Givenchy L’Interdit, classic and new

Nicely I promised you a fragrance overview and also you’re going to get one. It will be an train in frustration, as a result of I’m attempting the classic model of Givenchy’s L’Interdit in opposition to the brand new model which is offered at e-tailers in all places. I’m positive all of you’ve got heard the story of L’Interdit and comprehend it backwards and forwards however it bears repeating: initially it was a bespoke scent, a love letter from Hubert de Givenchy to his good friend and muse Audrey Hepburn. It was hers and hers alone for a number of years till it’s creator determined that he wished to launch it to the general public as his first fragrance. In accordance with historical past, Miss Hepburn stated “Mais, je l’interdis!” (“however, I forbid it!”) Cooler heads ultimately prevailed and Miss Hepburn agreed to the discharge of what was now referred to as L’Interdit, “The Forbidden One.” the place it turned an on the spot best-seller.

Now I suppose I used to be not maintaining with the fragrance information, however apparently the brand new and the previous are two fully completely different animals. For no matter purpose (trend, tastes, prices, laws of substances) the model that got here out in 2018 bears solely a slight resemblance to the one from 1957. That one was a full-bodied, female, aldehydic floral with a surprisingly robust core of grasses, amber and musk- It’s not solely an attractive scent however one that completely matches the lady it was designed for: elegant, a educated ballerina of an aristocratic household who knew the privations and heartbreak of being introduced up in her Nazi-occupied fatherland, who went on to make her mark on Hollywood and the world not solely by way of her magnificence, grace, and magnificence, however by way of her good works for the much less lucky by way of UNICEF.

The brand new one, not a lot.

The Givenchy web site writes this about it “A white flower crossed by a darkish woody accord. L’Interdit Eau de Parfum for girls — a fearless perfume imbued with the frisson of freedom. Transgress your limits with audacity and really feel empowered on the journey to self-discovery.“ Nicely okay then.

The factor is that the brand new model is okay. Very good in actual fact. If I didn’t have an honest splosh of the true stuff to match it to side-by-side I might be fairly proud of it. It’s a fairly, office-friendly, don’t-scare-the-horses type of scent (sorry perfumers.) Aspect by aspect it’s like Dom Perignon and Weight-reduction plan Pepsi. Aspect by aspect lets me know that what the brand new stuff it isn’t is L’Interdit.

How I want some Indie perfumer would simply come out with re-dos of those classics, with warning labels if neccesary. They might name the road FU-IFFRA, and so they’d promote like hotcakes.

The brand new model is offered virtually on the moon at varied worth factors. The previous one is after all discontinued and I’m positive there are bottles on eBay which might be going for greater than black-market organs, however I didn’t have the guts to test. My samples got here from Surrender To Chance.

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