Code of Conduct
Results 1 to 28 of 28
  1. #1

    Default Estee Lauder Knowing

    Friend claims it's the greatest thing he has ever smelled on women. I have never heard of it. How good is it?

  2. #2

    Default Re: Estee Lauder Knowing

    I liked it at first but it's gradually began to annoy me. It's a big, floral chypre slightly on the sour side for my tastes, now that I've given it a few wears.

    On the plus side, it's pretty cheap!

  3. #3

    Default Re: Estee Lauder Knowing

    Ulta has it .I tried it on there .It is closely related to Paloma Picasso and Diva by Ungaro .Now I own ,like,and wear Paloma and Diva but Knowing was a bit stronger and less floral . It would be an easy unisex nowadays -at least to my nose.Definitely try before you buy(full retail at least )Or get a mini on Ebay.
    For me ,Knowing is an eventually -probably.

  4. #4

    Default Re: Estee Lauder Knowing

    I think of it as a fruity, green rose. It's nice, but I think Montana's Parfum de Peau is better if you're looking for a mossy floral. I love both of the bottles!

  5. #5

    Default Re: Estee Lauder Knowing

    Love it on the right woman. Very sexy.
    Jan Pieter

  6. #6
    Weimar27's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Lansdowne Pennsylvania
    Posts
    642
    Blog Entries
    3

    Default Re: Estee Lauder Knowing

    Do you like Crisp cypre flowers with leather thats what Knowing smells like
    very crisp flowers with leather it's almost like Paloma Picasso without the
    resins and Spicy accords.

  7. #7
    Hillaire
    Guest

    Default Re: Estee Lauder Knowing

    Well, very little gets me as excited as Estee Lauder, and Knowing is my favorite of the house!!

    I find it to be dark, sexy and brooding. It's very woody and leathery, floral, but not too sweet. And I think it tops the genre of dark, rosy chypres, which happens to be my favorite genre.

    Not to mention, it's a Bernard Chant creation, and I love all of his fragrances!

    Other notable dark rose you might know, for reference are: Gucci L'Arte, Sisley Soir de Lune, Ungaro Diva, PG Corps et Ames, Jil Sander No. 4....

    I'd agree that Montana's Parfum de Peau was on par once (It was DIVINE.), but it's been horribly reformulated, and the old stuff is hard to find AND hard to identify. Estee Lauder, the other hand, has not reformulated anything, and it's a delight.

    And as Suga points out, it's not too expensive, so it's a safe investment.

  8. #8
    Basenotes Plus
    knit at nite's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    CA, Central Coast
    Posts
    4,845

    Default Re: Estee Lauder Knowing

    Oh how I love Knowing! When it came out I had to wear it sneak-ily on weekends and evenings because it was the signature scent of a co-worker in a small office. Diva and Paloma Picasso have never floated my boat the way Knowing does.
    Similar in character are L'arte de Gucci and Teatro alla scala
    A Scent Rescuer
    Every great perfume deserves a good home

  9. #9

    Default Re: Estee Lauder Knowing

    Totally agree with jpkunst...on the right woman, Knowing is spectacular rose, woods and leather..like no other scent. However, I've smelled it on others and it was sour and flat.

    I don't think my chemistry is best suited to it...I can wear a small dose, in the right weather....but unfortunately, while O.K., it's not spectacular on me
    "You can't change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future."

    "Three essentials for a good life: Someone to love, somewhere to go, and something to look forward to."

  10. #10

    Default Re: Estee Lauder Knowing

    Another fan of Knowing here. It's a mossy rosy chypre, deep golden & green smelling to me. I think it's a perfect fragrance for fall, but it's a classic, so maybe someone who likes today's sheerer styles will not care for it. Try before you buy, as always.

  11. #11

    Default Re: Estee Lauder Knowing

    Quote Originally Posted by Sugandaraja View Post
    I liked it at first but it's gradually began to annoy me. It's a big, floral chypre slightly on the sour side for my tastes, now that I've given it a few wears.

    On the plus side, it's pretty cheap!

    This was exactly my experience with the bottle I had.A generous family friend gave me a box of several EL fragrances as a teenager,and though it wore me down,I still think Knowing was the best of the bunch.While it's not for me,I agree it could be wonderful on the right person.
    The nose wants what it wants!

