Estee Lauder Azuree perfume review

Estee Lauder Azuree fragrance

If I handed you an unlabeled vial of Estée Lauder Azurée to sniff, you might be puzzled. It certainly smells niche, with its strange opening and complex sillage. Could it be from Serge Lutens? Not likely, given its aldehydic sparkle. Maybe something new from Parfumerie Générale? No, no that, either. Estée Lauder probably wouldn’t be your first guess.

Azurée opens with a burst of bergamot coupled with a lightly caramelized smell, like brown sugar. A blush of aldehydes amplifies the effect. The bergamot fades in a minute, followed by the brown sugar after five minutes or so. When the scent settles, it is warm and herbal, grounded by leather and moss, giving the feeling of sitting in an old leather armchair in the summer on a mineral-y Provencal hillside in a wind full of lavender, thyme, and sage.

Azurée reminds me of the ocean, too, but I might be influenced by its name and its story rather than its actual scent. The Estée Lauder website says that Azurée was “inspired by the blue of the Mediterranean near Mrs. Estée Lauder's vacation home in Cap d'Antibes, off the coast of France. The scent is radiant and earthy, with the subtle tang of citrus as if carried in from a neighboring orange grove”. There’s nothing watery or salty about Azurée, and I wouldn’t call it a beach scent except for walking along the ocean, maybe, in the afternoon or early evening, in warm weather. (What would be a good stormy beach scent? L’Artisan Voleur de Roses, maybe?)

Azurée was introduced in 1969, a big year for perfume — Dioressence, Chamade, and Calandre were also created that year. Poking around on the internet revealed a list of notes that feels right to me: top notes of aldehydes, bergamot, and gardenia; heart of jasmine, cyclamen, ylang ylang, and orris; and a base of patchouli, leather, oakmoss, amber, and musk. The Estée Lauder website lists Azurée’s notes as having a top of basil, jasmine, and citrus; a heart of armoise, vetiver, and rose; and a base of patchouli, moss, and amber. It also lists Azurée as a “woody/citrus” scent, but I would call it squarely an herbal leather chypre. I’d love to smell it on a man, too.

At the Estée Lauder counter at my local Macy’s, Azurée is hidden in a cupboard, and you have to ask a sales associate to fetch the tester. (Aliage and Private Collection are hidden, too.) Also behind the counter is a flip chart listing each of Estée Lauder’s fragrances along with its notes, and if you get a friendly sales associate who will let you, it’s fun to look at the flip chart, too.

Besides the actual fragrance, the best part of Azurée is its price: $33.50 for a 60 ml bottle of Natural Fragrance Spray, which wears like Eau de Parfum. (Beat that, Serge.) The bottle is really stylish, too — tall, molded, and gently geometric with a brass collar and cap. The juice is an ambery-green color. If you’re interested in leather scents at all, do yourself a favor next time you’re at the mall and stop by the Estée Lauder counter and ask to smell Azurée.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    You made me lemm this something terrible. If only I wasn't moving, i'd order it right now. You also reminded me that I need a new bottle of Chamade.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Good luck with your move! Moving is such a giant chore. I hope the weather cooperates for you.

    Azuree is definitely worth a try, I think. The only catch is that it seems not every Estee Lauder counter has it, or if they do have it you have to ask for it. In any case, it's a great leather for summer.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think you're dead-on with the brown sugar comment. Thank you for introducing me to this one – I love it! For me, it really fits the slightly vulgar Cote d'Azur aesthetic I loved in Nice: a little over-tanned in an oily way, a love for old-fashioned animalic scents and fur wraps in hot weather, the almost-gaudy Italianate colours of the buildings as well as the landscape. There's something so unapologetic and full of character about it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I was reading a post about the new Azuree; how similar is the new version to the original?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Isn't that brown sugar bit odd, especially as a top note? I wonder what it is. I also wonder who the nose was behind it.

    I love your description of the “slightly vulgar” Riviera feel! I see someone driving along the Mediterranean in a leather-upholstered Jaguar with both the windows down and the air conditioning running. Expensive sunglasses. Expensive lunch in belly. (Surprisingly well-priced perfume on, though.)

