Givenchy’s 22nd (yes, that’s right, I wrote 22nd) men’s fragrance is the masculine companion to 2003’s Very Irresistible for Women. Though I can’t say that the women’s scent left any kind of impression on me (other than the fact that Liv Tyler IS lovely to look at), this men’s version by perfumer Pierre Wargnye definitely caught my attention. With notes of grapefruit peel, mint, sesame seed, mocha, hazelnut wood, and Virginia cedar, Givenchy offers its first men’s gourmand fragrance.
It’s true, I do love sweet foody scents, and following on the coffee themes I introduced with Mat; Very Male and Bond no. 9 New Haarlem, one might think I have a caffeine addiction. But Very Irresistible offers only a hint of mocha, preferring to spend most of its time wavering between a minty citrus and a nutty, woody note. Though not as loud as I had thought it might be, Very Irresistible is a soothing, snuggling sort of scent. No great development, no complex unfolding, and thank goodness, nothing even slightly aquatic. The hazelnut and sesame notes, notes rarely used in perfumery, are my favorite part of this one.
I can’t help but think of Angel for Men when wearing this. The drydown, though slightly different with the addition of grapefruit peel, is very similar to my nose. So is Very Irresistible better? Well, I’d happily call this scent a success and douse myself with it on a cold day. It makes me want to play in snow and then go to Starbucks and order a hazelnut cappuccino. I wonder if Starbucks owns Givenchy or vice versa?
p.s. — isn’t that bottle a stunner?
Givenchy Very Irresistible for Men is available at major department stores.