White Linen 1978 Eau de Parfum

White Linen (Eau de Parfum) by Estēe Lauder
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White Linen (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Estēe Lauder for women and was released in 1978. The scent is floral-fresh. The longevity is above-average. It is still available to purchase. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBulgarian roseBulgarian rose
JasmineJasmine
Lily of the valleyLily of the valley
Heart Notes Heart NotesOrris rootOrris root
VioletViolet
CarnationCarnation
Base Notes Base NotesAmberAmber
MossMoss
VetiverVetiver

Ratings

Scent

7.5243 Ratings

Longevity

8.1173 Ratings

Sillage

7.3166 Ratings

Bottle

6.1168 Ratings

Value for money

6.811 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 15.09.2021.

Interesting Facts

White Linen was launched together with Celadon and Pavilion in a collection called New Romantics. The three fragranced were marketed as being able to deliberaty combine with each other. Insofar, Estée Lauder can be regardes as a pioneer of the layering concept.
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Serenissima
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Top Review    21  
pure, white and non-iron
I must confess: I don't mind ironing!
On the contrary: I enjoy the result when dresses, blouses and skirts hang fresh and wrinkle-free on their hangers.
How many hours I have spent at the ironing board after work is probably beyond counting.
Especially in summer and when the big weather was not stable, I ironed the wardrobe for the next day every evening.
Because I love wearing silk and linen and that very fine summer cotton.
So I had to pay that price to be comfortable the other day.
An acquaintance of mine put herself down in the morning; I could not manage that: the hour and a half before I went away I needed for myself.
But I confess, too: I enjoyed picking up the phone after unpacking my suitcase at the hotel and giving the clothes to be ironed.
How nice it was to come back to the room later and there they all hung accurately ironed: especially the double-breasted linen blouse with the large embroidered organza insert in the back, which was so demure in the front, I liked to have "ironed by others".
In the meantime, there is linen so finished that it still retains its structure, but does not become too "diverse" the first time it sits.

It's a different story with Estée Lauder's "White Linen"; since 1978, this fragrance garment has been pure, white, and guaranteed non-iron.
As a younger woman, I had some difficulty with Mrs Lauder's fragrance creations.
Perhaps they were too quiet, too unobtrusive for me: after all, I had just put down my "bundle" called "Just don't stand out!"
I think that will have played a part. I wanted to stand out and had no scent sense for the quiet tones.
Because "White Linen" is quiet, despite the aldehydes that powerfully and mightily announce a multitude of fragrance notes.
It's lovely to stroll through this flower garden, with fresh lemons and juicy peaches in the basket. Their scent tempts me to bite into them, but I prefer not to do that.
Instead, I delight in the annual cycle of fragrant blossoms.
Spring is represented by lily of the valley and violets, hyacinth and lilac.
Hello, my fragrant friends, how glad I am to meet you here! And your fragrance in full beauty promises a glorious summer.
Jasmine, with large white heavily scented flower heads leads the summer beauties.
It forms a bridge of fragrance between the two seasons, allowing them to flow harmoniously into one another.
Only now follow the spicy garden carnation, the flower-heavy noble-scented rose and the proud iris. This carries a dose of iris butter: it may be powdered again!
So Iris puts a fine layer of powder over the previous fragrance creature!
Ylang-ylang embraces in its inimitable natural beauty of its flower tendril all gathered so far. It is so pleased to meet them.
The distinguished orchid holds back, but marries its vanilla scent with the sweetness of tonka bean.
In the base, we find old acquaintances again: Oakmoss - a good friend - meets Vetiver.
They form a lively counterpoint to all the previous floral beauty.
A bit of silky, shimmering spicy cedar and a good dose of sandalwood and benzoin provide a woody, spicy and resinous-smoky base.
Thus, "White Linen" gains stability before adding creamy honey and golden amber tinsel as a climax.

Numerous fragrance notes, one as beautiful as the other, blend here into a finely tuned fragrance orchestra with a skilled perfumer at the conductor's podium to present her creation.
Above all stands the name Estée Lauder, a guarantor of feminine beauty that needs no pomp and bluster.
Sillage and durability are in keeping with the spirit of the times into which "White Linen" was created.

