The 70s, the beginning of a profound socio-economic
Structural change... A decade of fundamental, social and cultural upheaval, the consequences of which are still being felt today...
Willy Brandt's knee from Warsaw,
the hostage-taking at the Olympic Summer Games in Munich,
the oil crises,
the end of the Vietnam war,
the left-wing extremist terrorist group RAF,
the beginning of the PC era with the foundation of Microsoft,
or the NATO double decision, to name but a few events...
And a decade in which the French house Givenchy released a fragrance that magically captivated me...
I have already tested all the fragrances I know of from the Givenchy Gentleman range. I found them all to be good by the bank. But I only wanted to have one of them in my collection and I found out that I like the 70's appearance best of all. Why? Because he is 100% male! Oh what am I saying, 1000%!
This primal gentleman embodies masculinity like only a few fragrances that I have personally known up to now (in this context - from my collection - I spontaneously remember Boss Number One, Davidoff Zino and Creed's Bois du Portugal).
I don't know if you can somehow understand it when I say I would like to hit the wall with my fist, or even with my head when I smell the spray head of this 70s classic (Sounds stupid, I know; but I think you understand what I mean...).
All the new sweet, sloppy one-size-fits-all mash that's coming out these days is not my world... I'm not interested in them at all... No matter how many of these overpriced brands are called...
And these paid, overexcited, lubricated and dubious YouTuber or other cardboard sellers can praise their artificial scents to the skies, no matter how much they praise them, they will not wrap me around their fingers with their fuss...
They (these fragrances) have absolutely no appeal to me and simply leave me cold...
With all the older fragrances, however, the exact opposite is the case...
I myself am in the middle of my 30s. And even if my partner sometimes says I smell twice as old as I look (Yes, sometimes she can be very charming...).
But in the same breath she admits that these scents suit me and that there is something attractive about them... And with time she finds them more and more attractive...
Well, I'm fascinated by the classics...
However, to be able to wear this 70s gentleman, you should like patchouli, because it has a good portion of it in him. And this fragrance is generally very complex in its design, I think
It begins fresh-citric through the bergamot and lemon, but additionally with a portion of spice, namely the cinnamon, which I can smell. What I like as much about the top note is the light honey note, which I perceive minimally. This gives the opening a hint of sweetness in the background.
But as mentioned earlier, patchouli plays the leading role in this classic. This earthy and tangy-woody note rushes forward quite quickly, remains very dominant and is further supported by oak moss, vetiver and cedar in its tangy-woody character, only to acquire a leathery undertone in the base.
Normally I'm not the biggest leather fan, but fortunately - at least for me - it is only discreetly perceptible here. Furthermore, it becomes musk-like-animalistic towards the base, which increases the complexity mentioned before.
The smell of patchouli is often associated with that of an old wardrobe. It does indeed separate the spirits and is perceived by many people as musty. This is also attributed to the 60s, when the hippie generation discovered this oil for themselves...
Personally, however, I associate patchouli with the following characteristics: mystical, strong in character and unmistakable. And this is how I would describe this fragrance. This dark aura is what I appreciate and love so much about this gentleman.
Certainly it will have fallen victim to various reforms over the years and I have never known the old or older version(s). The current version, however, lasts - on my skin at least - a strong 7-8h (depending on the amount of spray), and the sillage is well room filling in the first 2h.
For the summer the fragrance is probably less suitable, but in all other seasons I think you can wear it. Even though I personally prefer to use it during the day, it seems to me that it is just as good or even "a little more suitable" for the evening hours.
Givenchy is a great house in my eyes and the gentleman line is very good in its entirety. Anyway, I like all the French houses. But with this woody-spicy-leathery 70s classic, the house has taken my heart by storm.
It has corners and edges and thus a unique recognition value.
I find him very noble, ultra masculine and sensually beguiling.
This fragrance is not for eyebrow-plucking teenagers; it is not for skinny, skinny jeans wearing milky boys; it is not for hoodies, capies, sneaker wearing and video game playing "adults"
This Givenchy was made for men only; and yes, I mean men too! Not boys, and not guys who haven't understood that they're grown up yet...
And before anybody feels stepped on the tie or the like: This is my personal perception of the fragrance... Respecting and accepting the opinions of others, that is what makes a democratic and civilized society... We are one of those, aren't we?
(Must be mentioned; there are still too many people who don't get it... Also here...).
Thanks 70s! Thanks Givenchy!
And thanks to all of you who read along!