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    Default First and Second Versions of Givenchy Gentleman

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    I'm on my second day of comparing my bottles of Givenchy Gentleman. What I believe is the first version is on the left (with "France" included on the front) and what I believe is the second version is on the right.

    They seem similar to me. The original seems a little stronger and woodier at first, and might smell slightly more natural. The second version seems to have better longevity, and might smell slightly more modern.

    The simple explanation would be that the second version has a new fixative that makes it evaporate more slowly.

    The second version seems to hold onto the top notes better, which creates a feeling of being more floral, although no floral notes are listed. It could be the listed top notes of tarragon and cinnamon creating the effect that's striking me as floral.

    I'll update the thread if I notice more differences. Givenchy Gentleman is my favorite fragrance at the moment. The second version bottle is fairly new to me, so I could notice more differences with more wearings. The original has a way of smelling absolutely incredible in the base, with a warm animalic smell. I have not noticed any of that missing from the second version, but I'll keep looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bavard View Post
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    I'm on my second day of comparing my bottles of Givenchy Gentleman. What I believe is the first version is on the left (with "France" included on the front) and what I believe is the second version is on the right.

    They seem similar to me. The original seems a little stronger and woodier at first, and might smell slightly more natural. The second version seems to have better longevity, and might smell slightly more modern.

    The simple explanation would be that the second version has a new fixative that makes it evaporate more slowly.

    The second version seems to hold onto the top notes better, which creates a feeling of being more floral, although no floral notes are listed. It could be the listed top notes of tarragon and cinnamon creating the effect that's striking me as floral.

    I'll update the thread if I notice more differences. Givenchy Gentleman is my favorite fragrance at the moment. The second version bottle is fairly new to me, so I could notice more differences with more wearings. The original has a way of smelling absolutely incredible in the base, with a warm animalic smell. I have not noticed any of that missing from the second version, but I'll keep looking.
    Do you also find a prominent vetiver note in the first version that is somewhat similar to vintage Givenchy Vetyver?

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    Do you also find a prominent vetiver note in the first version that is somewhat similar to vintage Givenchy Vetyver?
    I haven't tried Givenchy Vetyver. Whatever vetiver note is in the first version would seemingly be equal in the second version. I don't know that I could tell the two versions apart without waiting for the dry down when the first version fades away and the second version has a lingering fixative/synthetic smell.

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    Default Re: First and Second Versions of Givenchy Gentleman

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    Bavard, I have the same feeling that there is a very slight difference of smell between the bottle on the left and the other two but I am unable to clearly describe this difference ... If I have to say which one I prefer, it's the left one but the gap between both is minimum (to my nose).

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    That's great news. I always wanted to try the very first version of Gentleman, but I'm very satisfied with what I already own.

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    Default Re: First and Second Versions of Givenchy Gentleman

    I've been wearing a bunch of the second version, and loving it. The person I'm dating seems to prefer the second version. She comments on it more than the first version.

    I have also picked up a second bottle of the first version, identical to the one pictured in the original post. My first bottle was down to about 60 ml. (The spray nozzle on the new bottle doesn't work, but I can take the nozzle off the first bottle and use it on the second bottle, and it sprays perfectly, so when I finish the first bottle, I'll hopefully remember to transfer the nozzle).

    My impressions haven't changed from the original post. I think the second version has something slightly more modern smelling, and I think the first version is slightly more natural smelling, but they're so similar, I'm not confident I would know which is which without seeing the bottles.

    To the extent I can tell them apart, I'm in a phase where I think I like the second bottle slightly more.

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    Default Re: First and Second Versions of Givenchy Gentleman

    I think I may be revisiting this one quite soon.

    I had a stint with it as an aftershave in my pre-BN days and it burnt my face off. Didn't get on well with it as a result. But upon trying the spray (edt), I have to say it isn't half bad (as a smell). I misused fragrances in the past by using them on my face (either as aftershaves or to just smell good). But now I know better!
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    The first version is simply a delight IMO.
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