Is There A Fragrance Similar To Tresor by Estee Lauder? (& Maybe by Others, adds TSS) {Ask Marie-Helene} {Perfumista on a Shoestring}

"I was wondering if you could give me an idea of what scent by Estee Lauder would be comparable to Lancome's Tresor. I cannot wear too many colognes, so I am looking for something like Tresor, but made by Estee Lauder. Any help would be appreciated. When I go to the cosmetic counter, after smelling just a few it gets to me. Thank you for your time.

Jennifer Schroeder"

Dear Jennifer,

Off the top of my head, I'd recommend trying Estée by Estée Lauder. It is also a powdery and velvety floral oriental, feminine and rich although it will not smell exactly like Trésor by Lancôme.

If I understand your question correctly to mean that, perhaps, you are looking for a cheaper, more recession-proof priced version of Trésor, then I'd certainly recommend the peachy and rosy Exclamation! by Coty. It was created by perfumer Sophia Grojsman, the author of Trésor, and smells like a relation of it. It is a lovely fragrance despite its mass-market distribution channel which might turn off some (word to the perfume snobs!)...
I find it interesting that you mention Trésor in relation with the brand Estée Lauder because as it turns out Sophia Grojsman did a number of perfumes for them. I am not sure who the perfumer is for Estée though (if someone knows, please comment).

You might also be interested to know that perfumer Sophia Grojsman did White Linen by Estée Lauder as well as Beautiful and Spellbound by the same brand, but the two latter would depart more from Trésor.

If you are on a quest to look for a variation of Trésor that works better for you, you could also try Yves Saint Laurent Paris, also composed by Grojsman, but more about rose and violet than rose and apricot/peach. Boucheron Jaipur (often found at places like TJ Maxx or discounted online) and Gloria Vanderbilt Vanderbilt, another mass-marketed scent, both creations of Grojsman's, have affinities with Trésor.

Finally, another perfume that for me seems to contain something of the powdery peachy rose with cardamom that Grojsman seems to have an inclination for, and which you seem to appreciate as well, is Kenzo Jungle Elephant created by perfumer Domonique Ropion.


Photo credits: Lancôme, Coty, Estée Lauder

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  1. Thanks for mentioning Exclamation, it was my very first perfume purchase. That feeling of youthful sophistication washed over me looking at that bottle!

    P.S. According to Turin, Estée was originally created by Bernard Chant.

    • Exclamation is certainly one of the under-reported drugstore gems one can uncover, well, just make the effort to stretch out your arm to get really, as it is quite ubiquitous.

      Thanks for the tip -- maybe I should read Turin more :)

      Chant Wagner

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