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

    This is only for those who know what that magic was and just what a message of masculine confidence this fragrance conveyed.

    I always felt that wearing it helped me to aspire to something, to be the best I could be. I usually fell short, but some scents are special like that,

    as if symbols or icons of masculinity itself. Does it still have the magic, in its current formulation ? Do people who revere this scent like I did back then,

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

    The vintage and current formulations are different scents. The vintage had a very magical alluring drydown as you have alluded to. The current one is meant to appeal to a more modern and perhaps younger crowd. I personally don't recommend the current release but then it comes down to preference if you enjoy vintage or modern fragrances or both.
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman was my 1980's teenage scent - does it still have the magic ?

    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    The vintage and current formulations are different scents. The vintage had a very magical alluring drydown as you have alluded to. The current one is meant to appeal to a more modern and perhaps younger crowd. I personally don't recommend the current release but then it comes down to preference if you enjoy vintage or modern fragrances or both.
    This. In a nutshell.

    I’m actually still kinda pissed they used a name as revered as this on a totally different fragrance.
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman was my 1980's teenage scent - does it still have the magic ?

    I would only get this one in its vintage form, but that's gotten quite expensive recently. A 100ml will set you back around $200.
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman was my 1980's teenage scent - does it still have the magic ?

    No.

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    Gave it ** (out of 5)
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman was my 1980's teenage scent - does it still have the magic ?

    I too had a teenage love affair with this Gem in the 70's. Working into the 80's I wore it in itineration as it's sharper edges softened mildly. By 1994 it had changed I to a facsimile lost into a sea of clean and leanness.
    A 70's sample would have you experience a slap of Civet and dose of fierce Patchouli rough that,'s drydown fathered that of 80's Giorgio for Men. In final it whispered an elegance later found in 1994 Pavarotti.

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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
    Do people who revere this scent like I did back then
    I did back then and relish my bottle.
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman was my 1980's teenage scent - does it still have the magic ?

    As long as you get a brown bottle (Givenchy Gentleman) and not a clear (Gentleman Givenchy) I'd think its still fine.

    There are three Givenchy Gentleman bottle types to look for, wrap around sliver label is the oldest and most sought after. Silver and black cap is next oldest, solid black cap is the newest. There is some chatter on the quality of each version. Everybody likes the old one. I've only tried the older two. Id buy any of them if I found a good buy. I have a silver cap, and it is my go to for a little patchouli feels.
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman was my 1980's teenage scent - does it still have the magic ?

    Is Krizia Moods a good alternative?
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman was my 1980's teenage scent - does it still have the magic ?

    Does the current formulation "have the magic"? I would say no.

    However, vintage bottles can still be found for a decent price, so that's a good thing.
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman was my 1980's teenage scent - does it still have the magic ?

    I don't know exactly why, but I understood there are currently three types of Givenchy Gentleman on the market.
    You have a new release in a black bottle (Gentleman Givenchy) that has nothing to do with the old Givenchy Gentlemen.
    Then you have have current formulations that can't compete with vintage (you see them around plenty on the discount shops).
    But besides these two, I understood there is now also a formulation that I hear some people speak quite positive about, and that is a current formulation of Givenchy Gentlemen Originale. I think the bottle looks almost exactly the same as the current formulation you don't want to have, but it has the addition of "originale" on the bottem.

    I didn't test that one myself, but I'm very curious to try it. As being said, vintage Givenchy Gentleman is fantastic but not really cheap these days.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by NickZee View Post
    Is Krizia Moods a good alternative?
    Personally I think Krizia Moods is at least just as good as Givenchy Gentleman, a bit bolder and more daring probably, but therefore less versatile (I wouldn't wear that one to the office)?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by NickZee View Post
    Is Krizia Moods a good alternative?
    Moods is a good fragrance but is more based on tobacco leave-patchouli combo instead of the leather-patchouli combo the (vtg) Givenchy Gentleman has but they certainly do have some similarities!
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    Quote Originally Posted by notspendingamillion View Post
    As long as you get a brown bottle (Givenchy Gentleman) and not a clear (Gentleman Givenchy) I'd think its still fine.

    There are three Givenchy Gentleman bottle types to look for, wrap around sliver label is the oldest and most sought after. Silver and black cap is next oldest, solid black cap is the newest. There is some chatter on the quality of each version. Everybody likes the old one. I've only tried the older two. Id buy any of them if I found a good buy. I have a silver cap, and it is my go to for a little patchouli feels.
    This!

