WHAT I SMELL: Eau de Givenchy opens with a lovely opening of bright bergamot which melds into a minty, soapy, light orange. The perfume is clean and minty fresh and pleasingly uncomplicated. After a few minutes the mint begins to dissipate to reveal a more floral heart that’s still light, but is also warmed and radiant. The white and slightly soapy florals that feels somewhat green are the stars here in this simple and easy to wear pretty perfume. There’s not much to say about Eau de Givenchy except that simple sometimes makes perfect.
Eau de Givenchy opens with the sparkling notes of grapefruit, accompanied by sweet and fresh notes of mandarin orange and bergamot, mint and red fruit. The middle notes add luscious and intensive scent of ylang-ylang, honeysuckle, pure jasmine, narcissus, tuberose, lily-of-the-valley, rose, cyclamen and orris root. Base notes introduce warm sandalwood, musk, cedar and oakmoss.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE EAU DE GIVENCHY: easy, effortless, pleasing
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT EAU DE GIVENCHY: I couldn’t find any on this quiet and unassuming 1980s launched perfume.
BOTTOM LINE: What’s interesting about Eau de Givenchy is that it was created at the time when perfumes were big, bold and over the top just like the fashion of the time. Eau de Givenchy is the antithesis of all of the excess and that’s probably why it continues to be in production. It’s just that light and easy.