Givenchy Very Irresistible is not only a test of character for my spell checker ( I am having so much trouble writing irresistible!), but the fragrance that launched a thousand flankers. Well maybe not quite a thousand, but near enough if you ask me.
It opens with Anise, Cassis, and Lemon Verbena, and you can smell all of these quite clearly: it’s not just glib perfume-speak. Cassis comes from blackcurrants and anise is liquorice-y so Very Irresistible sings a fairly dark opening number.
However, as the heart blossoms into rose, peony, more rose, some magnolia and some extra rose, it becomes more irresistible with the opening notes providing a pleasant purple sort of background. The base is more roses and this is no bad thing. Sometimes in High Street scents, floral perfume notes can get lost among too many ingredient, but Very Irresistible remembers the power of the rose and uses it to good effect here.
Overall, it would pass the commuter test, it would be good for work and every day wear and wouldn’t tread on anyone’s toes in a lift. But don’t go mad before 9am.
My bugbear with Givenchy Very Irresistible is the fact it spawned nearly thirty flankers, and the fact that it isn’t groundbreaking or particularly unique. But then again, if I want ground breaking or unique I know where to go when I’m in that mood.
This would make a good Christmas gift for the floral fragrance lover in your life. I don’t think the price is amazingly good: it’s between 30 and 40 quid for 30ml, and whenever you search for it online, all the flankers pop up instead.
Stockists: In the UK you can buy Givenchy Very Irresistible from www.Escentual.com or Debenhams online. In the USA and Canada you can try Amazon.com or Amazon.ca respectively.