  6. Anonymous says:

    Oh boy, they are night and day, really. The new Azuree (which I've only smelled once, I should say) I remember as more beachy and even slightly gourmand. I don't remember a hint of chypre or leather. The new one is an easy scent to love, but I bet it's also an easy scent to get tired of. You're reminding me, though, that I need to get down to the mall and give it another try.

    The old Azuree is funkier and more dated, but somehow the more beautiful for it. The old Azuree you could wear to a meeting or a dinner out, while the new Azuree strikes me as more casual.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I smelled Azuree on a woman in the grocery store several years ago. She smelled so good that I immediately asked her what she was wearing. She replied, “Azuree!”

    Within a few days I was at my local Macys to test it for myself. Alas, it did not smell anywhere near as strikingly lovely on me as it did on her…

    And, that's my “sad” Azuree story. (Heh, heh…reading your wonderful review, A, makes me want to give it another spritz!)

    Hugs, and have a great weekend!

  8. Anonymous says:

    R, it's so sad when someone else smells divine in something that just doesn't sit well on you! It's happened to me so many times with so many scents that I really, really want to love.

    Have a great weekend, too! I plan to spend some time working in the garden. (I'll have to wear a scent that won't attract bees!)

  9. Anonymous says:

    Azuree never jumped out at me like White Linen or Private Collection (or Youth Dew for that matter), it always seemed like the sleeper scent of the old school Lauder scents. I can't remember what this smells like on me, but next time I'm at my friendly Lauder counter I will resniff – can't beat the price, huh?!

    p.s. – I think the bottle is very retro-chic – that whole Art Deco geometric/gold style is actually very hip right now…

    p.s.s. – I LUV LUV LUV Azuree Soleil – and can't imagine another summer without it in my wardrobe

  10. Anonymous says:

    O.K., I'm getting in my car and going to the mall right now. I've got to smell the new Azuree again! I should try Amber Nude and Youth Dew again, too, while I'm there.

    I like the old Azuree bottle, too. The glass is nice and thick, like the bottle for a much more expensive perfume.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Just ordered a bottle. I'm writing it off as one of the mysteries of the universe that, leather sl*t that I am, I've failed to smell this. It sounds *stunning* and exactly the sort of scent I know I'll adore.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the review of a long-time fave…I was thrilled when I first saw mention of it in “The Leather Sisters”, lol! I love that Azuree is such a quality find at such a ridiculously low price…as unusual and interesting as any high-priced niche fragrance. Another nice thing is its seeming unpopularity- I have never, ever come across another woman wearing it, with the exception of my dear departed grandmother (whom I consider largely responsible for my love affair with fragrance). And yet, whenever I wear Azuree, the compliments just keep on coming…people want to get closer, and I've often heard, “It just doesn't smell like anything else!” That, to me, is high praise for a fragrance. Although, (interesting factoid) apparently, Azuree was created partly for just that reason – in order to resemble something else: the classic men's cologne Aramis, created in 1965. A friend of mine whose mother worked for Lauder waaaaay back in the day said that the popularity of their men's Aramis, which many a wife and girlfriend were borrowing, led them to create a feminine counterpart in 1969 in the form of Azuree. Sometime, if you are so inclined, compare the two side by side- they are strikingly similar, with Azuree being just slightly more citrus-y and delicate. Thanks again for the fab review!

    • katalina says:

      Some Estee lauder vintage fragrances each had a male counterpart-azuree was partnered with aramis. She wanted couple’s fragrances to compliment each other-not compete. The nose behind Youth Dew, Estee,Aliage and Azuree was Mrs. Lauder. Private Collection was Mrs. Lauders personal fragrance–thus the name.
      I was employed by EL for a number of years and hope this helps.

