Name: Play For Her
What I liked:
- pretty and modern packaging
- if you like very sweet, floral fragrances, this is for you
What I didn’t like:
- way too sweet scent
- very simple and not unique blend
- not that longlasting
Givenchy Play For Her Fragrance caught my eye as soon as it was released. And that’s not surprising when you look at the packaging. The bottle is shaped like a mp3 player, is pink, girly and geeky at the same time (because you can be both smart and pretty) and would be the perfect accessory for any modern girl. I think Givenchy aimed to appeal to a younger audience with this perfume and packaging-wise, they have done a great job at that.
Too bad the scent stinks.
Now, I’m always hesitant to give fragrances a bad rating because I’m aware that perfume is such a personal thing and because it reacts with body chemistry, it’s just gonna smell a bit differently on everyone. But Play For Her not only didn’t agree with my body chemistry and just enveloped me in this overly-sweet, stinky bubble (which thankfully didn’t last for long), but it’s so simple and unoriginal too! It smells like something that’s been done again, and again and again… and again..
Play For Her is described as a woody, floral fruity fragrance but on me, it’s just disgustingly sweet. The top notes are a mix of sweet pea and peach that are just overpowering and really, really sweet. I smelled like I had just spent an entire day in a candy shop, which may be fine for kids, but I’m 28 and would love to smell more mature and sophisticated. Thankfully, the top notes are very volatile and disappeared after 10 minutes.
After that, the scent evolved, but it didn’t get that much better. The middle notes are a very sweet floral blend of tiare and magnolia flowers, but these too didn’t last long. The base notes were supposed to be a mix of musky and sandalwood notes (which I love) but all my nose smelt was amber. All too soon, the fragrance had disappeared completely.
Overall, this is a very simple blend. It’s not complex at all and you can only smell a few notes throughout the fragrance, all of which are just too sweet. The notes may be changing, but the sweetness remains. And yes, I know that I used the word sweet 100 times in this review, but there is just no other way to describe it. So, unless you like overly sweet scents and don’t mind reapplying throughout the day, you may like this. Everyone else, just avoid it. And do get a sample before purchasing or you may be stuck with a stinking fragrance!
What a shame, as the bottle would have looked so pretty on my vanity. *Sighs*
Available at: Givenchy counters, Sephora stores
If you like disgustingly, overly sweet fragrances that seem to nauseate most people, Givenchy Play For Her is for you. But considering how simple and unoriginal the scent is, smelling just like a lot of other scents out there, how little it lasts on the skin and how sweet it is, I see very little reason to purchase it. At least, the packaging is cute and edgy.