Perfume Directory

Givenchy III (1970)
by Givenchy


Givenchy III information

Year of Launch1970
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 185 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

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The original formulation:
The opening represents one of the grand chypre moments of the 1970s: with a few olfactory brushstrokes only - mainly galbanum, a touch of bergamot, hints of orange - a crisp, fresh and bright impression of crytalline clarity is created, with all components combined masterfully. A revelation.

After a touch of orris appearing briefly, the drydown turns floral, with hyacinth and - to a letter extent - jasmine the foreground, whilst a darkish rose accent hovers beneath the floral carpet.

The base intrduces a rather restrained patchouli with a mossy touch here and there - the oakmoss is not very strong on my skin, and more integrated into the whole than egregiously prominent.

I get moderate sillage, excellent projection and six hours of longevity on my skin.

The opening of this spring creation is a classic and of iconic character, but the second half is a bit less intensive, less vivid and not up to the very high standard set by the opening notes in the beginning. Still, overall this is a great oeuvre. 4/5
30th March, 2017
I can see a slight comparison to Mitsouko without the peach. It's not a strong dark frag like M. I find it lighter in the oakmoss base. A wonderfully defined green floral in that old classical perfume style. The blend of the notes are amazing. You have to put quite a bit on to really smell the depth of it. A time machine in a bottle kind of fragrance. When I first smelled it I thought of Chanel No. 5 cologne since it has that earlier time period scent. A totally different fragrance though. But that time machine DNA is there. (Referring to the vintage).
07th May, 2016 (last edited: 09th May, 2016)
A cherished nightmare...

I don't know about you, but for me the most mysterious and enthralling place in the house I grew up, was always my mother's chiffonier. Everything on it looked like it came straight from a fairy tale, or from the far-flung palaces of the Far East. Especially the small collection of her perfumes. I was totally convinced there was a genie living in one of the bottles, waiting to grant my wish and make me a grown-up in no time. All I had to do was finding out in which one it dwelled. So one of my most daredevil antics was to secretly infiltrate my parents' bedroom and dab myself with whatever was lying within my reach. My "commando" tacticts were of course immediately exposed upon exiting the room, cause the monsters my mother was keeping in there were traitorous enough to give me away every single time.
My mother was always giving me funny looks after each accomplished mission, but I fancied they were about my glasses being dirty or my hair being uncombed.
Until one accursed Saturday evening, a huge 240ml splash bottle of Givenchy III decided it had enough of abuse, and tried to kill itself by falling from my hands. It failed. I dont know if you've ever handled such a bottle, but rest assured its glass is thick enough to stop a bullet. My mother came flying upon hearing the thud and found me aghast, with the golden stopper still in my hand, watching half of the golden soul of Givenchy III escaping its body and speading on the floor. The other half was already spilled on my clothes. Although I was sure a legendary chiding was seconds away from being yelled at poor me, she didn't say a word. What she did however, was leaving me with the perfume reeking clothes on for the rest of the weekend. Till Sunday night I was 1000% sure that I would prefer having my 8 years old butt kicked and be spared the olfactory torture. It felt like I was tied for ages with mossy ropes to an oak, while green devils wearing gardenia leis were frenziedly dancing all around me, poking me with pointy sandalwood sticks and throwing orris roots (with all the dirt still attached) on my face. I was seriously pondering over begging my mother for a beating in exchange of a bath. But not being stoical enough, I just asked for the bath. She replied "Why? I love the way you smell!".
Amnesty was finally granted at late Sunday night. I felt like a sinner been cleansed from all his wrongdoing. After she scrubbed me redder than a beetroot, my mother left me standing ecstatic in the bathtub and went to bring a towel. When she came back and approached me I threw my hands happily around her neck in order to kiss her and show her my gratitude. Imagine my horror upon realising that she was the one reeking with Givenchy III now...

Many years later I found a very old 60ml splash bottle of Givenchy III in a tiny backstreet shop. I guess the nice lady behind the desk is still wondering what my huge smile while buying it was all about...
30th November, 2015
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

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.