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I, too, got free samples of this stuff in the mid 1980s. This is the single most HORRID fragrance on the market today. It is hard to believe that the same people who brought us Youth Dew and Beautiful came up with this nasty brew!
WHAT were they thinking?
On me, this smells like Dettol (a disinfectant) and vinegar. It doen't even TURN rancid on me ... it STARTS out rancid. This is like sliding down a 40-foot razor blade into a pool of iodine. It hurts to even REMEMBER how this stuff smells. This is the olfactory equivalent of Howard Stern: offensive all the time, with no depth or nuance.
And here is the really weird thing: the citrus, orris, cedar, amber, and sandal are all notes I love. They are totally masked by those disgusting aldehydes.
Clearly, another example of a good idea, badly executed. The name is wonderful, though, conjuring up fresh and crisp laundry hanging on the line, or a newly-pressed white shirt on your skin in the heat of the afternoon.
Estee Lauder should take a crack at re-formulating this. White Linen needs softness and depth. With so many fragrances that are "dumbed down" or reformulated due to expensive or unavailable materials, this one urgenly needs a makeover. There's no where to go but up for this sad orphan in the Estee Lauder line.
18th July, 2010