Givenchy Gentleman 1974 Eau de Toilette

Givenchy Gentleman (Eau de Toilette) by Givenchy
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Givenchy Gentleman (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Givenchy for men and was released in 1974. The scent is spicy-leathery. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by LVMH. Pronunciation
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Main accords

Spicy
Leathery
Woody
Earthy
Animal

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
HoneyHoney CinnamonCinnamon BergamotBergamot LemonLemon RoseRose
Heart Notes Heart Notes
PatchouliPatchouli CedarCedar JasmineJasmine Orris rootOrris root
Base Notes Base Notes
PatchouliPatchouli LeatherLeather OakmossOakmoss MuskMusk VetiverVetiver AmberAmber VanillaVanilla

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7.9479 Ratings
Longevity
8.0385 Ratings
Sillage
7.4372 Ratings
Bottle
7.1374 Ratings
Value for money
8.1118 Ratings
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Salva

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Salva
Top Review 89  
When they were still putting out perfumes for men...
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.

Conclusion:
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!
Stay healthy!!
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Profumorist

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Profumorist
Profumorist
Top Review 49  
Here is not discussed
46 years old. He doesn't have to argue anymore. He speaks for himself. Over the years, he's been true to himself. Different, yet unmistakable
A classic? I think he would say milestone. But he doesn't like to advertise that. Even "Antaeus" and "Zino" are younger. Honestly...

Reformulated in recent decades? Of course. Several times. What do you think? After all, we are living in 2020 and no longer in the eighties. So please stop crying. Life is so
The phrase "Pour Homme"? Please! He doesn't need that. Gentleman says everything
Arrogant? Confident, more like. He knows what he wants. He doesn't like young posers. He just doesn't need it anymore
Elegant? Hubert de Givenchy created Audrey Hepburn's look. Any more questions?

Do you wear tight chinos in summer that end above the ankles? Tassel Loafer? Without socks? Then wear something blue. This is still a man's job!
Leather? Of course. Patchouli? Of course. Must be in every proper men's perfume. You heard me Men's perfume. The contemporary apple-fruity-fresh-sweet full-synthetic-cyber scents are not. Even if it says "For Men" on it and the salesgirl told you so. It's not true.

Does he smell animal? Not like a puma cage. But it fits!
Modern-day headlines? Ridiculous. It's still shooting from start to finish. Alpha and Omega. All at the same time.

Do you want an impression of the scent? You want to know what iris root smells like? Do you want a treatise on shelf life and scent clouds? Read the other comments!

This one's both a gentleman and a macho man. Macho is a possible counter term to softie. Just so you know!

You want to impress? Not hide? Are you confident? Here's the answer to your voices in your head!

Do the voices in your head tell you to test this perfume? Yes? Then do it. I dare you. You won't die from it. It's worth it. And if not, you can at least have a say
Try it. Everyone should have a small bottle in their cupboard
This perfume does not need Intense, Concentrée, Nuit, Extreme or Extrait offshoots. It's all in one. So don't wait for it!

Greeting
Your Profumorist
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Greenfan1701

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Greenfan1701
Top Review 25  
Honey Patchouli
Yes, I confess it, I like so-called "men's fragrances" except good. Namely the "old" firecracker, the tart-spicy-woody-cracky-patcoulig come across. So does this one. (Reminds me of the seventies). Cedar and oakmoss I like anyway, find the very aromatic.
For me, a wonderful patcouli lastiger fragrance that smells masculine tart, but just also very pleasantly mild, soft and honeyed. Yes, I know, this word does not even exist, but for me this combination is irresistible.
Unfortunately, I'm pretty much alone at home with my good opinion about this perfume. My husband tends rather to the lovelier things, but that is also good. Everyone should be blessed after his Fasson, not true.
Flower I smell now none, also of cinnamon, I find, is nothing in it, but my nose is probably not so fine that I can smell that out.
All in all, a fine, appealing fragrance, which does not clash. Can be worn everywhere, even my little niece said, "today you smell but good". Is sweet or?!
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SchatzSucher

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SchatzSucher
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Uncle Heini's old leather bag
Uncle Heini's a lovely guy. He lives alone, is financially independent, cheerful, an uncomplicated contemporary, but also has some shyness that makes him all the more likeable.
Unfortunately Uncle Heini also has the property of throwing almost nothing away.
"I'm sure you could use that again!" And so many a part ends up in his big junk room.
And there it will be forgotten over the years.
Be it old furniture, clothes, boxes stuffed with all kinds of things, souvenirs, small stuff, papers etc... Shoes, bags, suitcases. Nothing gets away. Uncle Heini has no real order either. That was also never his strength.

Now and then Uncle Heini makes a house inspection and sooner or later also enters his crammed lumber room. He makes his way through his hodgepodge and stops in the furthest corner. His gaze sticks to his old leather bag. He takes them in his hand, looks at them and remembers earlier times when he was still working.

