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Rykiel Homme Grey (2002)
by Sonia Rykiel


Rykiel Homme Grey information

Year of Launch2002
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 27 votes)

People and companies

HouseSonia Rykiel
PerfumerEdouard Flechier
Parent CompanySelective Beauty > Selective Beauty Luxury division

About Rykiel Homme Grey

Rykiel Homme Grey is a masculine fragrance by Sonia Rykiel. The scent was launched in 2002 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Edouard Flechier

Rykiel Homme Grey fragrance notes

Reviews of Rykiel Homme Grey

Opens with a very dry rosewood which, with the added spices, comes off smelling as much like cedar as itself. The citruses are just there to add dimension, and are hardly noticeable in the projection. The nutmeg heart is blessedly quiet, like Kenzo's Jungle spoken at whisper volume. The finish is all about tonka and musk, as the sandalwood is quite synthetic and is mostly masked by the other base elements. I find this powder-dry, hazy focus offering to be extremely similar to the now grossly overpriced Zanzibar by Van Cleef & Arpels. Both will leave you wanting but are each faultlessly pleasant if you are not concerned about projection. Certainly a wear for warmer weather. I feel like the brief for this creation (and likely Zanzibar) was to create a soft accord which mimics real sandalwood, much like Yardley's take on the material.
01st July, 2017
Great bottle, really nice scent that elicits compliments. It has a fresh, smooth, even quality that keeps me in a good mood! I had a lady friend who loved the scent and wore it herself; it has a unisex vibe that women can also try out. Highly recommended.
12th November, 2016
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Fabulously Fresh...

Rykiel Homme Grey opens with a very fresh smelling slightly bitter lemon-like yuzu citrus and crisp green apple tandem with faint hints of anise and rosewood from the heart with a leafy green orange undertone. As the fragrance enters the early heart phase it turns relatively sweet derived from tonka bean in the base as the rosewood takes the fore as star with cinnamon-like nutmeg spice and soft floral support. As the development reaches the late dry-down the rosewood remains in a somewhat subdued state as mild cedarwood adds an additional woody element to the mix with clean musk for balance as the woods gently fade. Projection is above average, as is longevity at 9-11 hours on skin.

I was initially drawn to the relatively obscure Rykiel Homme Grey due to the master nose behind the composition, Edouard Flechier (Havana, Une Rose, Poison, etc.). As soon as I sprayed on Grey I immediately recognized Flechier's fingerprints on the composition and things were off to a good start. Grey is far from challenging or groundbreaking, but it does have a lot going on early with Flechier utilizing a large pallet of notes and accords. It is fresh throughout, but features some less widely used ingredients like yuzu and rosewood, the latter driving a large part of the composition's development. As Grey turned relatively sweet from the tonka bean early, I worried it might go too far but luckily the sweetness was well-balanced by the rosewood, light florals and nutmeg spice. Later-on as the development continued I either got used to the sweetness or it faded as time passed because it did not stand out after the first hour of the development on skin. The bottom line is Rykiel Homme Grey is nothing groundbreaking and won't be remembered as one of Flechier's long list of masterpieces, but it offers an exceptional value at its approximate $35 a 125ml bottle price tag and smells very good, earning a well-deserved 3.5 stars out of 5 rating. Grey merits an easy recommendation to folks seeking a superior fresh everyday fragrance, relatively low price or no.

Pros: Lots of interesting notes and accords that all come together in a very easy-to-wear fresh way by master nose Flechier..
Cons: Breaks no new ground.
20th July, 2013 (last edited: 20th December, 2013)
First, no matter how the notes are listed, this is nothing like Sonia Rykiel Homme (original).
The latter being less formal and all about the fir. Nice, but completely different.

Grey is rich and formal.
The rosewood and sandalwood are evident in the final notes which linger awhile but longevity is not as I wish it was for this wonderful scent. I get about 3-4 hours.

The opening is harsh and a bit synthetic smelling but this settles quickly into a wonderful fragrance.

This is a gem that has it's own unique persona.

I'm grateful these kinds of treasures still exist on the market today.
Thumbs Up!
And may I add...Sonia Rykiel's masculine scents are all quite unique and offer something different. I like them all!
23rd October, 2012
Thank you, Basenotes. But for a random review I read on this site, I probably never would not have discovered this great fragrance. This is a modern business man's fragrance. The most dominant note is a metallic floral base. The top has a sweet lingering note I cannot quite pinpoint. Tangerine? The opening is a strong cilantro-like, green, herbal moss. Grey endures all day. Not very complex, but the three detectable notes are blended wonderfully. I really enjoy this.
09th April, 2012
Opening is awful, rosewood too overbearing...drydown is nice, but fades to nothing. Better be cheap if I'm gonna buy it. Nice bottle though!
17th November, 2010

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