For the last few days, I’ve been wearing Givenchy’s L’Interdit perfume — the company’s newest offering, and the first Givenchy fragrance I’ve ever actually worn. I’ve always been a bit of a perfume junkie (just ask anyone who knows me), but I can’t say that Givenchy is ever a brand I had on my shelf. Yeah, it’s a label known for good fashion, particularly footwear and bags, but perfume? For some reason, it’s just never really been on my radar as far as beauty products were concerned. Perhaps I believed them to be a little too classy and sophisticated for me? I’m hardly a Chanel Number 5 kinda gal …
Recently, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a little sample bottle of L’Inderdit. Bizarrely, I then received another one in the post a week later. And then, even more bizarrely, I got a bunch of free samples with some other beauty products I’d purchased. I’ve basically had an entire bottle of the stuff from samples alone, but, hey. I’d call that winning, wouldn’t you?
The NEW Givenchy L’Inderdit Fragrance
L’Interdit itself isn’t actually a new fragrance from the label, with the initial release back in 1957 and inspired by the classically beautiful Audrey Hepburn. It looks as though Givenchy has been updating a few of its older perfumes recently, with this one joining the shelf alongside Eau de Givenchy, a retake of the 1980’s classic.
“A tribute to bold femininity”
L’Interdit is definitely a bold, oriental-style fragrance, and I wouldn’t say it’s one that you’d wear during the heat of the summer. It’s quite thick, heavy and woody — much better suited to autumn/winter, but not overpowering. The gruffer Patchouli and Vetiver notes don’t tower over the others. Quite the opposite, actually.
The floral notes — Tuberose, Orange Blossom and Jasmine — bring in a white sweetness that really blasts through when you first spray it, and it’s those floral notes that I can still smell in my hair, a few hours later, albeit more delicately.
“Forbid yourself nothing. Allow no rules.”
I love the dramatic wording they use to promote perfumes. This perfume does smell a bit … sultry and dangerous, perhaps? I’m not so sure what “forbidden” would actually smell like, but there is a hint of sexy-sassiness in L’Interdit, and I feel a little bit sexy-sassy when I wear it. My significant other seems to very much appreciate it, too.
“An invitation to defy convention and embrace your singularity.”
As much as I do like this chic fragrance — and I really, really do — I don’t think it has much in the way of staying power. It’s quite hearty and powerful at first, but within about half an hour it had faded away quite a lot, leaving behind quite a delicate hint of fragrance. That’s a good thing in one respect because it’s quite a very strong one initially. In another respect, I found myself reapplying it throughout the day more than I would with other perfumes. And this is an Eau de parfum, too. It’s not Eau de toilette. I expected a little more staying power.
Givenchy L’Interdit Perfume Review – Conclusion
I do have a lot of love for L’Interdit, a scent that I would probably wear for evening occasions. It would go on the “nice perfume for nice occasions” shelf. I probably wouldn’t grab it for daytime occasions, though; it might be a little too heavy and woody for that. (For me.)
Would I buy it again? Yes, although I would save it for short occasions such as dinner at a restaurant. It’s not one of the best scents if you want something long-lasting.
I think you’ll like Givenchy L’Interdit if you also like …
Classic Jean Paul Gaultier, Paco Rabanne Lady Million, Diesel Loverdose, and Black Opium by YSL.
(Let me know if I’m right or wrong about this!)
** As an additional note, L’Interdit reminds me of a ‘classier’ version of a perfume that my Grandfather once bought me from Avon — Outspoken by Fergie.