Givenchy III 1970 Eau de Toilette

Version from 1970
Givenchy III (1970) (Eau de Toilette) by Givenchy
Bottle Design Pierre Dinand
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Givenchy III (1970) (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Givenchy for women and was released in 1970. The scent is chypreartig-floral. The production was apparently discontinued. Pronunciation
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Main accords

Chypre
Floral
Green
Spicy
Woody

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
GalbanumGalbanum AldehydesAldehydes BergamotBergamot GardeniaGardenia PeachPeach
Heart Notes Heart Notes
CarnationCarnation IrisIris Lily of the valleyLily of the valley NarcissusNarcissus RoseRose JasmineJasmine
Base Notes Base Notes
OakmossOakmoss PatchouliPatchouli MyrrhMyrrh AmbergrisAmbergris CastoreumCastoreum VetiverVetiver

Perfumers

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Scent
8.0147 Ratings
Longevity
7.5109 Ratings
Sillage
6.8113 Ratings
Bottle
7.1117 Ratings
Value for money
7.312 Ratings
Submitted by Evita, last update on 29.01.2024.
Interesting Facts
The fragrance was re-released in 2007 as part of the collection "Les Parfums Mythiques".

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5
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7
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8.5
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Gelis

161 Reviews
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Gelis
Gelis
Top Review 20  
First scents 5
Givenchy III is the first perfume I ever bought. And I still remember that I was totally fascinated by what flew out of the bottle towards me. Of course, I had tried the one or other fragrance before, basically samples that my mother brought from the drugstore (my mother was a trained druggist, there's no more nowadays), but something like this had never been there.

So I was suitably intrigued, at my reaction today. Well, the fascination has faded. For this I have probably tried too many fragrances in the meantime. But beautiful he is and quite still something special.

GIII opens fresh green spicy with a floral inkling. The peach does not present itself to me directly, my guess is that it softens the bergamot and so the top note contains freshness but not effervescence. The heart note presents itself to me as a floral melange, from which I can only filter out rose and garden carnation, with the spiciness of the top note continuing to accompany me.

My perception of the base fluctuates between light, lightly flavored tobacco and Remy Martin cognac with warmth, gentle spice and a slightly soapy note.

GIII is an elegant fragrance that, not only because you can hardly get it anymore, is too bad for everyday use. I would pick a special occasion to wear it.

11 Comments
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8
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8
Longevity
10
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Gold

541 Reviews
Gold
Gold
Top Review 9  
Dynamic green chypre
Givenchy III dates back to the 70s, it has been available again as part of the re-edition-scheme since 2008.
Givenchy III is probably one of the best green chypres with head-notes of lily-of-the valley, rose, jasmin and galbanum. The heart is woody, with santal and oakmoss. I love this fragrance from its beautiful topnotes to the drydown, which seems to contain a bit of patchouli, incense, citrus.
Obviously the idea behind Givenchy III was to create a very fresh perfume based on a flowery, but green accord. I think it is a dynamic scent, uplifting, versatile scent, suitable for all occasions.
The re-edition does not last as long as the original and contains less galbanum and less oakmoss, but I still prefer it to countless new releases on the market. My vintage Givenchy III is one of my most precious bottles - contentswise. I even keep it in my fridge.
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7.5
Sillage
7.5
Longevity
8
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Sherapop

1239 Reviews
Sherapop
Sherapop
Very helpful Review 7  
Galbanum, Glorious Galbanum!
Galbanum glorious galbanum! GIVENCHY III is one of a cluster of 1970s-era floral-chypre perfumes with a classic structure and line-up of notes. The scrumptious galbanum is green and waxy and chewy and just sharp enough. The oakmoss offers a gray and slightly dirty contrast. The iris, rose, and narcissus keep the whole composition from being too dark and depressing. This is an utterly beautiful creation. Perfumes such as GIVENCHY III are the ones which keep me a believer in perfumery as an art, not just another luxury business or crass mass-market cash cow.

