I read so many good things in relation to Serge Lutens parfums that, for my second test involving one of this house’s iconic perfumes, I selected Gris Clair. This is actually part of a larger project that comprises solely incense based fragrances, a group from which I will need to make a final choice for my next scent having incense as the dominant. Until now, my short list favorites are Profumum Olibanum and Tauer Perfumes Incense Extreme.
The description of this perfume (introduced in 2006) briefly mentioned an innovative approach on lavender spiced with a hint of incense (OK, it’s not a fragrance purely focused on incense!). As a woody floral musk unisex fragrance which was developed by perfumer Christopher Sheldrake, Gris Clair left me with the impression of a special fragrance that bursts with complexity.
The first accords In Gris Clair were pleasant enough, however in the mid development the perfume turned to a floral facet that made it quite puzzling; hopefully the dry down brought forward a woody character (like an aroma of burned wood) and although it was not included in the official ingredients, I could perceive a distinct note of vanilla. Speaking of which, the list of notes for Gris Clair include Tonka bean, amber, lavender, iris, dry wood and incense.
This fragrance is one of the few that managed to amaze me, after a pleasant opening and a not-so-pleasant mid development after which I would expect to lose my interest, the dry down represents the best part, rendering an aroma that’s utterly beguiling. And because Gris Clair is part of Serge Lutens’ export line, it comes in the signature bottle with streamlined silhouette and the characteristic accompanying label. Overall, Gris Clair qualifies as my favorite perfume from Serge Lutens, until present time.
Serge Lutens Gris Clair Perfume Details
- Gris Clair by Serge Lutens is available in 50 ml Eau de Parfum Spray; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is excellent.
- Olfactory Group: Woody Floral Musk
- For: Unisex
- Year Introduced: 2006
- Perfumer: Christopher Sheldrake
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual