Excerpt: This is really one of the very first perfumes I have ever tried from Estee Lauder , the other one being Aliage. When I was still working and I would I get my paycheck, I would ask somebody to buy this perfume for me at the Duty Free shop (whoever was travelling abroad from the office, that is) because it was cheaper. At that time, perfumes were a luxury (still is) I could not afford to buy so many.
Summary: it has been a long time since I purchased knowing by estee lauder, but now the fragrance does not hold its scent anymore. I can spray it on, and the scent is gone before I leave home. I am so accustomed to being complimented on my fragrances, but not now.
Summary: Eight hours later I could still luxuriate in the fumes of this heavily decadent floral chypre. It's not heavy to those around you, unless you spray more than necessary. A light sprinkling is all that's necessary of this beautiful fragrance. There are many notes to consider and each individual picks up on different ones. But one thought remains constant. This is not a perfume for the weak and languid.
Summary: I remember my first whiff of Knowing very clearly. Well, I had sniffed the tester bottle in passing, but I had never sniffed it *on someone* until this experience. It was 1989, I was being trained for my new job, and I had to go to Ellie's office -- a lady who was 52 at the time -- and she gave me about 2 hours of training, in very close quarters in her office.
Summary: This is a beautiful fragrance. I agree with what a lot of others have said in their reviews, in regards to perhaps dabbing this one on rather than spraying, as it is quite a strong smell. Lovely though. Not an "old lady" smell by any means, but don't think this ones suited for young girls either... A lovely, sophisticated and mature fragrance.
Summary: There is something about these big chypres that doesn't sit well with me. Allergies? Sensitivites? I don't know for sure, but Knowing doesn't work. Rose, what rose? Florals, never would have guessed. It's all oakmoss ... and not a very good one at that. Knowing is in style of big, bold Chypres with a capital C. Perfect if that is your thing. It's not mine.