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Gentleman Cologne (2019)
by Givenchy

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Gentleman Cologne information

Year of Launch2019
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 14 votes)

People and companies

HouseGivenchy
Parent CompanyLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

About Gentleman Cologne

Gentleman Cologne is a masculine fragrance by Givenchy. The scent was launched in 2019

Gentleman Cologne fragrance notes

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

Reviews of Gentleman Cologne

This doesn't smell bad by any stretch of the imagination. But to me it almost smells like absolutely nothing at all. I get the iris and a little bit of citrus right at the start, but that's really about it. If you're looking for something subtle then I'm sure this is fine. But to me it's a waste of time and money to put on anything that doesn't stand out more than my fabric softener.

The only one I'd really recommend from this "new Gentleman" line is the EDP.

EDIT: Today I decided to spray on twice as much as before, both to use up the rest of my sample, and also to see if I could get anything more from it. It certainly smells clean, and sticks a bit longer. Not terribly soapy. But there's just so many other more interesting things out there.
17th June, 2019 (last edited: 18th June, 2019)
Gentleman Cologne (2019) is a lighter and more-summery take on the Gentleman Givenchy (2017) phenomenon and is designed to compete alongside summer citrus colognes like Dior Homme Cologne (2014), Chanel Allure Homme Sport Cologne (2006) and L'Eau d'Issey pour Homme Fraîche by Issey Miyake (2016). This segment doesn't have much wiggle room for variation without going into full neroli traditional eau de cologne mode or branching into something else like an aquatic or ozonic, but Givenchy has done decently enough with Gentlemen Cologne to not fail at the given task, if that is all you need to hear when deciding on making a purchase. For me, there are a ton better citrus cologne options, many of them antique by modern mall fashion standards, although I can appreciate the attempt to liven the primary accord with more zest given the original Gentleman Givenchy was about as phoned-in of a trend-riding zombie juice as it gets.

Gentleman Cologne opens with lemon and lots of it: a very fresh and pleasant straightforward "lemon shaved ice" kind of tone which is very sharp but not unpleasantly so on the nose. Petitgrain and bergamot join the lemon and there you have the primary character of the scent. Most eau de colognes live in this moment and then are gone in 30 minutes, but since this still needs to have the full dry down as per most mall fragrances, the citrus gives way to rosemary and orris root, which soap things down a bit and keep them barbershop in feel until that ambroxide-fueled base appears. The ambroxan is dialed way down low and with Haitian vetiver replacing the woody tones it doesn' create that woody amber glow that most things in the category do, but a laundry musk note sweetens the finish. It's all pretty meh by this point and I can no longer tell that this was meant to be a fresh citrus cologne, but the opening was rather nice at least until the sloppily-assembled aromachemicals attacked.

Wear time is decent for an eau de toilette, which is what this really is, but the "cologne" aspects (the best part) are over after the first hour, replaced by a generic ambery sweet mall masculine accord that does extend the life of the wear but does so unnaturally, with no real transition from the top into the base. You're wearing a nice lemon Italian soda one minute, then a weaker version of Gentleman Givenchy the next, and that is where I find most fault in this. Had Gentlemen Cologne been a real cologne, and gone for the hour of glorious natural freshness, I would say bravo and give this a thumbs up, but as it stands, they just stapled eau de cologne top notes to a bargain bin clone version of their own pillar in the base, for another cynical cash grab that will likely cause more serious fragrance guys to give up on House Givenchy and slide upwards into the ever-inflating world of overpriced luxury niche brands, who will deliver the experience this could have delivered for four times the cash. Hard pass.
19th May, 2019
Fantastic jus!!

This is a modern interpretation of the venerable Mugler Cologne. There is a clear connection between the two however Gentleman Cologne adds several aspects (dimensions) that bolsters the position of this jus as fresh sunny yet versatile.
Almost love at first sniff. Definitely love at continued sniffing :)

Full bottle worthy.
13th May, 2019
Excellent, refreshing citrus opening that is appropriate for a cologne style scent. A refined drydown follows with the added iris and vetiver, both complimenting the bright opening. Feels like a very versatile daytime scent and could be an excellent choice for work.

Projection is just okay after the initial blast but that only lasts a couple hours. After that it gets hard to really pick up the scent much in the air. If you stick your nose right on skin you can still smell hints many hours afterwards but not sure what good that does.
13th April, 2019
Nice, dry and refreshing cologne, not groundbreaking by any means but palatable, well blended, discrete and the best quality I can think of in this modern perfume age, absolutely not screechy.

Bright citrus and aromatics opening, it verges on bitter at times and the bitterness is counter balanced by the light powderiness of the iris. Like most iris, if you focus too much on the note, a giant bunch of carrots will slap you in the face so I think it is best enjoyed wafting from your collar. Otherwise you might start to notice the building seams. Reasonable use of ambregris synthetics round off the base in a subtle way vs say Dior Homme Cologne laundry fresh overdose of musks. Any use of actual musks in here adds texture more than scent. Simple, straight to the point, elegant.

Synthetic yes but still fresh and light. No frills bottle, good sprayer and clever use of two tones white throughout the packaging.

A very good "white summer shirt" scent.
01st April, 2019
Who already knows the good old Bvlgari Pour Homme and the Extreme flanker, Armani Mania, Dsquared Wild, and to a certain degree Valentino Uomo Acqua etc., also knows what I'm writing here about.

Complete and utter let down. Almost all the above mentioned are stronger and with more character, well some of them at least.

The "original" new EDT is somewhat "blah" but not that bad, I'd consider it. The EDP (black bottle) is a job well done albeit nothing new on the market. I'd more than just consider it. Cologne - skip it. There are dime a dozen better frags for less money, guaranteed!

Originality 2/10
Scent 5/10
Longevity 4/10
Projection 3/10
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(Worn 09.03.2019.; wasn't in the directory at that time)
28th March, 2019 (last edited: 30th March, 2019)

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