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.


  • I wish I had a signature scent! This sounds beautiful – I need to smell it! xx


  • Violette

    I never tried this fragrance! I should so!

  • iheartcosmetics

    I tend to have a signature scent in the autumn and winter (tom ford back orchid or chanel no.5 depending on what offers are on when I buy a new one)! Not so much in summer. I’ve not tried this Givenchy one so I shall give it a sniff in duty free in a few weeks as that’s the only time I ever seem to have to actually try perfumes rather than buying stuff online!
    Sarah from Iheartcosmetics xx

    • I love Chanel N°5, I have L’eau N°5 because it is more suited to my personality, but the Chanel N°5 is such a unique scent that I can definitely understand why it became your signature scent! Let me know if you do 🙂

  • I guess I have a signature scent because I have only a few perfumes that I use, so they became my signature. This one isn´t one I had heard about before.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Yes, I’m not sure why, but people don’t really talk about it too much!

  • This has been my signature scent for the last 12 years. I love it so much and I love collecting all the different versions they release xxx

    • Glad to hear that 🙂 Which other version do you like? I’ve tried a sample of the Live Irrésistible the other day, but I’ve found it too different from the original!

      • Yes, its quite strong…even the new Delicieuese Live version is too strong for me. I love L’Intense – I still have half a bottle left from years ago haha! xxx

  • I’ve never tried this before! I love the sound of it though since I like floral notes. Will have to try it out!

  • The notes sounds interesting and I do love fresh scents. I definitely have to give this a sniff first, perfume is something that I will never buy without trying ti beforehand.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    • Yes, me neither, fragrance is such a personal beauty item! You might like this one, though, it is very fresh 🙂

  • I never tried this perfume before. The next time I’m at the store, I’ll check it out.

    Gloria |

  • The bottle alone looks lovely.

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

  • I bet this smells amazing!

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT