Top notes of aldehydes, orange, spices, peach, bergamot, narcissus and lavender; middle notes of cinnamon, cassia, orchid, jasmine, cloves, ylang-ylang, rose, lily of the valley and spicy notes; and base notes of tolu balsam, peru balsam, amber, patchouli, musk, vanilla, oakmoss, vetiver and incense.
Youth Dew is a spicy oriental fragrance launched in 1953 and created by Josephine Catapano. Lauder introduced Youth Dew as a bath oil knowing that women who expected men to buy perfume for them would feel more comfortable buying bath oil for themselves. Once the bath oil was selling well, Lauder introduced an eau de parfum.
Youth Dew is a heavy hitter so a little goes a long way. As it dries down the spices, amber and vanilla come out and it becomes a lovely, warm scent. Youth Dew is an immediately identifiable scent and has a good amount of sillage. As Bois de Jasmin said in a review, “Youth Dew is explosive, but it has something new releases do not: grandeur. It is as commanding a scent as you are likely to find, and it hails from an era of perfumery we will not see the likes of again. A few drops of Youth Dew in the bath is indescribably luxurious, the type of luxury that has been lost today. It’s beautiful worn that way, as a trace olfactory element to be smelled only by those closest to you.”
Youth Dew won a 1994 Fragrance Hall of Fame FiFi Award.
Youth Dew is still being produced by Estee Lauder.
This is the original eau de parfum version of the fragrance.
It has gone through many reformulations and this is the current one that is for sale.