Givenchy Very Irresistible pays homage to a time when fashion and cinema were intertwined. The scent is a union between the elegance of French cinema and the pizzazz of American film. I can imagine the slender shape and slightly swept curvature of the pink bottle to be an abstraction of a startlet's dress.
Givenchy Very Irresistible is a rose and anise scent with light to medium strength. The intended notes include Centifolia rose, Peony rose, Fantasia rose, Passion rose, Emotion rose, Verbena Leaf, and Star Anise. The scent opens with rose blooms; after all, they list quite a selection in the intended notes! The rose is clear, but relaxed. It's not a full-bodied rose bouquet like Stella McCartney Stella. The experience is more like a rolling dewdrop passing from petal to petal. I can't detect a strong contribution from the Verbena leaf, though there is a light freshness that might be attributed to it. Anise adds a touch of interest and charm to the scent. It's present at the opening and a light licorice scent pervades throughout. The floral fades rather quickly to focus on the Anise. After time passes, the fragrance settles on my skin to include a hint of vanilla. Givenchy Very Irresistible doesn't contain traditional base notes like musk, amber, or patchouli. Without a grounding base, this mid-tone focused scent imparts a floating feeling, perhaps like the dress described above.
Judging from the description and pink packaging, Givenchy Very Irresistible Eau de Toilette should be a scent that appeals to me. That said, I wore it only once, despite having this sample for quite some time. Most fragrances forge an emotional connection in my memory, however I could not put my finger on how I felt about Givenchy Very Irresistible. After smelling it again for the purpose of review, I agree with my initial impression. It's a pleasant and wearable fragrance, but I'm not persuaded into any particular direction. Perhaps the mixed classical and pop inspirations have guided the scent into a middle ground. Overall, Givenchy Very Irresistible is a pretty scent that would be nice to wear in daytime. While the fragrance has a quiet neutrality, there are hints of glamour, beauty, and intrigue that become evident to those who lean in close. Thanks for reading! Have you tried Very Irresistible Givenchy? Have you tried other Givenchy fragrances? Do you like rose or anise in a perfume?
P. S. For a very different take on rose and anise, you might want to read my review of Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir (read here).