If you are looking for an unusual summer scent, a cologne type fragrance that is not the onehundredandeleventh rendering of citrus-lavender-musk, look no further.
The Positive: Granville is fresh, green, unusual, well-made, aromatic, spicy and lasts not at all badly for an EdT.
The Negative: you’ll have to be in Paris, London or New York (okay, a few other capitals of the world as well, but don’t be so OCD) to get it and you’ll have to invest a considerable sum in a big bottle (available bottles are 125 ml, 225 ml and 450 ml).
Granville is part of the exclusive La Collection Privée (previously known as La Collection Couturier), created by Dior in-house nose François Demachy and includes notes of mandarin, lemon, thyme, rosemary, pine needles, black pepper, sandalwood and gorse.
Granville smells different and unexpected for something that is meant for women. It is clearly a masculine-leaning unisex scent in my opinion, but several sources, including Dior themselves say it is a feminine perfume.
The name and the fragrance are inspired by Christian Dior’s childhood home, an estate in Normandy in a town called Granville. François Demachy says:
“I not only wanted an aromatic fragrance, as the estate has an abundance of pine trees, but also one that is exceptionally invigorating and extremely fresh. The gusts of wind, the waves that are constantly breaking against the rocks… Nature, in Granville, is anything but serene. This fragrance is like the wind that blows through Granville.”
-from the Dior website
Granville does smell like raw nature. It smells windswept, aromatic, herbal and fresh, it smells of pine trees and grassy meadows, it smells of wood and earth. After a too short (I’d love this lovely top to stay longer), almost harsh opening of citrus notes that sparkle with life and good spirits, one after another the spices and herbs kick in, producing a complex aromatic accord that tells the tale of windswept fields and sun-dapples forests.
Granville smells dry, rough and keeps up the cool, green herbal complexity until it finally gives in to a resinous and woody base. At first I thought it would be way to masculine, too detached, too cold and aloof for me, but Granville grew on me. Its uncivilized aspect, its rough and uncouth clarity impressed me.
I like that Granville is in sharp contrast to the rest of me. I get strange, but I daresay admiring looks from men and women when wearing it and I have been asked what it is more than once, which doesn’t happen often.
I was not keen on trying the Dior collection when it came out, it somehow bored and probably overwhelmed me, but slowly I come to appreciate the perfumes in the line. Here I want to say a heartfelt “Thank You!” to Tara, a loyal reader and commenter here on OT, who was extremely generous and sent me her minis, so I can test and review them. Thank you so much!