      • Angela says:

        Well, that certainly explains the complementary relationship between Azuree and Aramis. Thank you for the information! I’ve also heard that the nose Bernard Chant played a role in creating Aramis and Azuree, as well.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Just call me Brenda Starr, Girl Perfume Reporter. I'm just back from the mall, with an arm loaded with Azuree Soleil. The old and the new are only related by parent company. The new is creamy with sandalwood and coconut and would be perfect with a tan and a bikini. (Also, did you know that Lauder's Tuscany per Donna is startlingly like Fendi Theorama?)

  14. Anonymous says:

    Well, now I've tried the new Azuree (just back from the mall, shirt still impregnated with the stench of the Cinnabon on the way to Macy's), and I really like the new Azuree, but I almost think I'd rather drink it with a shot of rum.

    (What I *really* like is the spritz of Paloma I put on the other arm. Some SA was hustling me to buy a Juicy Couture gift set while I huffed the asphalt goodness of Paloma. The SA kept saying that Juicy Couture was French-made, which meant no synthetics. Yeah, right.)

  15. Anonymous says:

    Oh good! Let me know how you like it. It's an easy scent to overlook, thanks to the hidden testers and its nonexistent advertising campaign.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Your comment on the Leather Sisters post was exactly what spurred me to do the review! Fascinating info about Aramis and Azuree! I'll definitely have to compare them. I agree that Azuree is really underappreciated.

    My grandma was also an Estee Lauder fan, only her favorite was Youth Dew. Maybe I should do a review of that one, too.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I would love to see your review of Youth Dew! One of the few classic American fragrances to have gained the respect of even the most discriminating. (I'm thinking of Michael Edwards, for one, who loves the stuff) And while we're on the topic, am I alone in thinking that Estee Lauder as a house is vastly underrated? I happen to adore several of their fragrances (Youth Dew, Cinnabar, White Linen, Knowing,Private Collection, and -yes, I'm just gonna say it- Beautiful) and even those that I don't love, I usually have a healthy respect for. You have to admire Lauder simply for the fact that they, almost without exception, never discontinue their scents, no matter how little they sell these days. In a world where flavor of the month fragrances are the norm, only to be discontinued within a year or so, this means a lot to me.

  18. Anonymous says:

    In my quest to own every leather chypre ever made (Diorama is still sadly missing), I ordered this unsniffed, as it isn't sold in France. I agree with Tigs' comment: it does have a slightly vulgar, Italian feel to it. On my skin, the leather/oakmoss combo jump on the front seat and drive me all along the Riviera to Ventimiglia. The scent never subsides, say, in the floral territory of Diorling after its first, bitter, herbal burst. It is indeed a good summer chypre, but then I feel that chypres, at least the aromatic/ green/ leather ones like Bandit, Ma Griffe, Jolie Madame or Azurée are perfect in the heat.

  19. Anonymous says:

    And Miss Balmain! My brain thinks that leather chypres shouldn't be right in the heat, but it's usually just the heavy vanilla or spicy scents that I put in the back of the cupboard in summer.

    It's so true that the leather keeps on giving in Azuree. Diorling is so deceptive–the leather is strong enough that you're sure it could never fade, then up comes a lush bed of flowers. Tabac Blond is tricky that way, too. Not your good-ole-American Azuree, though. You want leather? You got it.

    I dream about Diorama sometimes. I did hunt down and buy myself a bottle of Diorling for my birthday, though, and I'm happy I did.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I know I need to do more exploring in Estee Lauder. Luca Turin raved about Beyond Paradise, and since Beautiful came out, 22 years ago, it's been selling like hotcakes. I've heard that Aliage, Estee, and Private Collection have been reformulated and aren't quite as good as they used to be, but I don't know if that's really true.

    It would be fun to try to do some digging around at Estee Lauder to learn a little more abou the fragrance line. Who are some of their noses, for example?

    And I do really appreciate it that they keep the classics around! Anyway, thanks for inspiring the review.

  21. Anonymous says:

    I am intrigued… Will try to hunt Azuree down but am not holding out much hope. At least I'm sure there is hope of finding Aramis since one of the commenters pointed out their similarity.

    I'd love to hear your impressions on Beyond Paradise. Not my cuppa but very nicely done. And thanks for the review, A!

