The Perfumed Dandy’s Surprise Scent… Private Collection by Estee Lauder 


Memories are an odd thing aren’t they?

Even those of the happiest times can seem bitter sweet.

So it has been sorting through my snaps of Washington DC.

On reflection it seems a city almost haunted by the past, by lost hopes of optimistic futures and many, many lost lives.

Perhaps it was because I was there over the Memorial Weekend.

Memorial weekend in a Capital of Memorials.

More of that later.

But what perfume can encapsulate this sense of commemoration?

For The Dandy, nothing expresses remembrance better than Estee Lauder‘s contemplation in green chrysanthemum, Private Collection.

So the photograph above of some of the same reflective flowers with the scent on my bedroom windowsill seems just right.

Until later today.

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy


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10 responses to “The Perfumed Dandy’s Surprise Scent… Private Collection by Estee Lauder 

  1. Atreyu Crimmins

    This is one of my favourite scents. Truly redolent of gentle, otherworldly climes and a warm humming sensuality. Such a classic. Beautiful photograph, too.

    • Dear Atreyu
      It is a truly wonderful perfume and The Dandy must confess one of my all time favourites too.
      As much as I adore it though, I can never quite expel if not an air of sorrow then a sense of reflection or remembrance from my head whenever I wear it.
      I will keep your words close at heart next time though and think only of ‘otherworldly’ things and ‘humming sensuality’.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  2. One of my favorites! Perfect for spring and summer.

    • Dearest Ann
      Perfect for anytime of year, I find myself even reaching for Private Collection in the winter, when its floral quality seems to expand in a way others cannot in cold climes.
      A true great.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  3. Great to have you back. I adore Private Collection too (and the photo), and know exactly what you mean about the sorrowful aspect of it. The piercinginess of it, yet the powdery, American sensuality.

    • Dearest Ginza
      It’s good to be back… and many felicitations and congratulations on your marvelous milestone.
      I’m so glad that I am not the only one who gets sorrow from Private Collection. I think ‘piercing’ is just the perfect word, that is exactly what it is. A floral arrow, in a way that only l’Heure Bleue seems to do too.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  4. elf

    one of my all time favorites going back to 40 years ago! (yikes…I am dating myself!)

  5. I’ve never tried this one, and I love carnation. Something new to try, and it isn’t discontinued and might even be found locally!

    • Dearest Feral
      I feel I must apologise… a slip of the fingers resulted in my claiming Private Collection as a carnation scent, when it is unmistakably chrysanthemum through and through.
      Do try it though, for it is something quite remarkable and certainly one of the highest quality almost universally available scents there is!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

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