Perfumes are a seasonal thing for me. I always have four on rotation, and switch them around as the seasons change. This means, I allow myself only one or two new fragrances a year. Quite sensible right?!. I’m far from a connoisseur, but I ‘m drawn to certain scents depending on the season. I guess it has a lot to do with how the perfume reacts to my own skin at that time of year.
For the last couple of years, my go to autumn scent has been Chanel Allure Sensualle. It is a warm, oriental scent with woody accents which I always lean towards in the fall months. As soon as the leaved turn orange-red and temperatures dip below 15°C, I completely ditch the sweet florals which almost feel sticky and nauseating when it’s cooler. Allure Sensualle embodies a sexy, sultry, seductive feel given by spicy and frankincense dry-down. Having gone through the entire bottle, I wanted to try something new, but still along the same notes.
I first came across Givenchy L’interdit in a peel-off sample in the pages of the October British Vogue issue. I instantly fell in love with it. The current version is a re-imagining of the 1957 version, which was dedicated to Audrey Hepburn yet from what I’ve read, it’s a completely different formulation. Is has the woody accents I am so drawn to, with tuberose adding to the very feminine opening notes, and vetiver adding to the sophistication of the fragrance. This perfume says, “I’m here. I’m grown. I’m sexy and I get things done.” I love the intense silage and longevity of it, which is reminiscent of Lancome La Vie Et Belle, without the overpowering florals. It’s a perfect day-to-night fragrance.
The packaging is beautiful yet very heavy glass. About a third of the bottle is glass, which is a little disappointing because they could’ve easily made this a 100ml bottle instead of having 80ml as the largest size. However, I understand that they wanted this to be reminiscent of the original so, I can live with that. Overall, it’s a pretty good choice for an autumn scent, which I look forward to using for the next couple of years. I got mine in the 80ml EDP at a 10% discount from escentual.com