L' Interdit -- Forbidden. This review is for L'Interdit II EdT.
Top Notes: Strawberry.
Heart Notes: Bulgarian Rose, Jasmine, Freesia, Violet, Sunflower, Ylang-Ylang.
Base Notes: Musk, Sandalwood, Incense.
I recently purchased a bottle of this in what I believe is the newer formulation, a 3 2/3 oz EdT in the tall bottle with a metal cap that is quite similar to the bottles used for Ysatis and Organza. I could not stop myself from spritzing it right away as I am so enamoured with Givenchy's Ysatis and Organza, and overall I am quite impressed with L' Interdict as well, although it is vastly different from both Ystatis and Organza. I have worn it several times thus far, and my impressions are as follows.
It is a gorgeous fruity, floral, woody, musky but CLEAN fragrance with NO patchouli--a welcomed difference. It is VERY feminine; very soft; and, very fruity upon initial application. Then it soon turns much more floral. I think the sillage, projection, and longevity on this one will be one of my worst, though, possibly worse then the current Apres L'Ondee EdT, but I hardly expected it to be a powerhouse, a heavy hitter like Opium for example. It is simply not that sort of parfum. It is the type of fragrance that once one gets a sniff of it, however, one would want to move in much closer to the wearer in order to get a better sniff. : )
I definitely get a fresh, red, JUICY but tart strawberry in the top. Then it quickly dries down to sandalwood and musk with hints of rose and probably violet peeking through the sandalwood and musk. It seems to be very well blended. I cannot tease out any sunflower, freesia, jasmine, or incense, and I definitely do not detect any ylang-ylang which is a note I truly enjoy. My nose it pretty untutored overall, though, so I may be missing some of the notes that more experienced noses could readily discern.
L' Interdit has something of a "perfumey" vibe about it. It does not smell like any currently made accessibly priced fragrances of today which all tend to smell fairly sweet to my nose. This composition definitely seems to have a vintage vibe to it if compared with, for example, Madonna ToD Naked which is quite heavy on the honeysuckle, vanilla orchid, and peach blossom notes, and is thus quite sweet. L' Interdit's sweetness is of a different variety---it is less artificial, less synthetic, truer to nature, and I LIKE THAT about it!
Within thirty minutes of application, L' Interdit pretty much begins to lean toward becoming a skin scent, albeit a very feminine, floral one. Projection could not be more than a foot at that point as far as I can tell, and I imagine sillage is very soft indeed. A heavier hand is definitely possible with this one. Thirty minutes after application, it is slightly woody, quite floral, but not at all either sugary sweet or balsamic. Actually, the strawberry makes it smell more tart than sweet from the very beginning.
Overall, I really like it, and I am not at all sorry I bought it blind. It seems VERY spring/summer like to me, very fresh and very French. I do not think this L' Interdit would perform as well in cold weather, but I could be wrong. It is pretty warm here again today as I wear this parfum.
In my opinion, L' Interdit is a fairly light, woody, fruity, floral that has a fresh, young, French vibe to it. I doubt anyone could possibly find this fragrance offensive. I believe it would work for both daytime and night time wear in virtually any environmental setting, including around children and/or elderly people. I think it would work well on a woman of just about any age, too. Although it is not synthetically sugary sweet, I bet its natural, authentic floral sweetness would attract bees and wasps if one wears it out of doors! Definitely recommend this one if you like fresh florals with a woody, musky base.
All in all, this is another successful blind buy for me, and although I could not claim that this is a "sexy" fragrance, I definitely think it is a very cuddly fragrance that gentlemen would appreciate smelling on their ladies. As a floral, it is MUCH more sophisticated smelling than the florals from the very early 20th century. Definitely not a soliflore. Definitely VERY FRENCH. It leans toward the demure but very feminine side of the spectrum. I do not think this fragrance is unisex at all, though. Sorry gentlemen.
ETA: In the very deep dry down, L'Interdit smells a little bit powdery but not overwhelming so. I am quite taken with this lovely fragrance. : )