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The simple elegance of a decent eau de cologne is one of the greatest things in the whole of perfumery. That tension between citrus, flowers and herbs (and now in modern times, musks) is a sparkling tonic when the mercury rises. In fact, the purity of a good eau de cologne transcends seasons and can be the perfect thing to wear at any time and on any occasion. To put it simply, when eau de colognes are good, they’re very good, and even when they’re bad they’re still pretty good!

One cologne that really struck a chord with me recently was the latest launch from Givenchy: ‘Eau de Givenchy’. Inspired by Hubert de Givenchy’s gardens in the South of France, Eau de Givenchy is a modern reinterpretation of a Givenchy fragrance of the same name that launched in 1980. François Demachy is the man behind this new scent and he has penned a contemporary eau de cologne that presents, as Givenchy puts it, “a moment of freshness suspended in time that feels like it could last forever.” Well, that’s quite the promise – let’s see if Eau de Givenchy delivers…

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The Givenchy Gentlemen Only Collection

Apologies for a somewhat lighter week of posts this week, I’ve been busy with work and launches. Regular service shall resume next week! For now, enjoy this round-up of Givenchy’s Gentlemen Only collection in this week’s Escentual column. Clicky here to read! Spoiler alert: there’s a competition to win the Givenchy Gentlemen Only collection over at Escentual too!

Givenchy Gentlemen Only Intense
Givenchy Gentlemen Only Intense

As far as masculine fragrances go, few are more iconic than Givenchy’s Gentleman. It’s a perfume evocative of hairy chests, gold watches and sharp suits, created in a very ’70s style. Gentleman is nothing short of a classic and Givenchy have been keen to capitalise on the ‘Gentleman’ name with flankers, specifically with last year’s Gentlemen Only and now this year’s Gentleman Only Intense.

For my Escentual column this week, I’ve taken a look at the new Gentlemen Only Intense, a slightly richer take on the fresh aromatic signature of the fragrance launched last year. You can read my review by clicking here and there’s also a competition too, in which you can enter to win the Intense 100ml Eau de Toilette Spray, the Gentlemen Only 100ml Eau de Toilette and the matching Deodorant Spray.

Givenchy Dahlia Noir L’Eau

This week’s Escentual post is a review of a fragrance that took me wholely by surprise – Dahlia Noir L’Eau by Givenchy. The original Dahlia Noir made next to no impression on me whatsover (very much in line with most Givenchy offerings) and I am, as you know, not a massive fan of anything remotely green – so it is with great surprise that I give a big thumbs up to Dahlia Noir L’Eau!

Please click on the image above to head over to Escentual.com and read the full review. Don’t forget to leave a comment!