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    Default Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    I´ve been reading everywhere that the vintage formulation this, that the vintage formulation that, that the vintage formulation is unique, etc etc etc.
    Im sure the reviews are more than right. No doubt.
    But im not interested in searching this long lost gem (a lot of respect for those who does). I know that I could be missing something.
    Never had the pleasure of meeting its ancestors. And I dont care.
    I want to enjoy what´s available. And the new formulation is available. And I like it. A lot. I love how smells, the sillage and the longevity.
    I open the bottle just to smell the cap. Addictive.
    And not expensive.
    Of course: if I enter a long lost shop and see the bottle I will ask the Lady or the Man: "How much?".
    But again: If that ever happens.
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    Although I have the original, I also think the current version is nice.
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Although I have the original, I also think the current version is nice.
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    I believe this comes in both Edt and Edp, correct? And which one would you recommend?
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    From what I understand, there's the vintage (1974), a second formulation of it (which is a bit different but still an excellent scent), possibly a third (silver vs. black caps on the bottle design), then a 2017 scent of the same name that is an entirely different scent, then an EdP after 2017, which is Dior Homme Intense-like (not as formal) - I own that one and like it. There's also a Cologne version which again appears to be very different from 1974.

    So, to compare the 1974 type scent to one from 2017 or later (the flankers) is not sensible, as they are just different fragrances. Vintage 1974 style is fairly available at reasonable prices still, if you have patience and check ebay once in a while. The reformulations of the 1974 style scent are all over the place, and again, on ebay, $40 or so should get you a 100 ml bottle. The only reason not to buy is if you simplyy don't like it or are so poor you can only afford stuff from the dollar store, AFAICT.
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    Are we talking iris clear or patchouli gold?
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    Quote Originally Posted by PaTomas View Post
    I believe this comes in both Edt and Edp, correct? And which one would you recommend?
    And a cologne, I think, which I also think is the version I prefer.

    Quote Originally Posted by BruceB View Post
    I've been reading everywhere that the vintage formulation of this - that the vintage formulation - that the vintage formulation is unique, etc etc etc.

    I'm sure the reviews are more than right. No doubt.

    But I'm not interested in searching this long lost gem (a lot of respect for those who do). I know that I could be missing something.

    Never had the pleasure of meeting its ancestors. And I don't care.

    I want to enjoy what´s available. And the new formulation is available. And I like it. A lot. I love how it smells, the sillage and the longevity.

    I open the bottle just to smell the cap. Addictive.

    And not expensive.

    Of course: if I enter a long lost shop and see the bottle I will ask the Lady or the Man: "How much?"

    But again: If that ever happens.

    Best,
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Although I have the original, I also think the current version is nice.
    Which version? Hednic is implying edt - the original is an edt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceB View Post
    I want to enjoy what´s available.
    Meanwhile you've found 15...and a long way to go! Succes!

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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    There is a new formulation Givenchy Gentleman Originale for the original Gentleman reads Originale on the box and bottom batch code sticker of bottle, I was lucky to score that version in a 95% full Fragrancenet deal. I’ve read nothing but good things about it so feel confident it will be a nice wear.

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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    Quote Originally Posted by PaTomas View Post
    I believe this comes in both Edt and Edp, correct? And which one would you recommend?
    Im refering to the 1974 type.
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    From what I understand, there's the vintage (1974), a second formulation of it (which is a bit different but still an excellent scent), possibly a third (silver vs. black caps on the bottle design), then a 2017 scent of the same name that is an entirely different scent, then an EdP after 2017, which is Dior Homme Intense-like (not as formal) - I own that one and like it. There's also a Cologne version which again appears to be very different from 1974.

    So, to compare the 1974 type scent to one from 2017 or later (the flankers) is not sensible, as they are just different fragrances. Vintage 1974 style is fairly available at reasonable prices still, if you have patience and check ebay once in a while. The reformulations of the 1974 style scent are all over the place, and again, on ebay, $40 or so should get you a 100 ml bottle. The only reason not to buy is if you simplyy don't like it or are so poor you can only afford stuff from the dollar store, AFAICT.
    Im refering to 1974 type (and I dont like ebay. I understand if you do).
    The 1974 reads Givenchy Gentleman. The others, Gentleman Givenchy.
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bavard View Post
    And a cologne, I think, which I also think is the version I prefer.





