Perfume Directory

Givenchy III (1970)
by Givenchy


Givenchy III information

Year of Launch1970
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 173 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerRaymond Chaillan
PerfumerJean-François Latty
PackagingPierre Dinand
Parent CompanyLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

About Givenchy III

Givenchy III is a feminine perfume by Givenchy. The scent was launched in 1970 and the fragrance was created by perfumers Jean-François Latty and Raymond Chaillan. The bottle was designed by Pierre Dinand

Givenchy III fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Givenchy III

Oviatt Show all reviews
United States
Born at the very beginning of the 1970s, Givenchy III epitomizes that era, a time when chic, green fragrances were king. Norell, Coriandre, Private Collection, Halston--and Givenchy III--were leaders along with the many wonderful green men's scents from that time. A friend of mine was an exchange student in the 70s in Tunisia and while there, she got very sick with an extremely high fever. The women in her host family all nursed her back to health and at one point her fever was so high that she passed out--when she came to, they were bathing her forehead and arms in cooling Givenchy III, the way one might use rubbing alcohol. She said that her first thought was that if she had died and gone to heaven, it sure smelled wonderful! They went through a whole bottle of cologne nursing her back to health and it is still a favorite of hers. The peach and the moss in this evoke classic Chypres like Mitsouko and Femme, but the brisk green notes of galbanum put this squarely in the 70s where it proudly stands alongside the masterpieces listed above. Masculine? Perhaps. I think of it as being so representative of the feminine ideal of that certain time that it is hard to rethink it in today's terms. That said, it probably would work well on a man.
13th October, 2015
Along with Beene's Grey Flannel, I find Givenchy III one of the two best green scents for men ever created. I know this one was created for and marketed to women, but it is so unisex and so superbly, confidently, quietly masculine, that I can't imagine a woman even liking it, let alone wearing it.

A green floral chypre that is round, deep and complex. Intriguing suave, assured, sophisticated.

Green citrus and fruity florals blend harmoniously and lay over a woody, powdery, slightly spicy base. The slightly mentholated dry down is light and pleasant.

Top notes: Bergamot, Mandarin, Galbanum, Peach, Gardenia
Heart notes: Muguet, Hyacinth, Rose, Jasmine, Orris
Base notes: Patchouli, Oakmoss, Amber, Sandalwood

Turin gave it 5 stars and dubbed it a "great masculine." I agree.
19th June, 2015
*** This review is of the original vintage ***

Greener than the earlier reviewed Jolie Madame, Givenchy III opens with bergamot and galbanum. The central floral accord gets more noticeable with time but its sweet floralcy and intensity is held firmly in check by the deeply earthy-mossy base. The balance is immaculate, the structure holding its form remarkably well. I must agree with earlier suggestions that this is one helluva chypre that could be easily worn by either gender.
12th August, 2014
After an intensely aromatic opening the newly revived Givenchy III drifts into an unusually dry, herbaceous, yet indolic white flower accord supported by a firm woody-mossy base. The enduring aromatic notes color the bold chypre structure a dusty green that’s not too far removed from the great Mitsouko – that is if you could imagine Guerlain’s classic without a trace of its trademark peach. In fact, I’d happily recommend Givenchy III for men who love chypre scents but are afraid that Mitsouko will leave them smelling somehow “feminine.” (Not a problem for me, but I know it is for some.) Regardless of gender, Givenchy III is a great chypre fragrance, and I welcome its reissue as reassurance that the fragrance industry is not yet irredeemably degenerate. My only complaint is that it's oddly short lived on my skin.
15th June, 2014 (last edited: 14th June, 2014)
Concerning the vintage perfume formula: The bergamot and lactonic peach rested on a bed of greens is very much reminiscent of the other readily-available reference Chypre, Mitsouko, but Givenchy III is Mitsy with a shadow cast over it, or darkness lurking within. The inky, black base of vetiver, castoreum, and oakmoss is always in the front seat for this ride, and doesn't just reveal itself after the top dies off - it looms behind the whole composition, coloring it a darker shade of smoky green, with a smell upon opening not unlike fresh dirt (It actually has a lot in common with Caron's Vetiver). This is as 'classic' as scents get in the modern age - III is very much an Old World kind of scent, one which proclaims class and demands respect, and is a hard wear for anyone not an intriguing socialite. It is a near-cousin to my beloved Norell but is less bright and all-inclusive, more the dark branch of the family. It is stark and beautiful in an angular face kind of way. Whereas this kind of scent used to be more commonplace in the last century it now fills a different role than intended. This is not at all a scent for the casual wearer, nor is it even suited for enthusiasts - Givenchy III is a scent tailored to the desires of scent maniacs and classicists. It is a placeholder for an era that came and went but one which we wish would stay.
I haven't smelled castoreum this strong since my acquisition of vintage Van Cleef & Arpels. This could easily have been called 'Black Moss.' Beautiful stuff.
06th June, 2014
Masterpiece of Givenchy

The perfume opens with a strong dose of citrus and galbanum that give a slight 'green' feeling, III would quickly toned down into elegance with more floral added - but still controlled by the citrus and galbanum, which is good to hold the floral from becoming too excessive - think about mass-destruction floral; and after an hour or two, the basenotes of sandalwood and oakmoss starts to appeared and gives a little 'masculine' flavor into this III (but also gives somehow 'cosmetic' smells, almost like a lipstick), which is good since that makes me very sure that III is leaning more into unisex rather than pure feminine, and still retain a pure elegance of the old Givenchy's - which I rarely seen nowadays in mainstream perfumes. a true masterpiece that an avid collectors need at least a bottle in their collection

Pros: scent quality; projection; longevity
Cons: very feminine"

20th October, 2013

Add your review of Givenchy III

You need to be logged in to add a review

Shop for Givenchy III products online

Shop for Givenchy III at online perfumeries

Search Amazon for Givenchy III

Member images of Givenchy III

You need to log in or register to upload images

Private Notes

You need to be logged in (or register here) to use Private Notes.