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Givenchy L’Interdit was originally created by Hubert de Givenchy for Audrey Hepburn in 1947. Hepburn was Givenchy’s muse and their close relationship led to the creation of a ‘forbidden’ perfume; a fragrance made just for her which she said shouldn’t be shared with anyone else.

Givenchy did share it with the world though, creating the L’interdit fragrance (L’interdit translates from French to mean forbidden in English).

PerfumeReleaseFragrance Notes
Givenchy L’Interdit Eau de Parfum2018Tuberose, Jasmine, Orange Blossom
Givenchy L’Interdit Eau de Toilette2022Orange, Tuberose, Orange Blossom
Givenchy L’interdit Le Edition Couture2019Tuberose, Jasmine, Orange Blossom
Givenchy L’interdit Édition Millésime2021Orange Blossom, Tuberose, Almond Milk
Bitter Orange, Ginger
Givenchy L’Interdit Intense2020Seseme, Tuberose, Orange Blossom, Vanilla
Givenchy L’Interdit Rouge2021Tuberose, Jasmine, Ginger
Sandalwood, Patchouli
Givenchy L’Interdit Nocturnal Jasmine2022Jasmine, Vetiver, Patchouli
Givenchy L’Interdit Burning Neroli2023Neroli, Patchouli, Vetiver
Givenchy L’interdit Rouge Ultime2023Tuberose, Orange Blossom, Cocoa

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Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn
Givenchy L'interdit Audrey Hepburn

Givenchy L’Interdit Eau de Parfum

The modern version of Givenchy L’interdit Eau de Parfum was released in 2018 and was an instant hit.

Givenchy L’interdit is a strong white floral; with jasmine, orange blossom and plenty of tuberose.

As the fragrance dries down a soft ambroxan, patchouli and vetiver comes through, helping the fragrance last for hours.

There is a hint of pear which softens the white florals from the beginning, creating a classy scent which is hard to ignore.

Givenchy L’interdit could be worn any time of year and any time of day; its universal.

Givenchy L’Interdit Eau de Toilette

Givenchy L’interdit Eau de Toilette is a lighter take on the original.

Tuberose remains the main note, along with a soft orange blossom, but the jasmine and ambroxan have been replaced by a super fresh citrus top note.

Overall this fragrance is fresher and less floral than the Eau de Parfum. I find it lasts a few hours and outperforms many other Eau de Toilette fragrances.

Givenchy L’interdit Le Edition Couture

There have been two limited edition versions of L’interdit. In 2019 and 2020 Givenchy L’interdit Le Edition Couture were released. These contain the original Givenchy L’interdit Eau de Parfum, only the bottle is different.

After a limited edition bottle has been out for a while you can often find it reduced; this can be a cheaper way of getting the original Givenchy L’interdit Eau de Parfum fragrance for less.

Givenchy L’Interdit Édition Millésime

Givenchy L’Interdit Édition Millésime is one of my favourites in the range, and one a personally prefer to the original; it’s the signature Givenchy L’interdit scent but with a twist.

There is a bitter orange which comes across straight away in the top note. This is then complimented by orange blossom and neroli, with the signature tuberose coming through after a few minutes.

The base has a soft almond fragrance note which is subtle but adds a slightly sweet warm note.

This is an Eau de Parfum and so can be relied upon to last. The orange notes added to it make it fresher than the original; perfect for summertime.

Givenchy L’Interdit Intense

Givenchy L’Interdit Intense is my favourite in the range. Ideal for winter this is a super cosy interpretation of L’interdit.

Givenchy L’Interdit Intense takes the signature tuberose scent of the original and adds an unusual sesame note. This creates a unique warmth to the perfume which I find quite addictive.

The vanilla from the original is much more prominent, whereas the patchouli is less noticeable. This is an intense perfume so it’s stronger than an Eau de Parfum and does really last.

Givenchy L'interdit Intense

Givenchy L’Interdit Rouge

Givenchy L’Interdit Rouge is the most oriental in the L’interdit perfume range.

This fiery perfume has some spicy notes added, which I think would appeal to a fan of oriental fragrances.

There is a strong ginger note and the addition of a pimento perfume note. Pimento leaf is an unusual scent which is a combination of cloves, pepper, juniper berries and a hint of cinnamon.

This is a strong perfume which would be great for the winter or perhaps evenings if you are looking for a spicy nighttime scent.

Givenchy L'Interdit Rouge

Givenchy L’Interdit Nocturnal Jasmine

Givenchy L’Interdit Nocturnal Jasmine is a Limited Edition perfume which is quite simply all about the jasmine. The tuberose of the original L’interdit is removed and the jasmine and also patchouli are allowed to shine.

There is a vetiver perfume note in the mix but really this is a sexy, mysterious and strong patchouli and jasmine.

Fans of the original L’Interdit will like L’Interdit Nocturnal Jasmine as its relatively similar.

Givenchy L’Interdit Burning Neroli

2023 saw the release of Givenchy L’Interdit Burning Neroli. This new flanker in my view is the most gender neutral of all the different L’Interdit fragrances. The scent is a combination of Vetiver, Neroli and Patchouli which is clean, green and fresh. It definitely has echos of Chanel No 19; the kind of perfume we don’t tend to see released these days. It’s strong and lasts well; I think if you’re a fan of the original then this could be an interesting change to layer with it or wear on its own.

Givenchy L'Interdit Burning Neroli

Givenchy L’Interdit Rouge Ultime

Givenchy L’Interdit Rouge Ultime is a deeper version of the previously released L’interdit Rouge. The classic L’interdit white floral heart of tuberose, jasmine and neroli is very much the star of the show but in addition notes of cacao and tobacco create a warm undertone which makes Givenchy L’Interdit Rouge Ultime ideal for winter.

Givenchy L’Interdit Body Products

There are plenty of Givenchy L’interdit body products which can be used to layer the fragrance. They all have the original Givenchy L’interdit Eau de Parfum scent but can be used with any of the different flankers.

Rooney Mara for Givenchy L’Interdit Campaign

Rooney Mara was chosen to be the face of the new Givenchy L’interdit when it launched in 2019. She has featured on the advertisements for all the Givenchy L’interdit perfumes since.

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