My first attempt at buying perfume unsniffed — Carthusia Mediterraneo — was a resounding success and led, inevitably, to more buying unsniffed. Not all of my purchases were as happy as the first. The straw that broke the camel’s back was Caron Violette Précieuse (sincere apologies to its fans), which was so unlike the ethereal violet fragrance I had imagined it to be that I vowed never to buy unsniffed again.
I have held to this vow fairly well, but I tend to break down in TJ Maxx, where the lure of immediate gratification for under $20 is usually more than I can withstand. All of which is a roundabout way of introducing today’s scent: Givrine by E Coudray. E Coudray has recently repackaged their line, and I found Givrine in the old packaging a few weeks back for around $16. Givrine was introduced in 1950, and features notes of mandarin, bergamot, lemon, orange blossom, lavender, thyme, tarragon, jasmine, amber and mint.
The top notes are citrus with a touch of sharpness from the lavender, which is thankfully not overdone. The tarragon and mint give it a nice herbal kick. The orange blossom is more pronounced than the jasmine, and the base smells like musk rather than amber to me. Overall it is a nice, light, unisex citrus-herbal cologne.
Givrine is reminiscent of Hierbas de Ibiza, although a bit softer. It is not terribly long lasting, but I like it and you could do much, much worse at the price. It will be nice for summer, if summer ever arrives.
The new E Coudray packaging is nice, but I preferred the simpler, retro look of the old with the raised lettering on the back of the glass bottle. It appears that Givrine has also been reformulated, as the notes on the Coudray website now include kumquat and watermelon, and there is no mention of the tarragon or the mint.
I will not be posting tomorrow, so enjoy the rest of the weekend. In the meantime, if you have a buying unsniffed story, good or bad, please share!