Long overlooked, with its cheap plastic lid and utilitarian packaging, Chique by Taylor of London, formerly made by Yardley, has such a cringe-y name and unremarkable presence that it has become all too easy to ignore.
However, I bought a bottle this week and was more than pleasantly surprised. You may have been able to tell that I love a drugstore classic and nothing is too cheap for me (except coffee). My small and rather dull looking bottle of Chique held some amazing surprises.
It opens like a prickly Chypre and stays put. The drydown was puzzling me for a long time until I realised what it was that I was reminded of. Only Estee Lauder Knowing! What’s not to love? Chique goes on with the subtlety of an Olympic fireworks display and hangs around like a barnacle on a ship. Longevity is about ten hours.
Here are the notes according to trusty Fragrantica: Floral Notes, Orange, Lemon, Fruity Notes, Oakmoss.
First of all, the list of notes doesn’t do this justice. This is a green, musty, powdery Oakmoss scent. In other words it’s right up my street. It’s also very reasonably priced to a point that made me suspicious. However, on opening it and trying it out I was utterly delighted (and for once in my life I threw the box away, it was beyond dull).
It is so up my street that we’re practically housemates. In fact we are. This now lives in my handbag.
One word though: it has muscles, so don’t spray near other people, unless you want them to run away. I bought my bottle of Chique for £3.99 off Amazon and it came with a free body spray. I think the price has changed now, but you’d still get change from a ten pound note. Bargain of The Year.