We should be able to “smell” without “judging”, taking into account the experience of the perfumer in question, and go beyond what often “looks” but “isn’t”. It is precisely the judgment, and the tendency to judge the real obstacles, the absolute barriers to authentic communication. At the same time, the only “meter” should be love, only love and nothing else. Complicated, no doubt, but not impossible. I started my review in this way because of too many hatreds and dislikes about this cologne. I’m not disputing anyone who doesn’t like this; we all like what we like.
Gentleman Givenchy EDT is a woody floral with masculine undertones, with fruity, powdery, and leathery ascendent facets. It begins with the freshness of a freshly cut pear, which is a recently introduced modern note, a William quality, so sweet, so creamy, warmed by mentholated cardamom on a reassuringly spiced lavender base that balances the sweetness. It’s a gorgeous, crunchy and fruity opening with the addition of a hint of spiced cardamom. A bite of citrus fruit is there, I bet bergamot, but it is not dominant.
The heart is where a creamy and buttery iris note with a hint of lavender is obtained. Lavender here is quite docile, not as strong, more herbaceous and less aromatic. Surprise, the dusty note of the iris is now the messenger of manly tones. The scent itself is very subtle and discreet, even though it has iris in the middle notes, which matters a lot. However, I don’t feel a lot of dust in this one, not a makeup vibe, not like Dior Homme, Valentino Uomo or Prada L’Homme anyway. If you don’t like the iris in those, then definitely try it, more crispy, clean, and toward a safe office element.
And finally, Gentleman Givenchy dries in leathery patchouli. This deep accord brings a sensual and vibrant dimension in its wake, balanced by black vanilla—hot and fiery conclusions. Patchouli and skin are never openly noticeable. Instead, they soften the sweetness and dustiness aspects of pear and iris notes. Deep drying is exquisite and gets much creamier and smoother than that sweetish opening.
However, this is reasonably linear, an office version of a masculine perfume in a modern way. Not in the offensive face, but the most polite manner, anyway. The central accord lasts half a day, after which you are left with a very soft woody scent that lasts the rest of the working day. Very versatile, it fits into the office, a night out or just relaxing at home. Suitable for mid-seasons, but I’d prefer autumn rather than spring.
In summary, there is nothing wrong with this fragrance; I find it very pleasant, comfortable, and relaxing. There is a surprisingly dry fruitiness of pear combined with smooth skin and a luxurious accord of iris and lavender. Longevity and projection aren’t great here, so remember to apply freely. Exquisite. One of the most underrated and misunderstood fragrances. Hate is entirely unwarranted. Try it and judge for yourself; you might be pleasantly surprised.
This review bases upon a 100ml (3.4 fl. oz) I own since July 2019.