Star rating: 5 stars–outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars–very good, 3 stars–adequate, 2 stars–disappointing, 1 star–poor.
Estée Lauder Tom Ford Azurée is now available as Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess.
The vintage glamour seems to pervade the newest Tom Ford Collection for Estée Lauder, from the turquoise blue shades of the packaging to the smoky eye and pale lip color palette. Azurée was Estée Lauder’s fragrance created as a feminine answer to the virile leather chypre of Aramis. However, instead of treating leather in an assertive manner, Azurée was modulated by woods and rich floral notes. Its lilting name arose from combination of Estée Lauder’s name and Côte d’Azur. Pronounce Azurée slowly, and you can almost envision the blue sky falling into the glittering waters of the Mediterranean Sea. …
Tom Ford’s inspiration for the new collection was derived from much the same source. “In the beginning, I went through the Estée Lauder archives and found vintage packaging from the ’60s and ’70s in really luxe shades of blue. These blues were the main inspiration for the Azurée Collection, as were the decades they came from. I’ve always been inspired by that era of experimentalism and freedom of expression,” mentions Ford in an interview to Elle Canada. The scent associated with the collection is a take on the classical Azurée, and yet it is a completely modern vision, lacking sentimental overtones.
The most concentrated form of new Azurée can be found in the body spray. It revolves around the wood accord of the original Azurée, accenting it with the soft kiss of gardenia and the modern amber notes rendered with radiant clarity. The creaminess of sandalwood marries perfectly with the oil based fragrance, which softly veils the skin, drying within seconds and retaining the delicate ambery-woody melody. A touch of white florals weaves gently into the orchestration, like a delicate vine embracing the whitewashed stone walls. The pronounced woodiness would make the body oil suitable for men as well, and despite its tropical notes, the effect is anything but the predictable coconut-tiare fare. Marked by the sophistication and elegance, Azurée body spray allows one to fall deep into the reverie of summer, with its languorous warmth being able to conjure the balmy days even in the dead of winter.
Tom Ford’s vision of Azurée includes notes of tiare, Tahitian gardenia, orange blossom, coconut, sandalwood, myrrh, and vetiver. Estée Lauder Azurée Collection is available at Neiman Marcus, Bergdoft Goodman, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. The only thing I find disappointing is that the Estée Lauder counters never have any testers of their classics, other than Youth Dew. Given the beauty of fragrances likes Aliage, Private Collection and the original Azurée, this seems like such a loss.