Taylor of London Intrigue: Debunking the “Old Lady Perfume” myth

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Intrigue used to be Yardley Intrigue but is now made by Taylor of London. It’s a traditional floral chypre that I should imagine a younger palate may describe as “old lady.”

I feel very strongly about such a term when used regarding perfume.  Whenever I hear somebody use that term I replace it with “retro” or “Grand Dame” or “classic”, because so many powdery chypres were exactly that.  These mythical “old ladies” knew a thing or two about perfume.

Secondly, the more mature women round these parts, always smell fabulous. On them I smell wafts of Cinnabar, Aromatics Elixir and White Linen. My Mum smells incredible in classic fragrances such as Panache and Tweed. Whereas a much younger perfume wearer recently floored me ( in a bad way) with a thirty foot trail of Diesel Loverdose in all its sickly sweet glory. Thirty foot away! I kid you not.

Glad I’ve got that off my chest, now let’s look at Intrigue.

old school scent

Described as a floral chypre, this has top notes of citrus, violet and petitgrain, middle notes of rose and jasmine and a base note of cedarwood, musk and moss.

It’s a powdery floral that reminded me a little of Worth Courtesan without the knickery finale.

Despite opening with citrus and petitgrain, this is not an astringent eau de cologne intro, it’s a musky, soft floral with a mossy and woody base. In fact all the notes seem to come out at once and stay put, making a floral woody accord with a wake of soft feathery musk.

On Amazon, reviews are favourable, apart from a few fans of the original who state that it is not as it was. This is their right, and I cannot correct them as I haven’t smelled the original. However, as a very cheap and very cheerful floral chypre, this is a great little treat.

Stockists

You can buy Taylor of London Intrigue on Amazon UK or on Perfume Click (they are awaiting stock at the time of posting this). Prices are upwards of six or seven quid.  I had mine for Christmas.

4 thoughts on “Taylor of London Intrigue: Debunking the “Old Lady Perfume” myth”

  1. Perfumes did seems lot more varied a few years ago, and younger wearers were more adventurous. You’re spot on that nowadays young people seem loathe to wear anything other than bilious vanilla and sickly synthetic florals.

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