    Oh, have fun gardening but please avoid wearing Serge :-D

  22. Anonymous says:

    I know what you mean about Beyond Paradise. It just seems so….watery. I'm not wildly interested in aqueous scents after my very early infatuation with Eau d'Issey passed. But I think I'm not the target market for that scent, either, and on the right person I'm sure it's fabulous. It seems like Estee Lauder to some extent has tried to echo trends: Cinnabar to answer Opium, Tuscany per Donna for Theorama and Coco, and maybe Beyond Paradise for Escape and Eau d'Issey. The SA said that they've slated a new Pleasures to be released in the fall that has some of Angel's notes. Talk about behind the curve!

    I'll probably go scent-less for gardening, to tell the truth. I get so dirty after an afternoon of digging in the yard that a hot bath is in order. After the bath, who knows what scent I'll choose? Have a great weekend, youself!

  23. Anonymous says:

    I was going for sheer, but your description of BP is more apt – it definitely is watery. Unlike the men's Issey, I never could warm up to the women's version (used to give me a headache), but then aqueous scents were never very popular with me except maybe the Eaux par Kenzo.

    You have to be joking about the new Pleasures incorporating Angelic notes! Well, after Alien vs. Predator I guess anything is possible :-) Not that I've seen it… hehe

    One last thing, do you like Tori Amos? (not a trick question)

  24. Anonymous says:

    Seriously, like Theorema? Creamy orange & spice? Will have to investigate! Is this another one they keep hidden behind the counter?

  25. Anonymous says:

    Exactly creamy orange and spice! Mandarin orange and vanilla, with an amber and sandalwood assist. A little nutmeg thrown in. This one was behind the counter, too. Definitely worth investigating since (1) it is still in production, and (2) it's bound to be reasonably priced.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Tori Amos? Well, in her Little Earthquakes days I was a big fan and even saw her in concert. I used to play that CD constantly. At some point, though, I lost track of her. Why do you ask?

  27. Anonymous says:

    Just a Tori fan looking for like-minded Tori fans :-) She's just come out with her ninth album so I was hoping to share some impressions… Little Earthquakes is great, isn't it? I so envy you seeing her live! I'm off to lull myself to sleep with one of her songs :-(

  28. Anonymous says:

    Azuree is defintiely interesting and strong. The bottles say “perfume spray” in the States instead of eau de parfum. You just need one spray and it lasts and lasts. So-called oceanics/aquatics/ozonics can be so disappointing. I love Lolita Lempicka but the new L is full of vanilla and not smelling of the sea at all. Same with Dune; it's just so strong. Oh, but for the salty tang of Aqua by Bulgari. The L bottle is to die for; it's such an “ocean dream”. Osmoz tells us that Mrs. Lauder created Azuree herself. And, yes,it is wonderful that Lauder doesn't seem to delete anything but the odd summer flanker. In the 70's, I wore Youth Dew and Aliage. I still love the latter but can't believe I wore a dark oriental like the former. Doesn't mean it isn't a great fragreance; it just isn't me. But back then there wasn't such a plethora of perfumes on the market. I wore White Linen to Paris on my first trip there. I still love White Linen Breeze but now have a fragrance wardrobe and prefer Un Air de Samsara for trips to Paris. Like our tastes in food and drink change, we mature in our fragrance choices too.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Just a Tori fan looking for like-minded Tori fans :-) She's just come out with her ninth album so I was hoping to share some impressions… Little Earthquakes is great, isn't it? I so envy you seeing her live! I'm off to lull myself to sleep to one of her songs :-(

  30. Anonymous says:

    I adored Little Earthquakes, and now I want to dig around in my cabinet of CDs and see if I can find it again. It spoke so much to how my life was at a certain point, though, that I'm not sure how I would react to it now. She was great when I saw her. She was about 5 months pregnant, I think. Let me know how her concert is!

  31. Anonymous says:

    Whoops! I see that you're talking about her album and not a concert. Well, I hope you like her latest work. I'll have to look it up.