Even if I have now befriended "White Linen" and very much appreciate the elegant feminine fragrance dress that drapes itself over me, the two of us will no longer be intimate friends.
But that does not have to be: I am happy about the renewed acquaintance and the realization that I missed something beautiful in my younger years.
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LibraryGhost
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White linen? Fresh laundry? Rather not
I've bought the fragrance unfortunately blind, because I assumed that he smells like freshly washed laundry. Does he but unfortunately not at all. It reminds me strongly of Tosca.
The fragrance is in my opinion also rather what for older people.
Unfortunately, I do not like this fragrance
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7.5
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Stanze
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Stanze
Top Review    25  
Scarlett's Autobiography
On her 80th birthday, Scarlett received very little mail or gifts. Her husband depended on her financially and could at least not buy her anything. Since he otherwise read her every wish from her eyes anyway, there was nothing special to expect. So Scarlett decided to write a book. The book was to be an autobiography. The story of her exciting life. But then she quickly realized that she couldn't actually come up with any events that would have been important to the rest of the world. Like French nobles in the Ancien Régime, she decided to dig a little deeper and started with the arrival of the Pilgrim Fathers in America. According to this, one of her ancestors was (in her imagination) on one of the ships. Said ancestor, the Urscarlett so to speak, settled the problem with the stubborn natives by her mere awe-inspiring appearance. The ancestor then moved to Charleston, South Carolina, and set up a cotton plantation. By extension, their other female descendants (Weiterscarletts) settled the slavery problem because their slaves were incredibly happy to work for them for free and were fully satisfied with the inspiring presence of the mistress. It was an honor to work for them. During the Civil War, Damalsscarlett was adopted by Indians and escaped all trouble. She then provided her tribe with a particularly good reservation, which she achieved only by her formidable appearance. Then there was a break, as some Scarlett must have had only one son, who married a German Scarlett who, like the Urscarlett, had come to America on a ship. They survived the Great Depression unscathed because the husband was a dentist. A crisis-proof profession. Then Scarlett was born (the book writer) and she wrote about the thefts and scams that made her her first million. Because she was proud of it. As she went on, she wrote about her affairs with more or less famous men.

Finally, Scarlett put down the pen, folded the book shut, and stood up. She had been writing as if in a trance for several days. She got up and walked to the fireplace. Scarlett took the photograph of a deceased opera tenor from the mantelpiece, looked pensively at her former self, arm in arm with the famous man, sighed, and crushed a tear. Suddenly an irrational rage filled her. She put the photograph in a drawer, walked out.

Hanging in the yard was her laundry. She had had to hang them herself (or rather, her husband, her extended self), because the staff isn't what it used to be. Scarlett stomped over to the small conciergerie and complained loudly about the lack of respect she was given. She earned astonished looks, but she didn't realize it. She had gained respect, all was right with the world again.

That's how it was back then. White Linen is a chypre (Cyprus). A bright Chypre, which does not overwhelm you but comes up with serious, well-situated femininity. It radiates security, effectiveness and southern romance. If lingerie, it's definitely starched. I can't do anything with it. On other people, the scent wouldn't bother me, and I can also imagine White Linen pleasing other people and maybe even making them want to buy it. On me, it doesn't. Although I have to admit that the base is already nice. But the initial time is too long for me and triggers too many unpleasant associations. 7.5 is not a bad rating after all!

Margaret Mitchell, the author of Gone with the Wind, was asked to write a sequel. She didn't write one and said she had no idea what else could have happened to Scarlett and Rhett.

i don't feel like giving application tips this time. You guys can figure it out for yourselves. Manfred Schmidt had gotten index finger paralysis after so-and-so many Knatterton comics (which I love). He didn't want to do it anymore. I once had an acquaintance who got similar problems in college (classical guitar). I could smoothly get index finger paralysis so I don't have to write application tips today, but could also just stop writing reviews, which would also take care of the problem (that's not meant to be a threat). I might not have time to reply to all the comments, and I'm not very active here anymore (that's supposed to be a threat)
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FvSpee
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FvSpee
Top Review    42  
CoViD comments, eleventh piece: red roses on white linen
Thanks for turning on the curfew entertainment program again, and for the many nice and witty replicas of the first season's contributions. I rarely managed to answer personally, please forgive me, but I was happy and amused anyway.

