For me, when it comes to fragrances, the terms "old school" and "classic" don't often mean the same thing. A scent I describe as old school is usually one that triggers thoughts and associations with a particular era of the past when I wear it. Classic scents, by contrast, may occasionally conjure up those images for me, but overall they are timeless.
For example, I consider Royal Copenhagen old school - its
powdery smell is no longer in style at all, and it smells like a
throwback to the 1960's. I love it, and
though it's something I'll always wear, it's not really a smell I consider
to be timeless; I don't wear it as a time warp - I wear it because I like the way it smells. Old Spice, on the other hand,
is classic to me. Sure, a lot of old
schoolers love this juice, but when I wear Old Spice, it doesn't throw me back
to an earlier time. It still smells current, stylish and relevant today.
Monsieur de Givenchy is both classic and old school. It's one of the greatest fragrances for men
ever made, and if you consider yourself a perfume enthusiast, you at least need
to try it. When I first spray it on, its
dry, bitter accord of citrus, floral notes and civet instantly make me think,
"1950's French" all the way; they just don't make new colognes for
guys like this anymore. MdG is for men
whose tastes align to the Moustache/Eau Sauvage/Equipage/Ho Hang axis of style,
like mine do.
Give this fragrance some time on your skin, however, and it
becomes more classic. The floral notes
become more subdued, the woody notes come out more, and MdG becomes one with
your skin. In a way, it's not that far
off from a lot off the modern woody citrus scents that are popular now. Of course MdG smells a lot more natural,
sophisticated and better balanced than a lot of others, but you wouldn't smell
out of place sporting this frag at the office or a night club. It's discreet and debonaire, and teeming with
class. Guys who wear MdG are guys with
Givenchy reformulated and repackaged Monsieur de Givenchy a
few years ago (pictured above). For
those who care, I can say that they did a great job reformulating it. The newer juice has a tad less civet in it,
but other than that, it still maintains the same feel and sophistication that
it had before. There's no need to waste
your time hunting down vintage bottles of this stuff. The bottle I own is the old juice, which I'd
bought about twelve years ago before Givenchy reissued it, but I've worn samples
of the current stuff, and it's great.
I don't wear Monsieur de Givenchy much anymore; in fact, I
think it's been about six years since I last wore it. However that's not because I don't like it
anymore. Rather, this blog has put me
into an experimentation mindset, and I've lately been more interested in trying
new things than settling down with my old reliables.
But Monsieur de Givenchy is so good and so classic, I know I'll be
coming back to it. You just can't give up on fragrances this good.
MY REVIEW: 10/10