Review of White Linen by Estee Lauder

A Wroot Review of White Linen perfume first launched by Estee Lauder in 1978

The Wroot reviews White Linen perfume

This is a Wroot Review of White Linen perfume by Estee Lauder.  My rating: 5 stars out of 5.

White Linen was sort of a maverick perfume when it first launched in 1978.  I have distinct memories of this perfume in its early years, because my college roommate at the time wore only one perfume: White Linen.  And it was nothing like the other popular perfumes at that time, which were heavily spiced florals and bold orientals.

Can you tell that White Linen is one of my favorites? This perfume by Estee Lauder is crisp, clean, long-lasting, and perfect for any office setting.

Can you tell that White Linen is one of my favorites?

White Linen was, and still is, crisp, clean, sharp and tingly, with only a hint of floral. The dry down becomes just a bit more floral with a tinge of woodsy notes emerging. The striking thing about Estee Lauder’s White Linen is the aldehydes, which give this perfume a distinctive sharp, “synthetic” and almost fizzy edge. This unique perfume lasts all day on me, and its sillage is big….I usually use two squirts and I’m good for the rest of the day.

Estee Lauder, an American who built a perfume and cosmetics empire

Estee Lauder, an American who built a perfume and cosmetics empire

Based on an interesting article by Bois de Jasmin, I understand that Estee Lauder launched the perfume White Linen as one part of a trio of perfumes, the other two perfumes being a green floral and a white floral.

White Linen by Estee Lauder is perfect for any business setting

White Linen is perfect for any business setting

The idea at the time was that you could layer all three perfumes together, if you wished. White Linen is the only one of the three perfumes that has stood the test of time, and remains financially successful. Clearly, this perfume can stand on its own, without the need for any other perfume to complement it.

Sophia Grojsman, perhaps the most innovative perfumer alive, created White LInen for Estee Lauder

Sophia Grojsman, perhaps the most innovative perfumer alive, created White Linen for Estee Lauder

One reason might be because Sophia Grojsman, considered by many as one of the greatest perfumers ever, created White Linen. As Bois de Jasmine says about White Linen, “True to its name, it is more a texture than it is a scent, and it may well be the pioneer of the ‘laundry musk’ category.” I think that’s so well put. Even today, I can remember how struck I was by the uniquely sharp and clean scent of my roommate’s White Linen when she spritzed it on her wrists every morning before heading to class.

Perhaps my signature workweek perfume: White Linen by Estee Lauder

Perhaps my signature workweek perfume: White Linen

Again, I quote Bois de Jasmine: “This is why, at a loss for words, only vague descriptors other than ‘sharp’ and ‘clean’ are offered. White Linen dazzles with aldehydes, notes that give lift and sparkle; it’s like staring into the sun.” Yes, there are florals in White Linen, such as rose and jasmine, but they’re almost hidden by the brilliant aldehyde notes. Woodsy and green notes are there too, but, again, the tingly aldehydes envelope them so that they are only a hint, almost a memory.

A beautiful vintage print ad for White Linen, a perfume launched by Estee Lauder in 1978

A beautiful vintage print ad for White Linen

Based on the vintage print ads that I found for White Linen, the design of the bottle sold now is not the same design of the White Linen bottle originally launched by Estee Lauder.

Karen Graham was the official Estee Lauder model when the perfume White Linen launched

Karen Graham was the exclusive Estee Lauder model when the perfume White Linen was launched

While researching for this post, I learned that Estee Lauder had only one exclusive model for all of its ads from 1970 to 1985: Karen Graham. Ms. Graham, who is now in her 70s, was known as “The Estee Lauder Woman.”

Graham models in print ad for White Linen by Estee Lauder

Graham models in White Linen print ad

According to Wikipedia, it was a deliberate marketing tactic of Estee Lauder for Graham never to be identified by name, because Ms. Lauder wanted all attention on the product and not on the model. As stated in Wikipedia, “Many people, unfamiliar with the fashion and modeling world, thought Graham was, in fact, Mrs. Lauder.”

My 2-ounce White Linen bottle measures about 5 and 1/2 inches. The perfume White Linen was first launched by Estee Lauder in 1978.

My two-ounce White Linen bottle measures about 5 and 1/2 inches

My more modern two-ounce bottle measures just shy of five and a half inches tall. I really like the ergonomics of this White Linen bottle: it’s easy to hold, the cap comes off and on easily and quickly, and the bottle has a wide and stable base. When I’m rushing to get out the door for work in the morning, little details of convenience like that can make a difference.

White Linen by Estee Lauder is my go-to perfume for the workweek

White Linen is a go-to perfume for the workweek

As you can see from some of these photos, I’ve used up about half of my bottle of White Linen. That’s because this is my go-to perfume for the workweek. If they tried White Linen by Estee Lauder, I think that a lot of women would find White Linen becoming their signature workplace perfume, just as I have. The clean, almost sterile scent is tailored and conservative enough for just about any business setting imaginable.

White Linen's box and bottle are understated

White Linen’s box and bottle are understated

Both the White Linen box and bottle are reserved and conservative, true to the suitability of the perfume itself.

A Wroot Review of one of my favorite perfumes: White Linen by Estee Lauder

A Wroot Review of one of my favorite perfumes

That said, I don’t want to leave the impression that White Linen perfume by Estee Lauder is boring or unremarkable. Far from it. Several times, I’ve had women clients in the office where I work ask me what perfume I’m wearing, all the while commenting on how they like the “light” or “airy” or “clean” scent. I’ve made a point to ask if they thought it over-powering in any way, and they assured me that wasn’t the case at all.

White Linen by Estee Lauder is crisp and sharp...perfect for any business or office setting.

White Linen is crisp and sharp

Even after all these years, White Linen by Estee Lauder is unique, which is pretty amazing, considering all of the new perfumes that come out every single year. Are you thinking of giving yourself or someone special some perfume for their birthday or for a holiday gift? White Linen by Estee Lauder might be one to consider. I found a two-ounce bottle on Amazon currently priced at $41.52 with free shipping and at Target currently price at $41.99. To me, that’s a great value for such a long-lasting and wonderfully distinctive but practical perfume. I should note that Pure White Linen by Estee Lauder is a different perfume, which I have not tried, but which apparently has less of the distinctive aldehyde notes that suffuse the lovely White Linen perfume reviewed here.

My rating of White Linen perfume by Estee Lauder: 5 stars out of 5.

–G

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