Actually, after weeks of preparation, today should have been my first day home office. But our bureaucracy is so ingenious that it manages to have the necessary permits on the one hand and the laptops on the other hand, probably on the very day when the epidemic is over. Or on the day when all employees have to go to the isolation ward anyway and can't work at home or in the office. In any case, I have to (or am allowed to) drive to work again tomorrow. Therefore I bought a couple of masks made of thick cotton fabric for myself (except that the first ones tested positive at Mrs. von Spee's place of work). The seamstress of my favourite colleague has switched to mask production for small needs, eight euros a piece, with noseband and everything else and washable. I'm impressed by the quality of the workmanship, it's a business card, I'm going to have my clothes changed there in the future. And if Berlin should copy it now like Jena and doesn't let anybody without a mask outside the door, we are prepared in any case.

With White Linen I had naturally expected a fresh underwear scent. Many of the scents from the "clean bear genre" are named after white textiles. There are several with the name "White Cotton" for example. I don't know all the clean bear scents, but the three most distinctive ones I tested and remember are "Blanche" (White) by Byredo, "Linge Blanc" (White bedding or linen) by Lothanique and "Chemise Blanche" (White shirt) by LM. These three are really all similar, with decidedly fresh ingredients in the top note (citrus, or pepper, or freesia, sometimes with aldehydes), then clean flowers in the heart note (preferably rose, lily of the valley or violet) and a base with a good proportion of white musk. Therefore the three fragrances are similar in their overall impression. I like all three of them in their own way, whereby the order B - LB - CB is also the direction from "soft, rosy and warm" to "cool, fresh and firm". Byredo's "Blanche" is already a rather heavy floral and musky softwummer, which is not easy to wear for men. "Chemise Blanche" by LM is a perfectly ironed, maybe starched, white shirt and therefore completely unisex. I finally bought it after two years of sneaking around with drums.

Here now I had expected a fragrance that is even cooler and firmer than the Mazzone, because of the name "white linen": linen is rather hard and firm and has a cooling effect in summer. But I got (as a sample) a fragrance that is even (much) more feminine than Byredo, which is why, despite its iconic beauty, the name only gets 6 points for misleading consumers. Deceptive packaging, so to speak. But that doesn't detract from the beauty of the fragrance (for those who like that, which will mostly be ladies), because it is very beautiful. No question. And it is also declared as a women's fragrance, so I can't really complain about that
The fresh, cool, sparkling top note is completely skipped here. There is no citric or peppery note, it begins immediately with the rose. I tested the fragrance without looking at the pyramid and my first impression was: Rose, Rose, Rose, Rose. And lily of the valley. A bold, strong, sweet, dewy rose. And lily of the valley. Not sticky-sweet, the rose, no, already somehow upbeat and strong, but still very surprisingly dense-floral-rose right at the beginning. Jasmine I do not feel. Did I mention that lilies of the valley also play a part?
When this first floral firework has subsided a bit, I notice incredibly strong soapy notes, wherever they come from. I like soapy scents a lot, and I like that here too, but it's very feminine again. I say, a mixture of the good old curd soap (which reminds me of my grandma, which is meant positively) and a round women's perfume soap wrapped in a very playful tissue paper with floral ornaments (which actually reminds me of my grandma as well).

As it progresses, it swings back and forth between really heavy seas of flowers and a soft, creamy creaminess, into which traces of slightly dirty (not so white as a flower, see Pluto's commentary, which is just as great as Rosaviola's) animal notes are mixed. And it waves and waves and waves and waves. For the durability is, with at least considerable sillage, monstrous for a clean fragrance, if it is one at all. I put two sprayers on the forearm and after nine hours and one wash it was still waving. So here the claim "eau de parfum" is to be taken seriously, if not understated. Dose sparingly!

