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Tweed Parfume De Toilette has been around for as long as I can remember, and was very popular in the 50s and 60s. It is not the luxury now that it was then, when only the more affluent echelons of society could afford Tweed. It almost ranked alongside Channel; both of which have survived the test of time where many have fallen by the wayside.
I have never bought any perfumes for myself, but often got them for Christmas, when my late mum would sometimes treat me to a bottle of Tweed. I liked the fresh, floral smell, wafting from people, giving the impression they had not long stepped out of a luxuriously scented bath.
One of my nieces gave me the latest bottle of Tweed about a year ago. About half the contents remain, simply because I do not wear it every day so I cannot say how long it would last anyone else.
I know very little about perfumes in general; but have learned that they have top, middle and base notes, which are mixes of aromatic essences. I also know that a perfume can smell differently when worn by someone else.
According to the literature Tweed’s has “ top notes of bergamot, cinnamon and geranium. Middle notes of ylang-ylang, jasmine, lavender and orange flower. Base notes of oakmoss, patchouli, sandalwood, benzoin, vanilla and vetiver.”
The cost varies from shop to shop, from about £5.00 in Superdrug for 50ml bottle, to £15.00 elsewhere. The average price seems to be approximately £10. Be very wary of purchasing any perfumes very cheaply on eBay or open markets, for fakes will be around at this time of the year.
After all these years, I still find Tweed to be one of my favourite perfumes, it can be worn during the daytime or evening, it is not an overbearing fragrance, nor is it as delicate as some, but the aroma remains on the skin for hours. I just like that fresh, clean aroma that wafts from the skin.
Very little is needed and when sprayed onto the skin, at first, it can smell very strong, but after a minute or two it settles into that ‘Just got out of the bath’ smell.
Perhaps because it has been around for so many decades, that some deem Tweed to be old fashioned and will remind them of their grandmother. It reminds me of the generosity of my mother.
Tweed is a sensuous woody floral fragrance with an emphasis on a dark captivating earthy woody mystique the floral notes add an intoxicating feminine touch / There is a distinct resinous quality about Tweed making it an English icon in perfumery through the years / Even with all its rich depth and mysteriousness Tweed is not too heavy or overbearing / The oriental base is very alluring; not sweet nor soft more of a feeling of perfect balance of natural essences /