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Greyland - Emotional Rescue - September 24, 2012 New Fragrance Listing

If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will silence me forever. If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.                                          

Mr. Darcy's letter to Elizabeth Bennet, 'Pride & Prejudice'

I was in the Montale shop in Place Vendome in Paris the first time I smelled Greyland. Now, here’s the thing about Montale. It’s a beautiful shop in a tony part of Paris but they have like 6,376 fragrances in the line. No, not really. There are currently 84 fragrances in the line, but it feels like many, many more. I’m not implying that it’s all quantity and not quality – just the opposite. House nose Pierre Montale is known for using high-quality natural ingredients in his frags. Just take a sniff of Aoud Cuir d’Arabie or Black Aoud and you’ll know what I mean. I’m just saying that it takes time to get familiar with so many frags in the line.

And that’s what I was doing one sunny day in Paris. I was working my way through them alphabetically (well, you got to start somewhere, right?) and had gotten as far as Aromatic Lime when the SA suggested I skip ahead and try Greyland. Truth is, we were getting to closing time and I was probably wearing her down. Still, she had a good idea of what I might like by that time. Well, she must have been a carpenter in a past life cause she nailed it. When I smelled Greyland, my eyes glazed over, my heart raced and I lost all sense of where I was cause in that one whiff I smelled Heathcliffe, Mr. Darcy, Lancelot and a hint of Rhett Butler.

That’s right, Greyland, or Mr. Greyland as I like to refer to it, is the smell of a man right out of a romance novel - handsome, adventurous, and strong - and his devotion, loyalty, passion and love for one woman.

Off the top there is a citrus/incense combo that gives way to a cedarwood/leather accord warmed by spicy pepper and ginger. Cardamom adds just a hint of sweetness while elemi gives it a deep note of pine. I. Want.This.Man! Actually, what I really want is for him to want me.

This is wood/leather/spice blend is the very definition of ‘manly’, but Mr. Greyland isn’t a caveman. No. The pepper warms rather than screams, the leather isn’t bold and the woods don’t dominate. This man is dashing, smooth and refined and a little untamed, from the dirtiness that vetiver gives him. And, he’s in touch with his feminine side too cause there is rock rose swimming around at the base of musk, sandalwood and benzoin. The drydown is dry, cool, sophisticated and is full of promise. Whenever I wear it I get heady whiffs of pine, sandalwood, and pepper rising from my skin for hours. Yes, that’s right, I wear Greyland from time to time, but this is one of those rare occasions when I have to say that this frag definitely smells better on a man.

I know someone who keeps a bottle of Greyland on her night table beside her bed and occasionally sprays her husband with it after he has fallen asleep. Well, that’s one way to sleep with the man of your dreams I suppose.

Greyland is lsited in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.

Thanks to M. H-M. in London,UK for requesting we write about Greyland. As a 'thank you' for participating in our ‘We Take Requests’ event, we’re sending her a free decant of Greyland.