Givenchy Pi is an oriental woody fragrance that was released in 1999. It contains notes of mandarin, neroli, basil, rosemary, tarragon, vanilla and benzoin. The perfumer behind this scent is Alberto Morillas.
The name Pi is based on the mathematical figure. For those of you that don’t know your mathematics, it’s the number you get if you divide a circle’s circumference by its diameter. It starts with 3,141592 and goes on into infinity.
Let me start off by saying that the bottle of this fragrance is gorgeous! It’s a heavy triangular bottle with all kinds of details embossed on the sides. It really is very nice. All in all the presentation and packaging of Givenchy Pi is very well done. Also with a very nice color scheme.
Givenchy was founded in 1952 by Hubert de Givenchy as a luxury fashion house. As far as I can tell they released their first fragrance in 1957. It is still a very popular fashion brand.
About the perfumer Alberto Morillas
Alberto Morillas is a very prolific perfumer, and I mean very prolific! Walk into any fragrance store and I wouldn?t be surprised if he was involved with more than half of the fragrance sold there. Amongst others he has been responsible for CK One by Calvin Klein, Acqua di Gio by Giorgio Armani (and its flankers), Bvlgari Man (and its many flankers) and Versace Dylan Blue.
But he doesn’t only work on designer fragrances, he also works on the niche side of things. Amouage, Le Labo and L’Artisan Parfumeur are some of the niche brands he has done work for. Inexplicably, he has also worked on fragrances for Ferarri.
What Givenchy Pi smells like
The scent itself is sugary sweet. With the mandarin and neroli I expected it to be a bit fresher but it’s actually quite heavy, probably because of all the vanilla and benzoin included. To my nose it almost smells like vanilla sugar. Actually it smells almost like a more restraint approach to the same territory that Paco Rabanne’s One Million mines. I wouldn’t call it a clubbing fragrance like One Million, although you could use it for that I suppose, but it’s certainly a date night fragrance. The golden color of the juice suits the fragrance very well.
To my surprise Givenchy Pi doesn’t last very long on my skin, which is weird because normally vanilla-based fragrances hang unto my skin like a dog unto a bone. I’ve heard from others that it performs well on them so it’s probably just a personal thing.
Final thoughts on Givenchy Pi
Givenchy Pi is nice, but if you want to go for a sugary sweet fragrance then I think there are better options out there like Paco Rabanne One Million, Mugler’s A*Men Pure Havanne or CH Men Privé from Carolina Herrera. To me there’s something missing from this scent, like the booziness of CH Men Priv? or the cherry/honey combo from Pure Havanne. It misses a little bit of oomph in the base. Givenchy Pi almost smells like pure sugar, but I want a little bit more.
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