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Ma Griffe


Ma Griffe is in the fragrance family known as chypre (French for Cyprus), which is built on a complex of moss, citrus, and woody notes – oakmoss, bergamot and labdanum. These three notes form a distinctive strong accord, which is then combined with herbal, floral, fruity or animalic notes, and the resulting scents are characterized as strong, spicy and powdery
Ma Griffe was created for Carven, a French couture house, by Jean Carles, and launched in 1946. It is a green floral chypre, very radical and modern at the time, and the name means “My Signature”. The opening is shocking and starkly green – grass and herbs layered with citrus – you are transported to the French countryside, inhaling the cool green air from the fields, feeling the warm, damp earth under your feet.
The intense green fades , and the gardenia and jasmine inject an indolic note along with the sweetness of rose and ylang, keeping Ma Griffe from become flowery.
Spices and resins in the base appear quickly and the fragrance expands into a green mossy cloud, close to the skin, never sweet or cloying, but with a soft musky base which I think is very subtle and sexy.
Ma Griffe is totally unique, green without being sour or too clean, spicy without being oriental, and incredibly modern to my nose. The current version has changed from the original – it’s less intense and doesn’t last as long on the skin – but it is still amazing.
Notes: aldehydes, bergamot, galbanum and clary sage, jasmine, gardenia, ylang-ylang, and rose, sandalwood, vetiver, oak moss, cinnamon, labdanum, and musk.
Type: EdP
Parfumeur: Jean Carles

Price: $5.00