    I have used Givenchy Gentleman since the late 70s. The current Givenchy Gentleman, which i now have, and like a lot (not Gentleman Givenchy - different scent) is still quite good. Certainly not as mossy, with lighter patchouli and is more "vibrant".
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman was my 1980's teenage scent - does it still have the magic ?

    Does it still have the magic ?
    No, not to me, but still a lot better than most current designer releases.

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

    As Sisyphus mentioned, I though there was a Givenchy Gentleman Originiale that was closer to the original release, not the clearish bottle that's out now, Gentleman Givenchy
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman was my 1980's teenage scent - does it still have the magic ?

    edited - too wordy. See below please.

    Is the one at that link the good one?
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman was my 1980's teenage scent - does it still have the magic ?

    anyway, this is what's on my mind, for better or worse.....probably worse, huh ?

    https://www.fragrancenet.com/cologne...man/edt#119121


    by the way, check the 28 reviews, below the product. People who know this are saying good things about it. I would've expected lots of complaining if it was so bad now, but while slightly different, no complaints about that. ....seems these old dudes are still happy with their GG...
    hmmmm....confused...
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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
    anyway, this is what's on my mind, for better or worse.....probably worse, huh ?

    https://www.fragrancenet.com/cologne...man/edt#119121


    by the way, check the 28 reviews, below the product. People who know this are saying good things about it. I would've expected lots of complaining if it was so bad now, but while slightly different, no complaints about that. ....seems these old dudes are still happy with their GG...
    hmmmm....confused...
    I would say the reviewers are confused as well, but just unaware of it. If it's a different fragrance but still smells good, then they probably wouldn't complain, if what people say is true that the new version is a different scent but with the same name, basically.
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman was my 1980's teenage scent - does it still have the magic ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    No.
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman was my 1980's teenage scent - does it still have the magic ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Mitchell View Post
    I would say the reviewers are confused as well, but just unaware of it. If it's a different fragrance but still smells good, then they probably wouldn't complain, if what people say is true that the new version is a different scent but with the same name, basically.
    No, what I understand is that there is one called "Gentleman Givenchy" which is black and has nothing to do with the original .

    I am not talking about that one, I'm asking about current formulation of Givenchy Gentleman , which is ( I hope) at this link ?

    https://www.fragrancenet.com/cologne...man/edt#119121
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman was my 1980's teenage scent - does it still have the magic ?

    Quote Originally Posted by NickZee View Post
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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
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman was my 1980's teenage scent - does it still have the magic ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarce View Post
    haha it's a very funny gif, but I believe this isn't the flanker, just a reformulation ? :-)
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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
    haha it's a very funny gif, but I believe this isn't the flanker, just a reformulation ? :-)
    Yeah, modernised and turned into a mall scent. Grotesque, of course. I guess if you're younger and raised on this sort of dreck, and are into cinnamon it could be ok. But if you know what it's supposed to smell like it's depression in a bottle.
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    Default Re: Givenchy Gentleman was my 1980's teenage scent - does it still have the magic ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarce View Post
    Yeah, modernised and turned into a mall scent. Grotesque, of course. I guess if you're younger and raised on this sort of dreck, and are into cinnamon it could be ok. But if you know what it's supposed to smell like it's depression in a bottle.
    I'm 51 and was weened on the original (vintage.) For every birthday I was given those mini-sets with soap in it, EDT and Deo. I loved it so much.


    I appreciate you telling it like it is, thank you.

    For those of us who remember the original , this is sad indeed. I wish these perfume houses would love and cherish their creations as much as those who wear them do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sisyphus View Post
    I don't know exactly why, but I understood there are currently three types of Givenchy Gentleman on the market.
    You have a new release in a black bottle (Gentleman Givenchy) that has nothing to do with the old Givenchy Gentlemen.
    Then you have have current formulations that can't compete with vintage (you see them around plenty on the discount shops).
    But besides these two, I understood there is now also a formulation that I hear some people speak quite positive about, and that is a current formulation of Givenchy Gentlemen Originale. I think the bottle looks almost exactly the same as the current formulation you don't want to have, but it has the addition of "originale" on the bottem.
    This was my understanding as well, but I haven't smelled it to confirm. Someone posted a pretty detailed review thread of it, comparing it positively to the original. I'm sure it doesn't have ALL the magic of the vintage, but it sounds like possibly a step in the right direction.

    P.S., that was one hell of a teenage scent!
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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
    This was my understanding as well, but I haven't smelled it either. Someone posted a pretty detailed review of it, comparing it postively to the original. I'm sure it doesn't have ALL the magic of the vintage, but it sounds like possibly a step in the right direction.
    sounds hopeful...thank you...!
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