    Which version? Hednic is implying edt - the original is an edt.
    1974. EDT. Givenchy Gentleman.
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    Quote Originally Posted by Trauerkraut View Post
    Meanwhile you've found 15...and a long way to go! Succes!
    Yes! All of them available!
    Not so long way to go...I dont want to have 30, 40 scents. Im very happy enjoyng my 15 scents (with back up, of course...).
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    Quote Originally Posted by speckmann0706 View Post
    There is a new formulation Givenchy Gentleman Originale for the original Gentleman reads Originale on the box and bottom batch code sticker of bottle, I was lucky to score that version in a 95% full Fragrancenet deal. I’ve read nothing but good things about it so feel confident it will be a nice wear.
    Really? I´d like to try that one. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by notspendingamillion View Post
    Are we talking iris clear or patchouli gold?
    Patchouli gold.
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    Just enjoy what you have. Whilst there are quite a few scents that were better once (I think I only prefer the newer version of one fragrance I own, Devin. That is, if it has changed), there's also a bit of a hype of everything that's not available that may blow the differences a little bit out of proportion. I'd assume that some of the newer version may suit current tastes better.

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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rüssel View Post
    Just enjoy what you have. Whilst there are quite a few scents that were better once (I think I only prefer the newer version of one fragrance I own, Devin. That is, if it has changed), there's also a bit of a hype of everything that's not available that may blow the differences a little bit out of proportion. I'd assume that some of the newer version may suit current tastes better.
    Hi, Rusell.
    Thanks!
    I really enjoy the fragrances I own.
    Is my opinion that Givenchy Gentleman, as a matter of fact, don´t match the current tastes better thatn others.
    Agree with you in "whats not available" issue...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bavard View Post
    And a cologne, I think, which I also think is the version I prefer.
    That's the one done by Lorson, right? I've been meaning to try that.
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    That's the one done by Lorson, right? I've been meaning to try that.
    I don't the reference to Lorson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceB View Post
    1974. EDT. Givenchy Gentleman.
    Got it, the current version of the 1974 release. I actually barely know that one.

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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    In all fairness, at least the EDP version improves the fresh, inoffensive notes of the current formulation through increased performance
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    Have sniffed the recent modern versions and was not interested in either, but know why they're trading off their legacy with fragrances that dissimilar. It's cynical but understandable.

    I will grant though that vintage Givenchy Gentleman is so far removed from the current fashion of the men's fragrance market that just trying to replicate that would not work. Younger men aren't going to wear patchouli bombs laced with civet and honey. They're just not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by speckmann0706 View Post
    There is a new formulation Givenchy Gentleman Originale for the original Gentleman reads Originale on the box and bottom batch code sticker of bottle, I was lucky to score that version in a 95% full Fragrancenet deal. I’ve read nothing but good things about it so feel confident it will be a nice wear.
    Happy to hear this!
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    I did fall for the vintage , and picked this up for not much. Lol very hesitant to use it . More of a nice 'thing' to have and admire!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceB View Post
    Im refering to 1974 type (and I dont like ebay. I understand if you do).
    The 1974 reads Givenchy Gentleman. The others, Gentleman Givenchy.
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    I'd guess there's a site (like Fragrancenet) where you can get a 100 ml unboxed/tester for around $40 of the 1974 style scent, but I'm not sure what we are talking about here. Is it that you are using the 2017 and like it? That's fine, but there's no reason to compare it to the 1974. If you want to dabble in the 1974 style but don't want to pay around $40 you can buy a $15 bottle of Giorgio of Beverely Hills, which is similar.

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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    I'd guess there's a site (like Fragrancenet) where you can get a 100 ml unboxed/tester for around $40 of the 1974 style scent, but I'm not sure what we are talking about here. Is it that you are using the 2017 and like it? That's fine, but there's no reason to compare it to the 1974. If you want to dabble in the 1974 style but don't want to pay around $40 you can buy a $15 bottle of Giorgio of Beverely Hills, which is similar.
    Yes, im refering to the current version of the 1974 classic with black and silver "semi-squares" on the box.
    And no, not Giorgio, thanks...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceB View Post
    Yes, im refering to the current version of the 1974 classic with black and silver "semi-squares" on the box.
    And no, not Giorgio, thanks...
    Fragrancenet has 100 ml bottles for less than $41 but to get the free shipping you need to spend $18 or so more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    Fragrancenet has 100 ml bottles for less than $41 but to get the free shipping you need to spend $18 or so more.
    Thank you.
    I already have two bottles.
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    Anything with the wraparound label is the real thing. Anything else isn't ( but I do think the contemporary version is a decent scent )

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceB View Post
    Thank you.
    I already have two bottles.
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    Well then I'm quite confused about what this thread was supposed to be about!




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