Givenchy Le De was launched in 1957 with notes of coriander, mandarin orange, tarragon, bergamot, brazilian rosewood, carnation, lilac, orris root, jasmine, ylang, lily of the valley, rose, sandalwood, amber, musk, okamoss and guaiac wood. It is refined and very old school, created originally for a small group of people - the haute couture clientele and friends of Hubert de Givenchy, in very limited distribution in department stores. It was inspired by Audrey Hepburn.
Givenchy Le De - this is the VINTAGE pure parfum/extrait.
From Perfume Shrine - "There is no natural reference, just abstraction. The narcissus essence is laced with the impression of a horse's sweat, segueing into a musky feminine aura that is lived-in contrasting nicely with the general "groomed" effect. It is subtle enough that you won't catch it unless you're looking for it."
From The Non-blonde - "Le De is very smooth and seamless, especially in the vintage extrait that I have. The top notes aren't damaged, but they're dense and thick like a massive bouquet, artfully arranged in a crystal vase placed on a marble table top in a formal room in front of a massive and beautifully framed window. The opulence and wealth are on display, yet everything is meticulously chosen and presented, so it's very tasteful and not too overwhelming. This is Le De.
"There's also a naughty side to this Givenchy classic. Yes, some of the floral notes are busy keeping up a soapy and powdery appearance, but you simply cannot ignore the indolic shadow and the whiff of an animalic touch. Le De is bolder, more confident, and a little bit more heady than one would expect from a classic 1950s floral that at first appears so delicate. I guess that's part of the allure of the era's aesthetics. The dresses, the handbags, the fussy hairstyles, yet there's such a bold femininity in the curve-accenting clothes and red lipsticks."