Pi 1999 Eau de Toilette

Pi (Eau de Toilette) by Givenchy
Bottle Design Serge Mansau
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Pi (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Givenchy for men and was released in 1999. The scent is sweet-oriental. It is being marketed by LVMH.
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Main accords

Sweet
Oriental
Gourmand
Spicy
Woody

Fragrance Notes

BenzoinBenzoin IronwoodIronwood Pine needlePine needle Mandarin orangeMandarin orange

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7.81011 Ratings
Longevity
7.4809 Ratings
Sillage
6.9791 Ratings
Bottle
8.0818 Ratings
Value for money
7.8369 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 26.02.2024.

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Pollita

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Pollita
Pollita
Top Review 48  
Compatibility issues
Alberto and me, it's a thing. With the exception of my beloved Vétiver d'Hivèr by Armani Privé, I usually can't do much with his fragrances. Very few of them I find directly bad, but there are usually so tiny disturbing factors, which is why I just do not find a real access to the fragrances. Yes, I think we are simply not compatible. There should be yes also with fragrances.

Today experienced again with the wonderful Pi. Yesterday evening the first time sniffed the spray head. Mmmmh, great! A fragrance from the late nineties. I smelled echoes of the recently reviewed by me Hot Road, the whole only a little sweeter and softer. Mmm. Could be something. Had already played with the idea to get this fragrance, which is also absolutely affordable in price, to my better half.

This morning he was then allowed the first time on my skin and the start was divine. A wonderful Oriental, typical for this time, in which my fragrance-faible really blossomed. There were spices that gave a nice edge to the scent, which comes across quite sweet right from the start. Plus a slightly fresh note and a few florals. My beloved anise (yes, I like it!!) could be found and I also liked the rose geranium here, although again in combination with the tonka bean. Yes, if a fragrance is done really well, this can work and then nothing bites.

So far, so good. The longer is this Morillas on the back of the hand had, the more the edge withdrew. Remains hintenraus unfortunately almost only the tonka bean as such. And then it makes me sometime no more fun. Tonka pure just doesn't suit me. A little almond here and there still supports, but the rest sinks little by little in the tonka monotony. Too bad that could have been so good.

In summary, I must note that this fragrance has convinced me in the end but much more than all the tonka bombs, which are funny all declared for men, which were thrown in recent years in masses on the market. For me, this kind of fragrance is rather unisex anyway, but I don't need to tell you that. Yes, it has its charms all things considered. And was certainly quite great as a vintage.

Very much to be desired leaves the durability. With this I do not need Mr. Polly to come at all. Very quickly falls with him a fragrance namely as "weak" through and then he wants him not at all.
Well, Alberto. What can I say? The two of us, it just works out too rarely.

Many thanks to Bastian for the test opportunity.
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SchatzSucher

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SchatzSucher
Top Review 19  
Small delicacy with big weaknesses
I've been cold-shouldering Pi of Givenchy for years. He's been in the perfumeries for almost 20 years now and Givenchy have been producing some very nice fragrances which are also in my possession.
He has not been advertised extensively for a long time and in the shops he is now a little further down and is no longer immediately noticeable.
I'm not averse to the scent either. And with Pi, the "dessert aspect" doesn't come to the fore as much as with some other gourmand fragrances. Pi is a rather soft and quiet fragrance with a delicious marzipan note.

Now Pi found his way to me about 4 years ago and since then I like to wear him especially in the colder season. I think he needs temperatures below +10 degrees to really come into his own. There's something warming and flattering about him I myself always feel a little more comfortable in the cooler season than in summer. This is not to say that I start swearing when the thermometer reads 30 degrees or more. I then only screw in my activities.
But now I am more in my element again and here in the north there have been one or two autumn storms.
So it's time to push the summer citrus fresheners, aquatics and greens further back and bring out the woods, orientals and sweet beaks.

In my opinion Pi is very well balanced, aromatic and green notes, which are not defined in more detail, open the fragrance, together with some herbs, which are also not too clear to smell. I only perceive citrus very weakly.
The heart note seems to mix with the base immediately, because after a short time Pi sets itself something and the marzipan note comes out quite clearly. For me, this is an enriched marzipan, with vanilla, some sugar and floral notes, but everything is very fine and unobtrusive.
Some wood I think I still perceive distant.
However, the fragrance as a whole does not go through too remarkable a course, the ingredients are beautifully coordinated and complement each other very well. One is almost tempted to nibble on oneself because the marzipan note is so delicious ;-D
This unobtrusiveness makes Pi a pleasant everyday companion, as he does not slay the surroundings with sweeping scent clouds.
The bottle is a beautiful eye-catcher. I find the idea with the bracket over the spray head quite successful.
The bottle still lies well in the hand at the 100ml size and the sprayer is also worked very well
But unfortunately there is also a big shortcoming regarding durability and projection.
Unfortunately, Pi is very dimmed there. Since I only know the current version, I cannot compare it with the original version. But it should have been much more persevering and stronger. I've already read this here several times in comments and statements.
One could almost claim that the shelf life does not exceed the period corresponding to the number Pi, and that one is no longer perceived within a radius of 3.141...m.
Unfortunately I can confirm that, I sprayed Pi this morning around 9:00 and hardly noticed anything after 12:00. On the skin not at all, on the clothes still a little.
This is very unfortunate, as the price-performance ratio is not exactly in a good light. Because overly cheap Pi is not actually.
At the same time I bought the Pi Extreme a little later, which is very similar to the original Pi, but holds better. The description fits almost 1:1 also to the.

