A long time fan of the Victorian Limes, I had heard rotten things about the Original. They are wrong. This is an intriguing floral scent that seems to have some lilac in it. It might be subtle, reserved, and is definitely not an 'in your face (and way up your nose)' kind of scent, but it is superb. Perhaps you have to be English born and over fifty to appreciate it, but whatever it is I hope to always have a spare bottle or two. Combined with Trumper Eucris hair dressing it is an intoxicatingly lovely scent. Strongly recommended. Oh, leave the bottle open half an hour the first time you open it to dissipate the volatile nasties that have dissuaded some reviewers. What is left is pure gold.
#74 starts off with orange,bergamont and lemon with a base of lilac,jasmine,rose and sweet musk. Now people know the notes of this version of Geo. Thomas' Royal yacht. It's a very british scent from Edwardian Britain and WW1. I find it elegant, nearly rich and on a functional level a very soothing alcohol AS. Sillage on me is noticeable but not overwhelming and good for 4 hours.
It's Earl Grey and biscuits VS a $5 latte and bagel, regimental tie VS gold chain.
24th August, 2010 (last edited: 28th September, 2010)
This is certainly a bargain fragrance compared to many other English colognes. 74 is sufficiently stuffy and musty with a little English sensibility. It opens with a hint of citrus and aromatic “baby oil” accord like in Hammam Bouquet (which I personally believe TOBS tried to imitate with this fragrance sans rose). It progresses to an indolent jasmine, iris, muguet, and other powdery florals. The base is a little disturbing and far too powdery for wear any time other than winter.
05th September, 2009 (last edited: 10th November, 2009)
I'm with Peter and have to give a thumbs down. It smells like a whore's handbag. I wore it for three hours trying to give it a chance. It's disgusting. Unfortunately I can't find any other word for it. I would love to know what is in it.
There are a number of fragrances about which I struggle to find superlatives. Unfortunately this isn't one of them. Cloying and slightly musty, "The bottom of your auntie's handbag" springs to mind.