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DescriptionExotic Essence combines deep Oriental notes with accents of ripe peach skin and a single top note of sweet mandarin. Powdered roses and lilies are set against soft patchouli, to hover over a vanilla-sweet base infused with amber, taut sandalwood, ripe peach skin and warm musk.
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David Yurman Exotic Essence rating and reviews
Average rating (215 reviews)
3.6 out of 5
Didn't love this one
This one wasn't quite my style. I think it was a great perfume but just not the right scent for me.
Age: 35 to 44
Skin type: Oily
Nice smell. This is one I would buy again.
Age: 35 to 44
Skin type: Dry
Not bad but smells more masculine in my opinion. I gave it to my hubby and he enjoys it.
Age: 25 to 34
Skin type: Sensitive
Strong but lots of compliments! Definitely have to give it some time to wear off a little so the smell becomes one that others can pick up as you walk past but not that you are smelling the whole time!
Age: 45 to 54
Skin type: Normal
This smells very nice. My only compliant is that it does not last long.
Age: 55 to 64
Skin type: Combination
Strong Musk scent
Strong Musk Scent.
I placed my first order in Feb for 2 of them was on the 7th I just yesterday received my order for March but never heard back on the first order They took my first payment on 2-7 my second one on 3-7 I sent several emails I tried to find a phone number was told you can not call them That was my only response back after at least 4 emails I got one back sayng you can not contact them by phone I did cancel my account however I am out the first month and by the looks of it they are not going to even respond to me I am very disappointed becauase as for the perfumes they were not bad for the money but they are not a customer service friendly company and by the looks of it they are a fraud Just beware when ordering people I wish I had read reviews better before ordering
I too have had the same sort of issues with this company
Subtle but nice not too strong.
Great but not for me
very florally, not a scent for me. However it wears well and lasts a long time. For those who like the type of fragrance it is it will work well
I love, love, love this scent. It makes me feel pretty.
I love the way it seems on me . But I also love how my room smells after Ive put it on.
Not the best
Smells like a grandmothers scent
I only need a half-spray of this stuff; it's potent! Smells beautiful. My boyfriend hates patchouli, but this is so skillfully blended that he actually really likes it.
It smells like a strong mens cologne..
very cheap smell
I had high hopes for this perfume but it ended up smelling like a cheap drugstore perfume on me. Very sweet and chemical smell
I love this fragrance. It’s spicy and clean and not cloying at all. It’s a little bit mysterious and a little bit fresh. I will be buying the full size!
Not a huge fan. I gave it to my sister and at times I like it on her but did not like it for myself.
I love the fresh yet musky flavor of this scent!
It Smells Like Something Else
Although I cannot for the life of me remember what it is. I can distinctly remember what the small size bottle looked like and that I had bought it from Wal-Mart years ago. This though holds up, after hours the scent has settled down and smells amazing. I absolutely love this one and am kind of glad so many others hate it. I don't like smelling like everyone else.
Expected Exotic. Fell Short.
My face is scrunched. Disappointed.
I neither love nor hate this fragrance. I think the scent pattern is too complex. It neither leans more warm or fruity so I’m just overall very confused by the smell. I can for sure detect the peach and patchouli but that’s about it.
I sprayed this and 2 minutes later my husband asked what that stench was. I will say there is something pleasant hidden under whatever is at the forefront of this fragrance, I was hoping that sharp unpleasant opening note would fade and the nice amber vanilla juice would shine through but unfortunately that never happened. Even worse - it lasts, and lasts, and lasts - I could still smell it on my arm a little after my morning shower. There is a reason you've never heard of this perfume...
Gave Me Life!
I've been a member for some time and have many fragrances I like. I've recently been thinking about cancelling my subscription but decided to wait for the next shipment. It was Exotic Essence, a totally random pick, it totally surprised me!! I LOVE IT! Very exotic yet feminine and sexy, love the peach and mandarin undertones. I've had soooo many people say "what are you wearing, you smell great!: I'm buying this one for my collection. Exotic Essence is my signature for the fall, maybe winter! LOVE this unexpected, surprisingly wonderful find!!