I don't know if I'll buy Pi again when the 100 ml bottle is empty. For now I like it well, but the meagre durability rather speaks against it. For fans of this fragrance I can basically recommend it, but you should be ready to spray it quite quickly.
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Poldinchen1

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Helpful Review 19  
Psssssst again - a fragrance that women also fall in love with...
What a beautiful smell! I recently discovered it, completely neglected, in the bottom row of a perfumery shelf. Directly adjacent to the women's fragrances, and very appealing from the design of the bottle, I would never have thought that this fragrance was male-dominated, unisex at most. A beautiful and valuable bottle that makes me curious, together with the mysterious name. Beginning slightly citric, this fragrance develops a wonderful oriental warmth, always discreet, never exuberant, in my opinion hardly sweet, rather gently spicy oriental, wonderful for the colder season, but due to the citric opening also a year-round candidate, equipped with the predicate "suitability for everyday use". Suitable for everyday use due to its discreet sillage, in my opinion very harmonious and with vintage character, far away from the modern seal-tearers (sweet-fruity fairground bobon hits...), I am thrilled!
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Maxyz

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Maxyz
Top Review 18  
Marzipan cookies and 3,14159265
I am not a man of many words, but I wanted to dedicate my first comment, my first fragrance.

As a small man, I don't think it's usual to be really interested in fragrances and look for their scents, or deal with them much. You pick up the next best perfume from the drugstore, or the Douglas in town, and wear it for years. At least that's the way it was for me with One Million and Invictus.

At some point, the time came when I started to spend a lot of time with my older cousin again (with us it's ups and downs - sometimes we meet for months, sometimes not for years). Anyway, I got to know him as a perfume enthusiast. I have to say that he very often changes his personality and therefore develops new interests. When we strolled through Frankfurt's city center in spring, he took me to a Douglas, because he wanted to show me his favorite fragrances. One of them was Givenchy Pi. I was rather bored, because at that time I didn't have a nose for sniffing through countless scents. But he insisted that I should spray Givenchy Pi on my wrist. No sooner said than done: he sprayed it on me generously and I sniffed at it carefully first. Since I didn't have such a strong sense of smell yet, I couldn't really assign all the ingredients because I was rather able to do everything at once. But still I liked it. For me it was a very noble smell, which I had never smelled before. Nevertheless, I somehow had an image of marzipan in my head - even today. When we were on our way home, I had to smell all the time on my wrist, because for me it was like a new world opened by this scent.

Once at home, the research began to find out what the scent contains. I noticed how versatile a perfume can be - from tangerine and lemon to almond, cedar and tonka bean. This is where my journey began - the search for THE perfume, which as we all know will never end.

A week later I asked my mother to buy me the perfume. Even though it was quite a high price for me at the time, I wanted it by all means. My mother agreed, because I was a teenager (15 years old), who was already satisfied with small things and had no big needs or wishes. I was beaming like a honey cake horse when I helped the scent in my hand and could wear it directly to the meeting with my friends.

But now enough history and to the actual topic:
The fragrance still reminds me strongly of marzipan, whether in the opening or in the drydown. This marzipan, becomes a robust character through the cedar and tonka beans. This character always brings me to a wooden hut in the forest, where you bake marzipan cookies and vanilla croissants with your grandmother on a winter evening. A very successful scent for me, which I still like to wear in winter when I stroll around the Christmas market. Perfectly rounded and the tangerine, almond and vanilla mixture goes very well together. I would almost say that you couldn't have put them together better, like in Givenchy Pi.

The durability is very good with me. It's not a beast that lasts 10+ hours, but 8 hours works well on my skin. The Sillage is also great in my opinion. I am still often asked about it at Christmas markets and we know that the perfume quickly sinks in with such crowds, but this one has been very successful with me
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RedVanilla

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RedVanilla
Very helpful Review 11  
Shhh! Women like marzipan too!
Switched sides on a secret mission. For once totally inconspicuously over to the men's fragrances and caught on the beautiful bottle of Pi. So this one is an absolute eye candy and so beautiful to look at. Get your nose ready and get to the test.

The fragrance starts out sooooo deliciously almond-like, but the green notes (whatever that is supposed to be) leave a very fresh impression. Like mowing grass in the morning sun. The lemon and tangerine also help to make you think less about dessert. As is almost always the case with citrus fruits, these too will soon be gone, but first they will help the floral components to take off, which still harmonises well with the GREEN NOTES! Now Vanilla and Tonka are coming over to join in. Which is almost always a must with a good gourmet fragrance. But what is this? Oh, the musty cedar. What are you doing here? But now my nose finds this disturbing for the overall impression. Note to self: You are definitely not a cedar friend!

Conclusion: For me, this is clearly a one-off. Woman finds a beautiful gourmet fragrance with a light forest note. I would find a man with this scent delicious (did I really just write that?). But now the coat collar is up and quickly sneaked away again.
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HugoMontezHugoMontez 3 years ago
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Pi is sweet, Pi is delicate, Pi is linear but Pi is great. A Vanilla scent with soft florals and almond/tonka base. Get the vintage one! 4/5
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ScentwitchScentwitch 2 years ago
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Completely unisex. I share a bottle with my husband and it smells slightly different on us both.
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ElysiumElysium 4 years ago
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I have never dared to buy the original, too powerful and offensive. The recent version is more graceful, yet the bouquet is as I remembered.
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ChicoRoch1ChicoRoch1 8 months ago
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A vanilla/woody scent with an awesome looking bottle
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RamonkuRamonku 2 years ago
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It smells like a cake shop with that mix of sweet scents: vanilla, anis, almond, sugar, lemon, mandarin. Yet not overwhelming sweet.
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