What I'm not sure about is whether GIVENCHY III is better than the other floral chypres of this type launched about the same time. I love them all! I am testing the vintage GIVENCHY III and have no idea how the reformulation came out, though I'm not all that optimistic. Of course, Lancome did a great job with its collection of reissued classic chypres, so let us hope that Givenchy followed their example and not Guerlain's...
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5
Bottle
5
Sillage
5
Longevity
7
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GothicHeart

86 Reviews
GothicHeart
GothicHeart
Helpful Review 10  
A cherished nightmare...
I don't know about you, but for me the most mysterious and enthralling place in the house I grew up, was always my mother's chiffonier. Everything on it looked like it came straight from a fairy tale, or from the far-flung palaces of the Far East. Especially the small collection of her perfumes. I was totally convinced there was a genie living in one of the bottles, waiting to grant my wish and make me a grown-up in no time. All I had to do was finding out in which one it dwelled. So one of my most daredevil antics was to secretly infiltrate my parents' bedroom and dab myself with whatever was lying within my reach. My "commando" tacticts were of course immediately exposed upon exiting the room, cause the monsters my mother was keeping in there were traitorous enough to give me away every single time.
My mother was always giving me funny looks after each accomplished mission, but I fancied they were about my glasses being dirty or my hair being uncombed.
Until one accursed Saturday evening, a huge 240ml splash bottle of Givenchy III decided it had enough of abuse, and tried to kill itself by falling from my hands. It failed. I dont know if you've ever handled such a bottle, but rest assured its glass is thick enough to stop a bullet. My mother came flying upon hearing the thud and found me aghast, with the golden stopper still in my hand, watching half of the golden soul of Givenchy III escaping its body and speading on the floor. The other half was already spilled on my clothes. Although I was sure a legendary chiding was seconds away from being yelled at poor me, she didn't say a word. What she did however, was leaving me with the perfume reeking clothes on for the rest of the weekend. Till Sunday night I was 1000% sure that I would prefer having my 8 years old butt kicked and be spared the olfactory torture. It felt like I was tied for ages with mossy ropes to an oak, while green devils wearing gardenia leis were frenziedly dancing all around me, poking me with pointy sandalwood sticks and throwing orris roots (with all the dirt still attached) on my face. I was seriously pondering over begging my mother for a beating in exchange of a bath. But not being stoical enough, I just asked for the bath. She replied "Why? I love the way you smell!".
Amnesty was finally granted at late Sunday night. I felt like a sinner been cleansed from all his wrongdoing. After she scrubbed me redder than a beetroot, my mother left me standing ecstatic in the bathtub and went to bring a towel. When she came back and approached me I threw my hands happily around her neck in order to kiss her and show her my gratitude. Imagine my horror upon realising that she was the one reeking with Givenchy III now...

Many years later I found a very old 60ml splash bottle of Givenchy III in a tiny backstreet shop. I guess the nice lady behind the desk is still wondering what my huge smile while buying it was all about...
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MasterLi

375 Reviews
MasterLi
MasterLi
Helpful Review 4  
Why I love vintages...
As soon as I smelt this one, it took me right back to the reason why you can't beat a vintage chypre. There's something about the fresh combination with the oakmoss and delicate florals done right that just allures and entices you. Truly a lot of French fragrances made during this era were exceptional, composed with care and artistry.

I get a lot of the fresh floral & slightly fruity citrus top, with the galbanum and jasmine coming in, balancing the harsh bitterness and the dusty oakmoss with a vibrant hint of citrus and bright floral. The orris root, sandalwood, lily-of-the-valley and even coconut come together absolutely wonderfully here, with a honeyed gardenia note that compliments other white florals and even hyacinch. Really a fragrance which is multi-faceted and extremely well put together and enjoyable. It's a joy to wear and defies gender classification in my opinion. I'm wearing the vintage eau de toilette and it's really something else. I can't speak for modern formulations or versions but if you do get a chance to try vintage and you are a chypre fan just buy it. If you like Mitsouko and No. 19 then this is a great and unique companion to them. One which has to be experienced. Exceptionally good and what real perfumery is all about.
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TruckladyTrucklady 5 years ago
8
Bottle
5
Sillage
6
Longevity
7
Scent
That this is beautiful is not debatable. The sillage and longevity, however, bring this right down. How dare such a powdery glory be flat?!?
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