Summary: When I'm in a Youth-Dew mood-- as I was today, a frigid Midwestern winter's day in need of something warming and spicy-- nothing else will do. This is the most complicated fragrance I own, and I've owned it continuously for the past 20 years. An uncompromising, vintage Oriental, downright filthy on the wrong skin chemistry, incendiary and irresistible on the right one. Like funky red wines and bitter dark chocolate, you must be into this sort of thing to enjoy it.
Summary: I love Youth Dew for its uncompromising presence. The strongest of spicy orientals, it's not tempered by tons of fruit or vanilla. Rather, it's all clovey heat and medicinal balsams. Launched in 1953, it's still around because it's good. Not another "me too" fragrance, it's not for everyone, but that's why I like it.
Summary: So here I am, at the Estee Lauder counter, snooping around the fragrances. I spot the Youth Dew, which is one of the perfumes I had wanted to test, and along comes the SA. "Ah....Youth Dew", she says. "Ms. Lauder created this decades ago, and it is one of the most popular." Yes, yes, I know this, but I have to be polite. I smile and know I'm in for the sales pitch now.
Summary: I am not a fan of this perfume at all. It's so intense that it makes my eyes water. There's something in this that is completely disagreeable to my body chemistry. I know people dismiss perfumes of the 80's and 90's as sillage monsters, but this is more like a bomb.
Summary: This is what immediately comes to mind when I think of those horribly strong, dated fragrances. My mum had this fragrance when I was growing up, and she had the mentality that because it was Estee Lauder "it must be the very best perfume if it is made by Estee Lauder" despite how bad it smelled (just like how some people think that any Louis Vuitton bag is amazing, even if it is the most hideously ugly bag ever, just because it is made by LV.
Summary: I'm in the camp that finds this one of the most retched smells imaginable. But I too take issue with the comments equating "old lady" and "awful." People say a perfume smells like old lady, obviously implying that is a strong negative. It is ageist, and it makes me wonder what these ladies think they are going to be if they are fortunate enough not to die young??? We are all future old ladies. BUT STILL..
Summary: To those saying this is a "old lady scent", how insulting for women of any age. It's a SEXY scent, not one I would equate with a senior's home, maybe lavender and lilacs for the not sexy crowd, if that's the implication. We seriously need to rethink how we review scents. Saying something is a little old lady scent is insulting and lazy. It might have classic elements, sure, but say so and what they are.
Summary: This is good on dry cold surfaces. Moisture, oil and temperature turns it into a chicken curry takeaway! where the actual youth dew is supposed to be found - i cannot fathom, unless it means being spiced up, baked, put into the ground and be reborn from the ashes! The comment about the tulip bulbs in the soil is spot-on, and I mean it in a good way: there's everything one could take from the earth in this fragrance - all the spices and elements that have ever been...
Summary: i know fragrance is subjective and what one person may love another may hate. I feel Youth Dew is a wonderful full bodied warm heady concoction it makes me feel all warm and snuggly each time i catch a whiff throughout the day. I must add it is powerful stuff and must be worn cautiously and not to douse oneself in it as that will cause many to duck and dodge you.