Play Intense (2008) Eau de Toilette

Play Intense (Eau de Toilette) by Givenchy
Bottle Design: Serge Mansau
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Play Intense (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Givenchy for men and was released in 2008. The scent is sweet-gourmand. It is being marketed by LVMH.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Mandarin
Heart Notes Heart NotesAmyris wood, Pink pepper, Coffee blossom
Base Notes Base NotesVetiver, Labdanum, Patchouli, Tonka bean

Ratings

Scent

7.7 (190 Ratings)

Longevity

7.4 (131 Ratings)

Sillage

6.5 (120 Ratings)

Bottle

6.1 (129 Ratings)
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 15.12.2018

Interesting Facts

The face of the advertising campaign is singer Justin Timberlake.

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Bernado77

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Bernado77
Bernado77
The Godfather of adult Gourmand.
Fresh high-quality bergamot, fruity mandarin, tangy but still fruity, almost exotic vetiver, sweet but also slightly coffeey tonka bean, oriental heavy and intense patchouli, are really masterfully associated here, never does one of the scents come to the fore too much, but also none remains hidden and yes it is a gourmand, but one that I take seriously and not one of many, it is unique and has an independent vibe, which is really difficult with a gourmand scent, which has been in use since about a year. 8 years everyone tries to create a good gourmand, but this one exists since 2008, I hope he stays in the niche and he is spared the mainstream hype, because then he remains something like the Godfather of adult gourmands
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Thatsmr2usir

61 Reviews
Thatsmr2usir
Thatsmr2usir
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Subdued gourmand
I will say this is a big improvement over it's father which to me smelled very flat. This adds more depth & feeling as I hoped it would since it is named intense! But if it were to compete against other gourmands in it's range I'd rank Play Intense dead last. It is not bad, but it is not great either. Spices, coffee, citrus, vanilla come rolled together to make a decent fragrance but one that will not stand out against it's competitors.

I find the longevity of this average, with low-medium silage. If your more into a subdued gourmand & not the heavier guys like A Men, Lolita Lempicka etc.. Give this a try. It gets a very balanced neutral from me.
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StellaDiverF

212 Reviews
StellaDiverF
StellaDiverF
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Gentle Coffee
It opens with a citrus scent then dries down into a gentle spiced coffee scent. I would not say it smells really like coffee. In fact I haven't find something smells like real coffee in perfumes. But Play Intense does evoke an image of bitter coffee. It somehow also has an incense-like smell. I find it not very sweet, and clean. It's a versatile fragrance, not cloying sweet for summer and spicy enough for winter, day and night, unisex as well. That said, it still has its caracter. Its sillage is moderate and the longevity 7h+ on me.

Originally written in 2013.
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GothicHeart

87 Reviews
GothicHeart
GothicHeart
Helpful Review    4
Playing with my nerves (intensely)...
If Givenchy Gentleman is a "Stairway to Heaven" (although a slightly begrimed one), then Play Intense is "What goes around...comes around". And it's just as alpha male as Justin Timberlake compared to Robert Plant. It's also like the difference between entering a mouldy basement rehearsal room and entering a noisy mall with a greater than usual ratio of patisseries and sweet shops. Yes, there's noise and smells in both places, but only one of them has the potential to make a legend out of them.

I don't know if that's the case with other countries too, but seeing samples delivered in cheap plastic sachets instead of glass phials (let alone miniature bottles) gets on my usually stolid nerves. Especially when they require a crowbar to be pried open. I guess that Justin's check swallowed all the glass available, just like those guys in sideshows of yore did. Or maybe it's just a hint that plastic is here to stay, slowly casting out all natural ingredients and burying them in polymer caskets.

Now, I DO NOT like so-called gourmands. Don't get me wrong, I love the smell of coffee and all these little pieces of heaven that usually come with a cup. It's just the fact I believe that the only people who should smell like candy are the ones exiting a candy workshop, and that coffee without the smell of smoke is like Bonnie without Clyde. And I don't really understand why a fragrance containing coffee and caramel is a gourmand, while one containing lemon and sage isn't. Did herbs and citruses ceased to be edible at some point?

