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Givenchy III, Eau de Givenchy

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Another repost from the old blogs:

Givenchy III is a beautiful green chypre that sparkles with fresh notes in the top, and rich notes in the heart and base.

Top: Aldehyde Complex, Bergamot oil, Galbanum, Gardenia, Peach
Heart: Carnation, Jasmin, Jonquil, Lily of the Valley, Orris, Rose
Base: Amber, Castoreum, Myrrh, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Vetiver
(Source: Scent Direct)

The animalic note in the base give this one good projection, but it's not overwhelming. The chypré character is distinct and classic. The addition of the bitter incense note in the base (myrrh) keeps this from being too sweet. The balance is very good. A truly well-made scent. I'm glad they relaunched it in 2007, even though it's only an EdT strength.

Eau de Givenchy is a fine floral fragrance that is refreshing and made in an eau-de-cologne style (but in EdT strength). The top notes are citrus, the middle notes white florals, and the basenote is primarily sandalwood. The fragrance is such a close blend that it's impossible to characterize it adequately as citrus, floral or woody.

The notes listed for the relaunch of 2007 are:
Bergamot, Grapefruit, Honeysuckle, Jasmine dew, Sandalwood.

But older lists have more notes; e. g., Scent Direct lists:

Top: Bergamot oil, Fruit Notes, Green Note, Spearmint,Tagetes
Heart: Cyclamen, Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Orris, Rose
Base: Cedar, Moss, Musk, Sandal

The notes listed on the relaunch are sufficiently different to raise an eyebrow, but the juice smells the same to me as another bottle I had from before the reissue. There is still green in the top, and though the listing of honeysuckle is new, I think it may have been there all along, perhaps as an accord made up of some of the other florals.

Givenchy has also relaunched Le De and L'Interdit. I hope to post soon about these. I don't know that I will get either one, but both are worth a description if not a purchase.

In the male line, they are relaunching Monsieur de Givenchy, Xeryus Rouge, and one called Eau de Vétyver. I have had the first two for a long time, and I hope these remain unchanged in formulation. (As far as I can tell, it is the bottles that are new; very sleek and beautiful!) The Eau de Vétyver, however, I have never seen or heard of and have been unable to find listed in many of the most complete usual sources. I really do look forward to sniffing it. The Nordstrom near me had the four scents from the female line, but the male line fragrances had not yet arrived.

Updated 22nd January 2008 at 05:19 AM by JaimeB

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