GIVENCHY Gentleman Reserve Privee Eau de Parfum Review

GIVENCHY Gentleman Reserve Privee Eau de Parfum Review

GIVENCHY Gentleman is an iconic men’s fragrance, but it’s now joined by the ultra-exciting GIVENCHY Gentleman Reserve Privee Eau de Parfum. From its luxurious whisky-inspired bottle to its perfectly balanced floral-woody scent, Reserve Privee is the height of refined opulence.

Everyone who’s tried Gentleman Reserve Privee and, like me, fallen in love with it can thank master perfumers Nathalie Lorson and Olivier Cresp for the masterpiece. Read on to find out all about it…


This Fragrance Smells Like…

A rich blend of whisky, heady florals and natural woods, Gentleman Reserve Privee leaves an intoxicatingly warm trail that’s long-lasting without being overpowering. Refreshing natural notes lift the scent, starting with vibrant bergamot which adds a tangy sweetness to the smooth whisky absolute top note, which has been created using aromatic barley from a refined Scottish distillery. The whisky remains strong throughout, warming alongside the heart notes that add bitterness from chestnut and sweetness from floral orris. The heart warms to reveal a smooth creamy quality thanks to benzoin, complementing the whisky top note to create a vanillary feel. The velvety base is natural and powerful, introducing earthy cedarwood and a hint of smokiness from the vetiver essence. The smoky warm base also features patchouli, resulting in a rich, brooding scent that feels reminiscent of chocolate liqueurs.

GIVENCHY Gentleman Reserve Privee Review

What’s The Story Behind This Scent?

Inspired by the elegance and power of whisky, Gentleman Reserve Privee embodies the timeless elegance associated with the highest quality whisky. It brings together the world of two master perfumers and a whisky master distiller to create a scent that’s impossible to forget.


You Will Love This If…

If you love the original Gentleman scent, you’ll love the powerful combination of woody-floral facets also found within Gentleman Reserve Privee. This whisky-fuelled version is made for anyone who loves woody scents but wants a deep and intense aroma.

Review of GIVENCHY Gentleman Reserve Privee Eau de Parfum

This Perfume Smells Similar To:

To me, the likeness to dark chocolate liqueurs cannot be ignored! However, as the fragrance wears, its gourmand edge is less obvious as the earthier undertones warm on the skin to make it more reminiscent of the original Gentleman scent.


Is GIVENCHY Gentleman Reserve Privee Unisex?

Though marketed towards men, everyone who has tried Gentleman Reserve Privee at Escentual has said it can be equally enjoyed by women who love a rich, almost smoky fragrance.

Review of GIVENCHY Gentleman Reserve Privee

What’s The Longevity Like?

Crafted in Grasse – the capital of the perfume world – GIVENCHY Gentleman Reserve Privee has impressive lasting power, lasting on my skin for eight hours!


What’s Special About The Bottle?

Inspired by an elegant hip flask, the glass bottle features a black-to-clear ombre hue that reminds you of a flask of whisky due to the fragrance’s rich ambery colour. The sleek hints of gold complete the luxurious feel.


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