Granville by Christian Dior (2010)

  1. Scent Detective
    Scent Detective
    Hi Coneheads. I read the reviews of Christian Dior's Granville here on Basenotes. I'm interested of course in the pine notes, but from what I've read, the pine doesn't last very long, which is so often the case. I may want to get a sample to try, but don't want to waste my time if this is more of a grassy green scent than a pine green scent. Please let me know what you think of this fragrance and if you have any experience with it. Thanks!
  2. MonkeyBars
    I found this scent rather boring and safe. Green, a little bit sweet and resinous. Certainly didn't remind me of windswept pines.
  3. odysseusm
    OK, this is a good challenge. I will review that tomorrow. Although I do enjoy the scent very much, I will approach it tomorrow with a clean slate and see what it tells me.
  4. odysseusm
    In Granville, the dominant note is thyme. If you like thyme, well and good. If not, you won't like Granville.

    Top: lemon, mandarin, thyme
    Mid: rosemary, pine, gorse
    Base: black pepper, sandalwood, oak moss

    Many agree that Granville has a lovely, very classy opening. It is quite beautiful, and a very fine example of the EdC style (lemon & herbs). The quality of ingredients is apparent throughout -- and I would say that is the distinguishing feature. It is not incredibly original or mind-bendingly eccentric. It just is a superb example of a EdC + garrigue style scent. The cool conifers and scrubby underbrush are in the first 20 minutes of the scent. The dry-down is basically thyme and salty oak moss. A bit rubbery at times, but it settles down.
  5. Scent Detective
    Scent Detective
    Thanks for the information Odysseusm. I just went into the kitchen cupboards and pulled out some thyme. If that's what Granville smells like, then I won't even invest in a sample. I don't have "thyme" to smell like that.
  6. awayalonealong
    I was delighted to learn about Granville a couple of summers ago. For me, it's a great warm weather scent what with its lemon and herb style--sort of a cologne with some intensity and persistence. And while salt does not normally appeal to me, in Granville, I love it. (Without going to the fragrance closet to check, I'm thinking Granville is a little like Querelle. It's not easy to find dry fragrances.)
  7. odysseusm
    Time to revisit this modern classic.
  8. odysseusm
    I like this scent a lot, but the prominence of thyme may not be to everyone's taste.
    It starts as the most wonderful Eau de Cologne. Very natural lemon and herbs, just beautiful.
    The thyme develops, and gets a bit rubbery and fairly dusky. The thyme is well done, natural and complex.
    But, it is thyme and it does run the show.
    The rosemary and pine are very minor, background notes.
    Peppery bite and then a moss-thyme dry-down.
  9. Scent Detective
    Scent Detective
    I must admit that Granville has grown on me even with it’s prominent thyme note. I also really smell the gorse which brings a scrub brush feel, but the brightness of the citrus shines along with the scrubby greeness and has been bringing a feeling of happiness to me today in such a way that I really appreciate what Dior has done here. Granville sparkles in an oddly satisfying way...I’m diggin it...
  10. odysseusm
    Glad to hear you are enjoying it, Scent Detective. It is a very well-made scent.
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