Anyway, let's skip culinary debates and talk intensity and presence. Well, my take on playing intense goes like this.
I still use an antediluvian CEC turntable and a Wharfedale amplifier/receiver for listening to music when at home. They both come from the '70s, and despite being heavy, bulky and by no means portable, they're made of wood and metal and they have something that no iPod will ever have. Soul. They behave in the selfsame way that their contemporaneous fragrances used to do. By filling a room with their presence. Visually, acoustically and olfactorily. Yes people, music does have a smell. Or at least it used to. It's the smell of the vacuum tubes being heated, the smell of air perturbed by monstrous speakers, the smell of a brand new vinyl record, the smell of sweat mixed with notes. Like the smell that once rendered Givenchy a linchpin of the fragrance world. Like the smell which used to foreshadow that something serious was coming our way. Like the smell which assured us that a scent's ingredients were born in the fields an not in test tubes. Like the smell that my Givenchy Gentleman bottles from the '70s pack in shedloads. Like the smell that Play Intense is the farthest cry from smelling anything like it.
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Oberon21

47 Reviews
Oberon21
Oberon21
Play Intense von Givenchy
i dont find this fragrance particularly gourmandish instead it shows a good ambery wood aspect that i really like ,easy to wear in a man during the working days ,warm in the skin with good projection
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Miaw2

339 Reviews
Miaw2
Miaw2
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Great chocolate!
Beautiful gourmand scent that definetely worth it.

Despite not being unique, it's recommended because it smells great, the price aint high and has an average projection and lasting power.

And yes, reminds a lot of Rochas Man.

And yes, i find this more balanced than the coffee of Bond's New Haarlem (and it costs 1/5 of its price).

Updated January 2014
JSpines

118 Reviews
JSpines
JSpines
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Play Intense
For the longest time I avoided this cologne simply based on the fact that I hated the bottle it's in. I think it's immature looking and just plain ugly. A few weeks ago I went to a department store and was testing a lot of different colognes. The clerk was kind of pushy and was spraying a lot of samples on test strips that I didn't even ask to smell. None of them excited me until she sprayed this one. I can say that I was really shocked and surprised at how good the scent was compared to the bottle it was in. I just don't feel like the bottle is a good reflection of the delicious smelling cologne inside. I didn't buy it that day but the smell was good enough to make me think about the cologne until I decided I had to have it. I finally purchased it this week and all I can say is it's one of my favourites already. On the second day I wore it I had someone tell me how nice I smelled. I wish all of my colognes would get compliments like that but they don't. I can't stop sniffing myself when I have this one on. It just goes to show that you can never judge a book by it's cover!
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Kannan

37 Reviews
Kannan
Kannan
Coffee vanilla blast
The smell is very good. coffee with vanilla rocks. But for me the longevity n projection is not that good. It stays 3 to 4 hours, projection is good for first 1 hour then it gets close to my skin.
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Missk

1165 Reviews
Missk
Missk
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Better than the original Play
I find Play Intense to be an entirely different composition when compared to the original Play. While Play was composed of citrusy and fresh notes, Play Intense is rather woodsy and dark, sometimes rubbery. I find many similarities between Play Intense and Bvlgari's Black.

Play Intense is rather sexy. I doubt that I would feel out of place if I wore it myself to be honest. It's an interesting blend between smokey, dark woods and rich, syrupy yet masculine vanilla. It also has an earthy quality, particularly towards the heart, quite possibly due to the patchouli and coffee, which gives this fragrance the potential to be worn to night-time events.

As a woman, that can often be picky when it comes to masculine fragrances, Play Intense is quite impressive and sensual. Due to its richer approach in comparison to the original Play, I find this release much more pleasant and wearable. Perhaps even a tad more interesting and not as generic per se.

The longevity and sillage are relatively strong, and in some ways bold. I'm dismissing the fact that Justin Timberlake is the face of this product as I don't feel as if he suits this kind of scent. It's hot in a smouldering and mysterious sense of the word.

I am thorougly impressed with Play Intense, and I feel that Givenchy has been a little daring with this, even though as a whole it's not particularly outstanding or unique.

Statements

Akunin 16 months ago
Manley , deep , warm . Good performance , really nice scent trail. Imho the best scent for first date . 10/10
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Hajuvana 4 years ago
Like smelling a block of chocolate through a rubber hose - genuinely as good (or bad) as it sounds.+2

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