GIVENCHY VERY IRRESISTIBLE & SIGNATURE SCENTS
Because signature scents usually go hand in hand with lots of wear and years of fidelity, they often are a nightmare to review or simply talk about: the notes aren’t fresh and sharp anymore, they blend in with all the memories and feelings we associate with them. At least it was the reason why I was reluctant to review the Givenchy Very Irrésistible Eau de Toilette, the fragrance which most people -including me- designate as my signature scent. Fragrance reviews, on the other hand, are my favourite posts to write and I do not fall in love with a new scent every other day, so here it is…
As the shape and colour of the bottle suggest it, Very Irrésistible is full of floral notes, mostly roses according to Givenchy, but it isn’t what I scent at all: it is fresh, lively and sparkly. There is even a young feel to it: it doesn’t say teenage girls, but it matches my twenties perfectly -which of course doesn’t mean that a more mature woman couldn’t or wouldn’t wear it-. Delicately hidden behind the peonies and roses, the star anise is the little detail which makes Very Irrésistible wearable all year round. It becomes more versatile, works for both nights and days and doesn’t limit itself to spring and summer.
In many ways, however, it is a classic: just a timeless, uplifting and feminine scent which doesn’t disappear into nothing throughout the day but isn’t too daring either. It isn’t one which attracts many compliments -at least not in my experience-, but I often hear ‘She is wearing Very Irrésistible’ in queues, cinemas and other overcrowding situations, so I guess it is quite unique and memorable in that way. I guess it is the discrete blend of feminity, simplicity and energy. Finally, it is also where I recognize Audrey Hepburn, the inspiration of the fragrance.