Saturday, August 11, 2012
Intuition by Estee Lauder
Gardenia, Rhododendron, Freesia, Rose.
From its opening to the finish, Intuition by Lauder is about as calm and inoffensive a fragrance that you will find. I didn't mind that the rendition of floral components weren't exactly realistic. The suggestion was enough for me and the absence of anything caustic or grating in the composition was gratifying.
Intuition opens with a smooth citrus and has grapefruit in the lead role. This note isn't sharp or very tart and no sooner you identify it, a leafy quality inserts itself into the accord. I keep thinking I'm smelling a very subtle benzoin in this grouping as well, but it could very well be the type of amber chosen. The floral notes chosen are tuned in a passive manner and never exceed a polite volume.
The amber finish is sweet, but not overtly so. It has a nice resin quality and ends Intuition in a comfortable fashion. Sillage is acceptable and longevity is surprisingly good as I can detect this the following morning. There's no reason this shouldn't get a thumbs up for aroma and price.