Organza

Organza (Givenchy 1996) starts with a powdery creaminess that’s rich and complex becoming increasingly sweet as it continues.  Organza is a fluid fragrance.  It’s syrupy and smooth like velvet.  Among the wild florals the tuberose is particularly velvety.  Organza is a bit like sticking your nose in a bouquet of fresh flowers.  It’s lovely. Top…

Amarige

Sweet, juicy and opulent fruit notes laced with florals open Anarige (Givenchy 1991).  It’s rich, complex, feminine and light.  And somehow in the mix of proud fruity florals with the cedar, musk, sandalwood and vanilla a bit of an olfactory paradox emerges – bold yet gentle and quiet but outspoken.  This is a particularly becoming…

Le De

Le De is fresh, elegant and strong but unassuming (Givenchy 1957).  The ethereal beauty of an assertive tarragon, a slightly quieter but still present coriander, mandarin orange, brazilian rosewood and orris root feels formal but down to earth.  Floral notes lace about and bring a clear beauty, while warm base notes keep the scent mellow…

Ysatis

Sweet aldehydes and powdery floral create a scent almost reminiscent of root beer in Ysatis (Givenchy 1984).  Notes of coconut, rosewood and tuberose are sensual and prominent among a strong galbanum, vetiver, sandalwood and civet. It was created by Domonique Ropion in 1984. Top notes: citrus, ylang-ylang, galbanum, coconut, rose wood, and aldehydes.  Middle notes:…

Eau De Givenchy

Eau De Givenchy (Givenchy 1980) is a green, slightly ascerbic floral fragrance.  It’s very elegant with clear yet gentle edges.  One can almost smell something that’s reminiscent of damp buildings on a rainy day.  Eau De Givenchy is soft and particularly airy in the drydown. The top notes are listed as: grapefruit, mandarin, bergamot, mint…

L’Interdit

L’Interdit was created for Audrey Hepburn by Francis Fabron for Givenchy (Givenchy 1957). It has sharp aldehydes, and it reminds me ever so slightly of Chamade, which I find interesting since I believe Hepburn also favored Chamade (some compare it to Chanel No. 5 too). It opens very powdery, tany with citron aldehydes.  L’Interdit sparkles…

Dahlia Noir

Dahlia Noir (Givenchy 2011) is a clean surface of sweet florals that descends into a powdery, “dark” heart.  It’s a pretty scent.  It’s very modern and very pleasing. According to Frangrantica it is touted as a “dangerous” fragrance – a, “…’Fatal Flower’ of unreal and imaginative composition for mysterious and fascinating women.”  But, I’m not sure…