Unremarkable and stereotyped masculine fougere with an oriental twist. No more, no less.
GrigioPerla opens with an accord that immediately calls to mind the scent of Cool Water with a nice soapy herbal lavender and bergamot composition comprising the top notes before a strong anise accord takes the fore in the heart notes and pretty much remains there through the rest the scent's duration mixing with amber in the base, conveying a more barbershop Rive Gauche fougere vibe. Longevity and projection are both excellent.
When I first tried on my sample, I thought I had sprayed Cool Water on by mistake as the similarity is quite notable. That said, GrigioPerla does at least distance itself somewhat from its obvious target by veering off to the barbershop vein in its heart and dry-down without completely losing track of where it initially was headed. After smelling so many Cool Water (well really Green Irish Tweed) clones over the years, it is hard to get excited about yet another one so many years later... Maybe when this first came out in the early nineties it would have been more impressive, but while I can appreciate the effort that went into GrigioPerla its lack of originality hurts my overall impression of it, and quite frankly vintage Cool Water and Green Irish Tweed both smell better. If you want to clone something, you have to distinguish yourself, and sadly I don't think this does. I give GrigioPerla which does at least smell good, an above average 3 out of 5 star rating.
A very masculine fragrance. Barbershop style. Together with Rive Gauche my favourite in this style. 5/5
Edit: I think this was the inspiration of Gillette Cool Wave.
Edit 2: Changed the rating to thumbs down. Got really tired of the smell.
31st March, 2011 (last edited: 28th April, 2013)
A pillar of the italian perfumery. A moody semi-oriental fougere with a strong initial aromatic phase and a smooth, ambery, woodsy dry down. It's a decent office fragrance very versatile because of its further romantic, soapy vein which emerges from the accomplished dry down making it usable in the course of a night out. Its aromatic presence of anice, basil, coriander, rosemary, clary sage, oakmoss, bergamot, lavender and other elements plus its subtle barber shop initial feel make it similar to Drakkar Noir which is a less dark and subtle one. Grigioperla is more moody, mysterious than the Laroche one. It's less loud and woodsy. Some astringent flowers are present in the middle in order to enhance the romanticism of the juice. The final outcome is smooth because of ambergrise, smoky tonka, musk, woods and a touch of leather. Not bad. Powerful longevity and notable projection.
29th March, 2011 (last edited: 30th March, 2011)
An amusing, slightly weird fresh fougere in the style of Cool Water. Grigio Perla does everything that the current formulation of Cool Water does, but better. The opening is somewhat Italian and herbal. The drydown comes quickly and is sweet, soft, and lovely, without any of the synthetic, sinus-scorching penetration of CW.
At times it was reminiscent of Chanel's Allure Homme. Both Allure and Grigio Perla have a muted, restrained quality that I like - they're really not trying to be exciting or innovative, but that doesn't mean that they're bad.
I had no trouble finding this online. Sillage and longevity are both moderate. This is nice, well-made juice, endearing and good.
EDIT - The drydown really does share a creamy, minty barbershop accord with the even cheaper (but very nice) Captain by Molyneux. Good stuff.
02nd March, 2011 (last edited: 06th March, 2011)