Versatile for all ages.
I've been told by a lot of people that Givenchy Pi is the ultimate vanilla fragrance for high schoolers and for collage kids, as far as designer fragrances goes. They say that it's sweet and sugary warm and creamy vanilla.
Other people says that it smells like an "old ladies perfume" or like a mature/old man cologne. I haven't smelled it yet, so I don't know. But I'm planing on blind buying it since it's pretty cheap and that Givenchy fragrances aren't available anymore here in Sweden.
How would you describe it as? Young or old?
Versatile for all ages.
In my opinion, no, but can be indeed pulled off by someone more mature. It's just that I discovered it first during the early 2000s, when it was one of the most recent releases on the market, thus I am probably biased enough to associate more with a younger target audience.
For goodness sake no!
Last edited by TLS; 7th April 2013 at 08:41 PM.
No it doesn't fall in "old people" category.
I think anyone can wear any fragrance. I think Pi is very contemporary.
"No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.
Not at all. Very versatile fragrance.
Pi doesn't smell old, but it does seem to wear very differently on different people - more so than other scents I'm familiar with, anyway. I really like it, and I noticed it on someone who smelled fantastic. And I do mean FANTASTIC! ...but on my skin, Pi smelled terrible. I was shocked. I was ready to buy it, but I figured I'd give it a test wear just in case and I'm glad I did because I really hated it on my skin... but on the right person, Pi can be magic.
"Follow your nose. It always knows." -- Toucan Sam
very modern.great sillage and longevity. can be worn by all ages but not an old man's scent.
Current Top Favorites:
1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
4) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie
6) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie
Not necessarily a mature scent, but I'm honestly not particularly fond of it. I personally don't get the strong vanilla most talk about. At least it's not my idea of the type of vanilla I like. I've never really thought benzoin or tonka smell like vanilla. Yes, they are sweet, but when I think of vanilla, I think of that custardy, foody, French Vanilla type scent. And I don't get that at all from scents like Pi that rely heavily on benzoin. So it kind of depends on what type of vanilla scent you are looking for. If you like the more gourmand/literal foody type vanilla, then I wouldn't recommend Pi. In other words, Pi smells "perfumey" in a traditional sense of what a sweet base would smell like in older style scents. But it's not a literal, edible type vanilla note to me.
I own it, but think it more a younger person's scent.
Not old man-ish at all. Very sweet. Very creamy. Very delicious.
Not at all.
This is very subjective but to clarify what does old and mature smell like?
Is there a set of notes that are set aside by the fragrance houses to put into scents that are aimed for people over a certain age?..lol
Or is it that your father/uncle used to wear similar fragrances, if so then it's not the scent that is old or mature but the association you have with it on someone who is mature. Thus it's not the scent but your perception.
Somewhere between young and dead Pi can be worn. It's easy to wear and can suit anyone who enjoys vanilla style fragrances.
No. Very versatile IMO.
Imo it does have a old lady smelling vibe to it, it is a very powdery vanillia. As Jack Hunter stated it is perception that leads an individual into associating one thing with something else. And for me Pi reminds me of old ladies I used to smell when I was a child going to church.
Once again just my opinion, because the overall consensus seems to be that it isn't old and mature but very versatile.
I love vanilla in a fragrance so with that being said I would definitely say sample first.
I voted "old" just because that is what I get when I see the bottle and smell the juice. Never have liked this stuff at all. Not even close. But as some of you know, you have to take my opinion with a grain of salt because my skin can turn many masculines into "perfumey" and "old lady.".(LIDGE, Eau Savage among others)
"As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round."
IMO, Pi is quite good. Sweet as it is, it turns quite woody after a while and this is where the frag "ages", if one can say so. Honestly, the idea of scents and age is a bit silly to me but i realise there is no accounting for tastes and perceptions. Today, i would wear Pi with confidence, and was 25 the same number of years ago..
ointments and perfume delight the heart....
givenchy's pi doesn't smell old. it's a little on the sweeter side, but i'd say young and old people alike can wear it.
Snarky is as snarky does.
Doesn't smell old, if by old you mean more mature, then no. Doesn't smell too youthful either. I'd say a perfect age for this scent would be 20's or 30's; but it's all about personal preference. One thing is for sure, must love vanilla for this one.
My Current Top 10:
Rive Gauche Light (2004)
Paul Smith Man (2009)
Burberry London (2006)
Prada Amber pour Homme (2006)
Live Jazz (1998)
Eau des Baux (2006)
Midnight in Paris EDP (2010)
Arpege pour Homme (2005)
Eau Duelle (2010)
pi went sour on my skin..kind of like a sweet sickening smell.....it was almost a full bottle of a hand me down from my brother back around 2000
14 sprays of DRAKKAR NOIR should do it
I don't find it to be an "old" or "mature" scent. Pi is a very sweet scent that could be pulled off by a male or female, old or young. Personally, I like the EDP version (hard to get in the U.S.) the most because the sweetness is toned down and it has a woodier, nuttier vibe to it. Get the EDP if you can find it.