Monsieur De Givenchy by Givenchy, 1959
Rated #196 in Fragrances
The Vintage Version: The citrus/lemon/verbena top note is a traditional fresh opening, that merges into a drydown that adds green-herbal aromas, with on my skin the lavender component staying in the background. A wood-moss base note is added, but towards the end the herbal impression dominates the citrus, without the latter ever vanishing completely. A restrained scent with limited projection and poor silage, its longevity is in the two-to-three hour range. A traditional and classic.
I can only agree with the esteemed Nitram Enaed who stated that sometimes only MDG will do. The epitome of good breeding, the only disappointment for me is the lack of power in the vintage aftershave that I have and the lack of top notes in the vintage EDT .I can splash on good amounts of both but it's hard to detect after an hour or two. I still get compliments from people many hours later though. One of the absolute classics.
Maturity, classicism and discretion introduce this fragrance as one of their most representative olfactory pillar since this perfectly balanced blend of citrus, lavender, aromatic greens, moss and astringent flowers is too historical and exotic (in the sense of coming from a daring age) to be ignored by the lovers of a specific left over glorious era of great enterprises and transmigrations. The juice stands out in the middle between a classic fougere and an exotic chypre. I agree who with stresses the wonderful initial role played by aromatic herbs, hesperides and citrus-lavender before a wonderful mossy dry down sets its roots on the floor. The watery exoticism of lavender and fluidy aromatics is stunning and the beginning reminds me a bit the daring and fashinating aura exuded by my grandfather with its English Lavender. This fragrance smells definitely less endly soapy and more citrusy, angular and aromatic than Chanel Pour Monsieur because of its characteristic "colonial" initial citrus-lavender feel that is more sharp than the initial "fizzy" (ginger and cardamom) Pour Monsieur Chanel's vibe. On this sphere this is more similar to Eau Sauvage than to Pour Monsieur. The hesperidic feel is here more stressed over lemon, bergamot and tangerine than about orange. The smell ends moderately soapy, woody and aromatic still holding its lemony-orangy feel that is in the air since the beginning. The herbs are aqueous and not earthy while the note of carnation and geranium are extremely subtle, sharp and sophisticated. To be avoided if you don't like the genre (as well as my great friend Alfarom writes). Timeless.
Take Lemon Heads candies, crush them up with a hammer then chip off a chunk of Ivory soap and crush it. Mix the two together and you get Monsieur de Givenchy. Over all it is nice, well balanced and good smelling. But does not deserve a thumbs up.
Eau de Cologne from Givenchy, aka Monsieur de Givenchy. Built around a glorious lime/citrus accord, MdG sparkles from the opening burst. The lavender and verbena slowly intoxicate the citrus notes and lead to a mossy trail of sandalwood and oak moss. It's simple and it's great. Classic even. Shame that Givenchy do everything in their power not to promote this or even, attempt to sell this.
This is a review of the original formulation juice... Monsieur de Givenchy opens with a beautifully well-blended mixture of lemon verbena and mossy greens. This verbena and oak moss combo pretty much hangs around from start to finish on my skin, only being joined by a non-powdery subtle lavender in the heart notes, and slightly sweet sandalwood and light musk in the base. The entire set of notes is harmonious to the point that it is very difficult identifying individual ones. There could be a whole gob of other ingredients in here, but I stopped trying to find them and started to enjoy the end result... and what an end result it is! Longevity is average and projection is below average. Maybe I am getting a bit dated myself, but I find vintage Monsieur de Givenchy just as relevant now as it was when it was released. It is masterfully blended, extremely wearable and amazing smelling. It balances subtlety, sophistication and versatility brilliantly. Adding to the long growing list of positives, the vintage juice is quite affordable in relative terms, making this one a "must buy" for anyone into classic scents, which it most certainly is. Monsieur de Givenchy is timeless and easily earns a well-deserved 4.5+ out of 5 stars.
(Vintage) An affable cologne for men. Citric yet mild in the start it develops some transparent rosy aspects in the middle part. The dry down is woodsy and soft too. For me it resembles the more contemporary Sartorial of Pehaligon's. Less complex than that it transports the general idea perfectly.A well made dandy-ish fragrance. Dandy it is in being distinctively formal, unpretentious, practical yet classy. No fuss, just right.
Pros: Very well balanced composition, elegant yet suitable for every occasion, fresh and citrusy with warm overtones Cons: A little outdated, not very distinctive, rather soapy, poor longevity Sometimes, I like to wear original and surprising fragrances. Some other times, I don't. I bought a bottle of Monsieur Givenchy last year and I used it those days when I did not really feel like wearing a fragrance that makes a statement. As a matter of fact, people around me hardly noticed it at all. On me, MG was so light I had to reapply many times a day. I do like Monsieur Givenchy on other men, but I don't think I will wear it again myself.
From fresh citruses to a warm, classic, office signature scent. Well refined, smooth and elegant. I really love it but at the same time I don't see myself wearing this, at least not yet.
Monsieur De Givenchy by Givenchy, 1959
|Top Notes||Hesperidian Notes|
|Middle Notes||Lavender, Verbena|
|Base Notes||Oakmoss, Sandalwood|
|Bottle Designer||Pierre Dinand [original]|
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