  12. #12

    Default Re: Estee Lauder Knowing

    I agree with everyone above who loves it (although I don't find the rose particularly prominent like it is in L'Arte and Diva) and I will acknowledge that it can be an aquired taste. It has a bitter edge that gives it its unique and powerful signature, but lots of people don't like that. And it's easy to overapply - you must be careful with it! I had the body lotion some time ago and I think it was this softer version of the fragrance that initially won me over.
    Science is not only compatible with spirituality, it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light-years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. ..Carl Sagan

  13. #13
    jtd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    LA, California
    Posts
    125
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Estee Lauder Knowing

    Knowing is a rose chypre like many of those mentioned above. What distinguishes it is its lack of a sweet element that some of the others share. Diva has its honey and Paloma has sweet balsams. Knowing has a dry woodiness that perfectly ties the moss to the spiced rose. The key here is the rose. Not a dewy rose, not a flaming rose. This rose is dry verging on bitter and is in perfect accord with the moss. This is the fragrance I'd recommend when people ask for a rose that a man could wear, which is funny because I'd wear anything I like whether targeted to boys or girls. Also funny because the EL fragrances always seem to have that suggestion of solid, practical American femininity (I guess I'm falling for marketing here.) But you know what? Knowing shares as much (categorically) with the rose chypres as it does (in tone ) with men's power fragrances of the 80s. It is huge, woody, has preternatural sillage and a half-life of days. My god, this could be Antaeus.
    jtd

  14. #14

    Default Re: Estee Lauder Knowing

    I sampled it in a department store and loved it. The SA actually talked me out of buying it.

    Months later I noticed an unpleasantly strong chypre perfume on someone sitting next to me. Asked what it was (nicely). It was Knowing.

    Made me want to do the "sampling on another person " test before all perfume purchases!

    It is definitely a fine fragrange, but I find it a little too in-your-face for me.

    [jtd--your description is spot on!]
    "You...put on cologne to write?"(From Midnight in Paris)

    Stop by for a chat: http://perfumedletters.wordpress.com/
    My book reviews: http://www.nstperfume.com/author/Cheryl/

  15. #15

    Default Re: Estee Lauder Knowing

    I love it. It's dark, rich, mysterious, and never too sweet. It is also packs a MONSTER wallop and should be applied lightly! In general, the Estee Lauders are not the shrinking violets of the scent world, are they?
    This scent is great, but ... MORE KITTENS!

  16. #16

    Default Re: Estee Lauder Knowing

    thanks for the feedback, ladies! much appreciated!! please tell me it doesn't smell anything like youth dew as it makes me ill. so does mitsouko and samsara.
    Last edited by dogsinatub; 20th October 2010 at 01:38 AM.

  17. #17

    Default Re: Estee Lauder Knowing

    Knowing is a classic in the Estee lineup, and itself is a classic chypre. Not for everyday wear or even office wear for most, yet refined and even unisex. It is very strong and has presence. Not airy and aquatic at all.

    For a woman mature (and not just in age) or a man with confidence to pull this off.
    "No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.

  18. #18

    Default Re: Estee Lauder Knowing

    Knowing is definitely NOT airy. It is dark, heavy and rosewood/woody, fruity, a little bit "soapy" (that's the leather, oddly enough)...and dry on me, but in a good way. And not the tiniest bit green. (honestly, it does go a little sweet on me but many scents do that.) I think of it as a scent for a mature woman (or man, actually)... EL's scent (Aramis) JHL is a "more feminine" rose to my nose than Knowing. Just goes to show that scent is uniquely individual at times.
    Actias luna's fragrance reviews | Now blogging with AromiErotici, Carrie Meredith, Mimi Gardenia, Sugandaraja, Asha, bluesoul, shamu1, Redneck Perfumisto and Daly Beauty at Il Mondo di Odore
    Art: Actias luna's other hobby
    - along with some impromptu "performance writing" here on Basenotes!

  19. #19
    Hillaire
    Guest

    Default Re: Estee Lauder Knowing

    I have to chime in again as to its unisex potential. My BF wears it and considers it totally appropriate to a man. It really would not strike anyone as a 'feminine' I think.

