I managed to get three uses out of this one sachet of Givenchy Play for Her EDP, which was impressive considering how finicky they are. Whoever thought of housing perfume samples in sachets, as opposed to vials, was probably thinking of the cost over any appreciation for scent and the application of scent, but that’s a discussion for another day.
Play for Her has top notes of orange blossom, bergamot, pink pepper, sweet pea and peach. Its middle notes are made up of tiare flower, orchid, amyris and magnolia, while musk, sandalwood, patchouli and tonka bean make up the base notes.
At a glance it’s clear to see that Play and Play for Her have bergamot, pink pepper, amyris and patchouli in common. Play for Her, however, has a wider range of fruit and floral elements.
When applied to my wrists the first scent that is noticeable is alcohol, but after a few seconds it disappears completely and fruit is the name of the game. The scent is more than a little sweet. A bit too sweet for me.
Over the course of an hour or two the sweetness is joined by the freshness of the floral notes. The fragrance is light, but no one particular floral note is distinguishable from the other.
As time goes on the fruitiness dissipates completely and the floral is joined by a slightly woody peppery tone. Things only get deeper from here on out. Scent wise, that is.
The overly sweet start and the solely floral middle aren’t really my cup of tea when it comes to perfume. If the floral, pepper and musk mixed together more then I might have a different opinion of Play for Her, but they’re too separated for me to find much pleasantries in the first few layers.
For me the joy of this fragrance is in the last four or five hour stretch when the musk, sandalwood and tonka bean come into play and deepen the scent.
As with Play, the deep, woody peppery base of this perfume is right up my street. Play for Her is darker, muskier and sticks around for a whole lot longer, as I had expected longevity wise, almost eight hours after first use the tonka bean and musk were still going strong.
If I could combine the opening notes of Play, as they’re not too sweet, and the closing notes of Play for Her as they are deeper and muskier then I’d have a fragrance worth buying. As it stands, however, I don’t see either of them making it into my perfume draw.