As the arrival of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games is no longer that far (27 July – 12 August in London!), the perfumery houses are presenting new sport fragrances, aimed to boost up their sales and also to provide a fresh character to the cosmetic scene. In a totally random listing, which is ignoring the chronologic order, there were so far the following: Dior Homme Sport 2012, Hugo Boss Bottled Sport, Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme Sport, Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme, Dolce&Gabbana The One Sport and Kenzo Homme Sport. Unfortunately I haven’t got a chance to test them all, but for now, I will discuss about Givenchy Play Sport, sniffed a couple of days ago.
The new fragrance for the active people called Play Sport was introduced by Givenchy in 2012 as a flanker to 2008’s Play. Expected to achieve the same success as its predecessor, the fresh citrus aromatic fragrance for men is fronted once again by the famous American singer and actor Justin Timberlake. Sadly, Play Sport comes with a construction that does not offer much innovation in the olfactory department. Related to this, I felt throughout its entire development stage that this scent is softer compared to the original and that’s exactly opposite to what most people imagine a dynamic fragrance is.
Play Sport starts off with the usual citrus note, in which you will detect the presence of bergamot, which is fighting for prominence accompanied by mint and ginger. After no more than 15 minutes, the mid development phase begins and it feels like a sequel because there’s an accord of lemon present in here, in a combination with pepper. It seems that this phase stays closer to the skin however the dry down is the moment in which the woody facet is revealed. The pleasant aroma of amyris wood is juxtaposed by white musk, which brings a very pleasant olfactory experience.
I admit that in the beginning I wasn’t impressed; nevertheless it is the base note that brings balance to this composition. As an aside, Play Sport is not my favorite fragrance inspired by sport from this year releases. On this very topic, from the ones sampled until now (Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme and Dolce&Gabbana The One Sport) I’ll stick to the first one, although the D&G version of Sport is really interesting.
Givenchy Play Sport Perfume Details
- Play Sport by Givenchy is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette Spray and complementary products in the range, such as: 200 ml Bath & Shower Gel and 150 ml Deodorant Spray; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is poor.
- Olfactory Group: Citrus Aromatic
- For: Men
- Year Introduced: 2012
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual