Founded by Count Hubert in 1952, Givenchy is a French fashion house boasting an elegant range of luxurious accessories and perfumes.
Inspired by actress Audrey Hepburn, the brand is timeless and glamorous. A host of celebrities became drawn to wearing Givenchy products in the 1960s, and the brand is still hugely popular today.
The perfume line Parfums Givenchy was founded in 1957, and soon after, their first fragrance was launched; L’Interdit.
The first scent for men was Monsieur de Givenchy, launched in 1959.
This detailed guide will explore 17 of the best and most popular fragrances by Givenchy to help you to choose your favorite.
Ange Ou Demon
Launched in 2006, Ange Ou Demon is a mysterious, seductive scent inspired by the power of contrasts, the dualistic combination of angels and devils. Versatile enough to become a staple daytime scent, this fragrance has strong oriental notes throughout. Created by Jean-Pierre Bethouart and Olivier Cresp, Ange Ou Demon has woody and creamy base notes of oakmoss, tonka bean, vanilla and rosewood. The heart is an indulgent bouquet of lily, orchid and ylang-ylang. The top notes are exuberant and vibrant, with hints of white cumin, mandarin and saffron.
A predominantly floral scent designed exclusively for women by Sophie Labbe, Organza by Givenchy was first launched to high acclaim in 1996. Sensual and delicate, this scent is symbolic of the eternal beauty that lies within every woman. The innovative perfume bottle for this scent was designed by Serge Manseau and mirrored the oriental dominance of the fragrance inside. Soft base notes of vanilla combine beautifully with Guaiac wood, Virginia cedar, amber and woody notes. The heart of this scent is floral and sweet, with the aroma of tuberose, jasmine, honeysuckle, iris, walnut and peony. The top notes are an explosion of flavor, with bergamot, gardenia, nutmeg, green notes and African orange flower forming a heady blend.
L’Interdit was one of the very first fragrances to be launched by Givenchy in 1957, and the creation of this scent was heavily influenced by actress Audrey Hepburn, a fan of the brand. In 2018, a modern version of the scent was launched by the name of L’Interdit Givenchy. This floral fragrance was crafted by a team of designers; Dominique Ropion, Anne Flipo and Fanny Bal. Bold and daring, this scent celebrates ‘the forbidden.’ The stunning perfume bottle encasing the scent is fashioned in thick glass, adorned with the 4 G logo and a sultry black ribbon. The promotional campaign for L’Interdit Givenchy was actress Rooney Mara. Earthy and woody notes of vetiver and patchouli bring depth and longevity to this scent, while blooms of white flowers grow at the heart; jasmine, tuberose and orange blossom. The top notes are generous with intensity.
Launched in 1991, Amarige is a floral, intense perfume created by top perfumer Dominique Ropion. A name meaning ‘Marriage,’ ‘Amarige’ is symbolic of the joy that comes with the union of marriage. Opulent and timeless, Amarige has dominant floral notes. The base notes are a medley of woody notes of amber, tonka bean, cedar, vanilla, musk and sandalwood, offering warm undertones to this fragrance. The top notes are bright and fruity, with sweet chords of plum, mandarin, peach and orange, combined with rosewood and neroli. The floral heart exudes rays of mimosa, neroli, tuberose, gardenia and acacia with traces of blackcurrant.
Ange Ou Demon Le Secret
The feminine pink bottle of this dreamy perfume is symbolic of the charms of this floral scent, designed exclusively for women in 2009. Ange Ou Demon Le Secret is a mysterious, seductive perfume with strong contrasts of aroma. The base notes are a woody blend, with dominant notes of patchouli. At the heart is a mix of jasmine, peony and water lily, while the top notes are an intoxicating brew of tea, cranberry and Amalfi lemon. The face of the advertising campaign for this timeless scent was stunning actress Uma Thurman.
Launched in 1998, Pi is an innovative, modern scent, which was followed by a collection of successful Pi fragrances in the later years; Pi Fraiche 2001, Pi Metallic Collector 2004, Pi Original Code 2006, Pi Leather Jacket 2006 and Pi Neo from 2008. Complex and sensual in flavor, Pi maintains an understated, subtle power. The futuristic, minimalistic perfume bottle for this scent was crafted by Serge Mansau, and Alberto Morillas made the scent itself. Gentle, warm base notes of tonka bean, cedar, almond, yellow sugar, benzoin and vanilla are deep and sweet in flavor, while the heart is an oriental blend of neroli, geranium, lily of the valley and anise. A herbal infusion of basil, rosemary and tarragon fills the top notes with vibrant hints of mandarin.
Based around the concept of varieties of roses, the harmonious, delicate fragrance is opulent and gentle in quality. Launched in 2003, Very Irresistible was crafted by a trio of perfumers; Dominique Ropion, Sophie Labbe and Carlos Benaim. The face of the advertising campaign for this scent was actress Liv Tyler. Top notes of anise, cassia and lemon verbena are oriental and subtle in aroma, while the dominant flavor at the base is the sweet Taif Rose. The heart is a floral bouquet of rose, peony and magnolia.
Launched in 2000, the poignant year of the millennium, Hot Couture is an elegant, luxurious scent inspired by the beauty of the female body and the complexities of the modern woman. Daring and layered, this fragrance was designed by Alberto Morillas and Jacques Cavallier. The base notes are an intoxicating blend of the essence of musk, amber and sandalwood, merging into an unusual family of pepper, vetiver and magnolia at the heart. The top notes are dominated by citrus flavors. This perfume is ideal to be worn for an evening event.
Gentleman Eau de Parfum
Designed to be worn by the modern man, Gentleman Eau de Parfum is a newer version of the 1970s classic fragrance, Gentleman Givenchy. Launched in 2017, Gentleman Eau de Parfum is elegant and refined in its aroma. The face of the promotional material for this fragrance is actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Crafted by top perfumers Olivier Cresp and Nathalie Lorson, this fragrance is ideal as an everyday, versatile scent. The dominant notes in Gentleman Eau de Parfum are a herbaceous mix of black pepper, orris, patchouli, black vanilla and lavender.
Crafted by perfumer Dominique Ripon, Ysatis by Givenchy is a beautiful fragrance with dominant floral notes. Launched in 1984, this is a perfect daytime scent. Base notes of musk, vetiver, Laurels, vanilla, patchouli, amber, cloves, sandalwood, oakmoss, civet and honey are indulgent in sweetness. In contrast, top notes of citruses, mandarin orange, coconut, bergamot, rosewood ylang-ylang and aldehydes are exotic and complex. At the heart of this scent is an intoxicating floral blend of tuberose, jasmine, narcissus, carnation, rum, iris, and rose.
Ange Ou Demon Le Secret Elixir
A deeply sensual fragrance, Ange Ou Demon Le Secret Elixir is a Floral fragrance with dominating notes of patchouli. The face of the advertising campaign for this scent was famous actress Uma Thurman. Creamy base notes of white musk, cedar, vanilla and patchouli bring depth and longevity to this perfume, while refreshing hints of green tea, Italien lemon and neroli compose the top notes. The heart is a floral bloom of frangipani, orange blossom and jasmine.
The subtle, minimalistic perfume bottle for Eaudemoiselle is topped with an elegant gold stopper, symbolic of the luxurious nature of this scent and the creator, Givenchy. Intended to be worn by a young, modern woman, Eaudemoiselle captures the qualities of traditional and modern fragrances. Inspired by the magic of early morning dew, this fragrance was created by Francois Demachy. The keynotes in this mysterious scent are tonka bean, ambrette seed, musk, ylang-ylang, rose, shiso, winter lemon and tangerine.
Launched in 2014, Dahlia Divin is heavily influenced by the earlier Dahlia Noir fragrances by Givenchy. Musician Alicia Keys was the face of the advertising for this scent. Sultry and mesmerizing, Dahlia Divin is ideal to act as an autumn/winter scent. Base notes of vetiver, sandalwood and patchouli and woody and earthy, while mirabelle plum forms a fruity contrast in the top notes. The heart is punctuated with a strong fusion of white flowers and Sambac jasmine.
Play For Her
A sister fragrance to the highly acclaimed Play for Him, Play for Her is a fun, whimsical fragrance for women, designed by Lucas Sieuzac and Emilie Coppermann. Noot Sear and Justin Timberlake were the stars of the advertising campaign for this scent.
Two versions of this scent are available; lighter and stronger. The base is soft, and woody with notes of benzoin, tonka bean, patchouli and sandalwood, while the top notes form a contrast with punchy hints of orange blossom and pink peppercorn. Tiare flower, orchid and Amyris wood create regal aromas in the heart.
Launched in 1995, Xeryus Rouge is an oriental fragrance designed and crafted exclusively for men by Annick Menardo. Base notes of grey amber, white musk, sandalwood and cedar are refined and earthy, while the heart of this scent is warm and lightly spiced with notes of red pimento, cedar needles and African pelargonium. The refreshing, stimulating top notes include cactus, kumquat and tarragon. This oriental perfume is named in honor of the Greek god Xeryus.
Ange Ou Demon Le Secret (2014)
A newer and more adventurous version of Ange Ou Demon Le Secret, this scent is floral and more delicate than the oriental notes that exuded from the original scent. Indeed, Ange Ou Demon Le Secret (2014) has strong floral notes of white flowers and jasmine tea, which are dominant throughout. Model Kati Nescher became the fresh face of the advertising campaign for this scent. Base notes of white musk, blonde woods and patchouli are soft and light, while top notes of cranberry, lemon and tea leaves mirror the gentle air of the base notes. At the heart is a sweet, floral arrangement of water lily and white peony.
A gentle, erotic perfume, Organza Indecence was launched in 1999 after being designed by Norbert Bijaoui and Jean Claude Delville. Crafted for women, this charming fragrance merges contrasting sharp and soft aromas. Base notes of amber, musk and vanilla soothingly envelop the senses, while middle notes of plum and cinnamon are heady and lightly spiced. Top notes of rosewood and patchouli bring further warmth and slow seductive qualities to this fragrance.