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Monday, November 5, 2018

Organza by Givenchy c1996

Organza by Givenchy: launched in October 1996 during the Paris spring Pret-a-Porter. . Created by Sophie Labbe. The fragrance was inspired by the gauzy fabric.








Fragrance Composition:


So what does it smell like? It is classified as a floral oriental fragrance for women.

  • Top notes:sap, bergamot, cassis, orange flower and rosewood
  • Middle notes: gardenia, tuberose, honeysuckle, ylang-ylang, peony, mace and nutmeg 
  • Base notes: vanilla, amber, cedar, guaiac, sandalwood, orris and musk 


Bottles:


Presented in a bottle designed by Serge Mansau.

The pure Parfums (extraits) were housed in crystal bottles and packaged in cylindrical boxes which opened vertically.




Initially presented as:
  • 0.3 oz Parfum (originally retailed for $145)
  • 1 oz Parfum (originally retailed for $250)
  • 7ml Parfum Luxury Refillable Purse Spray
  • 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum Splash (originally retailed for $53, price rose to $62 in 1998)
  • 3.3 oz Eau de Parfum Splash (originally retailed for $72)
  • 1 oz Eau de Parfum Spray (originally retailed for $45)
  • 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum Spray (originally retailed for $55, price rose to $57 in 1997)
  • 3.3 oz Eau de Parfum Spray (originally retailed for $75, price rose to $77 in 1997)

In 1997, the following products were added to the line:
  • 6.75 oz Perfumed Body Veil (originally retailed for $48, price rose to $57 in 1998)
  • 6.75 oz Perfumed Body Cream (originally retailed for $68)
  • 6.75 oz Perfumed Bath Gel (originally retailed for $41)





How to tell vintage from newer?

Older BOXES are textured cardstock, as you can see on the left in the picture above, also notice the pattern around the border of the box. This box design was used from 1996-2004. Also notice the Givenchy logo is just above the name Organza on the vintage box, while it is towards the bottom of the box on the newer example. On older boxes, the ingredients list is short, after 2004, the ingredient list is much longer. The decorative border around the edges is more artistic on the vintage boxes, starting in 2004, a new box design was introduced, which showed a sponge painted design as the edging.

You can tell the older bottles from the newer because they are partially frosted, while newer bottles are completely unfrosted glass. Please note that there is a transition period where you will find frosted bottles in the new packaging, this is because the company wishes to use up old stock. Older caps will have a crackled appearance whilst newer ones are smooth.

Older bottles will have perfume that has turned dark, this is due to the natural aging process of the ingredients used such as vanilla and jasmine.

Louis Vuitton acquired Parfums Givenchy in 1986 when they bought the champagne and perfume group Veuve Clicquot, who had purchased Parfums Givenchy from Hubert de Givenchy in 1981.

 In 2002, parent company Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) started using 4 alphanumeric batch codes for fragrances. The first number is the last number of the date. For the years 2002-2007, the second digit in the code will be the letters A through M. Starting in 2008, the letters N through Z were used. Example, batch code 4F01 would be 2004.

LVMH Fragrance Brands is a house of the Perfumes and Cosmetics division of LVMH Group. It has been created in 2011 and brings together the savoir-faire and the passion of two iconic brands : Parfums Givenchy and Kenzo Parfums. So if your box reads LVMH Fragrance Brands, it will date to 2011 and after.



Look at this comparison of older and newer boxes, notice the ingredient list is quite short on the vintage box on the left compared to the modern boxes to the right.


Fate of the Fragrance:

As of November 2018, Organza is not featured on Givenchy's website. I believe it may finally be discontinued.


Flanker Scents:


Organza Legere (Eau de Toilette): launched in 1997. A lighter, airy version of the original Organza, in an Eau de Toilette form. This was a limited edition for summer months, has been discontinued and is very rare.




Organza Eau d'Été Parfumée: launched in 1998. It is a non-alcoholic fragrance created to be worn during the summer months. Discontinued.
  • Top notes: bergamot, gardenia, green notes, grapes and neroli
  • Middle notes: honeysuckle, jasmine, iris, peony, tuberose and walnut
  • Base notes: amber, guaiac wood, woody notes, vanilla and cedar

Organza Indecence: c1999. Presented in a bottle designed by Serge Mansau. Discontinued. It is classified as a woody oriental fragrance for women.