I can't stop smelling myself. Such a different scent. This is the 3rd perfume Ive received and finally love. It's exotic and feminine without being over powering. It lasts forever....a good friend of mine said "what are you wearing? I feel like licking your arm".
Just didnt really like it
I cant put my finger on it.. but i just didnt really like this scent. Kinda smells dirty and cheap.
DAVID YURMAN EXOTIC ESSENCE
Bold femine fragance. It lasts all day and it not overpowering. Deinfintley makes a statement
Didn't love this at all like I hoped I would, it was too musky for some reason. It did last well I think though.
I really like this scent. I like the peach and other notes. The only thing is I feel like it doesn’t last very long
Love This Scent
I just received this scent for this month. I simply fell in love with it just from smelling it. I had to have the actual bottle of this; it's going to be one of my signature scents.
Love this sent! The amber mixes well with the vaguely sweet undertones!
light floral scent
very floral and sweet. reminds me of a spring bloom
Omg! Love It!
I wore this scent ONE time so far and everyone I came into contact with inquired about this fragrance! I am definitely purchasing a whole bottle to add to my collection! I wish I could put it back into my queue a few more times!
Is there a rule that says we can't order the same perfume repeatedly?
This scent was a total let down for me. The sandalwood overpowers everything else and it smells like you're walking around with a burning stick of incense.
I thought I would love this one a bit more. Still like it a lot and is one of my go-to's, just not at the top. I do like Amber scents but something about this one I can't put my finger on....
Absolutely luxuriously edgy!
If the impression you seek is to appear modern, clean and all around "with it", this is your scent. This fragrance appeals to young, hip gals; who can rock either pearls and/or a leather jacket!! This scent is a treat.
This one was not for me. It smelled like it's more for a man with a little hint of something so that a woman can were it also.
I was disappointed receiving this blend. This is definitely for a male and has a strong masculine tone.
0mg it was awful. It smells like mens cologne. I gave it to my son
Awful.smelled like a bad mens cologne
I enjoyed this scent and others too some people said that when i wore this scent amd left the room the scent would linger.
Not for me
This was way way to strong for me. I usually wear Jessica Mclintok and thought I would try this because I really liked pink one that he has but not this one.
I thought it would be a clean and crisp outdoorsy scent, but it was too strong and musky.
David Yurman Exotic Essence
I feel it is too masculine and strong for my taste.
Sleek and Delicious
This is a real "yes, yes" perfume for me--I feel it would never be an inappropriate scent anywhere. It has that kind of big-name, professional, high-priced careful sweet/sexiness that makes me rely on it, like a Chanel. Usually I prefer niche perfumes and "of-the-moment" scents, but it's good to have a few of the big winners on my dresser too.
This has been my favorite scent so far. Love the smell of it.
From the first spray I was addicted . Exotic and refined in a bottle.
It wasn’t bad but wasn’t good
Love this perfume, such an amazing smell.
I love his fragrances. Delicate Essence, Fresh Essence and Exotic Essence. They last all day and smell wonderful each with distinctive notes for any time of year. I like 'fresh' in the colder months because it's light and fun unlike winter fragrances that are warm and reserved. However, 'exotic' is for the sexy at heart and refined in character. Delicate is oh, so feminine. Get them all!! Add them to your que!!
Smells great but different from anything I've normally wear .. so it's taking a bit to adjust to but I really enjoy it
Never would have thought....
Never would have thought to choose this scent but my friend, who is also a subscriber, had it on and I loved it. Stays with you pretty well. Love the woodsy scent, but not too masculine. I will definitely buy this one.
I HAVE FOUND MY MATE!
It was my first time trying this scent, and i absolutely LOVE it! Just my type of smell, will be buying the big bottle!
