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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman was my 1980's teenage scent - does it still have the magic ?

    When this topic gets brought up, it always confuses me. I thought Givenchy Gentleman was the old stuff that was brought back and Gentleman Givenchy is newer stuff that has nothing to do with the original.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Mitchell View Post
    When this topic gets brought up, it always confuses me. I thought Givenchy Gentleman was the old stuff that was brought back and Gentleman Givenchy is newer stuff that has nothing to do with the original.
    That was the case until this "Originale" one referenced above. It's super confusing. The vintage, the reformulated version that still basically resembed vintage but wasn't as good, the fruity travesty, and now the new "Originale" one ridiculously share the same name. At least they added "Originale" to this latest one.
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman was my 1980's teenage scent - does it still have the magic ?

    Quote Originally Posted by LiveJazz View Post
    That was the case until this "Originale" one referenced above. It's super confusing. The vintage, the reformulated version that still basically resembed vintage but wasn't as good, the fruity travesty, and now the new "Originale" one ridiculously share the same name. At least they added "Originale" to this latest one.
    I like Givenchy and most of their stuff they put out, which isn't much (and that's a good thing, IMO) but damn....I think they'd do better if they found some better method of differentiation.
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    " fruit travesty"

    I think I found another quote of the day..

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    There was a difference for me. All older bottles with the wraparound label have a distinctive animalic note and far more depth than the newest silver label blackcap version. The newer one is still nice but not really the same scent any more. Givenchy did the ol’ switcheroo.
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    From a personal viewpoint alone:

    in the current version, not so much, at least not as the EDT (the EDP at least making up for the performance reduced, although on an entirely different note structure of a quite different scent).

    in the vintage 70s, 80s or even 90s version, much more of the magic is or may still be there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LiveJazz View Post

    P.S., that was one hell of a teenage scent!
    !!

    Have you tried Giorgio Beverley Hills Men, might scratch your itch. Admittedly I've got old versions, but it does have some cahonies in the GG vein .
    Btw, lots of vintages of both GG and GBH up for grabs on auction bays
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Mitchell View Post
    When this topic gets brought up, it always confuses me. I thought Givenchy Gentleman was the old stuff that was brought back and Gentleman Givenchy is newer stuff that has nothing to do with the original.
    I've said it before and I'll no doubt say it again - If you want the Givenchy Gentleman magic you need a bottle with a wraparound label. Nothing more nothing less, no ifs or buts.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ifti View Post
    !!

    Have you tried Giorgio Beverley Hills Men, might scratch your itch. Admittedly I've got old versions, but it does have some cahonies in the GG vein .
    Btw, lots of vintages of both GG and GBH up for grabs on auction bays

    Hmmm. Well. Thank you.
    No, I hadn't thought of that in fact, though GBH was one I always tested on my scruffy teenage sleeve back in the day. It made me feel IMMORTAL, to be honest, which is quite risky when you're 18 and trying to cross a busy road. I could do anything when I wore GBH, seduce any girl....anything...and then I woke up.

    It was sheer hedonism in a bottle, but I never quite had the cahonies to wear it, because I think I felt...."this is more like a narcotic than a cologne", and I am afraid of what I could achieve if I wore this. A bit like Clark Kent in his glasses, unsure of how to handle his night-time role as SUperman....it's a hard thing to balance in anyone's life, being a superhero.

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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman was my 1980's teenage scent - does it still have the magic ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Kilroy View Post
    Hmmm. Well. Thank you.
    No, I hadn't thought of that in fact, though GBH was one I always tested on my scruffy teenage sleeve back in the day. It made me feel IMMORTAL, to be honest, which is quite risky when you're 18 and trying to cross a busy road. I could do anything when I wore GBH, seduce any girl....anything...and then I woke up.

    It was sheer hedonism in a bottle, but I never quite had the cahonies to wear it, because I think I felt...."this is more like a narcotic than a cologne", and I am afraid of what I could achieve if I wore this. A bit like Clark Kent in his glasses, unsure of how to handle his night-time role as SUperman....it's a hard thing to balance in anyone's life, being a superhero.
    Right on. Giorgio Man to the rescue!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanHD View Post
    Right on. Giorgio Man to the rescue!
    Haha enjoyed your writeup of GBH's super powers @Joe Half tempted to waste an hr of my life creating a Giorgio Man character and costume on Photoshop!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Democritus View Post
    I've said it before and I'll no doubt say it again - If you want the Givenchy Gentleman magic you need a bottle with a wraparound label. Nothing more nothing less, no ifs or buts.

