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Gris Dior / Gris Montaigne (2013)
by Christian Dior

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Gris Dior / Gris Montaigne information

Year of Launch2013
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 38 votes)

People and companies

HouseChristian Dior
PerfumerFrançois Demachy
Parent CompanyLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

About Gris Dior / Gris Montaigne

For the 70th anniversary of the House, the emblematic Gris Montaigne perfume was renamed Gris Dior. The fragrance itself is unchanged.

Gris Dior / Gris Montaigne fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Gris Dior / Gris Montaigne

A jammy rose coated with a dry sandalwood powder wood base. This is my impression of the smell of Gris Montaigne. The jammy quality of the rose derives from bergamot blended for a tart fruit character of rose blend which is revved up with swirls of patchouli and jasmine. This opening note is quite a lively swoosh of paisley attitude, a brisk wake up burst with roses at the heart and sandalwood/cedar as a backdrop base. The base has the feel and scent of fine kaolin powder used in makeup powder or porcelain clay only with a sandalwood softness. A smooth transition of notes keeps this scent on the minimal side of possibilities within the Rose and Patchouli genre of fragrances. Well done, and nicely buttoned up!

25th September, 2018
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A masculine Rose Patchouli floral that does not smell like traditional Rose Patchouli.
There is a grape soda accord too which perhaps adds that je ne sais quoi.
Lasts long and is very safe.
22nd June, 2017
Dior Gris Montaigne is a sharp, powdery, floral. I definitely detect something floral beyond the rose in the note breakdown, but I can't emphasize enough that it is very powdery and I'm not sure why, as there's no iris or tonka, for example. Still, there's a freshness of bergamot but a heavy-handed use of rose in the opening and heart.

Patchouli comes out more the dry down in concert with some sandalwood and cedar to smooth things over, and I'm afraid I don't get any amber out of this, even after several hours on skin.

Certainly Gris Montaigne is mainly feminine-leaning, but I'm sure plenty of men would be comfortable pulling this off. For me, though, it's not my type of powdery fragrance, as I tend to be pretty selective on how much powder I'll tolerate and when. I think it would be fine for most women, though.

Performance is very good, and overall this leans slightly to cold weather but it could be year-round, just not viable for the extreme heat.

Again, might be nice for women and some men but not a winner on my skin.

6 out of 10
03rd March, 2017
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United Kingdom
Someone has nailed it -- a 'grey chypre' easily worn by a man. The opening is a little feminine being a stunning citric and jasmine mix.

Peculiarly, it is also one of those fragrances ( like Sel de Vetiver) that drift in and out and where the projection is much stronger than you are personally experiencing.

The drydown is both sweet and mossy. Wearing in the Autumn would be a dream.
Quite beautiful.
08th August, 2016
In my opinion, not only feminine ...

It has something very sweet "à la mode" (there is strawberry), but not only - there are the rose, the bergamote and it's spicy - for me it's very addictive and very sophisticated.
It reminds me of something luxurious in the winter (with lot of snow).
After all this, something masculine remains ... sweet and spicy (sexy).

I first tested it on a paper, that I left between two pages of my Debussy scores. It still smells more than one year after ! It's amazing. I've never seen that.

On me it's VERY long lasting (>24h on skin and several days on clothes) and I have to be careful not to put to much, because of the sillage.

Something very unique.
20th April, 2016
This is one of those perfumes that combines all sorts of complex flowers and fruits and somehow ends up smelling like watered-down purple fake-grape Gatorade. Given time, it's joined by vanilla and pink pepper and freshly-sawed lumber, but the overall effect is always fruity and sweet and artificial. This is also one of those perfumes that achieves a sort of 3-d cloud effect where it smells weak on the skin, but simultaneously billows out lots of sillage (you know, the way Aventus does).

I was fully prepared to pan Gris Montaine for being intentionally inoffensive and relying on on that cliched grape drink smell and dumb vanilla drydown, but I've never gotten so many compliments - people on the street, everywhere, told me how great I smelled (which almost NEVER happens to me) so I guess that has to earn this perfume enough points to soften my hardened heart and earn a thumbs up for being such a crowd-pleaser.
06th October, 2015

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