Knowing from Estée Lauder

ChypreInBloom

Basenotes Member
Jun 1, 2022
Hello,
I've recently ordered a bottle of Knowing from my local Estée Lauder corner somewhere in... France 🙂 and the bottle's arrived, which sounds great. Now the sales lady tells me that the fragrance has been reformulated, and there I go, 'oh oh. Now what have they done to it?' So I'd like to know if anybody has smelt it since its 2022 reformulation, and what you think of it. Is it a total mess it is this amazing US national treasure still good to go?
Thanks!!!
 

grayspoole

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Feb 4, 2014
ChypreinBloom, I’m a little confused by your question. Have you left your bottle unopened? Knowing has undoubtedly been reformulated a few times since its launch in 1988. I have not tried the version that is still being sold, but Estee Lauder usually does a good job of maintaining their classics so I doubt that it is a “mess.”

If you really want to have some fun, shop for a vintage 1980’s bottle of Knowing (look for boxes with no “e” estimated volume sign).
 

ChypreInBloom

Basenotes Member
Jun 1, 2022
ChypreinBloom, I’m a little confused by your question. Have you left your bottle unopened? Knowing has undoubtedly been reformulated a few times since its launch in 1988. I have not tried the version that is still being sold, but Estee Lauder usually does a good job of maintaining their classics so I doubt that it is a “mess.”

If you really want to have some fun, shop for a vintage 1980’s bottle of Knowing (look for boxes with no “e” estimated volume sign).
Thank you for your reply, grayspoole (as in Jane Eyre, wow!). I haven't bought it yet, the sales lady just left me a message to say the order had got to the store (I ordered a few months ago without knowing --ha ha-- they were actually reformulating it). Anyway, thank you for your reassuring post. I'll certainly try a vintage bottle but I find they're harder to get in France/Europe. I'll give it another try.
Take care!
 

LeChypreSexy

Super Member
Oct 13, 2022
Hello,
I've recently ordered a bottle of Knowing from my local Estée Lauder corner somewhere in... France 🙂 and the bottle's arrived, which sounds great. Now the sales lady tells me that the fragrance has been reformulated, and there I go, 'oh oh. Now what have they done to it?' So I'd like to know if anybody has smelt it since its 2022 reformulation, and what you think of it. Is it a total mess it is this amazing US national treasure still good to go?
Thanks!!!
I work at an Estee Lauder counter and while all the old classics have been reformulated Lauder does maintain the basic smell as the original. What changes is usually the strength. The older vintages were much stronger because they had to be; everyone smoked. Last I checked Knowing still smelled the same and even still had loads of oakmoss in it. I believe it was still manufactured in the USA too. Hope I've helped.
 

ChypreInBloom

Basenotes Member
Jun 1, 2022
I work at an Estee Lauder counter and while all the old classics have been reformulated Lauder does maintain the basic smell as the original. What changes is usually the strength. The older vintages were much stronger because they had to be; everyone smoked. Last I checked Knowing still smelled the same and even still had loads of oakmoss in it. I believe it was still manufactured in the USA too. Hope I've helped.
Indeed you have! Thank you very much for your reply, I'm really looking forward to getting hold of Knowing now I know it's all fine and dandy. 😊
 

saminlondon

Basenotes Dependent
Aug 25, 2011
I think I read that this one is supposed to have stood the test of time, but if you're curious about comparing it with older versions there are a few bottles of vintage on eBay.fr for not a lot of money.
 

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