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30 October 2012

A fragrance for all seasons - Estee Lauder Sensuous Nude Review

I first tried Estee Lauder Sensuous Nude at the beginning of Summer. With one sniff i could practically feel the heat of the sun on my skin and hear waves gently lapping on powder white sand...when in reality i was standing in a department store having escaped the relentless rainy drizzle that we seem to get so much of.
Needless to say i didn't leave the shop empty handed. If i can't be on a beach at least i have a reminder of what summer can be like, just apparently not in Cumbria!.

The scent carries notes of bergamot, mandarin, black pepper, sandlewood, vanilla, amber and helitrope but its the coconut water that stood out to me and i feel is what really sets this fragrance apart from the original Sensuous.

It smells warm and creamy on the skin, very reminiscent of  sun cream, with an almost salty note and it settles into a long wearing musky, woody scent that, unusually, is perfect for summer. This really suited me as I definitely prefer the woody, musky family of fragrances but more often than not i find summery fragrances, especially limited editions, just up the citrus or 'watery' notes or go for very sweet florals, none of which particularly float my boat.

Anyway, i digress. You might be wondering, why is she talking to us about summer fragrances in October?! Well, the reason is i am still really loving this scent and after originally marking it down as a definite summer fragrance i have now decided it is much more versatile. I don't know about you but i find scent to be very evocative and i am drawn to those that can be associated with a time, place or memory which usually means changing perfumes alongside the changing seasons but it is almost as if Sensuous Nude has changed as well! I am now smelling much more of the amber and sandlewood with hints of vanilla which i am not usually a fan of but in this it just adds some warmth and the overall effect is soft and almost powdery, but not in a baby powder or old lady kind of way!
It is a subtle but long lasting scent - a bit of a contradiction, which could be said of the fragrance in general, and i have to say i really love it.

I also have the 'body veil' body lotion as i like to layer lotions and fragrances. I have actually found that this lotion sits well under lots of different perfumes and even wore it on my wedding day alongside my signature scent - Tierry Mugler Alien. It has a lovely rich texture and feels very moisturising, and it leaves a subtle smooth scent to the skin.

My only gripe with this perfume is the packaging. I really don't love it. The round bottle looks dated, the cap is really fiddly, the typeface is boring and i am not keen on the dusty powder pink colour! Despite that i'm sure i will repurchase this perfume and i will just store it in a drawer out of sight!

Have any of you tried Sensuous Nude? What do you think?


  1. I haven't tried that one before!

    1. I'd love to know what you think if you try it! x

  2. This sounds lovely. To be honest I don't really divide perfumes into season. I guess because in Brazil the seasons aren't definite, I just wear everything year round! I'm really not a fan o Estée Lauder packaging, it's all a bit old ladyish for me! xx

    1. I wear my trusty Alien all year round but i have some other autumn/winter favourites and some that i only like when the sun is shining :D x

  3. these look lovely!

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