I like a pretty Rose scent at any time of the year and I quite like Givenchy Very Irresistible L’Eau en Rose. However, I would like to say one thing to Givenchy: You have not only made twenty nine Very Irresistible flankers but why are no less than EIGHT of them Rose flankers with slightly different names?
This is a serious turn off and if Givenchy was trying to date me, this alone would stop me from calling them back after the first date.
I always find too many flankers can start to look both self congratulatory and complacent. One or two carefully made flankers can be good (one example is Chanel Cristalle Eau Verte– a divine flanker that deserved to be made), but make too many and the original becomes devalued in a stack ‘em high sort of way.
However, having got that moan out of the way, I will say that Givenchy Very Irresistible L’Eau en Rose (what a mouthful!) is a delightful and fresh, clean smelling Rose that sadly goes a little bit vinyl on my skin after half an hour. It is described by Givenchy as a “frosted rose”, and that’s a pretty idea, but I’m not sure quite what that translates to. It makes me visualise frosted fruit with a faint sugary bloom.
There are only three notes listed on Fragrantica and they are: Blackberry, Rose and Musk. What I like about this is that the Blackberry, whist adding juice and a bit of weight to the airy Rose petal, is restrained enough to prevent this from being a fruity floral mélange.
L’Eau en Rose is pretty, feminine and lasts about, oh let me see now, nearly two hours. I do actually like it: there is a realistic feel to the initial blast of fresh rose petals, but sadly it cannot be maintained. If it could, I would be all ears ( and nostrils!). Longevity could do with a bit of a push as well. Conclusion? So nearly there and so nearly wonderful. And for Goodness sake, Givenchy, calm down on the flanker overkill!