Product Type: Givenchy fragrances
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Pretty, playful and pink!!
Givenchy Play Her Eau de Parfum
Member Name: Lools_24
Givenchy Play Her Eau de Parfum
Advantages: Fresh and fruity scent, very attractive bottle
Disadvantages: Quite expensive, could be overly girly for some tastes
When it comes to buying perfume Mr Lools tends to play it safe and take me perfume "browsing" first before he buys me a perfume as I'm apparently fussy and difficult to buy for. However after 9 years together this Christmas he took a massive risk and decided he knew me well enough to buy me a perfume.
The description of the perfume is "a radiant floral fragrance with warm, woody tones, a seductive fragrance that uses its boldness to surprise and captivate. A woody, fruity floral aromatic fragrance. A sparkling fragrance, Play for Her Eau de Parfum radiates smiles and freedom, leaving a delicate musky imprint on the skin."
The perfume comes in a baby pink bottle. This is very much like an MP3 player. The bottle is a long thin rectangular candy pink coloured bottle and around the sides embossed with a sparkly silver detail. On the front of the bottle near the bottom is the words PLAY in the centre and a rewind symbol next to this , imitating an MPS player or remote control. The bottle is very plain but I really like the design as I think it is unusual and looks great displayed on a dressing table. It is quite a large heavy bottle in the 50ml size therefore not the best perfume to travel with. Because of the block coloured bottled you can't see the perfume inside therefore it is difficult to see how much perfume you have left.
The perfume is available in a 30ml, 50ml or 75ml bottle. Givenchy Play is available from a number of retailers including Boots, Superdrug, John Lewis, Debenhams and House of Fraser. You can also purchase online from www.cheapscents.co.uk , www.fragranceonline.co.uk and www.theperfumeshop.co.uk . Prices for this perfume vary however it is still a relatively expensive perfume if considered to other fragrances from other brands. Boots sell a 30ml bottle of this perfume for £36.00, a 50ml sized bottle for £51.00 and a 75ml bottle for £61.00. Online retailers sell this perfume slightly cheaper than department stores and you can expect to pay around £10 less for each sized bottle when buying online.
The description of the Givenchy Play Fragrance are "Top notes include pink peppercorn and orange blossom, followed by the heart of amyris wood, Tiare flower and orchid, wrapped with the base of sandalwood, patchouli, Tonka bean and benzoin. "
When I first read the description of Givenchy Play I was slightly concerned. I prefer fresh, fruity scents such as Gucci II, Armani Code, DKNY Woman and Armani She and I felt this perfume from the description fell into the more floral and oriental scents. However I was pleasantly surprised when I sprayed the perfume to find it smelt a lot fresher and fruitier that I had imagined it to.
When first sprayed onto the skin I felt Givenchy Play has a very noticeable fruity scent and you can definitely make out the top notes of orange blossom. This is quite sharp initially and citrusy however after 30 seconds or so the orange scent is a lot softer and sweeter and I feel there is a hint of berries despite this not being mentioned in the fragrance notes. The initial burst of fragrance reminds me very much of Gucci II.
After 5 minutes or so the scent is a lot softer and very feminine but not at all floral like I expected. The sweet orange scent is still apparent and this is a very fresh fruity scent but there is a slightly sweet spicy type scent and I feel that you can make out a very slight sweet clean vanilla type scent. The notes of orchid are apparent but I feel this is a very clean fresh type orchid scent rather than a sweet flowery scent.
When I wear this perfume I give my skin two generous sprays. The initial scent is quite strong however after 5 minutes they scent dies down quite dramatically and I feel this is a very light fresh scent and not at all heavy. With wear and after about an hour the fragrance does have a slightly more spicy and oriental scent and you can make out sandalwood but there is still a fruity sweet scent to the perfume. The overall scent is a lot fresher, sweet and feminine than I imagined and less musky and spicy which the description seems to suggest.
I like this perfume as I feel the scent is very light and not the type of scent that you notice as soon as someone walks into the room. When it is initially sprayed it can be smelt for around 1-2 hours but after that you need to be quite close to the person wearing it before you can notice it. This is what I like from a daytime perfume, however for those that like a stronger more noticeable scent or one that is stronger for more special occasions Givenchy Play is probably not for you. Givenchy Play Intense is also available from Givenchy which is a stronger more "intense" version of Givenchy Play therefore if you like this scent but want a stronger more noticeable fragrance it is probably advisable to purchase this version of the perfume.
Due to Givenchy Play being a lighter fragrance I do feel if you want a scent that is noticeable all day you would probably need to reapply during the day. I find that the subtle fragrance lasts on my skin all day but if I was doing something in the evening I would probably give myself another spray of this perfume to top up the subtle scent.
I have been wearing this perfume daily for 3 weeks now and the 50ml bottle still feels that it has most of the perfume still left in it. However because of the bottle design it is very difficult to judge how much perfume is left. I would say that I use quite sparingly and when I apply I only use two sprays as I like my fragrance to be subtle. For those that like a fragrance to be more noticeable I feel you would probably apply 3 or 4 sprays to achieve a stronger scent therefore this may not be an economical choice especially as the perfume is quite expensive.
This is a perfect fragrance in my opinion for people that like a light fruity, sweet type scent and I feel the scent of Givenchy Play is very similar to Gucci II only with a slightly fruitier twist. The scent is very light and fruity with the hints of orange blossom being the most dominant scent with a light sweet scent behind the fruity scent. From the description of perfume I would have been slightly apprehensive about buying this perfume because of it being described as a "floral and oriental" fragrance with the notes of orchid and sandalwood, however these scents are only very light. Although fresh and fruity the sweetness of the pink peppercorn makes this a very feminine perfume, and tied in with the candy pink bottle makes this a very "girly" option; potentially a little too pretty and pink for some.
My main criticism of the perfume is the price, this is not a cheap perfume and therefore for those that like quite strong dominant scents they may find they need to use quite a lot of this perfume and this could work out to be quite an expensive option.
A great day time perfume with the option to go for the stronger Givenchy Play Intense scent if you are looking to wear this scent for evening and more special occasions.
Summary: A fresh fruity scent from Givenchy in a pretty pink bottle
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