Estee Lauder continues its tradition of updating its classics with its sparkling new rendition of Pure White Linen. With a composition to make your mouth water, this new interpretation is being referred to as “the fragrance to live in all year long” and is sure to please lovers of crisp velvety florals. Notes include grapefruit, mandarin, iced rose tea, raspberry, pear, Granny Smith apple, dewy greens, lily, white freesia, white ginger, cardamom, red tulips, rose absolute, honeysuckle, gardenia, tuberose, jasmine, iris, osmanthus, white cedarwood, patchouli and white heliotropine.
Having never been a huge fan of the original White Linen, I was quite surprised when I first experienced Pure White Linen. The scent opens with a succulent juicy pairing of grapefruit and pear against a complex but well-blended background of white petals. As the scent progresses, the fruity notes begin to relax as echoes of the original White Linen make their appearance — a soft rose, a green leafy note, powdery heliotrope. As the scent develops, it also relaxes, leaving a trail of mostly honeysuckle, lily and again, heliotrope, but here it has an almost almond-like quality.
Overall, Pure White Linen is a definite modernization of the 1978 fragrance superstar. With excellent longevity and sillage, the drydown leaves a subtle trail of summer fruits and blossoms (think fruit tea) that seems much more youthful than the original. Alas, it IS another fruity-floral, and with the pear note, reminds me of such scents as Christian Dior Eau de Dolce Vita, Annick Goutal Petite Cherie and Faconnable Face a Face pour Femme. But I have to admit, it’s one of the best fruity-florals I’ve encountered in a while and at $65 for a 100 ml Eau de Parfum spray (it is also available in 30 and 50 ml), one of the most reasonably priced. If scents like Pure White Linen are any indication of what’s to come at Estee Lauder, I can’t wait to try the new Azuree and who knows what else!
Pure White Linen is available now at Estee Lauder counters and online at esteelauder.
Note: image via Images de Parfums.