Although I do not experience the depths of ingredients other Basenotes reviewers do on this page, the scent is remarkably restrained and beautifully rounded as a linear resinous wood.
I detect the rare Mysore sandalwood here. It begins dark and bitter, a combination of olibanum and woods, but fifteen minutes into it, it suddenly becomes warm and slightly sweet. It actually lightens as it dries down.
It is reminiscent of many of the woody resinous scents from the house of Dawn Spencer Hurwitz. On its own it is certainly an excellent wood, extremely well blended and sensuously masculine.
Grezzo d'Eleganza is not for the faint of heart. Immediately I'm smitten by a terrific testosteronic resinous animalic opening with a quite compelling spicy-herbal animalic welcome that on the skin is fierce. Warm, luxurious, incensey and carnal, overall with a strong musky presence and a yummy (literally edible) and wasting combination of orange/lemon, vanilla, tasty spices, incensey smoke, honey and castoreum. There Is something "roasted" in the mix, it seems to taste roasted fruits combined with honeyed vanilla and spices (for a while it seems we deal with zabajone and it comes in the central stage, after the initial strong resinous animalic opening). Grezzo d'eleganza smells initially really warm and virile but along the way the texture goes "lightening" and finally the approach seems close to a classic eau de cologne, it seems to detect a touch of fluidy vetiver too in the background (well connected with bergamot) but is the hesperidic vanilla that strikes me a lot, really intense, orangy, floral (neroli) and "gready", anyway with no risk to slide down the dangerous gourmand territories. The combination of yummy and carnal ingredients does not hamper the fragrance to "sound" elegant, aromatic, fresh, versatile and subtle since the spicy incense, a touch of patchouli, aromatic grass, light woods, a royal bergamot and a Victorian rose provide the aroma with a stout classical (somewhat decadent and gloriously rosey-orangy-hesperidic-vanillic a la Habit Rouge) temperament preserving the lion to jump over the fences. I recommend this great juice to all those perfume addicted aiming to smell modern, brash and dangerous without to lose a classic sterotype of mystic-virile elegance.
29th September, 2014 (last edited: 01st March, 2015)
A classical blend of dry aromatic resins and citrus-herbs with just the right touch of sweetness in the base. Any listed animalics (castoreum?) probably project within the subliminal plane of existence for it melds with my natural skin scent into one helluva suave 'player'. GREZZO may not be very original in terms of composition but in execution, it surpasses most. I think my search for Mediterranean styled classic eau de colognes has finally ended with this quintessential embodiment of Italian flair and virility. Guys, hold on to your ladies for they cannot help but swoon!
this is my new signature scent, i love this stuff! for me it had such a sweet opening scent that even though top notes, i could catch its even during the dry down. deff some oud in here and tempered with the neroli wich is deff a fem scent balanced out perfectly for me. tried it with the sample scents of the soul and immediatly bought the larger bottle. i wore it to a car show(99% men) and one lady said she liked my smell. i asked her to tell me what she thought when she smelled it and, she said it seemed like my bodys natural odor but, it was very pleasing. i deff feel a confidence boost with this scent and will wear as often as i can!
I got a start of lively citrus and bergamot. This passes quickly, and I get some elegant flowers and herbs, and something very animalistic, which I understand is castoreum. This is an arresting note, and balances boldly with the florals. Later the herbs develop as the flowers pass, and elegant woods and resins join in. The castoreum remains and balances this arresting, bold fragrance. The mood is dry, elegant, and sensuously masculine. The drydown comes fairly soon, and again it is dry and masculine, with aromatic woods and a touch of incense, all brought out by the castoreum. Really dry, with a sophisticated, masculine edge.