  32. Anonymous says:

    You sound like a real Estee Lauder fan! I love it that you have a favorite scent for trips to Paris, and I totally agree that tastes in scent mature over time. I think scent is a greatly overlooked sense that few people have bothered to develop all that much. I know my sense of smell has developed a lot over the past few years. Who knows what the next few years will bring?

  33. Anonymous says:

    Hey, I lived in Nice from the age of 14; I think you must be confusing it with Cannes! LOL! Nice is NOT vulgar: it's full of normal people going about their business – unlike that one-street village, next door, which gets overrun with trashy celebrities once a year in May and then falls asleep again. Blech!

    Or maybe Monaco/Monte-Carlo, Juan-les-Pins, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat…. but not Nice. :-)

  34. Anonymous says:

    B, I loved Nice, it was my favourite part of our trip! Landscape-wise the Promenade Anglais is the most spectacular “downtown” I've ever seen and I loved that it wasn't prettied up, like Cannes and the other resort towns. – I found Nice very un-gentrified, a real, vibrant city housing people going about their lives. In no way did I want to make caricatures of the city or its people. Now, I did go during Carnival, which is probably the most vulgar time of year (there was a giant floating egg with 10-foot-high balloon puppet sperm in the Parade of Lights, after all) but I did catch a real sense of an over-the-top, vaguely tacky aesthetic, at least among the older generations. There were truly older Nicois women wearing fuschia lipstick and furs in the 25 degree Celcius weather, and there was a lot of orange tans and men's shirts open to the navel in true Latin fashion. Luca Turin lived in Nice for some time and some of his reviews (for PR La Nuit, for example) and sections of both the Emperor and Secret of Scent describe both the incredible, dazzling beauty of the city, and the unfashionable, brassy side of it as well. Re-reading those sections made me realize that he seems to hold the same sort of affection for it that I do – but he definitely finds it vulgar!

  35. Anonymous says:

    Bela, I see from re-reading Turin's La Nuit review that you've already had this one out with him! Obviously, having lived there, you have more experience of the place than me, but I'm afraid I have to agree with him! I do note that he says he “loves it”, though, and I want to assure you that, even if we do diagree on the vulgarity, we are together in wanting to defend the place against its detractors: I love it too, and desperately want to go back.

  36. Anonymous says:

    LOL! I know Luca Turin lived in Nice (I probably saw him dozens of times without knowing he was the great guru that he is). Still, the day I take his word for anything will be… I don't know what it'll be… it hasn't come yet.

    Anyway, I was a teenager and a young adult in Nice and there couldn't have been a better place to be at that time. It hasn't changed much. If you stay away from the touristy places and only go where the 'real' people go it's absolutely wonderful. The only place that has changed beyond recognition, unfortunately, is the Vieille Ville. As a young girl, I was never allowed to venture there – it was full of shady characters – and now it's full of chichi shops, etc. It's lost most of its atmosphere.

    I've *always* hated the Carnival. It's strictly for kids and tourists. The only thing I used to like about it was that we got time off school since buses couldn't operate in the town centre.

    I could go on all day about it. Love the place. I can't travel easily so I haven't been for a while (not since I sold my flat) but I dream of it a lot.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Oops, you slipped in while I was writing my comment.

    Where did you read that review? I can't quite remember what I said.

    I wasn't hurt or annoyed or whatever in any way by what you wrote, btw. I just thought I would come to the defence of a town I love.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Vulgar or refined, the big question is: would any of these people wear Azuree? (Actually, the big question is, how fast could I get to the airport if I had the chance to visit? As fast as possible!)

  39. Anonymous says:

    E, I love your description of Nice! You should write travel stories.

    Have you ever tried La Nuit?

  40. Anonymous says:

    Bela – Thanks for your thoughtful posts! I loved the Old Town and Carnival, but could see how both would annoy locals. I've only lived in Calgary for going on four years now, so I still really enjoy our legendary yearly Stampede, but many Calgarians detest it as an inauthentic, overcommercialized event that brings too many tourists.

