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Continuing my theme of reviewing my boyfriend's extensive collection of fragrances (I always tend to call it aftershave, but not sure if this is correct of not), I am now going to talk about Givenchy Pi. Of course it doesn't actually say Pi on the bottle. rather it is the mathematical symbol for Pi, and I have to admit I was quite impressed that I remembered this from school, I don't remember much else from Maths!
My boyfriend has the 100ml bottle which currently sells on Amazon for £37.17 which makes it a fairly expensive fragrance, but not one of the most expensive in the world.
The bottle is clear, so you can see that the perfume is a golden colour rather than being clear. The bottle is a nice shape, with an unusual shaped gold spray nozzle on top.
Amazon describes this as having top notes of Rosemary, Mandarin Orange, Tarragon, Basil, middle notes of Neroli, Geranium, Lily-of-the-Valley, Anise and finally Base notes of Tonka Bean, Almond, Benzoin, Vanilla, Sugar." I don't know what any of these notes mean where perfume is concerned. I can definitely make out the vanilla amd orange scents though, but possibly only because I'm looking out for them.
Although this is a man's fragrance, I don;t think it would be that out of place on a woman - it's not a desperately masculine scent in my opinion.
I think this is an ok fragrance and I don't mind when my boyfriend wears it, but I don't think it's anything special, so would only give it 3 out of 5 stars.
Givenchy Pi is a fragrance i've owned twice now, on both occasions it was bought for me as a present from somebody returning from Madrid Airport. I'm not sure if there is some kind of special offer on this product in Madrid but surely this must be much more than coincidence.
So i've had it bought for me twice, but never bought it myself, i'm sure you are wondering why, is it because I hate it, does it relate to the fact I am tight and wouldn't dream of buying a fragrance if I know i'll get lots for birthday and Christmas, or is it simply because it is only available in Madrid and impossible for me to find?
Read on my friend and you will understand more about this mysterious fragrance and my relationship with it.
How does it look?
The bottle is odd looking, like something from a pirate story and it is spectacularly ugly, whatever it is supposed to represent it fails miserably in every sense, it is a prism shaped glass bottle with indents on it, for those without mathematics training the symbols perhaps represent something to do with Pi, as a consumer I have no idea, but did find it pretty ugly. It is a spray bottle which means you definitely only use what you want to on each use rather than pouring some and getting half a bottle over your hands.
How much does it cost?
It is £34.99 for 100ml in Superdrug, or £38.95 on Amazon, 50ml is £26.50 on Amazon and 30ml is just under £20, these are reasonably expensive, but although the bottle is disgusting the smell is really good and I would put it in the higher range of products.
How Does it Smell?
Well this is where the money is well spent, it smells delightful, I think this is the perfect word to describe this bouquet which lingers long and attracts compliments far and wide, it has sandalwood and lemon extracts which allow it to linger lightly but also has a more manly herbal essence, which appeals to me as I can smell myself whenever I have worn it. The smell is sophisticated, sweet, yet manly and is something that others will either love or hate, it's not overpowering or musky, it has a light air which will add confidence to whatever you are doing.
The first time I was bought this fragrance, was in the mid nineties, I was young and this was a trusted friend in the bars and clubs of my youth, its smell was alluring to friends and strangers alike and really is slightly different to many odours on the market, it was complimented many times, although not enough for me to buy my own bottle, but I have to admit, every time i've had a Givenchy fragrance, it has combined with my skin perfectly and been loved by everyone I know, so this makes it very good in my book. The second time I had it bought for me was by a girl who loved the original bottle, it was a lovely, thoughtful gift and was well received.
I would recommend this old classic to anyone who wants to combine it with a fresh preppy look, someone who can combine masculinity with a touch of sensitivity, I know these words are perhaps slightly more delicate than my regular writing, but this is a memorable fragrance which smells fantastic and would get five stars but for it's price and ergonomically challenged bottle!
The thing about pi is that I have to be in the right mood for it. There are days when I can't get along with it and then other days I enjoy the smell of it. I think thats a bit odd but I guess thats just the way this fragrance makes me feel about it.
The name is from the greek word and you need to say it with a b not a p or it sounds like pee. Luckily it doesn't smell like pee. It has the greek pi on it with the givenchy name. I like the bottle its very clever. I have mine with me now and its very cool to touch and look at.
The bottle is 3 sided with a sharp look to it that has a lot of texture on the glass. Its like a kind of prism shape maybe. The base is thicker and that helps it stand up better. Its not a bottle you can knock over easy.
