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As many others have noted, the name is very misleading -- there is nothing youthful about this perfume. And I mean literally screams, because it is powerful stuff! This gem deserves a sultry name like Opium or Tabu! YD for all its power is very starched and clean scrubbed smelling - no naughty bits at all. This is very similar to Opium, but it comes with a cheaper price tag. I used to wear it when I was younger (no where near a femme fatale that I imagine would wear this) but lately I find myself more drawn to subtler scents. I see shadows of women in long coats, 40s and 50s hairstyles, all made up, all confident rushing through the streets of a nearly forgotten era. I personally smell spicy woody smoke, oriental yes, but in a cloud of smoke, that is like incense.
The booming incense aroma is dense and substantial, and to me, it feels luxurious to the point of self-indulgence (which suits me just fine, frankly). My skin seems to "eat" fragrance, so I do not experience the cloying sillage monster that others seem to get. This is the absolute best type of fragrance to wear during the winter. Spritz on Youth Dew, wrap yourself in a blanket, and sit next to the fire. Sweet cinnamon, spicy warming clove, earthy patchouli, smoky incense, bitter citrusy bergamot.... This is an autumn/winter fragrance with a vintage feel for a femme fatale who is not afraid to leave a lasting impression. I still keep a small bottle of the bath oil to sniff whenever I crave something spicy, rich, breathtaking... I truly believe that if you know what to expect from this, then you have a good chance of enjoying it.
You can wear this one to get noticed, but the only person you're *really* wearing YD for is yourself. I work from home so I wear it all day, but if I'm going out, this one comes with me at night only. Don't throw on cut off jean shorts and a tee, then try to rock YD -- unless you're purposely wanting to be crude (and why would you ever want to do that on purpose, dahlings? I am in my 20s and do not think this scent is at all inappropriate for me. Sometimes I sneak a tiny amount just to enjoy a faint whiff of the scent, but my husband can smell one measly molecule of Youth Dew a mile away, and he loathes this fragrance like no other. First off, if you’ve never smelled it before, you might imagine something with a name like Youth-Dew to smell like Stella EDT - rosey, mild, innocent. It’s a conundrum to me because this smells ancient.
The scent is intimate and stays by your side all day long. And speaking of cats, one of mine will *not* leave me alone when I'm wearing YD. I thoroughly enjoyed the reviews, the loves and the HELL NO! This will certainly elicit a strong reaction in most people. The lady at the the counter at Nordstroms thought my reaction was hysterical! Not Nana’s with purple hair, I’m talking truly ancient like Queen Catharine of Aragon or Cleopatra.
I think there’s a good chance that Estée Lauder must have dialed this back over the years.
I am in the process right now of making the body powder.My grandmother cooked me breakfast and did other things I never got at home.She wore Youth-Dew and would let me use her powder when I got out of the bathtub. I just wanted to say how grateful I am that this scent is still available.I wanted to like this but it was an awful scent to my nose. It's dark and smooooooth, no laundry/soapy musk, not too much powder... I put my splash cologne into a spray atomizer and finely misted my torso skin on a lazy day I planned to spend at home. I love it so much, I have a 1oz bath oil of my own coming. About 6 hours later, when I was all set at home with no more errands to run...I got into vintages and Youth Dew was one of my first vintage blind buys. The YD Bath Oil is thick musky incense syrup-- amazing in it's comfort and warmth. In the "dip" of my clavicle I put a drop of bath oil. I finely misted myself all over with Tabu cologne in the violin shaped bottle. Tabu, like YD, came alive in the cold dry winter air. ;) Quite a spicy sweet blast on the first spray but after dry down is very reminiscent of Clinique's Aromatics Elixir which is one of my favorite fragrances.I am blubbering now, but I knew if anyone could understand, the people here would. I bought this one online because it is not very common in stores and for my 'perfume education' I had to try such a classic.