Osmanthus Interdite was released in 2007 . Parfum d’Empire, as the name suggests, creates perfumes dedicated to great empires. Osmanthus Interdite is meant to represent China. (Ambre Russe stands for Tsarist Russia.)
Notes include chinese tea, citrus, osmanthus, rose, jasmine, musk and leather. The perfume was created by Marc-Antoine Corticchiato, Parfum d’Empire’s founder.
Osmanthus is a small, white flower native to Asia that has an interesting and distinctive smell of apricots. I really like this note in perfume. Be it the combination with tea in Hermessence Osmanthus Yunnan, with sparkly and spicy pepper and citrus in Ormonde Jayne Osmanthus or the sweet, almost jammy facet of osmanthus in Serge Lutens Jeux de Peau.
In Osmanthus Interdite I have found a happy, sweet, very fruity and simply delicious version of osmanthus. It is perfectly lovely.
Opening with a refreshing combination of citrus, green tea and osmanthus, the perfume is relatively linear, showcasing the apricot-sweetness of this astounding flower. The heart is bolstered by rose and jasmine that mostly serve to round out the star of the show, rather than having their own moment in the limelight. The drydown is softly musky, with a hint of leather, bringing to mind another Lutens fragrance, namely Daim Blond, although here it is a much, much softer and more muted leather-apricot combo.
Osmanthus Interdite is a great spring/summer scent, it is happy, carefree, but not without substance. It has a very good lasting power and the sillage is there, but not overpoweringly so. All in all, I am very happy with this perfume. It is my second winner from the line, so I will make sure to explore it further.
How does Osmanthus Interdite compare to the other osmanthus perfumes I have tried? It is softer and more feminine than the Hermessence and the tea note is less pronounced. It is fruitier than Ormonde Jayne’s version, whose opening is a lot harsher too.
You can take a deep breath and think. “At least I smell great!”