Agent Provocateur: I’m Seduced


I picked up a sample of Agent Provocateur recently from a House of Fraser counter alongside numerous new launches and free tote bags. I had low expectations of it, to be honest. It seems that everybody is launching a new scent every week and I’d heard no particular buzz around this one. Well here’s some buzz: this is great.  It’s described thus: “Exotic. Floral. Chypre.”. With today’s eulogistic blurbs about perfume, even that could mean anything. However, I have tried my little 1.5ml bottle of Eau de Parfum and I love it. My happy thoughts regarding the opening notes could not quite be located at first until it came to me like a shot. It smells like Gucci Envy. At least at first anyway. I couldn’t find the Lily of The Valley that is so strong in Envy, so it must be her cousin Gardenia spreading the White Flower love around, and the Coriander adding the Green note.

After a few minutes, the scent becomes more Rose and Magnolia, reminding me a little of SJP Lovely. The smell is intimate, as if you are right up close smelling skin.  It’s floral but lacks that high pitched screechiness you can sometimes get with flowers alone. Agent Provocateur is softened by Musk and warm, white Magnolia which makes this both cosy and sexy at the same time. It’s lightened with the Coriander, just the right amount, but I must confess to not recognising the top note scent of Indian Saffron unless it’s in a Chicken Pilaff. This is a Magnolia Musk and a Powdery Rose, with enough Vetiver and Amber to make the basenotes warm and  rich. It had me at “Bonjour”.

14 thoughts on “Agent Provocateur: I’m Seduced”

  1. I have always wondered about this perfume and actually heard that it was surprisingly good. But something about the brand put me off… That, and how I always seem to spot it next to Kate Moss, Britney and Beckham offerings.

    On another note (no pun intended), House of Fraser are giving away free tote bags? Hm, I must plan an impromptu visit…

    1. Welcome Atreyu! Thanks you for your comments. Unfortunately in order to get the nice tote bags,you have to buy one of the perfumes that it goes with. However, if you didn’t like the perfume, you could always eBay it and keep the bag!

  2. I also liked this when I tried it for the first time recently. I had worn Maitresse happily, then bought Strip blind on the recommendation of BonkersAboutPerfume, who said it was very sexy. (It is! I love it!) But I had not got around to trying the original and feared it would be somehow blah. But hoorah! It’s not. And I do get a little twang of chypre to it, which pleases me greatly.

    I tried the latest release, the noir petals thing. No. No, no, no, no, no, no, no. Trendy patchouli yuckery. IMHO; YMMD etc.

    But hey – three out of four ain’t bad, to paraphrase Meatloaf.

    1. Congratulations on being the first person to introduce Meatloaf into a fragrance debate! 🙂 Seriously, I do agree that this is rather wonderful but like you, I do despair of fruitchouli crowd pleasers.

  3. Dearest Iscent
    How nice to return to find you mildly in love… or at least lustful.
    A true modern chypre (that term is being used with unfortunate inaccuracy these days)… it sounds as though it may well have my name on it!
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    1. Dear Mr Dandy, How very kind of you to drop by. I am indeed pie eyed over Agent Provocateur, but I sadly had to deal with some real stinkers during your sojourn across the water! But how can we know beauty if we do not know ugliness?

      Your friend

      1. Hey Iscent, your description of Provocateur reminds me of Elizabeth Arden’s 5th Avenue.i had worn it couple of years ago & forgotten about it ( my oversight) Last year one of my friends gifted me 5th Avenue parfume & it was sitting in my parfume cellar since then. But when I was hunting for Old Gucci Envy I just tried 5th Avenue on a whim & oh, I was on a sensory ride. The magnolia is so wonderful & I don’t know why but I smell jasmine in it too. It is heady, strong but to the point not a bit over. i think it is good for the peole who couldnt take hyacinth in Gucci. It is sure to take you quite close to Gucci Envy & it is so inexpensive comparatively. Surely it has won my heart & I need to buy & save one more bottle just incase it gets out of production..I am sure u must have tried it already.

      2. Hi Cilantro, welcome to IScentYouADay! That’s a great tip, since I was crushed when Gucci Envy was discontinued. I did own a bottle of Fifth Avenue some years ago and really liked it. It’s also very reasonably priced. However, now that you have pointed out it’s similarity to Envy, I shall go back and re-sniff. Many thanks for your post, I appreciate your comments.

  4. Thanks Iscent, will you pls review it once 5th Avenue intoxicates you? Your reviews are so wonderful. Have a good day!

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