  41. Anonymous says:

    I've never tried La Nuit, A, though I should, because its very reasonable online. As for the Azuree, it's hard to know. Because I was there in Carnival time, I might have been smelling the tourists, but they seemed to favour stronger scents. The Sephora limited editions by Kurkdjian were sitting ignored in the fabulous store they had there, very little out of the testers. People all over France seem to be more informed about and interested in Serge, though. I think the Azuree, while fitting the feel of the place, is still “American” in style, so it's hard for me to guess – I'd wear it there!

  42. Anonymous says:

    Also wanted to say thank you for this review as I too am a great admirer of the old Lauders. As for the question on whether Private Collection has been reformulated..funnily enough I felt this very same fear clenching my heart today so I walked up to an Estee Lauder counter to give it a test drive and my fears subsided. Still smells as divine as it always did to me.

  43. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the reporting! I feel like the old Lauders haven't had enough enough (and that includes by me), so I'm glad to know they haven't changed just as I plan to spend more time getting to know them.

  44. Anonymous says:

    Great review, Angela, thanks! My mom wore Aliage when I was little and the smell still reminds me of her; I find it has changed very little. Azuree is unfamiliar to me, but I will definitely be seeking it out. Oh yes, I confess *with no shame* to wearing both Beautiful and Pleasures at different times in my life. Beautiful I still like, actually, although it's been a long time since I've worn it. ELs have great staying power in my experience. This post brought up some nice memories :)

  45. Anonymous says:

    You're welcome! All I remember from Aliage was honeysuckle. Now I'm eager to give it a real sampling and not just a quick whiff of a paper strip. I've been really snobbish about Beautiful and Pleasures, but it's ridiculously without foundation since I haven't smelled either one except in passing! Shame on me, and I'm going to remedy it soon.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Bar-none one of the best of the older E.Lauder classics. It's an almost exact duplication of the original Aramis men's scent that is now watered down. This is what Aramis used to smell like. Great summer scent to wear. It's potent, just a few spritzes will do or just one really. It's pure bliss in a bottle to me here. I'll always make sure to have this one in my scent wardrobe from now on.

  47. Anonymous says:

    I'm glad you like it! It's interesting that they watered down Aramis but, thankfully, not Azuree.

  48. Anonymous says:

    Your review inspired me to try Azuree (which is available at Ulta, if anyone's having trouble finding it), but unfortunatly it starts out smelling like “stale-Budweiser-in-brass-goblet” on me. When you wrote your review early last month, i tried it and washed it off almost immediately, but today I decided to give it another try. Still getting the stale beer after about an hour, but I'm going to try to hold out for the rest of the afternoon. I want to like it, given everything that was said above about it, it sounds just like something I would like. Regardless, thanks for a great review.

  49. Anonymous says:

    “Stale-Budweiser-in-brass goblet” ouch! That sounds terrible! (Also brialliantly stated–I can smell your description perfectly.) Body chemistry is so mysterious. If it doesn't smell good now, though, I wonder if it will improve? Good luck. I hope it works better at second or third try.

  50. Anonymous says:

    I'm sorry to say that I gave up after three hours and washed it off, and sprayed on lots of Chanel Allure Sensuelle, which elevated my mood instantly. The stale beer (glad you liked my description, btw) just would not go away. Oh well, more Azuree for everyone else.

    I read your (very nicely written) review of EL Private Collection just now, and it, too, sounds worth trying. Hopefully it will not react the way Azuree did! I *am* a WASP, so perhaps that will work in my favor. :)

  51. Anonymous says:

    Azuree and Private Collection are very different, so maybe you'll have better luck with Private Collection. It's definitely worth stopping at the EL counter to ask for a spritz. I wish they had readymade samples of the old Azuree, Private Collection, Aliage, and Estee so that people could try them for a few days without having to spring for a bottle.

