woods (mostly sandalwood). The latter is soon detectable since the fist spray on skin as sheer undertone tickling the nose. Lily of the valley provides a sort of water like transparent extra dry feel while sambac Jasmine and may be rose imprint an extremely sophisticated subtleness really sensual, musky, fresh and elegant. I detect throughout a wax/pollen centered floral-vegetal approach perfectly combined with musk and vanilla. The dry down is slightly more rounded and warmer with a touch of balminess which doesn't geopardize the widespread dry muskiness. The fragrance is not particularly original (or better is somewhat un-original) of course but well appointed for sure, the name Muse evokes an ideal otherworldly white inspiring model with a sort of "divine" Goddess aura. More than appreciable concoction though too much evocative about previous olfactory experiments.
01st October, 2014
Oviatt Show all reviews
United States
One of the better recent releases from Estee Lauder. Surprisingly underplayed (for EL) white florals on a base of woods and vanilla. Fleeting citrus topnotes. Is this innovative in the way that Youth Dew and Private Collection were? No, but this also lacks the powerful punch associated with most Estee Lauder scents. This is a really well done, "safe" scent that would work for all age groups. For women for whom Joy and Fracas are too much, this will be just right. It smells surprisingly modern (as per the name) yet fits in well with the classical repertoire of white floral scents.
15th January, 2014
I first sniffed Modern Muse by Estée Lauder in the department store. The perfume was sprayed on paper by the smiling sales associate and wafted under my nose. I smiled politely and said something like, “that’s nice; a light citrus-floral.” My inner dialog, however, could have been described as a cynical tirade and I dismissed MM as another generic designer release in a pretty bottle.

Recently, my mother acquired a MM mini and I decided to actually (gasp) try on the perfume. She held her wrist out and I was surprised when the “floriental” revealed white florals floating on top of a sensual amber-musk. So I rolled up a sleeve and sprayed. The apologetic citrus opening quickly died down to reveal a large dose of serious, animalic white floral; I wouldn’t have experienced the fleshy jasmine and oily musk on paper.

Does MM smell like Narciso Rodriguez for Her? A little, but as other reviewers pointed out, For Her is richer and more suggestive. Perhaps one could think of MM as an easy to wear white floral suitable for all ages; unfortunately crowd pleasing does not equal innovation.

24th December, 2013

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