I love this scent! Sexy and classy all in one perfume!
winter , strong
I tried this perfume twice wanted to like it more but i really smell more strong smell i wanted more vanilla /amber smell i did not get it. But it different more of a strong amber smell then anything good for winter. but not my fav.
Not for me
Strong scent. Couldn't tell what I was smelling & didn't want to find out. Will be given to mother or in-law. As stated- could be for someone else, just not me.
Mostly had a patchouli and soft amber scent to it. Hard to detect any of the other notes in it. It seems to last until about mid afternoon...so about 4-5 hours life.
Sensual and Flirty
I love this fragrance and how it works with my natural body chemistry. The scent is very intoxicating and great for date night!!!!
It is a nice scent - it lasts a long time.
I love it
It’s a very sexy smell
Good one to add to your rotation if you like warm, spicy scents. It's not too overpowering, I actually found that by the end of the day it wore off considerably. Still a good choice though!
I gave this a negative review at first, but after trying it many times, it grew on me. I thought it had too much of a strong spicy scent, but I grew to like it. It has awesome staying power and appealed to my boyfriend immediately. I've actually run out and considered repurchasing. If you do try it, I would recommend giving it some time before making a decision.
If your trying to hide something this is the perfect scent for you. It was very strong. I couldn't tell you what I was smelling. it was a bit over the top for me. I didn't even attempt to wear it. I was disappointed.
Hated this fragrance way too overwhelming!!!! Waste of my subscription for this month. Don't even feel like I can pass it on to someone else.
I did NOT like this at all! I tried it several days to see if it would grow on me....it didn't. Definite thumbs down!
This is SO ME! Euphoria is my scent but this is a wonderful addition!
I'd rather not wear perfume than wear this. Gave it three days, NOT for me. Too Sweet.
Warm, spicy, very earthy. It's very strong but so intoxicating, just want to keep smelling it. But for my taste it was a bit to earthy and strong. It's a beautiful scent just to much for me.
Loved this. Was concerned when I smelled it out of the bottle but one it’s got on my skin it was amazing!! I love it. My boyfriend loved it too. Looking forward to next month. Very sweet smelling!
Delicious scent, especially for the fall/winter. I would describe this as a more mature fragrance with long lasting staying power.
I love the smell of amber and spice in this scent. It goes on a bit strong but mellows put quickly and last all day! This will be part of my favorite scents rotation for sure!
Didn't really like. Spicy smell more for mature woman.
Very unique scent. Not very floral, more spicy. I wouldn't say it is an every day scent but maybe good for date night.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! It’s musky and warm, it’s very sensual. I like scents that make you feel like your partner needs to get close and take it all in, and this does that. It’s not overpowering but smells exotic and spicy. It feels like a warm fall serrated that wraps me up in soft, sensual scents of wood and musk... LOVE it so much I bought a full sized!
REAAAALLY loving this scent! Very classy & sophisticated! Love that it also has great staying power, stayed on all night without being over bearing! Would order this one again!
This is STRONG. I do one spritz on my wrist and I am good. If you smell it in the bottle it smells very unpleasant, but it opens up to be a pretty lovely perfume. It is pretty sweet, I do not get much spice from this. Smells like Red Door from Elizabeth Arden. Lasts fur a really long time on me.
I LOVE THIS FRANGRANCE!!!!! TOP OF THE LINE
Im noticing that with the "so called perfumes", the scent does not stay long at all, I would think its more like a cologne or even a eau de toilette.
My first pick and is becoming my favorite. Definitely a hot date or going out perfume.
It doesn’t stay on for long. Scent goes away within an hour.
What a treat!! I totally loved the David Yurman fragrance!\ it has now become one of my favorite!!!!!!
Mixed Thoughts - not sure I would reorder
Did not like this scent at all. Has a very unique scent that I fount to be overpowering.
