Grigioperla Essence by Pierre Bourdon for La Perla 2009


Post by Margeaux


Hi all you lovely smelling people. This is my 5th review for APJ and I hope you’re enjoying reading them as much as I am enjoying writing them. I seem to have had no real structure or direction when purchasing scents until Portia started sharing his love of perfumes and I realised there was so much more to learn and get excited by. Today’s frag is one that I discovered quite by accident but I have fallen mightily in love with.

Grigioperla Essence by La Perla 2009

Grigioperla Essence La Perla FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Cypress, Pink Pepper, Bergamot
Heart: Magnolia, Lavender, Jasmine
Base: Pine tree, Thuja, Oakmoss, Vetiver, Cedar

Grigioperla Essence for Men was created in 2009 by master perfumer Pierre Bourdon. Now that little titbit had completely passed me by til just now, as I started to research for my review. He was the nose behind more than 40 fragrances but probably best known for the commercial smashes of YSL’s Kouros (1981) and Davidoff’s Cool Water (1988). Amazing, right?

Woody, much? I do love my woody scents, and this was precisely why I bought this one completely on spec (unsmelled).

I’ve just blasted three big juicy sprays onto my forearm to get a good whiff of it going and I just love that super cypress and pepper opening. Wow. Wow. It wakes me up and makes me feel so good. Like the day ahead is one that I can do anything with. Grigioperla Essence settles quickly into the lavender and jasmine – they gently play together while running down the side of a fresh meadow.

Lavender Jasmine FrenchRevolutionFoodPhoto Stolen FrenchRevolutionFood

The magnolia takes a little longer to get there but when it does, it joins the flowers to add a sense of masculinity that it would otherwise lack. I think the combination is delicious.

The final phase brings together the last of the woody notes, and for me, it’s where this fragrance really shines. There’s not one ingredient that takes centre stage here, but they all work together to create a harmonious forest of smell that I find incredibly sensuous. They aren’t heavy but exude a freshness and crispness, much like a cool autumn morning on a wooded track. I just love it.

Grigioperla Essence La Perla Chopped Wood wikimediaPhoto Stolen wikimedia

A lot of other reviewers have mentioned the poor sillage, and I have to agree. It does fade quite quickly and is basically non-existent around 4-5 hours. I like to think that my skin loves it as much as my nose and just gobbles it right up, hungry for more. My poor little 50ml bottle is already nearly empty but a replacement is so reasonable. It seems its not stocked widely these days, which is a shame, because this is very wearable and enjoyable.

EssentialMall starts at $23/50ml

See you soon, M x

10 comments on “Grigioperla Essence by Pierre Bourdon for La Perla 2009

  1. Dubaiscents says:

    One of my favorite features of Fragantica is how you can so easily see what scents a certain perfumer has done. I recognized this name from one of my favorite scents, Iris Poudre by Frederic Malle (a brand which helps makes the perfumer much more known!). Thanks for reviewing one of his lesser known scents it sounds lovely and, I love the bottle!

    • David Watson says:

      The bottle is sleek and that colour is amazing. But the smell is even better in my opinion. Glad you stopped by and enjoyed the review – I loved reading your thoughts on him too.
      – Margeaux

  2. cookie queen says:

    Portia is awesome huh??
    I love your review Margeaux. Sadly I would never buy it because I can’t bloody pronounce it.

    • David Watson says:

      Thanks Val, its certainly a tongue twister of a name, but then, who cares when the juice is that good? Thanks for your lovely words 🙂
      – Margeaux

  3. He He HE! Just a little bit awesome? Please Val?
    Excellent review, as always Margeaux. You get the lemmings jumping.
    Portia x

  4. brie says:

    Love the bottle…love the notes…love the price….love Portia….and love this review, Margeaux!

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