Wednesday, March 08, 2006
REVIEW: Givenchy Insense
Notes: Blackcurrant, Mandarin, Basil, Magnolia, Lily of the Valley, Iris, Lentiscus, Firbalsam.
Pros: Smokey floral, incomparable, timeless, comforting...
Development: A unified composition, starts and ends the same...with magnificence.
Longevity: Excellent - lingers on the skin for a good 6-8 hours...
Sillage: Perfect - not too strong, not too soft...
Reminds me of: Creed Irisia; Romeo Gigli for Women (2004)
Where can I buy it? $16.95 for a 100ml tester at BigDiscount.com
Bottleworthy: And how! Ladies, check this one out...if you hate it, give it to the hubby!
The Bottom Line: One of the most innovative and perfect men's fragrances of the 20th century. Ranks right up there with Caron pour un Homme and Eternity in terms of innovation. A surprising floral combined with fir balsam and mastic, adding a smokey woodsy tone. I remember the first time smelling this, and thinking the name must surely be a reference to incense...Years later I realized that it was the French for "out of one's mind" but still feel that it might be a play on words. I recently got a craving for re-visiting this one when in Shanghai, wondering why a certain temple incense had smelled so good to me - simple, it reminded me of Insense!
Rating (out of 10): 10
What's your favorite Givenchy scent?