Giorgio Armani Si

3.4

79 reviews

55% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.7

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.7

Price: $$$

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Olive, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I don't know jack about perfumes, but this perfume is exactly what I would imagine super high class escorts smell like. LOL. I don't think that is a bad thing, but it obviously depends on what you're looking for.
It's a very heavy, very sexy scent. It's almost pornographic, but not in a cheap, trashy way. It makes me think of sex, pearls, heavy lipstick, liquor, candles and old fashioned beds with baldaquins.
On me it has great staying power, to the point where I get tired of smelling it all day.
I like it.

Edit: Don't pay attention to people saying this lasts 5 minutes. That's ridiculous. They probably get used to it and can't smell it anymore. EVERYBODY has commented of how persistent this perfume is. My best friend said "My gosh, I can't believe you still smell so intensely" (I was wearing this for a good 4-5 hours), and I don't use a lot of this, just one or two spritzes.

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Grey

To me, this is a classy, slightly sophisticated, grown up perfume. In a world where lately it seems fruity and overly sweet, very girly/youthful and bakery type scents are dominant, it is nice imo to have a scent for us 'older gals' who are not 'old ladies'. Mature. Classy. Classic. Not overbearing or headache-inducing, although as with any fragrance, sensitive noses, allergies, asthma sufferers, etc, that is all subjective.

On me, this lasts all day, and I can still faintly smell it on my clothes the next laundry day; and yet it is not too strong nor too over-powering. I can't do too strong and overpowering. But yet this is not too light, it is just right.

I think this is a great year-round scent, but leaning more towards daytime. I think this is safe enough for school or the workplace.

I have read that La Vie Est Belle and Flowerbomb are similar to this, but I sort of disagree. To me, La Vie Est Belle is much more floral and Flowerbomb is very chemical smelling to me, and both of those are headache-inducing for me, which Si is not. To me, Si is just a nice, comfortable fragrance to wear and very pleasant to smell.

I do wish the bottle design was more detailed/ more feminine-looking. I typically like and appreciate simple and clean designs, but this I feel deserves a really pretty bottle. But that is just personal opinion/thought. This is very easy to spray and to hold in the hands, which my bad wrists appreciate.

Will definitely repurchase and am already planning on getting a backup, as things I really like always seem to get discontinued.

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I own more than 40 fragrances and this is the one that garners the most compliments from those around me (major man magnet too...try it out and see for yourself). It's sweet but also chic and versatile, can be worn from day to night, and will suit many different occasions (office, evening, dinner, dates, nights out and about, etc). Si may be too mature for teens, but it's perfect for women in their 20's. It's also sophisticated enough for women in their 30's, 40's and beyond, and those who enjoy sweet smells but don't want to smell juvenile or like straight up candy.

It's in the same fragrance family as Lancome's La Vie Est Belle and V&R's Flowerbomb, but this one has a crisp and slightly sharp green element to it that makes it less cloyingly sweet, and easier to wear than either of those two. This 'crisp/green' nuance in Si makes it quite distinctive, saving it from being just another Flowerbomb/LVEB smell-alike (off-topic: if you do want a cheaper alternative to Flowerbomb, check out Aquolina's 'Pink Sugar Sparks').

Anyways...this is my signature scent for fall and winter. It also wears well in spring and on breezy summer nights. If you're looking for a 'cleaner', crisper and more versatile alternative to La Vie Est Belle (which I personally cannot wear...too loud, too 'frilly girly', too much), then try Si. If you love sweet scents but still want to be taken seriously, try Si. It lasts a whole day on me without needing touch-ups and the scent could fill a whole room if you spray on too much (careful with that! two sprays is good enough for daytime...add another 2-3 sprays for night-time if you want all eyes on you). I will always repurchase, and I hope it never gets discontinued.

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Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

This is a new offering from Armani, signed by Christine Nagel whose unashamed gourmands I often like. 2013 has been a prolific year for Nagel with Jimmy Choo Flash and five dessert fragrances from Jo Malone, and now this one. When I smellt La vie est belle in 2012, I thought that was definitely a Nagel (but I was wrong, it was created by Olivier Polge, Dominique Ropion and Anne Flipo – per Fragrantica).

Unfortunately, to my nose, Armani Si smells like a L’oreal fragrance that aims to jump on the bandwagon of sweet, intense, vanillic perfumes rather than some original and creative work by Nagel. Personally I don’t have a problem with crowd pleasers, I think I could even be a member of that crowd if Si didn’t smell slightly sweaty on me. Still, it seems like a waste on behalf on Armani / L’oreal to employ a nose like Christine Nagel and not facilitate the creation of a perfume that could carve itself into our olfactive memory.

Anyway, the fragrance itself: Sweet, fruity top notes, a touch of depth with non-offensive patch and noticeable woodsy notes that make me think of newly cut tree logs. I get a lightly incensy impression which shows its face from time to time but disappears during the drydown which is sweet and inoffensive. Altogether, nothing to write home about.

Armani Si is dense, but not as dense as La vie est belle. It also makes me think of Potion from Dsquared that was released in 2012 and was again by Nagel (Si is slightly denser than Potion but to my nose, quite similar).

