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Private Collection (1973)
by Estée Lauder


Private Collection information

Year of Launch1973
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 214 votes)

People and companies

HouseEstée Lauder
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies

About Private Collection

Private Collection is a feminine perfume by Estée Lauder. The scent was launched in 1973

Private Collection fragrance notes

Reviews of Private Collection

Utterly green and utterly divine!

Whatever nymphs or goddesses or dryads live in the forest wear nothing but Private Collection in vintage parfum.

Lauder's ad campaigns did this scent a disservice. The last thing I think of in connection with this fragrance is wealthy WASPs hosting lavish patio parties or yawning with boredom in their box seats at Wimbledon.

This is a perfume for pagans with wildly tangled hair and witchery on their minds.
19th July, 2019 (last edited: 25th July, 2019)
My vintage bottle has held up well. I've only recently discovered this (within the last year) as this one had slipped by my radar, when it was popular.

Very strong, with a big bowl filled with juicy, sour citrus, freshly torn big, green leaves, and huge blooms of hyacinth. Top notes border on bitterness.

The heart notes are just as bold. Heavy-duty flowers blended well enough that I'm not able to single out any one flower more than the other. I imagine some well-heeled crone wearing PC back in the day. She'd be full-on attitude with disdainful haughtiness. I wear it with a F*** Y** mindset.

I do think of this frag better suited for cold months with its lead-weight notes, the spotlight later shining on narcissus and jasmine. The heart goes on for hours before the base even shows a hint. When it does, it reveals a lot of oakmoss and green cedar. It becomes ever so mildly sweet, like a touch of honeycomb, from its amber and musk. Private Collection is a fragrance whose time has come and gone. But, I'll happily finish my bottle and be glad I got to experience her.
28th January, 2019
It’s green, bitter, itchy, strong, old school and nauseating because of all this.
01st December, 2018
A very pleasant fresh-green fragrance. For the first hour or so I wear Private Collection it smells exactly like Irish Spring soap, but eventually becomes a greener version of the original Ivoire
07th March, 2018
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United Kingdom
Review of the Eau de Parfum

The opening begins with a white floral impression, a lovely hyacinth that is given additional fresh touches by a bright citrus undertone. There is a green, nigh grassy undertone present that enhances the feeling of an certain crispness.

Heading towards the drydown the emphasis shifts to the downwards floral side, adding jasmine, narcissus and transient whiffs of geranium in addtion to a very light touch of a restrained bright rose impression in the background. Later on a woodsy pine note is evident, a very dry and refinedly herbaceous pine without any sweetness, and quite different from the traditional Pino-Silvestre-style heavier pine compositions.

A very soft amber leads into the base notes, paired with a restrained mossy undertone, whose subtle tartness is not standing out - this is no Gucci Nobile - but blending in with the rest quite inconspicuously. At times the oak moss is possibly a bit too perfunctory. This is rounded off by a somewhat generic white muskiness - at times veering to a stronger gold musk character, which is thinly draped over the other notes like a gossamer veil without any civety components whatsoever on my skin. Echoes of the earlier floral potpourri follow on into the base, mixing with the rest superbly and harmoniously and forming a round, rich and sophisticated floral-chypre architecture that very gradually vanishes towards the end.

I get moderate sillage, excellent projection and nine hours of longevity on my skin.

This is on the whole a beautiful creation for spring evenings; mature, confident, rich, and mostly composed of ingredients of the finest quality, supremely blended whilst maintaining excellent structure. One of Estée Lauder's best works. 4/5.
20th May, 2017
Gorgeous. This is one of those weird macho green 70's chypres that smell very masculine by today's standards, and it's definitely one of my favorites.

In terms of smells, it's grassy and green, but balanced with fresh citrus, while spicy cloves and kitchen herbs mix with vinegar to keep it warm and a little abrasive. There's a heavy helping of gold musk, so it's simultaneously very soapy and vaguely animalic. It's also a chypre, so there's that core of green mossy dankness that makes it feel especially classic. The end result of all this is a smell reminiscent of expensive pine-scented old-fashioned French soap with citrus and the smell of a freshly mowed lawn on top.

Let's be honest: Private Collection is probably something most people will have to grow into. Its abrasive beauty is dated and, if it were a woman, she'd be referred to somewhat rudely as "handsome." But if you've mastered Yatagan and Kouros and see the glory in Eau De Campagne, you should really smell Private Collection. Oh, and because it's Estee Lauder, it's everywhere and it's cheap! Pro tip: you'll likely have to ask to smell it - most Estee Lauder counters have a tester but don't leave it out.
06th October, 2016

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