Thanks to the generous sample from a very special BaseNoter, I'm in my third full wearing of Givrine
, by E. Coudray. It's been on my WishList since my first wearing, but I just promoted it to five-star status (another one!) What a seductive and beautiful fragrance - a fresh and vivacious but soft green floral. Despite the fruit in the pyramid, I don't get any real fruitiness, and just a touch
of sweetness. The fruit just seems to give the florals some tangy sparkle at the top, and a bit of lusciousness at the heart. But the peony and violet (I don't get any gardenia) are the standouts to me, and they're gorgeous over the warm and creamy sandalwood and clean musk. The sillage is stunning.
Although I wouldn't say they smell alike, I'd put Givrine near Estee Lauder's Pleasures
in the floral family, but Givrine is much more subtle, and a lot more elegant and luxurious. I find Pleasures rather sharp, and I have to be in the right mood for its pink pepper note, thankfully absent in the silky, smooth Givrine. Another fragrance that comes to mind is Ralph Lauren's original Lauren
, but again, Givrine isn't sharp or insistent - it's the slightly spicy green floral accord that they have in common...it might just be the treatment of the violet. At any rate, to my nose Givrine is superior to these, and I'm having a hard time coming up with an example of this type of floral that Givrine would not outshine.
Top notes - bergamot, kumquat, watermelon
Middle notes - peony, lily-of-the-valley, violet, gardenia
Bottom notes - sandalwood, patchouli, musk, blonde woods
I missed it too, so Happy Belated Birthday, Rtamara!
Happy Birthday ECaruthers!
Welcome Reine and NeedCoffee!
Y'all have a great day!