Love this scent. I get so many compliments when I wear it. Just 2 sprays is enough and it lasts hours. One of my go to favs!
Pleasant but not an every day perfume. Very heavy scent. Would wear only for fall and winter.
This scent has an initial hint of fruit then has a lasting powdery scent.
This is my absolute favorite!! It has such a great smell that lasts. I get compliments from everyone on how good it smells. I'd give it a 10 if I could!
Did not like this perfume at all. Very mature smelling and not too appealing. To each their own though I guess.
I love the woody, oriental scents that I get with my chemistry....It's a lingering scent, and lasts for a few hours. 2 sprays, diff locations and I'm wrapped in "Exotic Essence"
This perfume smells nice but it only lasted about an hour.
Thought it was strong but after it dries is very nice and lasts all day. Great summertime smell
Exotic Essence by David Yurman, was a surprise I didn't know if it would smell good on me, but after it dried was very nice. This is a perfect summer time fragrance.
I enjoyed this fragrance, but the silage on the EDT is next to nil. I liked it enough that I started looking for the EDP, only to find out that this fragrance has been out of production since 2012. Also, the EDT is available on various sites for as little as $15.
I like this one. It is different and strong.
So far I've loved every scent! This one is very nice. It seems familiar for some reason.
This is a strong and unique sent! I love it.
This scent is strong but pretty.
The David Yurman scent is perfect for the summer. It's light with a fresh under tone which is my favorite. I would definitely purchase this perfume.
I thought this was going to be a warmer, more sensual fragrance but it smelled very feminine and crisp when I first sprayed it and dried down a little more warm. On me it wasn't a strong scent it was very subtle which I don't like. It's not bad but not what I would call exotic.
Loved this fragrance! If you like fragrances that have deep woody, peppercorn or tobacco notes you'll definitely love this scent. It's deep, rich & sexy. Might be a bit too masculine or exotic for a lot of women but for me it is perfect. If you are someone that likes earthy smells like patchouli but want something that is a little more complex you'll love this scent!
I wanted to love it, but it was too masculine for me. :(
Strong and lingering. Too heavy for spring or summer.
It was a little to strong on first spray. Very musky and masculine. Not my favorite.
This is an awesome scent.... so many compliments! My favorite so far!!
My favorite scent so far, not overpowering, but lasting, subtle, feminine.
This perfume smells like a rug store to me. It's a little too masculine and spicy. It's not a scent I want on me at all, and I tend to go for heavier, musky vanilla-type scents. It's pretty bad in my opinion.
I really liked it. Opium and rose, lovely.
This is an interesting scent. After spraying, it's a bit acrid and heavy with a synthetic citrus type smell up front. By the time it dries, it's a soft and spicy peach/woods/vanilla scent. It's quite pleasant once you get past the initial blast. Three stars because it has absolutely no longevity. Within 15 minutes, I can't smell it at all. Neither can my husband. Kind of a bummer...
I didn't care for the smell of it. I've loved all the other ones but this one just wasn't for me.
It is an ok scent but the more i wear it the more i like it
Very strong, a perfume for mature exotic females
I love this scent this has to be the best one you have sent me yet very close to Givinchy indecent thst they no longer sale. Love this.
It starts off kind of strong but settles into a very soft, feminine scent. It doesn't last long at all but I like it for as long as it does
I expected more exotic or at least a bit stronger scent. Doesn't last very long either.
I looove this! I will be getting another bottle. It starts out wood/forest like and then it softens to almost a light fruit. Can be worn during the day or evening because it is so unique!
It's strong and I didn't like it
My boyfriend is obsessied with this. So, naturally I wear it all the time.
A bit too sweet for me, but I still like it.
was charged for it, but never received
A little bit too strong for me! I will keep it for very special occasions!
What a shock!! Loved this and received so many compliments
This fragrance is amazing. It's a mixture of spicy, musky with just a hint of floral. I love it
Got mine today. At first scent, I think it's a little masculine and overpowering. It would be a good scent for evening, with key notes if amber and spice. Not my cup of tea, though.
