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I have not done a review of a fragrance for a while so when I smelt my friends bottle of this I just had to review it. It will soon be time for me to buy a new fragrance as my two bottles of eau de toilette are running out. At the moment I have a 30ml bottle of Tommy by Tommy Hilfiger and a medium sized bottle of Usher's latest fragrance. I was at a friends barbecue on friday and I noticed his bottle of this fragrance on the kitchen side. I had noticed I liked the fragrance he was wearing when I met him in town earlier that day but was not aware of the fragance and assumed it must be some Ben Sherman fragrance as the friend in question is mad on Ben Sherman edt's.
**Blue Label Homme**
Although there are much more imaginative names for a fragrance than Blue Label at least this bottle is actually blue in part. The fragrance has been around for a while and is one of Givenchy's most popular fragrances for men. When this fragrance was released it was marketed as a lighter version of Givency Pour Homme which is considered to be quite a strong fragrance compared to the lighter more subtle scent of this particular fragrance. As you would expect there are also other products in the Blue Label range. These are of course shower gel and deodorant which are pretty standard for fragrances.
Now this is what brought this fragrance to my attention of course. The other reason why I thought this might have been a Ben Sherman fragrance as I thought the scent was pretty similar to the Ben Sherman fragrance my mate had previously and I also smelt a hint of Giorgio Armani in there too which drew me in further. Now how to describe this fragrance?? If you are familiar with the Givenchy Pour Homme fragrance then you will know the base notes of this one too as they are the same. Things change though when you get to the following notes are of a fresher citrus tone and with a lightly spiced woody fragrance to top things off with this is a very nice scent.
I would recommend this fragrance to any man between their early twenties to around 35. As far as when to use this fragrance I feel that It's versatile enough to be great for daytime wear as well as night-time wear as it has a good scent whichever note it is. This is also helped by the fact that the notes last quite a long time compared to some cheaper rivals. I always look for a fragrance that lasts a while as you always get the most out of these ones. An ideal fragrance for any man who likes their fragrance to continue to work and subtly change throughout the day.
**Price and Availiability**
This is on the market for a price which you'll have come to expect from one of the bigger fragrance brands in Givenchy. You can pick up a 100ml bottle for usually around £40 but you may be able to find it as cheap as £31.99 as you can see from amazon.co.uk in the box on this page. After doing a little research I have found this fragrance to be a very widely available one which is often a little over priced compared to some of it's rivals, this may be it's biggest drawback when it comes to it's performance against the competition.
This is a very good fragrance indeed that lasts suffieciently long enough to be great for a number of occasions and it is a very fresh fragrance that I would recommend to any man looking for a new fragrance. I would urge any woman reading this who has a husband or partner to go and check this fragrance out as it would be an ideal present for your other half. Not quite up there with the best on the market but a very good fragrance nonetheless and one that gets five stars from me.
when my friend first got this for me 5 years ago she said 'this is what a man should smell like' and i havnt changed aftershave since. well technically it isnt aftershave coz this is the spray version, but it does exactly the same job! its impossible to describe the smell so all i can say is next time you are looking for a new cologne then give this classic one a try. it does have a slightly sweet smell but after a few minutes it seems to become slightly less strong, but in a good way! it is on the expensive side but you can get it much cheaper at duty free or in the usa if you go there at all. the downside is that you dont seem to get much in the bottle. at first glance the bottle is massive and you think that it fills right to the top but it is only the clear glass at the bottom that contains the spray
Givenchy Pour Homme Blue Label came into my collection of aftershaves after my wife ventured over to France for a day trip in November 2004. Personally I had never heard of this new fragrance but I was assumed that it did indeed rival the "fit man smell" of Ralph Lauren Blue and Joop. Having owned previous Givenchy offerings and personally finding them all to be of a high quality I had no hesitation in trying this out.
I didn't buy my bottle, but you can expect to pay £22.25 for a 50ml bottle and £33.95 for a 100ml bottle of the EDT. After doing some research on the aftershave as the bottle comes with no printed notes I located a 100ml available for £28 from www.escentual.co.uk. Shop around and you will probably get a better price. Personally I wouldn't pay more than £25 for a 100ml bottle if I bought this again.
In brief this is one of those "nice" fragrances in my opinion, it is nothing special to write home about and certainly not an aftershave I would be recommending from the rooftops.
The packaging to the fragrance looks rather refined, but once the bottle has been retrieved the first thing that strikes you is that it looks extremely tacky made up from clear chunky glass and melted down blue biro's. The picture above illustrates how nasty it looks. The atomiser is built into the top of the bottle and a quick press and a healthy amount of the fragrance is dispensed.
Givenchy Pour Homme Blue Label is marketed as aromatic homage to the traditional gentleman, reinterpreted for the modern man of action. This fragrance embodies the energy, style and attitude of today's man. It goes on and on, but basically the fragrance should be cool, mixed with spices with woody undertones to give a warm manly scent.
When I think of that description of a fragrance I think Fahrenheit with it's warm woody tones and before trying I actually thought this might simply be a rip off of the Christian Dior fragrance. As stated earlier, one spray of the atomiser dispenses a large amount of the fragrance, and first impressions are of a light citrus fragrance that is easy on the nose and ultimately unique and refreshing. It should be noted however that the refreshing feel is replaced by a severe burning sensation as this burns more than other fragrances when applied after shaving due to the high alcohol content.
After settling the citrus fragrance vanishes completely with warmer undertones coming to the fore. Nutmeg is evident in the smell as are subtle amounts of tobacco and amber. Given an hour to settle and this certainly does become more of a manly warm rugged spicy musk smell, although it isn't overpowering in the slightest. It's masculine but exceptionally subtle. The fragrance remains faint but is noticeable on clothing and when stationary for well over 8-10 hours.
The actual results of applying this fragrance were not unpleasant, I do like the smell, however I just don't think it suits me personally. Initially this is a light and refreshing fragrance but this fades too soon for my liking and I am not a big fan of woody fragrances, they remind me too much of Old Spice. Although my wife liked this when she purchased it, she went off it very quickly and it now is only used for casual wear and for around the office during the day, I certainly wouldn't be spraying this on myself if I was embarking on a romantic evening out, there are better fragrances that will guarantee he/she moves closer .
Two sprays of the atomiser are all that is needed to give good coverage making the actual product very good value for money. I still have half a bottle left but this is due to the nicer fragrances I have rather than an indicated of how long lasting it is.
All in all Givenchy Pour Homme Blue Label is not an offensive fragrance that will have people walking past holding their noses and judging by the price and bottle design it isn't trying to capture the crown of the more exclusive male fragrances on the market. I'll continue to wear it for work but when this bottle is finished I won't be buying another. If you are looking for a fragrance that is fairly cheap, long lasting and spicy/woody in nature this is for you. If you are looking for something light, refreshing and will make you stand head and shoulders over everyone look elsewhere.
SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED .at a push
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