I am uncertain as to the relation between the 1970 version and the 2007 reintroduction of Givenchy III, a rather beautiful chypre. When I wore this recently, I decided to attach this capsule review to it:
This review is for the 2007 reissue. Unfortunately, the notes listed for this on the tester (and in other sources) are just a skeleton of the 1970 version. Whether any of the other original ingredients are present is very hard to say, as I never smelled the original; but it is just possible that Givenchy had some reason to give just the bare bones of the notes, and that not all of the original pyramid was eliminated. I certainly hope that is the case. In any event, the 2007 juice is still beautiful, and while it doesn't have a great deal of longevity, it is quite lovely while it lasts. It preserves the chypre character, right down to the oakmoss, which is commendable, because it is now restricted under EU rules. This version is available only in EdT. Whatever the answer to the question of reformulation, this is a very good scent — a definite "thumbs up." At this point, I should say that the longevity of the juice was better than I remembered. Here's the whole skinny on the two pyramids:
Top note: Aldehyde Complex, Bergamot oil, Galbanum, Gardenia, Peach
Middle note: Carnation, Jasmin, Jonquil, Lily of the Valley, Orris, Rose
Base note: Amber, Castoreum, Myrrh, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Vetiver
Top Note: Galbanum, Hyacinth
Middle Note: Rose, Jasmine
Base Note: Oakmoss, Patchouli
Well, here's what I've done. I went to a small shop that's pretty good at finding stuff, and I asked them to locate the original for me so I'd be able to compare the two. They should have the original version for me by the end of the week if they're as good as their word. Then maybe I'll see.
Does anyone know, by any chance if there have been any intermediate reformulations between the 1970 introduction and the 2007 reintroduction? That might spoil my experiment. The people who are getting this for me assure me that what they're getting is not the 2007 Parfums Mythiques edition. Can anybody shed more light on the production history of Givenchy III? Thanks in advance for any help you can give on this question.