Two years ago, I let myself convinced by a friend of mine (who by the way is obsessed with Fahrenheit and doesn’t want no hear about anything else, no matter how hard I tried to suggest him alternatives!) to test Gentleman, an “old perfume from Givenchy”, exactly as he put it.
Launched in 1974, this oriental woody fragrance remains even these days an epitome of elegance, a symbol of the forgotten era. The scent was created by perfumer Paul Leger, aiming at structuring a timeless reference, which will stand the test of time. I remember that back then, we both sprayed the fragrance on our wrists, after passing the initial test on paper. The way it behaved from that point on, is a whole different story.
The evolution of Gentleman was in both cases pleasant and I am not looking to brag, but I was elated that on me, the scent became even more pleasant. In fact the same thing happened with Baldessarini Ambré, proving that (if something like that was needed!) there are a lot of factors which influence the development of a scent.
Gentleman opens on an invigorating citrus floral mixture of bergamot, lemon, rose and honey. Later, as the perfume reaches the mid development, it turns to a slightly woody facet, in a blend of orris root, cedar, jasmine and patchouli. The dry down represents the most intense moment, thanks to the note of warm amber, offset by patchouli, vetiver and leather accord.
The bottle that holds Gentleman is a true classic, exhibiting subtle elegant shapes, made from transparent glass and revealing a golden hue liquid. The packaging box comes in a contrasting black-grey color scheme, having the names printed in white. Gentleman is a complex scent, and might be an interesting selection with one condition: you have to love the classics.
Givenchy Gentleman Perfume Details
- Gentleman by Givenchy is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette and complementary products in the range, such as: 100 ml After-Shave Lotion, 150 ml Deodorant Spray and 75 g Deodorant Stick; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Oriental Woody
- For: Men
- Year Introduced: 1974
- Perfumer: Paul Leger
- Recommended Wear: Day and Evening
- Dress Code: Casual