I didn't get a lid with mine and there is a kind of dark bronze gold half hoop instead. You can raise this over the spray top to stop your self from pressing on it by accident. I dont think it works all that well but it looks cool and different.
When I first spray this its a bit sharp with an alcohol bit that can get up your nose if you spray to much. I think you should only use a bit of this when you wear it. When I first got it I splashed a lot on and it gave me a headache. I use a lot less now. I think 1 spray is enough.
When this is on me I think it smells a bit like battenburg mixed with soap. I mean battenburg cake and I guess it must be the almond smell I get with this that makes me think it. I know you will think thats an odd combo but it does work.
After about half an hour the sweet battenburg and soap smell gets soft and very good. It has a lot about it that is very good and when I am in the right mood I like this fragrance a lot. I think the vanilla in this makes the battenburg smell last a bit longer and the citrus smell goes away very quick when this is dry.
I think this is better for an older guy. I don't think a younger bloke will like this on as much. You need a bit of confidence to wear it and get away with it. It lasts for hours and gets a softness which is great.
I would recommend this but not if you put too much on. A 30ml bottle of this can be about £15 to £20 and I think thats very good for a givenchy fragrance.
On receiving this product, I must say I was somewhat confused. It was early on Christmas morning and thinking that someone had mistakenly wrapped up my sisters present and given it to me, I quickly handed it back to her. She then confirmed that it was indeed for me.
No where on the box did it say that the fragrance was for men, however I soldiered on. On opening the box, I noticed that the bottle itself was quite feminine in appearance and on smelling the product for the first time I could see why. The scent definitely reminded me of a woman's perfume as it had a very floral and fresh smell about it.
I had never smelt a Givenchy fragrance before, so I didn't really know what to expect. After a while though the floral smell faded, leaving a slightly more masculine scent. I found the product to be extremely long lasting, as after one spray on my arm in the morning, I could still smell it at 9pm.
I also quite liked the idea of the name being represented by the mathematical symbol. Unfortunately, this wasn't enough and I still have a full, yet very pretty bottle of the stuff on my bathroom shelf.
This fragrance smells mostly of vanilla and cinnamon to me, with a few spice and metallic notes, and an overall warmness. It is quite sweet smelling, so will not appeal to everyone, that is, it may not appeal to some men, but I would be surprised if it was not appreciated by most women. The sweetness of the smell dies away first, with the vanilla notes lingering the longest, a couple of sprays should definitely last all evening. If I had to use one word to describe it, it would be alluring, if two, it would be alluring and delicious. This is not the most manly of scents, but if you think you can carry it off, then give it a go.
I must admit I?ve owned this fragrance for some months now and I?ve had no idea of the name (up until now!). Being a dunce at mathematics I failed to notice that the strange sign on the front of the box is the mathematical symbol for pie! Nevertheless I?ll move on swiftly to prevent any further self-embarrasment... I received this fragrance from my parents as a Christmas present. Upon opening the gift I couldn?t help but notice that the box resembled the something you would expect to see on a female?s dressing table. I assumed that there was a mix-up and I handed the box to my mother who then told me the gift was for me. So I continued to open the box and I removed the stylish transparent triangular bottle via the arched gold handle mounted on the spray cap. The bottle was very stylish and looked expensive. Although I had not yet smelt the fragrance I knew this bottle would look impressive amongst my collection. After playing around with the handle for a while and completely defeating the objective I decided to spray. I sprayed a generous amount of the liquid on my neck as I was due to go out for a Christmas drink later in the day. Before spraying I had some idea of what this may have smelt like and I wasn?t wrong. The smell was flowery and very sweet. Throughout the day I was accompanied by a light fruity smell which resembled the aroma of a tropical drink. Later in the evening, my ora of fruit was still present, so there was no need for a top-up! I understand others may be more intelligent than myself, but I think the most important aspect of marketing a product is to emphasize it?s name. I don?t think that people will automatically comprehend the name of this product by the pie symbol on the front of the box. It may look stylish and different, but in my opinion it just doesn?t work. Maybe in the future customers will have to carry around a copy of the greek alphabet to identify their desired fragrance? :-) My bottle of Givenchy
Pi was purchased at an introductory price of £15.00, but I?ve recently seen it for sale at £25.00. As with all fragrances, try before you buy as I imagine this smell won?t suit all tastes, but it certainly isn?t to be sniffed at (forgive the pun!).
A Woody and magnetic fragrance for men /