It's a very seductive and sexy scent. I like it for fall/winter nights. I wouldn't suggest wearing it for the day. A Mature smell but I like it.
I will cut right to it and say that this perfume is wonderful for anyone that loves warm, sensual scents! I personally do and I'm in love with this. The key note to me is amber, followed by a mandarin orange and slight vanilla scent. It isn't quite mandarin orange but I have no other way to describe the slight fruity under note! As I said you will not be disappointed if you love warm, sensual scents. Don't let what I said about he mandarin orange scent steer you away.
its a little more spicy than what I usually wear, but "exotic" is appropriate
I didn't care for the smell at all.
I loved it!! I'm truely a exotic scent kind of woman and this perfume pleased all my senses. Plenty of compliments and lasted all day long. Definitely will purchase again!
LOVE!!! Was one I was a little on the fence about trying, so glad I did. Already ordered a full sized bottle!!! New fav!
i didn't really care for this scent at first spray but as its strength wears off it smells very nice . i thought i made an error because it's seems like a male scent
I had no idea what to expect with this one be OMG its a beautiful scent. Very light and alluring. I keep getting compliments.
This is definitely not a fragrance you smell on every other woman. It has a nice "exotic" scent without being too overpowering. It is a lively scent with just enough sandalwood.
An exotic, sexy fragrance. Perfect for date night or a special occasion. Only wish it lingered a bit longer.
Loved it so much, I purchased the bottle. Great scent for fall / winter - not sure I would wear it any other time...it's a bold smell. A little goes a long way.
Definitely strong and different. Smells a little more "mature" but once it dies down a bit it smells so super fantastic! So hard to describe honestly. Just extremely different than I'm used to. But when I smell it on my sweater days later I can't stop sniffing it. I would get the sample again but def not an entire bottle.
I get many compliments on this one.
Loved this perfume!!!!!! I will definately get this one again
I didn't like this one too much . I'm an older lady and didn't like it at all. Not for me. It smells erotic not exotic!👎🖓.
Nothing new here. Starts off old lady-ish, then dries into predictable and forgettable
it's strong right out of the bottle but disappears within an hour no matter how much I use. the scent is alright, i would like it better if it had staying power.
Like the smell. But it doesn't last long.
It is purely magical. I LOVE this fragrance! Very sexy and unique!
Really like this fragrance. Soft and subtle. Whispers to women as you pass by them.
Its was extremly flowerly smelling. This scent is overpowering and made me nautious. I do not reccomend this perfume.
I just received this scent. I am not liking it at all. The initial smell is wood and it would be an evening scent. As it sets for a few minutes, it started smelling horrible to me.
It's musky. Reminds me of oils and not in a bad way. It's not overwhelming either. One of those get close and smell you type of scents that stick to you. I like it.
Meh. I really don't care for this fragrance at all. Smells like an old lady.
A beautiful fragrance. Light and woodsy
Love all the David Yurman fragrances...This one is my fav!!! This one has a light cashmere musk scent that lasts on my drier skin type❤️Will be purchasing again!!!!
Very nice for fall!! Not too strong and not overwhelming.
the best one i have received yet! absolutely love this perfume!
I received this yesterday and would never ever wear this. It smells horrible and completely overpowering. Nothing ladylike about this one.
David Turman Exotic Essence smelled horrible at first spray, but within 30 seconds it changed into a perfume I enjoy. Has a amber scent, with a light floral--Didn't give me a migraine. I'd recommend this scent for fall/winter..thats what I bought it for. Longevity from 1-10 is around a 7..I can still smell it 4 hours after 1st sprays. Happy with my choice!
I love the scent but can give me a headache if too much is used but it smells so good. I had a complete stranger come up to me and told me I smelled so good. :)
This perfume is gorgeous. It smells like expensive bourbon, coconut, and some oriental florals. It's unique and I've received tons of compliments.
