Tweed is one of those drugstore classics that still has a loyal following. Many perfume lovers who love their woody chypres adore cheap and cheerful Tweed with its great longevity and mossy woods, but a new take is needed for the modern palate (or should that be nostril?): after all, business is business.
Tweed Mademoiselle is not like Tweed. Tweed lovers may not even like it. However, it’s still good stuff and could well serve to revive the Tweed name . Yes, it’s a fruity floral, but don’t be put off if you’re not a fan of the genre. This smells like many far more expensive new releases I have smelled over many a perfume counter in the past year except for one thing: it costs just over a fiver. That’s enough to get my attention for a start. But would I lead my dear readers on a merry dance if it wasn’t worth buying? No, of course not.
Tweed Mademoiselle has the following notes: Top notes: bergamot, melon Middle notes: jasmine, rose and violet. Base notes: oakmoss, amber, patchouli, vanilla
The floral notes are very prominent, and I have to say the melon is also noticeable but rather coming across as a calone, it’s more strawberry like. The base is reassuringly woody, in keeping with the original Tweed, but without the same depth. It’s kind of an Oakmoss-lite.
In other words, you have a very decent modern floral fruity chypre for less than the price of a bottle of wine. Longevity isn’t bad at around four to five hours (I’m using the parfum de toilette).
Tweed has changed hands many times: it started as Lentheric, then became Yardley and then became Taylor of London and is now owned by Milton Lloyd for World Class. Milton Lloyd is a brand with much to offer the frugal perfumista. They have launched a range of updated classics (Chique Mademoiselle is next on my list) as well as the excellent Grasse Experience which I reviewed earlier this week. I have only tried a few out of the range but what they have all in common is that they are excellent budget buys and the packaging is nice enough to give as a gift too. In fact at these prices you could even risk a few blind buys.
Milton Lloyd Tweed Mademoiselle is currently available from Amazon UK but has rather tellingly sold out on Fragrance Direct. If you’re in the USA and Canada you can buy original Tweed from Amazon.com and Amazon.Ca