Good sillage and very good lasting power of more than 8 hours on my skin.

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

Come On Giorgio! Cate Blanchett will never wear that scent! Do not lie to us!!! This is a scent that Paris Hilton and-or Katy Perry could front and make us believe they actually wearing it but not Cate .... this is a sweet need-to-go-to-the-dentiste sweet. This is a fruity-cotton candy perfume with a bunch of cheap vanilla as the dry down. The only ''good' thing about this perfume is that it last a loonnng time on the skin and have good sillage but please do not overspay because a coworker might rat you out to the HR department.

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

Si,..Eau de Parfum
Gorgeous, Classy and Sexy come to mind. First, I am super sensitive to smells, especially heady ones that make me feel sick. I get headaches and shouldn't be wearing fragrance at all but I love this one. I'm not keen on florals. So having giving you all that info on me, let me explain this. It's sweet but soft and clean but not soapy, then goes into a bourbon note while maintaining a light feel. Not heady on me. It's not fruity, so the sweetness isn't sickly. I would say a violet perhaps if any floral at all and musk dry down It's described as having a blond wood. All I know about that is, I like it, whatever it is. It's smells a bit like Gucci Guilty but holds it's smell and doesn't go flat like Gucci. Plus it isn't as obnoxious as Guilty. It doesn't rival other perfumes in a room, its distinct, soft and has substance. People will smell it who are close to you. I like to put it on the back of my neck so if someone hugs me they can smell it. Its beautifulIt. It has a reference to Jucy Gold Culture in that, it has more of a gourmand or food anchor. I haven't found ANYTHING like it. I smelled it in a magazine and couldn't get it out my head so I bought it. I have the PARFUM, .....the Eau de toilet is completely different. I have rollerballs all over the house.
It's in a nice heavy glass bottle. Just like what's inside, it doesn't scream attention. The best word for it would be sensual and classy.
It can be a winter fragrance or a summer. If I like a fragrance, I wear it all year round. I like to smell it on me.
The staying power is an all day one. Would be great for a first date, you would be remembered and not by fumigating your date.:)

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I love this scent, its feminine, sexy, and lasts... just a little quick review on perfume and how each scent works since I have some background knowledge from working with fragrances throughout my college years.. it smells different on each and every individual based on the persons natural body oils and pheromones. If most scents go well with your chemistry, and you want a sophisticated and appealing scent to add to your collection, say Si. ;)

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I can only think it's a skin chemistry issue...I'm shocked at so many "meh" comments about this scent. I love it. I will say that at first sniff, I was unimpressed...but I decided to apply and wait to see what happens. The initial spritz was ok...but a couple hours after application, a wonderous, woody, non-gourmand vanilla, musky type magic happens, and it's heaven. I'd roll in it, if I wasn't already wearing it! I've noticed that the warmer I get (hot days or extra exercise), the deeper and more exotic this scent gets. Sillage is awesome. A real plus for me. The black currant is also lovely...but this comes from someone who believes "Enchanted Forest" by Vagabond Prince is God's gift. I don't think Si is "common" or "predictable". I'm a niche perfume fan, and rarely like Department store fragrances, but this is big bottle worthy. I'm glad I gave it a couple days wear before writing it off. I'll be wearing this all winter.

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Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

Oh, no, no, no. I hate to be the wet blanket here, but for me this was a major scrubber.

First of all let me say that I too detest the Eau de Mallrat variety of scents. You know what I mean. The sickly sweet, cloying, fruit punch, allegedly young type of scent that regrettably invades the market these days. I usually lean toward the grown-up, heady, dark orientals and spicy gourmands. Having said that, this did not work that way for me at all. I had the same experience as zeynepd. This smelled slightly sweaty on me. Salty and musky in a stinky way. The same thing happened to me with Thierry Mugler's Womanity.

I won't say this is a bad fragrance. There must be something going for it if it works for so many people. Per Sephora, this scent is composed of Chypre, Blackcurrant Nectar, Airy Florals, Musky Blond Wood. All perfectly good ingredients, so it must be my skin's chemistry that rejects this.


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Normal, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I'm surprised to see so many negative reviews of this. There are a million and a half spawn of Flowerbomb and I have no interest in trying most of them anymore--Flowerbomb is perfect as it is for me and it has that special something that has made me reach for it again over the years. The reason I am reviewing Si is because I stumbled over it and it took me by surprise. I got a little sample spray vial in a Sephora order, used it all up....got another sample in a Nordstrom order, used it up....now I find myself keeping samples of it in my purse, on my vanity at home, etc. I basically hoover up samples wherever I can find them. It is unabashedly gourmand, but I don't find it as in your face as La Vie Est Belle (which is a much closer Flowerbomb clone, imo). There is something quietly unusual about it....I swear I smell pistachio, and I think that's what I love about it. That is not in the notes though. Even if you have gourmand fatigue, I would suggest trying a spritz of this on skin. I'm not sure if I will ever actually get around to purchasing a full bottle of it thanks to my sample stash. But it is full bottle worthy to me.

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