Uncle Heini was an official and always carried his leather bag with him. But Uncle Heini was always a bit scatterbrained, always spilling, tipping over or dropping something. Thus, his beloved leather bag has been badly damaged time and again. Be it at breakfast, where the honey dribbled from the roll onto his pocket, when he ate it hastily (Uncle Heini was never quite the most punctual) or when he had to smoke his cigarette on the run and he just flicked the ashes somewhere. There it did not fail to land also once ashes on the leather bag.
When it went to the authorities in a hurry and it rained, Uncle Heini forgot his umbrella at home and he got clobber-wet together with his leather bag.
But all that never really bothered him.

He never exchanged his leather bag all these years and so she got older with him.
When he retired, he could have thrown them away without further ado. After more than 40 years, the bag really looked very battered and punched. But since Uncle Heini couldn't part with anything, the bag went to the other things in the lumber room to get more signs of aging, because in the lumber room it was also a bit draughty and damp.

What am I trying to say?
I associate that with Givenchy Gentleman. I bought this a long time ago, when I thought that I get along with the fragrance spicy-leathery well.
Spicy yes, quite clearly and gladly, but with all too clear leather I do not get along somehow so.
Gentleman reminds me too much of Uncle Heini's old leather bag, which was splattered with honey at breakfast and which was repeatedly washed over and then forgotten in the back corner of the lumber room.
This is a fragrance direction that I don't like, that doesn't suit me and with which I feel disguised.
I naturally recognize the design, indulge the fragrance to anyone who likes it.
But I also take the liberty of expressing my displeasure and sometimes distributing it against a fragrance that is quite popular overall. I don't want anyone to get offended.
I like to part with Givenchy Gentleman, leave Uncle Heini to his quirks and enjoy other scents ;-)
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Mantus

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Mantus
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Eau de shaving cream
The first thing you can notice is a strong, viscous, balsamic note, which brings a subtle sweetness and is due to the honey,

At the same time, the honey is enveloped in an intense floral note, which is by no means aggravating, but in my opinion is responsible for the fact that the top note receives something pleasantly light and I unfortunately cannot say exactly which rose it is.

These two notes are surrounded by an intense sweet note, which also carries a fine deep spice and gives the top note a nice volume and comes from cinnamon.

The entire top note is accompanied by a delicate, but well perceptible, citric and slightly herbaceous nuance, which ensures that the top note does not drift into the dull, but in my opinion ensures that the fragrance has a light classic touch from the start.

This constellation is perceptible on my skin for 20 minutes before the heart note unfolds.

Now an intense, but nevertheless very finely balanced earthy and very discreet sweet note is perceptible, which gives the fragrance a beautiful depth and stems from the patchouli.

At the same time, the patchouli is carried into the air by a delicate floral nuance which, in my opinion, was used to give the heart note something light and slightly shimmering and is due to jasmine.

These two notes are surrounded by a very soft wooden nuance, which gives the heart a fine, cuddly masculine aura and is due to the cedar.

These 3 notes are accompanied by a transparent, creamy nuance that gives the heart note a nourishing and pure fragrance, without the soapy scent of the iris root.

I had a completely different scent picture in mind among the given notes, but for me the heart note smells like a fine and noble and above all characteristic shaving cream, which is not yet inferior to the mainstream and I see a somewhat older gentleman, especially Anthony Hopkins, in front of me, who still shaves himself in a very old manner.

The heart note is perceptible on my skin for 4 hours before the base asserts itself.

The base becomes lighteningly mossy, almost woodsy, I would like to say, without drifting into the unpleasant, that the scent from the beginning has a classic trait is maintained, but is not carried out further, but remains constant.

The oak moss is enveloped in a fine creamy spice, which ensures that the fragrance retains its character and also provides a beautiful, subtle spicy softness and is thanks to the sandalwood.

At the same time these two notes are accompanied by a beautiful, but fine earthy, slightly sweetish and also very subtle tart nuance, which in my opinion completes the scent and comes from the patchouli in interaction with the vetiver
And yet and this has a little surprised me, the base is underlined by something soft and at the same time angular, which sets a wonderful male accent and can only be the leather.

The entire base is surrounded by a very clear nuance, which in my opinion also has a slightly air-lifting effect and makes it clear once again that you are wearing a fragrance without reminding you of freshly washed laundry and that it comes from the musk.

Vanilla, which is exactly it, I cannot name exactly, but in the base it is the case that the scent almost ends like silk, without losing its reason - character.

In total the fragrance lasts 8 hours on my skin.

The Sillage is conceived from the outset in such a way that one is clearly noticed at half an arm's length and this is maintained also 3 hours in such a way, before it minimizes itself in quiet steps, until the smell finally completely fades out
I would like to express my sincere thanks to our perfuma "Zirkeltanz" for the vintage miniature.
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HugoMontezHugoMontez 3 years ago
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A great patchouli scent with a leather base and some honey to sweet things up. Unfortunately, the latter batches are watered down. 4/5
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JavSantanaJavSantana 11 months ago
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Funky and sweet patchouli - leather powerhouse scent. Current formula still good in performance. Close to a work of art as well
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Topfpflanze3Topfpflanze3 2 years ago
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Too bitter, too herbal too much chest hair. An old man with an wide open shirt, masses of white chest hair and a small golden necklace
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Charilaos77Charilaos77 1 year ago
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Dirty patchouli and animalic musky leathery honey heaven. Never outdated masterpiece!
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ChetDavisChetDavis 2 years ago
Masterpiece.
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