"Gentleman Only" (2013) was one of the last fragrances I had bought before my perfume existence. Before I became aware of the longing for my olfactory completion, so to speak. :) In the months and years that followed, the fragrance with still good levels caught more and more dust in my collection.
But when I saw the stealing white "Gentleman" (2017) bottle in the shop some time ago, I became curious! Had Givenchy possibly moulted, overhauled the cool, somewhat too linear scent and transferred the DNA into our modern time? Is the new fragrance as superior and refined as the figurehead of the last iteration, actor Simon Baker, known from "The Mentalist" as Patrick Jane? Always one step ahead? ;)
During the test still in the shop the iris caressed me so massively (I am an iris fanboy of the 1st hour as many here ws. already know... ':D) that I couldn't help but buy him right away and put him through an exact test... he almost had "Dior Homme" Vibes.
Disillusioned at home I had to find out that my nose in the shop seemed already tired and I had noticed a very distorted picture of the scent. Because the smell which I recognized now immediately, and which also held itself was that of the smell "Invasion Barbarian" of MDCI.
Invasion Barbare has for me such a Barbershop sharpness, which I think results from the ginger, grapefruit, bergamot, lavender mixture. When I say "sharpness" I mean more so in the sense of penetrating point, or perhaps also real sharpness by the ginger, - who knows..
Gentleman 2017 has this sharpness by definition not, but creates a penetrance similar to the pear note; and by overlapping with barbarians in the notes cardamom, iris, lavender, vanilla, the fragrance affects me like a very similar mainstream version of it
I often do myself with pears, but much more often with sharpness in general rather difficult with smells.. what surprises me however is, how Barbare can hold such a high rating (at present 8.3), and Gentleman mumps up with 6.2. Admittedly, I would rather personally give a 7 to both of them, because I recognize the beauty and good craftsmanship in them, but this direction somewhat misses my taste. And I don't let the aesthetics be denied here, because Gentleman wipes the floor purely from the class, with some new smell for the mass market.
Well, that was my 5 cents again. If you feel serious, like to walk around in suits with "Prada L'Homme" and want a fruity alternative, you should give this fragrance a chance! Also Invasion Barbarian fans I must urgently (!) recommend to let Gentleman once unbiasedly at itself.