Wood Mystique (2011)

Wood Mystique by Estēe Lauder
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Wood Mystique is a perfume by Estēe Lauder for women and men and was released in 2011. The scent is woody-floral. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesRose, Peony, Pink pepper
Heart Notes Heart NotesMoroccan iris, Grasse may rose absolute, Rose, Provençal mimosa absolute, Egyptian jasmine absolute, Ylang-ylang
Base Notes Base NotesIndonesian benzoin, Raspberry, Leather, Oud, Patchouli, Cedarwood

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Scent

7.4 (132 Ratings)

Longevity

8.3 (97 Ratings)

Sillage

7.5 (97 Ratings)

Bottle

8.2 (105 Ratings)
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Coutureguru

223 Reviews
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Very helpful Review    6
Lauder's Oud
Wood Mystique is definitely a release that harks back to Lauder's glory days. I have a long association with this company and their fragrances (even having worked for them briefly in my youth) and imho their fragrant efforts of the last 10 years or so have been lackluster and boring.

I have two bugbears about this fragrance ... the first is the damn Pink Pepper in the top (thankfully short-lived and to my nose not a necessary addition) and secondly the obtuse addition of Raspberry. Who needs the fruit? Certainly not I!
Other than that, this is a very nice attempt by Lauder to use the 'note du jour' of Oud. In typical fashion, there's also a healthy dose of Patchouli here but along with the Rose, Ylang and Leather (which are the most prominent notes to my nose) Wood Mystique becomes a viable player in the 'Mid East-esque' panoply of new (ish) fragrances. Truthfully, it's very Lauder but with a fabulous twist. I like it a lot!!
According to some sources, it's specifically aimed at the Middle East marketplace and as such is not available elsewhere (indeed I bought my bottle in Dubai), but very recently I noticed that it is available at the counters here in SA. I have a few friends who work for the company and have been told by them that they absolutely insisted on being able to have the chance to sell it.
They do some strange things (at least to my mind) at EL ... as the new Aramis release called Perfume Calligraphy is simply Wood Mystique in a different bottle ... very weird! The saving grace is that it feels as if the Pink Pepper and Raspberry have been eliminated in PC ... a good thing!! Both frags are marketed as unisex but I guess the execs over there realized their marketing blunder because the Aramis version is available everywhere ... go figure!

Wood Mystique and it's twin Perfume Calligraphy are both possessed of great sillage and longevity and I find them to be the most exiting pair of fragrances by this company in a long time. I agree that the price of them is steep, but at least it feels as if one is getting what one has paid for here ... not something that will have to be re-applied every 3 hours.
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Helpful Review    4
Quite good but is it worth the price of admission?
Wood Mystique is a limited EL release and EL's first unisex fragrance. Wow, makes me want to try it! How about you?

If Guerlain has a guerlinade, then EL has it's own accord too - because that is exactly what I sense on first sniff - Estee Lauder. It's definitely got a EL vibe to it, and it smells A LOT like Sensuous. Yet, it also smells a lot like Givenchy Hot Couture No 1 (original) due to the persistent berry note in the drydown. The fragrance is very long-lasting - in the 12 hour range on me. It's just on the femme side of unisex.

I like Wood Mystique ... alot. And I am very happy to have a small decant of it. However, since I own both Sensuous & Hot Couture -- and get plenty of wear out of them -- I'm in no rush to spend over $200 on 100ml of a "smells like" fragrance. And other reviewers are reporting that Wood Mystique "smells like" other EL fragrances too.

Will it come to the States? We'll see. Maybe then every one can have a sniffy at the EL counter. Until then, know that it's good, very very good, but you're probably better off spending 200 bux on somethin' else. ;)
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AmberScent 128 days ago
Soft, floral, fruity and pleasant. It's one of the few "ouds" that is more feminine than unisex. More rose and less raspberry if you please.+3
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