Review of L’Interdit by Givenchy

Created with Audrey Hepburn in mind back in 1957, L’Interdit was created by Francis Fabron for his friend and famous fashion designer, Hubert de Givenchy. The scent was subsequently taken off the shelves in the U.S in 1990 and allowed to remain in stores throughout Europe. Givenchy decided to restore it in 2002, after it has been reformulated in order to make it more palatable to a new generation of perfume buyers. The result of these efforts as a quite interesting scent, L’Interdit is delightfully fruity and floral, well-rounded, and attractive though not earth-shatteringly new.
The original L’Interdit, combined chic and fun and this has been preserved to a certain degree. It opens with aldehydes and bergamot, which soften considerably as it dries and allow a gentle sun-kissed peach and strawberry aroma to waft away from the skin. Behind these you’ll find rose, jasmine and iris. The florals however are not separate, but rather mix and meld swirling together, their edges blurring. But just above these floral eddies you’ll find a refined spicy carnation more and honey warmth. Matte amber and earthy vetiver come in at the close, taking the senses with them as they fade to a veiled powdery finish.