    I actually get more compliments wearing this one, but I have to be sparing!

  20. #20

    Default Re: Estee Lauder Knowing

    Yes, I agree it is a "handle with care" type of fragrance. I enjoy mine occassionally, but have to be careful not to overspray
    Evenstar

  21. #21

    Default Re: Estee Lauder Knowing

    A while back I hugged a friend goodbye and I just had to ask- what's that perfume you got on? Estee Lauder's Knowing! I looked it up right away online, never took notice of it before then.
    Last edited by Eliza; 20th October 2010 at 04:32 AM. Reason: spelling
    Eliza
    (seems like vintage L'origan was made just for me)

  22. #22
    kumquat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    Posts
    8,636
    Blog Entries
    98

    Default Re: Estee Lauder Knowing

    I think it's a beautiful classic. It was the only scent that my mother could wear after they ruined Arpege by watering it down.

  23. #23

    Default Re: Estee Lauder Knowing

    I'm wearing it today, because I'm VERY suggestible. Oh, it smells so good on this rainy day! Sweeter than I remember, but so dark and mysterious and greeny-rose. It reminds me quite a bit of L'Ombre dans l'Eau. Also, I am reminded all over again that Knowing is strong enough to kill small pets and livestock at 20 paces ...
    This scent is great, but ... MORE KITTENS!

  24. #24
    vita odorifera
    perfaddict's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Lagos
    Posts
    7,592
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Re: Estee Lauder Knowing

    Wifey loves EL Knowing. She has a largish wardrobe but Knowing is her default frag. I just bought her a second bottle within a year, recently. Apart from Ubar, this is the one i like most (maybe, just maybe, that is why she wears it so much [yeah, yeah, in my dreams, i hear....])
    ointments and perfume delight the heart....

    #BBOG!

  25. #25

    Default Re: Estee Lauder Knowing

    Quote Originally Posted by Hillaire View Post
    I'd agree that Montana's Parfum de Peau was on par once (It was DIVINE.), but it's been horribly reformulated, and the old stuff is hard to find AND hard to identify.
    In my experience, anything older than the current Italian butchering is good stuff. This Italian reissue is packaged in a blue box with a depiction of an orange helix bottle on it: STAY AWAY! Older formulations are packaged in a blue box with blue text (original) or a blue box with black/silver text (90's reformulation with synthetic castoreum).

  26. #26

    Default Re: Estee Lauder Knowing

    Knowing is fabulous- a very different animal to Youth Dew. I tend to think of Youth Dew as Mae West and Knowing as Lauren Bacall. So classy

  27. #27
    kumquat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    Posts
    8,636
    Blog Entries
    98

    Default Re: Estee Lauder Knowing

    Quote Originally Posted by tott View Post
    In my experience, anything older than the current Italian butchering is good stuff. This Italian reissue is packaged in a blue box with a depiction of an orange helix bottle on it: STAY AWAY! Older formulations are packaged in a blue box with blue text (original) or a blue box with black/silver text (90's reformulation with synthetic castoreum).
    Good information, and sad to hear. I am glad now I still have my mother's 20 yr old bottle.

  28. #28

    Default Re: Estee Lauder Knowing

    Oddly enough, I find the 2010 version of Knowing closer to the vintage PP than today's PP is.
    Wearing Knowing today. Swoon!

Similar Threads

  1. Is Estee Lauder Knowing a good alternative to Czech and Speake 88?
    By Kevin Guyer in forum Male Fragrance Discussion
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 4th February 2009, 04:02 AM
  2. Knowing for Men Estee Lauder
    By desimishu in forum Male Fragrance Discussion
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 3rd June 2007, 03:56 PM
  3. Was Estee Lauder's 'Knowing' reformulated?
    By Strange Accord in forum Female Fragrance Discussion
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10th March 2006, 08:00 PM
  4. Estee Lauder Knowing
    By SmellsLike in forum Male Fragrance Discussion
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12th August 2005, 12:07 AM
  5. Estee Lauder Knowing
    By in forum Male Fragrance Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 1st January 1970, 01:00 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  



Loving perfume on the Internet since 2000