It’s always a big deal when Estée Lauder releases a new fragrance; first, because each fragrance is so carefully thought out and second, because of the time between launches. Now, with a modern, confident woman in mind and a nod to the muses that have come before us, Estée Lauder has launched Modern Muse Eau de Parfum. Read on for more…
Estée Lauder Modern Muse is the first major, global fragrance launch for the company in ten years. With notes of jasmine and woodier notes, such as patchouli, there are two aspects of the fragrance. Where most fragrances have three components: a top, middle and base note—Modern Muse has essentially two. This duality coincides with the soft and strong aspect of today’s modern woman. Modern, yet feminine.
The composition of the Sparkling Jasmine Accord contains fresh and light jasmine accord includes Honeysuckle Nectar, Jasmine Sambac, Tuberose, Fresh Lily and Dewy Petals. The Sleek Woods Accord is composed of two Patchouli essences with Madagascar Vanilla, Rich Amber Wood and Soft Musk.
In my testing of the fragrance, I get the woodier side of Modern Muse initially and haven’t experienced the softer, floral side until the fragrance is fully developed. This really threw me for a loop, as it’s completely contrary to the way I’ve traditionally experienced fragrance. It’s not good or bad, as fragrance is individual on everyone; but I think it does illustrate the “dual-impression” approach that was taken when Modern Muse was developed. Someone else could wear Modern Muse and get the Jasmine notes first. When wearing Modern Muse, I almost get a callback to Youth Dew, as some of the notes are similar.
In fact, there are nods to the Estée Lauder heritage with Modern Muse. The architectural bottle is striking, and although tall and contemporary, has a signature bow on the cap. The bow was inspired by the bow on Youth Dew. In addition, the use of navy blue, the trademark color of the company and blush pink, to signify the soft, feminine side of today’s woman was also done on purpose.
Estée Lauder Modern Muse Eau de Parfum is available in three sizes: 1.0 ounce ($58), 1.7 ounces ($78) and 3.4 ounces ($98). You can find Modern Muse at Estée Lauder counters nationwide, EstéeLauder.com and major airports.
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