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For Father's Day one of my daughters bought me Givenchy's Play Eau de Toilette Intense. I was thrilled to think that she recognised that my suave, debonair sophistication deserved a parfum with real depth of character. Or perhaps she thinks I smell.
There's an ordinary, straight, common or garden Play EDT that Givenchy make, but of course a man of my calibre needs something a little more......intense. The company have spun some ideas to try to define Play Intense's character and I found some of this blurb reproduced on a perfume site. I have edited this slightly:
"Play Intense is a more intense expression of the elegant and hedonistic Play scent. Its composition captures the senses and lingers on the skin seductively. Play Man's scent exudes a self-assuredness that can't be faked, a precise composition that is expressed through an open and laid back style.
With the Play Woman at his side, he takes over the city of Paris, with his cool charisma."
Mmmmm (strokes chin thoughtfully with one hand; scratches bum with the other). I'm not entirely convinced that I'll be taking over Paris in the immediate future, but I could get a little attention when I go down the pub tonight. I'd settle for "You smell alright for an old git." We'll see.
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It's ultimately of coffee that this fragrance reminds me, or is it that I'd like to drink coffee that has these notes?
It opens with orange - a punchy bergamot, sharpened with grapefruit. There's plenty of early zest and that bergamot never leaves entirely. It soaks back into the mid range Amyris and Coffee Wood, combining to give body to the scent - a woodiness that above all gives this version of Play its masculine quality.
The Amyris species are found in the Caribbean especially. It's a dense, close-grained wood with a strong smelling resin. Amyris varieties are also known as torchwoods, because they burn so well. This seems rather apt as there is a smouldering quality to this EDT, which again contributes to its manly, charismatic identity.
#> #> #> EFFECTIVENESS #> #> #>
I find it takes a while to bed down, but then it lasts well and the base notes resonate long into the night and through to the morning. They are the aromatic Vetyver, the exotic Patchouli and the ubiquitous Tonka Bean, which in this perfume is the last to leave the party.
In my dreams, Play Man's lady is surprised by the vigour of the bergamot, enthralled and seduced by the intensity of the Amyris and Coffee, blending with the intoxicating odour of Patchouli, before waking to the smooth, velvety aroma of vanilla, courtesy of the Tonka.
I should be so lucky!
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One could argue that this is the wrong time of year for something so heavy, but a little of this goes a long way and I suspect that my 100ml bottle will survive a couple of winters at least. It needs to because another bottle would cost me about £40.00. The 50ml bottle goes for around £29.00.
I would normally be scandalized at the idea of spending so much on a little bottle of smellies, but actually I think I might pay for this myself next time, if I outlast the current stock. It's quality.
The regular Givenchy Play, by the way, is a little lighter and there is also a version of Play for women.
#> #> #> IS IT ME? #> #> #>
Yes, actually, I really like this. It certainly lingers. The first time I put it on was late afternoon and at 11.30 the next morning, even after an earlier shower (just water) the scent was still there.
I've never really been into fragrances much. They're not something I'd wear every day, which is why I still have half full bottles of Brut and Hai Karate knocking about somewhere. Yet I have to say that this is very likeable. At first it is rather strong and perhaps a little too woody. After time, the Patchouli and Vanilla come into their own, but not in a sweet, sickly way. I've always liked Patchouli which for me is redolent of many friends and good times passed. The Vanilla is soothing and comforting - like the sort of comfort you get from sampling the delights of coffee and cake.
But that Bergamot is still there. It's still there. Gorgeous!
Contents: 50 ml