When Modern Muse was launched in 2013 there was a bit of hoopla around the product for two reasons. Not only was it the first fragrance launch from Estee Lauder in ten years but also because of the way that the fragrance is developed. Normally fragrances are developed around a three layer system of top middle and bottom notes. Modern Muse is developed around two ‘accords’ which represent the duality of a modern woman. Representing femininity is the jasmine accord or the floral element. Blended with the jasmine is mandarin, tuberose, lily and honeysuckle. Representing strength is the woody accord – patchouli, vanilla, amber and musk.
Marketing speak aside (side eye) lets talk about the fragrance. For me, when I smell and wear this fragrance, the floral notes are what I am attracted to and what my skin chemistry highlights. It is definitely more on the jasmine then the tuberose end of the white flower blend. Despite the inclusion of the powdery lily and sweet honeysuckle and mandarin, the jasmine is very identifiable but not heady.
The initial jasmine blast is on the skin for about sixty to ninety minutes before the dry down into the musky / amber element which stays on the skin for a further four to five hours. Modern Muse is not as musky as Narcisco Rodrigues For Her although there is a musk element to it but if you love For Her, you may find that this fragrance sits well with you.
The main feature of the bottle is the black bow lid. It is not a pull off cap, you push down the top and the fragrance is dispersed. The mist that is dispersed is quite heavy so an accurate aim is helpful. Overall this is an easy to wear daytime fragrance. It is not a fragrance that walks into a room before you do and it whilst there is a maturity to it, it is not an old lady fragrance. The initial jasmine burst will attract you if you love a floral and if you like a musk… that isn’t too musky Modern Muse might be for you.