The name of the perfumer aroused my interest. Sophia Grojsman. Grojsman (or Hroismann etc.) is a typical name for Eastern European Jews; most of the bearers of this name were murdered in the Holocaust. The Ukrainian Prime Minister of the years 2016 to 2019, also of Jewish origin, was also called Grojsman. According to my research, Sophia Grosjman was born in March 1945 (!) in the "Bloodlands" (Timothy Snyder) of Eastern Europe, in the now Belarusian Lubcha of all places, which was the scene of the worst crimes against humanity during the war. She came with her family to Poland, where she studied chemistry and from where she later emigrated to the USA. There she became a star of the perfume scene, with countless awards, high professional positions in large fragrance companies and honorary posts to this day. From the list of her fragrances, however, there are only a few that tell me anything, including the famous "Eternity" by Calvin Klein. She is said to have always had a special love for rose scents and to have mastered their use in perfumes (I can confirm this with "White Linen"); and this love for roses is said to go back to her earliest childhood. What kind of childhood it was, and what memories of her parents little Sophia had to witness and relive, can only be guessed at in the dark. And it reminds us that human malice is far more murderous than the most dangerous virus.
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Hagazussa
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Nice comments,
in itself, everything is said.
What I always find strange: the Scent Twins.
It never really fits, does it?
That's almost absurd at times.
For White Linen, I remember L'air du Temps That's pretty close.
At least for me.
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Rosaviola
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Top Review    35  
The white linen-The clean scent no.1
I'm just spraying the last splashes of my 2010 White Linen bottle, and I've long appreciated and loved this fragrance If all the sweet smells in my environment are too much for me again or I don't know what to wear I like to use Estee Lauders White Linen There is something clean, pure, secure and reassuring about him, and yet he is not entirely innocent.
White Linens character is for me less flowery, at most dried flowery, but shows on me a very soapy, dry, but not dusty, very discreet flowery and restrained also spicy scent character.
Predominantly I hear the base of much, much vetiver and soft moss. Some amber provides a soft warmth. Everything else is softly lined up. The floral notes like the rose are only delicately hinted at. The same goes for jasmine and lily of the valley. Iris root and clove blossom are most likely to assert themselves next to the dry base and fit in perfectly. The perfect soap scent.
I find the Sillage very good and it also lasts very long. I find him to be the mother of all clean scents White Linen reminds me very much of the scent of curd soap, more precisely of deer turpentine soap. Curd soap is a very hard "soapy" soap, dry, without glycerine and fats, the pure soap and very versatile. You can use it for washing clothes, for cleaning but also for body care of oily skin. And I love its fragrance, just like White Linen. Thank God I still have a Vintage EdP and also the Extrait at home. White Linen is a timeless classic. This fragrance should never be missing in my collection, I just love it!
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Jazzy76

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Jazzy76
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Clean linen lying in the sun
If I had written this rewiew only a few years ago, I 'd said that this perfume isn't my cup of tea.
But time goes by and maybe something changes ....
I've just smelled at the drugstore this fragrance and I found it delicious, clean and very classy. The name is right because what I imagined are perfumed and clean linen lying on the sun .
The opening flowery bouquet made of Jasmine, rose and lily of the valley is soft and only suggested, but very pleasant and feminine. Very noticeable is the orris root heart note, while the moss and the green touch of the vetyver at the base are only a background. it's a very ethereal composition perfect by day and wearable as a White shirt, mainly in the hot season or at the office, when you have to smell good without leaving a too strong trace of perfume. The sillage is light, but the longevity good.
So, if once i didn't like it at all, now I adore it , with its flowery- fresh-powdery acchord so fresh, clean and soft.
The price is quite high, but it's a classic and (in my opinion) a must have in your perfume wardrobe.
A new love is born!
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MadameVizard

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MadameVizard
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Snow White, Red Blood
Chanel Nº 5 has many ilustrious heirs, mainly, across the ocean. Among those, White Linen helds a honored place.

In spite its cold, brooding, abstract forefather, White Linen is pure romanticism, although in its simpler, less complicated way. It evokes images of inmaculate, freshly washed skin (it is said that one of the inspirations that Coco Chanel took from her famous Nº 5, was the perfect skin of the famous French courtisan Mimi D'Alençon), of Nivea Creme (the familiar accord of lemon, lily of the valley, rose and jasmin, also rebooted in Lorenzo Villoresi's Teint de Neige), clean sheets drying hanging at the sun, white dresses and expensive soap. I can easily imagine a Victorian, or Edwardian beauty wearing it. But, although romantic in spirit, this pale beauty of perfect manners hides a rebelious spirit. It could have easily been the perfume of Lucy Seward in the 1979 film version of Dracula. This is a passional woman, although polite and inteligent. Blood under the snow. Rosy warmth under the white coldness

The rose-lily-violet combo makes it very old-style, but the crisp aldehydes gives it a modern twist. One of the best perfumes of the last 40 years. One of the best rose-violet fragances in the market.