Smells so good. Warm and spicy with a little citrus. Makes me think of a caravan of gypsies.
Amazing scent!!! Very classy and sophisticated!
Lovely smell but it just isn't me
This perfume has a very pleasant smell. I was worried when I read that it had a mature smell. I would consider it more sofisdicated and subtle on my skin. It has a strong note of patchouli, which is one reason I selected it. The scent itself fades, but still leaves a light trace behind. Overall, I'm very pleased with this selection!
Smells very similar to Jimmy Choo perfume.
I really like this. It is sophisticated and elegant. Smells expensive. Upper class like a powerful executive, sophisticated, elegant woman. Mysterious wealthy...
loved this scent! long lasting!
This scent was just a bit sweet for me, but it did last a very long time.
Love this scent. It`s sophisticated and classic
Love this❤❤ was a little hesitate after I read reviews. But it surprised me love this scent
It smells matronly to me. It's not bad, but I feel like my grandmother would wear it better
Absolutely love this perfume. It is crisp and sophisticated.
Did not care for this one. Very mature scent.
Not as sweet as I was hoping for, on my skin. But on my friends's skin it was delicious. I am too acidic for this one. It got better with time, but I need more sickening sweet for it to even out properly...
I am kind of on the fence with this scent. I love the musk, woodsy, sandalwood scents but this one I think has to much of the vanilla in it for me. It doesn't seem to last very long. However, the hint of scent that does stick around seems to be more of a sandalwood and that I like. I am going to buy a full size bottle of this and wear it during the day. It isn't going to be one that I will save for big occasions though.
Loved the smell of this one, but it didn't last like I thought it would
i liked it but definitely a fall/winter perfume
My favorite oriental scent, right now. It's deep, rich, and alluring with excellent sillage and longevity. Still on my clothes the next day. I would rank this one up there with the likes of La Vie Est Belle and Jimmy Choo Jimmy Choo EDP. If you prefer light, airy fruity florals, which I love too, you might give this a try. It's not typical, at all. Great for cooler days, evenings, and colder seasons.
Smelled old and musty. Not something I'd purchase a full size bottle of.
Most wonderfully mature and seductive scent ever.
I am surprised to say this, but I didn't like this scent. Don't misunderstand me, It didn't make want to convulse on the floor, clean my nose out with bleach, and burn the product in case it has infected me with it's scent virus. I love mature scents, but this just felt unbalanced. It has all the parts to make a great spicy and seductive smell but it just didn't pan out.
I love the way it smells when first applied, but this one fades fast.
This smell is very strong! It starts off smelling like old lady perfume but after it dries down it has more of a fruity and musky scent. When I first sprayed it, I was sad because I didn't like the "older" feeling the scent had. After about 10 minutes I grew to like the scent but it still has a mature smell more appropriate for someone in their 40s; I don't know if I would wear this every day. This will be my back up for days I want something a little different.
Weellll hello honey! Smelled this awhile ago in Nordstroms.Bomb!! My chemistry works best with musk and wood notes. Not for you dandelions.
I don't care for this one at all. It's an older smelling scent and very strong. Not for me.
I love it! Very subtle and sexy- not overpowering.
I really didnt care for this one. I just was me at all .
On the fence on this one. Great on first few sprays, then it seems to go away and come back later. Have a full bottle, will prob not re-buy
Exotic Essence is delicious! Very soft feminine, clean fragrance. Not overpowering or obvious.
Very mellow but deep scent. As my mom said "smells expensive" I actually kind of want to save this for expensive nights out to a middle eastern restaurant.
I'm totally buying a full size of this...I'm in love the scent is just perfect! You can wear it during the day, dinner or party all night.
This was a nice scent, but I didn't really get the fruit or sandalwood. Those are generally my favorite scents, but this didn't seem to match what I normally like. It also seemed to wear off very quickly.
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