    Eazy peazy. I'll have to make a mental note and try to not forget. wraparound label wraparound label wrap around label wraparound label wraparound label wraparound label wrap around label wraparound label wraparound label wraparound label wrap around label wraparound label wraparound label wraparound label wrap around label wraparound label wraparound label wraparound label wrap around label wraparound label wraparound label wraparound label wrap around label wraparound label wraparound label wraparound label wrap around label wraparound label wraparound label wraparound label wrap around label wraparound label

    Let's hope that worked, lol
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    Not sure if it's been said but there is still Givenchy Gentleman, which is quite good, but clearly a bit different from vintage formulation. Then there is Gentleman by Givenchy, which is a different fragrance altogether. I have the EdP of the latter, and it's a Dior Homme Intense type scent, though I prefer it to the DHI formulation I tried (which isn't the original).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    Not sure if it's been said but there is still Givenchy Gentleman, which is quite good, but clearly a bit different from vintage formulation. Then there is Gentleman by Givenchy, which is a different fragrance altogether. I have the EdP of the latter, and it's a Dior Homme Intense type scent, though I prefer it to the DHI formulation I tried (which isn't the original).
    I do like the Gentleman by Givenchy EDP quite a bit as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ifti View Post
    Haha enjoyed your writeup of GBH's super powers @Joe Half tempted to waste an hr of my life creating a Giorgio Man character and costume on Photoshop!!!
    <Shameless begging for Giorgio Man image removed >
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman was my 1980's teenage scent - does it still have the magic ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Democritus View Post
    I've said it before and I'll no doubt say it again - If you want the Givenchy Gentleman magic you need a bottle with a wraparound label. Nothing more nothing less, no ifs or buts.

    Hold up. The new stuff has a wraparound black label. WTF now?
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    I really like the current Givenchy Gentleman (1974) formulation.
    Its not so expensive and its very different from what its available in general.
    Im sure from what I read here that the vintage must be impressive.
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    Got a bottle of unknown age, most likely not the first version. Smells good for a patchouli scent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Mitchell View Post
    Hold up. The new stuff has a wraparound black label. WTF now?
    What ! Gah !
    Outrageous and cynical marketing ploy !



    Actually, the old bottles are easy to distinguish ( and they don't have ambroxan and such like nonsense in the ingredients )

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    That's a good giveaway, the ambrox.
    But the word Givenchy is on top, too......I think.......
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    One for the Gentleman/Givenchy experts:

    I've got 2 bottles, to me they smell quite different, one is a tester, both look the same, no wraparound label, both silver caps with a black base (they're from Fleabay though, so anybody could have stuck any cap on it). The tester smells more like in your face patchouli and seems to be stronger, the juice in the smaller bottle seems lighter with almost fresh, soapy top notes. I wonder if they're actually different, have been stored differently or if I'm just imagining it.

    What's slightly confusing is that when I type the codes (which I read as 8S01, tester, and 8Y01) in here http://checkcosmetic.net/
    I get May 2018 and November 2018. I didn't buy these in 2018 and have owned these bottles for a couple of years.

    Back of the tester


    Codes


    Bottles look like this

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rüssel View Post
    One for the Gentleman/Givenchy experts:

    I've got 2 bottles, to me they smell quite different, one is a tester, both look the same, no wraparound label, both silver caps with a black base (they're from Fleabay though, so anybody could have stuck any cap on it). The tester smells more like in your face patchouli and seems to be stronger, the juice in the smaller bottle seems lighter with almost fresh, soapy top notes. I wonder if they're actually different, have been stored differently or if I'm just imagining it.

    What's slightly confusing is that when I type the codes (which I read as 8S01, tester, and 8Y01) in here http://checkcosmetic.net/
    I get May 2018 and November 2018. I didn't buy these in 2018 and have owned these bottles for a couple of years.

    Back of the tester


    Codes


    Bottles look like this
    IIRC Givenchy repeat batch codes every ten years or so, which could mean 2008 instead.
    A few favourites

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    Aventus by Creed
    Jubilation Man by Amouage
    Mousse Illuminee by Rogue Perfumery
    Incident Diplomatique by Jovoy
    Patchouli Nobile by Nobile 1942
    Pour Monsieur EdT by Chanel
    Eau Sauvage (vtg) by Christian Dior
    Eucris EdP by GF Trumper
    Polo (Cosmair) by Ralph Lauren

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheik Yerbouti View Post
    IIRC Givenchy repeat batch codes every ten years or so, which could mean 2008 instead.
    Ah, ok, thanks. Sounds about right as I'm pretty sure that I got them quite early on after signing up here.




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