Beyond Paradise is a floral fragrance. According to Turin's book - an imaginary floral beyond reality. However, to me it smells almost exactly like my Champaca tree in the garden, so I think we have found where the origin is. It is a scent of white, tropical flowers. It suits me well on a tropical evening, though it will be even better on a woman during day time, I feel.
Beyond Paradise by Estée Lauder, 2003
Rated #1969 in Fragrances
Since my nose is not sophisticated enough to describe the notes, I'll just say that whatever the notes or ingredients are in this frag, I absolutely love this scent and is my go to scent quite often.
While I owned and enjoyed this one summer, the jasmine has a tendency to turn a little "bug spray" on me. And that one note was a deal breaker. As advertised, this is a somewhat tropical floral that I beleive has a lot going for it, just not for me.
I absolutely love this delicate white floral. Fresh and inoffensive are perfect adjectives. However, I disagree about the air freshener and fabric softener descriptions, because I find most of those very offensive and headache inducing. Many florals are off limits due allergies of my own, and others. While I can wear EL's Knowing, others around me react negatively. I break out in a rash from EL's Youth Dew, and Pleasures. Many people I know (obviously, me included) physically distance ourselves from people wearing any type of strong scents. Beyond Paradise has never elicited such reaction, so if you don't like socializing, do yourself a favor and wear something else.
Had to try this after the tremendous write-up in The Guide, but unfortunately I don't agree with Turin. It's certainly a pleasant enough smell, but not outstanding. Air freshener, fabric softener - yes, as others have commented. Nice, but not how I want to smell, and I certainly don't want it around for hours on end. Made for the American market, I would think, as it smells clean and inoffensive, but I want more from my perfume than that. Actually, this seems to be the way all Lauder scents are going today, with reformulations making Beautiful and Pleasures markedly simpler and undemanding. Only Youth Dew remains anything like it was. Beyond Paradise? Beyond redemption!
This is probably one of the nicest smelling white floral perfumes I have ever tried, along with Curious by Britney Spears and Allure by Chanel which are also way up there. If you like jasmine scents and white floral perfumes in general you will probably be a big fan of this. I disagree with the people who are saying it smells "cheap" or like "air freshener" too. I agree that it smells "fresh" but to me it's just a really nice and pleasant kind of "fresh" smell. I have honestly never smelled an air freshener that was nearly as nice as this perfume: it would really have to be some very special an expensive air freshener in my opinion. Also, I hate the smell of febreeze. I find it disgustingly strong and almost nauseating. On me, this fragrance is nowhere near as strong as the smell of Febreeze. It's actually quite subtle, and very nice, especially compared to some of the other floral perfumes I've been testing recently that didn't smell very great on me at all. This gets a big thumbs up from me, and I highly recommend it to everyone who is looking for a good white floral perfume.
Beyond Paradise is as alien as Muglers Angel, if not more. But EL hides its freak in a way that Mugler wouldnt consider. The chief accord in Angel is synthetic in that it resembles food, but is poisonous. BP gives you a fetching nosegay, but one made of shards of glass, sugar-coated with laundry powder. Angel was an utterly novel concept when it was released, with an accord that leaned on the jarring side of juxtaposition and therefore read as synthetic. BP is so like so many things youve smelled before, most of them scented, functional commercial products. But it's teased together into what some would call an idealized flower. Id call it a floral least common denominator. Our noses learn over the years of sniffing cleaning products and the like to equate so-called floral with flowers. BP relies on this implied language of commercial scent, whispers a translation to us in press-release English and we believe that this scent is based on the Utopia Flower that grows Somewhere or other. OK, that s the jaded view of corporate perfumery. As to the actual creation of this scent, it is impeccably composed, and I cant imagine the work that went into it. But again, least common denominator. BP is a bit like a predictable but popular Broadway show. It speaks in a theatrical language that were all guaranteed to understand and doesnt advance the state of the art an inch. We talk of perfumery as art, and we should. BP is entertainment, but is it art?
Disclaimer: This review is of an in-store tester. Turin Loves this and he and I are typically on the same page, I am one of the few who agrees he's spot on with Tommy Girl and understands exactly what he means when he says Insolence "brilliant" in spite of my hating it. At the very least, his recommendations tend to have a certain je ne sais quoi to them worth shoving your face into. I tested this fragrance in Ulta - a store which very intelligently displays it's fragrances before a massive set of west-facing windows. I expect the bottle was "off" I just don't know by how much. This Beyond Paradise smelled of aerosol room freshener and sinus headache. In two words, it was "boring" and "ow." I expected something more radiant - a kaleidoscopic Tom Ford Black Orchid, which smells strongly of tropical fruit to me. As it is, BP smells of Frangipani soap. Great if you hate fragrance and Febreeze is you best friend.
Oh gawd, I really flip flop with this one - my husband bought me my first bottle of this - he loves it on me but every time I wear it, I am left wanting more from a fragrance. This feels too one dimensional to me (could be my body chemistry) and I always feel it would work better on either a teenaged girl who loves pop idols, pink and cupcakes or an older woman who loves flower shows, fluffy small dogs (and cupcakes). I know that is a bit harsh but you get what I mean? Either way, it is pretty and incredibly strong with soapy synthetic flowers saturated in a potent & heady jasmine syrup. Great if you are in love with knockout jasmine. For me, I can wear it once in a while, usually getting lots of compliments (and a headache at some stage). If I was into pure florals, this is one I'd probably wear more often but maybe that's the real issue here... I love the bottle, which doesn't seem to be the common consensus here but I guess that's to personal taste! Argh, after writing this down I am still no closer to love or hate with this bottle, think I want to love it cos my dear hubby gave it to me - will keep trying!
This is a good scent for me. Transparent, modern, fresh, clean, bright. Something i can wear that doesn't end up wearing me. In a way, it could be mistaken for a skin or hair product, and not a stand alone fragrance, but that, to me is a compliment. It has the charm of clean fresh summer afternoon. Really nice, and my husband likes it.
Beyond Paradise by Estée Lauder, 2003
By: Estée Lauder
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