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Grimoire (2017)
by Anatole Lebreton


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Year of Launch2017
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
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About Grimoire

Grimoire is a shared / unisex perfume by Anatole Lebreton. The scent was launched in 2017

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Reviews of Grimoire

Grimoire is magical mixture of various scent directions that assembles itself into a potion which radiates earthen mosses, healing minty lavender, and herbal tinged incense woods. There is a dark green direction to the mossiness that hovers close to the earth and crackles with aromatic healing qualities from cumin, basil and herbal lavender. The herbal content here gives the moss a feeling of a healing poultice with bold curative power. The varieties of lavender in this brew offers a green penetrating and medicinal aspect, but also a shimmering purple iridescent aroma that is lighter and floats above with an ethereal presence. Atlas Cedar also helps the penetrating nature of the scent with its pinene woodiness. The central body of the scent has a not altogether pleasant ashen dry and empty feeling. But the surrounding aromas are very engaging and make up for the contradictions. Grimoire offers a very interesting fragrance and a fairy tale of complexities in the fragrance blending. It is a unique experience which is getting hard to find in new fragrances.
12th January, 2018
Finally got around to wearing my sample of Grimoire. This is right up my alley. The opening has a citrus smell that reminds me more of petit grain than it does of the listed bergamot. This citrus aspect is short lived, and is only on the fringes of the opening, as the lavender and basil are also present. In fact, I'm wondering if the basil mixed with the bergamot is what's making me think petit grain. As it dries down, it becomes more and more the tome of spells pages that the name implies. It actually smells very much like the pages of a book that has been stored with some nice incense. I actually like this fragrance a lot so far, based on my first wear. This is definitely bottle worthy in my "book." :-)
28th December, 2017
It is not just a scent.
Grimoire tells you many stories ...

Very spiritual incense and yet human (beware: almost body/animal odors).

You leaf through an old spell book with fever, in a Benedictine monastery, near the garden.

You ARE a cathedral.

It is a very, intelligent, rich and uncommon perfume - like all Anatole Lebreton's.

Some notes of Grimoire reminds me of my so beloved EbŤne (Balmain).
23rd November, 2017 (last edited: 28th January, 2018)
I respect and admire Anatole Lebretonís work, but Grimoire in particular stands out at being special. Not everyone will like it, and I think itís fair to say that the perfume has a cool, remote air that means it must select you, not the other way around.

Setting out to smell like the thick dust that rises off a book of spells (a grimoire, in French) when closed shut, it combines a set of ashy resin notes with the earthy red-brown dampness of cumin.

Itís a riff on the idea of Gris Clair but better, more successful because the dust tamps down the screech of lavender and makes it feel genuinely restful. Itís also monastically, ascetically dry. But the scent manages to capture dryness without filling the scent with the usual nose-scrapingly dry aromachemicals, for which Iím genuinely grateful.

As a side-note, Iíve recently smelled a couple of perfumes that seek to recreate the feeling or smell of dry, hot dust from a desert. LíAir du Desert Marocain, of course, was the trail blazer in this area, but itís been followed by two equally costly niche fragrances, namely, Sheiduna by Puredistance and Taklamakan by SHL 777. These two perfumes demonstrate the risk and rewards associated with using the new generation of potently dry, woody-ambery aromachemicals: Sheiduna fails miserably, becoming a white, massively radiant ball of pain to those sensitive to scratchy aromachemicals, and Taklamakan succeeds completely, emitting a low pulse of warm, ambery ďsandĒ and dry patchouli aromas that smell toasted, dry, and yet utterly comfortable to wear and to smell.

In Grimoire, the dryness feels cool and almost ashy. It gains an element of warmth, however, from the rather generous dose of cumin featured in this scent. The cumin adds a nice human touch to the cool dustiness of the lavender and incense, like the sweet, damp, oniony sweat under the arms of an ancient gardener tending a Mediterranean herb garden.

The aromatic, simmering heat of the spice and the elemi makes the base of the scent feel hot to the touch, a nice contrast to the cool dryness of the top half. Grimoire is surprisingly easy to wear, and has a natural elegance to it that doesnít labor any particular point. Have you ever seen the photos of the Italian men coming and going from the Pitti menís fashion shows in September? This scent is the living embodiment of that.

29th August, 2017

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