• Dan Naughton

Monsieur de Givenchy Super Concentrate

What a pleasure for the nostrils this is! Monsieur de Givenchy was first released in 1959 and is one of my favourite fragrances. This "Super Concentrate" or "Haute Concentration" iteration is, I imagine, an Eau de Parfum version marketed under a different name in order to avoid scaring of men who thought "parfum" meant a female fragrance when it was released.

There is very little information about this one online. I will list the notes of the original fragrance according to Basenotes:

Top: Hesperidian Notes

Mid: Lavender, Verbena

Base: Oakmoss, Lavender

Hesperidian is just a fancy way of saying citrus. This beautiful scent opens with lemon sherbert and pear drops. There are beautiful aromatic herbal notes supporting the bright beginning and a majestic yet subtle woody, mossy and masculine base underpins the composition.

Fans of Acqua di Parma's original Colonia from 1916 and Chanel's Monsieur de Givenchy will find much to enjoy here. There is a depth and complexity to the scent that many modern niche brands should envy.

Worthy of daily wear for the discerning gentleman lucky enough to source this discontinued gem - Monsieur de Givenchy Haute Concentration is a contender for best in class in the gentlemanly citrus aromatic/chypre category. It's a little warmer, deeper and richer than the Eau de Toilette which is still very good even in the modern reissue.

I seem to remember reading somewhere that this version was released in 1983.

Visit Ebay. Seek it. Try it. Enjoy it. Smell wonderful and different!

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