The Reluctant Stylista

I’m not big on perfume.  I prefer scented lotion or bath products, and sometimes, maybe some light cologne on rare occasions (the classic Johnson & Johnson’s baby blue is my convenience store pick).  But sometime back in 2011, I was invited to the launch of Art of Scent at Newport Mall and we were introduced to different types of scents.  They were categorized as Floral, Fresh, Oriental and Woody.  While browsing each section, I stopped by the Florals and noticed this quirky bottle of perfume that looked like an mp3 player. I picked it up, tested it, and fell in love.  It was Play (For Her), by Givenchy.  This scent was launched in 2010, 2 years after the original scent for men was made (Justin Timberlake was the face of Play, if you can remember).  It was made by Emilie Bevierre Coppermann and Lucas Sieuzac.


Play by Givenchy

Play by Givenchy | Fresh Fragrance Bar | Art of Scent

I know, it looks like what a teenager would tote around.  It doesn’t exactly scream LUXE.  But if I thought I loved it at first spritz, the drydown was even better (for me).  I’ve read a few reviews, and the drydown is different for everyone, but on my skin, it settles quite nicely.  Your body’s chemistry has a lot to do with it, I’m sure, as I notice most perfumes smell different on me than on others.  It’s also pretty long-lasting to me, though more than a few reviewers have claimed otherwise.

Play is light, airy and not too strong–although there’s a version called Play Intense, which I’m guessing is better suited for night.  This seems like a “day” scent, but because I’m a perfume noob, I don’t really believe in using different scents for day and night.  If I like something, I’ll wear it all the time!  And besides…I dislike really strong scents at night.  They trigger the gag reflex if I’ve consumed enough alcohol.  Heh.

It’s categorized under Florals, but there’s a hint of something woodsy and fruity.  I suggest you test it out first and see how it settles on your skin after a few hours

Top notes: Pink Peppercorn and Orange Blossom, followed by the heart of Amyris Wood, Tiare flower and Orchid, wrapped with the base of Sandalwood, Patchouli, Tonka bean and Benzoin.

Play by Givenchy | Art of Scent | Fresh Fragrance Bar

Play by Givenchy | Art of Scent | Fresh Fragrance Bar

I got my bottle from Fresh Fragrance Bar, and I think I’ll be buying a new one once I run out.  Fresh Fragrance Bar branches:



G/F New Garden Wing,
Alabang Town Center,Alabang-
Zapote Road, Muntinlupa City

Level 1 Marquee Mall,
Francisco G. Nepo Avenue,
Angeles City, Pampanga

Ground Floor CG2
Lucky Chinatown Mall,
Reina Regente St., Brgy. 293
Zone 028, Binondo, Manila

Level 2 Abreeza Mall,
JP Laurel Avenue
Bajada, Davao City

Level 2 Eastwood Mall, Eastwood City,
E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue,
Brgy. Bagumbayan, Quezon City

Ground Level, Centrio Mall,
Claro M. Recto Avenue cor.
Corrales Avenue, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental

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