She was lovably daffy, older lady but she felt sexy when she wore this. I liked to smell it on her while my little cousin said it " smells like church and cough drops". Yesterday I sprayed it into the air, waited a moment then walked through it. Years ago, wearing it at full volume in the privacy of my home, I was unexpectedly called to work to assist with a caesarian on a dog. He never said a word but he seemed to have some difficulty breathing. I’m sure there are plenty of artificial chemicals here, but something about it fools me into believing that there are actual resins or essential oils in here. Many other reviewers have written more technical descriptions than I can, but the reason I wanted to leave a review was to say that I recently bought this at Macy’s without having smelled this since I was a young person in the 1980’s.
I also smell a note in there that reminds me of Coca-Cola. I recommend trying the bath oil, if you don't like the spray. To many reviewers this seems to be the case, and “old” is decidedly “bad”.
Top notes are aldehydes, orange, spices, peach, bergamot, narcissus and lavender; middle notes are cinnamon, cassia, orchid, jasmine, cloves, ylang-ylang, rose, lily-of-the-valley and spicy notes; base notes are tolu balsam, peru balsam, amber, patchouli, musk, vanilla, oakmoss, vetiver and incense.
I want to leave another review now that I have used the bath oil for a while.
The bath oil can also be used as a perfume, and it smells a lot different (and better) than the spray. Add that the main note detected in the dry-down is incense, and naturally we have a divisive fragrance.
Youth Dew is not for everyone, but I love this classic scent. For this lover of drugstore oldies, I think it's a cozy and elegant scent. Maybe a bit like Shocking, but with the sex removed. Made in- and for a different era when women didn't want to smell like cupcakes.
I saturated a cotton ball with about 40-45 sprays of the EDP then dropped it into a quart mason jar and filled it 3/4 full with cornstarch.