With my recent sample haul, I received my third fragrance from Givenchy’s Gentlemen Only line, Casual Chic. My favorite of the previous two was Gentlemen Only Intense, but Casual Chic seemed to be more of an imitation of the original than that particular flanker cologne. In this review, I’m going to cover what it’s made of, how it smells, performs, when it should be worn, and if I think that it is worth a purchase or not.
Notes include: cedar, ambroxan, birch leaf, sandalwood, cardamom, ginger, juniper
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The initial spray of Casual Chic seems to have an element of orange for the first 30 seconds or so before the spicy and woody aroma emerges. It has an outdoorsy vibe that is topped by the ginger and juniper notes which creates quite an interesting combination. Casual Chic is energetic and fresh with an old school feel that never strays into the unisex category like some other scents.
The ginger note provides that characteristic spice throughout the life of the scent and Casual Chic is one of the better uses of this note, that I’ve experienced recently. I find it to be quite ‘green’ and woodsy, like a walk in the forest on a late spring or summer day, but it doesn’t go full woods as compared to another scent like Azzaro. The ambroxan not keeps it warm and smooth without getting overpowered by the cedar.
When compared to the original Gentlemen Only, I do find some similarities in the composition, but the original is much smokier and actually does have that orange not that Casual Chic briefly mimics.
It’s projection is pretty moderate but it is better than its predecessor in this regard. It’s not an overwhelming fragrance but it is noticeable. It does have good longevity, probably 7 hours of wear, when the original fell flat by hour 3…so that’s a good improvement.
I’d rate this as a casual scent, as the name implies. Good for work, school, or a day spent around town. It’s a outdoorsy kind of cologne but it seems to be best for warmer weather, when so many other similar scents get stuck in the winter category. This is a nice change of pace from the norm.
Overall, is Casual Chic worth a buy? I enjoy it but it doesn’t really fit me and my style. That said, it is better than the original Gentlemen Only, so if you like that or if this composition seems to fit your personal style, it could be a good purchase at the right price. It’s solid all around but it doesn’t particularly blow me away ever, for what it does, it does it well.