  • Top notes: mandarin, nutmeg, cardamom, bergamot
  • Middle notes: carnation, cinnamon, rose, orris
  • Base notes: cedar, sandalwood, oakmoss and labdanum

Organza Indecence Eau de Toilette du Desert (Desert Mist Spray): launched in 2001. This is a limited edition, a fresh, lighter version of the Organza Indecence fragrance with an emphasis on the spicy cinnamon. I believe that this is non-alcoholic. Discontinued. 
  • Top note: mandarin orange
  • Middle notes: spicy notes and plum
  • Base notes: amber and musk

Organza Huile Sacree Dry Oil Spray: launched in 1999 as a limited edition. It has been long discontinued and very hard to find. I believe it is a silicone based "dry oil" which was the trend at the time. I think this was replaced by the Organza Nuage Parfumee (Perfume Air Spray) shortly later.


Organza Nuage Parfume Perfumed Air Spray: launched around 2000 or later. This was a silicone based perfume spray. It was formulated without alcohol and water. The silicone was a sort of "dry oil" type fragrance spray that would leave your skin silky moisturized and non-oily. It was advised to spray all over the body for a refreshed feeling.



Organza Eau de Toilette du Desert: launched in 2001. This is a limited edition, a fresh, lighter version of the Organza fragrance with an emphasis on white gardenia. I believe this is a non-alcoholic tweaked relaunch of the previous summer fragrance, Organza Eau d'Ete Parfumee.
  • Top notes: nutmeg, gardenia, green notes
  • Middle notes; jasmine, tuberose, honeysuckle
  • Base notes: vanilla, iris, white cedar, amber 


Organza First Light : 2004. Created by Sophie Labbé. A fresh light floral oriental version of the original Organza fragrance. Discontinued.
  • Top notes: honeysuckle, lily of the valley, lemon
  • Middle notes: gardenia, jasmine, ylang ylang
  • Base notes: benzoin, vanilla, woodsy notes





Les Millésimes de Givenchy:



Harvest Fragrances were limited editions from the Les Millésimes de Givenchy collection. Each year the fragrance would be enriched with a specific floral. EDP presented in a 60 ml bottle. All are discontinued.

Organza Jasmin d'Inde Millésime 2005:  launched in 2006.Created by Françoise Donche, using the outstanding crop of the dominant floral note to produce more intense or more refined version; jasmine, like mimosa, is a complex flower and Givenchy found its outstanding harvest of Jasminum Grandiflorum, in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India, to be of exceptional quality. Using jasmine from the June/July 2005 harvest, including 700 kg of jasmine blossoms were needed to yield 1.1 kg of jasmine absolute.  Only about 80,000 50ml eau de parfum bottles were produced making this a very hard to find item.

Organza Fleur d'Oranger de Nabeul Harvest 2006 : launched in 2007. This composition is based on a spectacular orange-blossom harvest from the Nabeul orchards of Tunisia.

Organza Jasmin Delta du Nil Égypte Harvest 2007: launched in 2008. Features exceptional jasmine from the Nile delta.

Organza Fleur d'Oranger Khemisset Maroc Harvest 2008 : launched in 2009. This composition featured Moroccan orange blossom.

Organza Jasmin Sambac Coimbatore India Harvest 2009:  launched in 2010. Part of their Les Millésimes de Givenchy collection - year 2009 'harvest fragrance'.    An edp with notes of neroli, honeysuckle, petitgrain, orange blossom, soft spices and vanilla.

Organza Néroli Delta du Nil Égypte Harvest 2010: launched in 2011.  "Includes a spectacular orange blossom note, this time harvested on the Nile Delta, Egypt.”

Organza Lace Edition Les Creations Couture: launched in 2012. Instead of the Harvest theme, this year, a new edition, Les Creations Couture was presented. 60 ml Eau de Toilette.

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