Alliage (Estée Lauder)

Alliage (1972) and Private Collection (1973) are similar enough to count as variations on the same thought process-- interesting, when you consider that both exist on the same continuum as Azurée (1968). However, if feeling clean and cool are your objectives, Private Collection's greenery is simply too lush. It emanates (as forest thickets often do) a dense, almost palpable humidity which mixes ill with actual hot weather. Ditto Azurée-- who in their right mind wears leather in thick-and-sticky August?

Alliage, on the other hand, feels like a lemon-pine deodorant that never quits. Its cleanliness is powerful, persistent, and remarkably frank, as if created to address a very particular hygiene problem head-on. This, more than anything, qualifies Alliage for the functional rather than fine fragrance category. You're not meant to find poetry here, nor sensitivity, nor tact.

But in terms of straightforward prose, Alliage is very well stated indeed.

Scent Elements: Galbanum, peach, citrus, jasmine, rosewood, pine, thyme, caraway, oakmoss, vetiver, myrrh, musk