  52. Anonymous says:

    Oh my god – I was enjoying your remarks on this perfume, but wanted to clarify with you – I'm hoping your comment “slightly vulgar Italian feel” isn't meant the way it reads. Though vulgarity is in the eye of the beholder, as a woman of French and Italian descent, I sooo wish you would re-phrase your comment. Stereotypes are dreadful, aren't they? One could say Americans are vulgar and lack substance in their taste, Canadians are generally so boring and beige… and of course, these comments would be wrong enough of the time to be useless. Could we agree to meerly say that the scent strikes many as a bit vulgar and leave ethnic or geographic prejudices aside? Much of Italy is anything but vulgar, but your comment seems most vulgar and unkind. I'm sure it wasn't meant that way, but if it is of interest to you, it surely comes across this way.

  53. Anonymous says:

    Madeleine, I'm guessing that the commenters who mentioned “vulgar” aren't still subscribed to this post, but I feel safe in saying that they didn't mean to be insulting at all. After all, where would we be without Missoni knits, Barolo, truffles (it's truffle season!), Lorenzo Villoresi, Botticelli, taleggio, and Verdi? On that note, I'm off to the grocery store to pick up some gnocchi for dinner!

  54. Anonymous says:

    MR, if you are referring to my comments, I certainly didn't mean to offend. Disagree with you on the “wrong enough of the time to be useless” though, and I find many of us Canadians kind of perversely revel in our beige-and-boring rep. Of course, most of Italy is not at all vulgar, but I think it is important to take things with a sense of humour (I'm a Canuck, after all, and we're known for that, too.)

  55. Anonymous says:

    Erin, I know, and MR probably knows if she's still subscribed to this review, that you are perfectly sensitive and have a terrific sense of humor. I love a little satire, myself, and take it all in sport.

  56. Anonymous says:

    I love this scent. Mainly because many years ago (1977) I had this wonderful girlfriend who wore this regularly. She even scented her letters to me with it. Oh was I ever in smitten. Unfortuantely, we were star-crossed and eventually fell apart. One day at work some 16 years later, I was walking among the cubicles when suddenly I was stopped dead in my tracks – my knees went weak, my heart started to beat very rapidly, and I felt slightly light-headed. It was all a bit of a shock as I tried to sort out what was happening to me. After a split second I realized that I recognized that scent; Cheri's Azuree! A scent that I had not smelled in all those many years! I stepped back a few paces and there was a woman in a cubicle putting her purse away. I asked her if she was wearing Azuree. With a bit of a curious and surprised look on her face she said, 'yes, she had just put some on”.

    It took me a little while to recover.

  57. Anonymous says:

    Marvelous story! Yet another testimonial to the power of perfume!

  58. Anonymous says:

    When I die, bury my perfume with me then… LOL

  59. Anonymous says:

    No kidding!

  60. OVincze says:

    I really must try this, its notes are very similar to the very complex Wrappings that is one of my faves and people who tend to love one love the other as well, it sounds like it is totally my genre and different. Why is it that the more I know about perfume the more likely I am to fall for vintage fumes? Is it like everything anymore that quality is gone these days; just look at clothes how bad the quality is these days, my grandma used to work in her free time as a seamstress and I remember her impeccable sewing and it seems that anymore I am unable to find that quality anywhere, even if I go to designer boutiques the quality is just horribe, the sewing really bothers me. Does it just mean that I am getting older thinking everything used to be better when I was little or is that really the case? Yes it could be that I am drawn to fumes I remember from my childhood because they comfort me but I do really like the quality used to be better too for the most part.

    • Angela says:

      I have two thoughts about the allure of vintage perfumes: First, often the materials are different, and sometimes better. Second, as you get more discerning taste, the made-to-sell-now fragrances in the mall might not smell “special” enough anymore. Older, perhaps out of style, fragrances feel fresh and interesting. At least I think that’s true for me.

  61. mariapapaya says:

    Love Azuree but it’s as if wearing ARAMIS! There is a slight difference of course but it reminded me of that. Can you still buy it in the US? In Europe I cannot find it….

    • Angela says:

      I know–it really does have an Aramis feel! Yes, you can still find Azuree in the U.S., but often you have to ask because it’s kept behind the counter.

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