I only could wish that the sillage and lasting power were a bit stronger, and that the perfume version was still available.
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Sherapop

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Sherapop
Sherapop
Very helpful Review    5  
Bright White Soap, Parfum is better than EDP
Every now and then I get in an "old lady" floral aldehyde mood. It happened today while cleaning up a room which had succumbed to the forces of entropy over the last couple of years. As usual, when I finally decided to roll up my sleeves and engage in arrant domesticity, I was rewarded by the discovery of lost perfumes. Today's discovery was a mini of Chanel no 5 eau de parfum and Chanel Allure Homme "All over Refreshing Tonic". I donned the former and will be testing the latter in the not-too-distant future, as a part of my "Give Men's Fragrances a Chance" campaign, inspired by bloggers Bryan Ross at From Pyrgos and Christos at Memory of Scent.

So, the day began in Chanel no 5 edp, which had the usual effect upon me, not of the olfactory ecstasy apparently experienced by so many in an encounter with this juice, but of causing me to reflect upon why we value what we value in the realm of perfume. Floral aldehydes are smelling more and more dated to me as I test more and more sweet patchouli and fine niche perfumes. On some days, they simply smell wrong, and nearly every day when I've ever tried to find the magic in Chanel no 5 has been one of those days. Today was no exception to the rule. At one point, I even felt like taking a bath. I cannot imagine that this perfume will continue to survive if the current trends of sweet laundry scents and fruity patchoulis persist much longer. To a person weaned on those sorts of compositions, Chanel no 5 smells worse than dated, it smells pre-historic!

With Chanel no 5 already lingering in my nostrils, I decided to take up my Estée Lauder WHITE LINEN extrait once again. I did experience the ecstatic floral aldehyde moment wearing this perfume a while back. Then, in my infatuated state, I purchased a big bottle of the eau de parfum, which turns out to have quite a bit more oakmoss--or at least so it seems to my nose--and this muddies the clean bright white waters of the composition, making it far less appealing to me.

When I tried the extrait once again, I discovered that I do very much prefer this perfume to Chanel no 5, but oddly enough it has always smelled to me more like white Dial antibacterial soap than anything else. Clean, clean, clean, incandescent light. WHITE LINEN parfum is to me what could perhaps be most aptly described as the ultimate abstract aldehyde!
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jtd

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jtd
Very helpful Review    6  
Dazzling White
I enjoy White Linen for the fact that it is cheapness done well. Conceptually so downmarket (soap) yet executed so brashly (1 part aldehyde, 1 part laundry detergent musk, one part whatever your notion of a bar of “floral” soap is.) This is the olfactory equivalent of holding a large tuning fork to your skull, but for hours. I can imagine for many women this might just seem simple, oldish in style and unsubtle, but on a man, it’s a great alternative (sparkly) to so many current men’s fragrances (fresh.) The camp of wearing a squeaky clean girly fragrance is added enticement.

But I have one particular use for White Linen. I’m an RN and work in a hospital. Search the blogs and you’ll find plenty of discussions about inflicting fragrance on those around you, the hospital being the ultimate battleground for this argument. I have a few scents that I wear to work, each with a different strategy as to why it works. White Linen is easily my favorite, since it’s akin to being in drag in scrubs. On a man I think this simply reads as so-clean-you-still-have-soap-on-you clean. The only comments I’ve gotten from my patient are, literally, “You smell so clean!” I imagine if were a woman wearing this she might be accused of wearing too much or too strong a fragrance. It’s fun screwing with gender assumptions in general. With perfume, it’s a delight.
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PBullFriendPBullFriend 4 months ago
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Wish I got sundried linens. Instead, I am bludgeoned with a huge old-fashioned bouquet. What have I done to deserve this?
KatjaCakeKatjaCake 2 years ago
Parfaitement frais!
LauraBellaLauraBella 4 years ago
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Choking on Talc. Asthma attack in a bottle. I feel trapped in a cloud of toxic old lady powder. Clean, but suffocating. (Moms loves it.)
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