My bottle of Carven Ma Griffe edp
(current version I believe) arrived today and so it is my scent of the evening.
BN has a pyramid for I assume the 1946 original:
Top Notes--Aldehydes, Clary sage, Galbanum, Bergamot.
Middle Notes--Gardenia, Jasmin, Ylang-ylang, Rose.
Base Notes--Cinnamon, Tonka Bean, Vetiver.
Here's what Carven says about mine:
Top--Aldehydes, Green Gardenia
Heart--Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Rose
Base--Vetiver, Styrax, Tonka Beans, Musk
I must say I get no galbanum which is a bit of a letdown, but it is a marvelous scent so far. Bright and juicy aldehydes unlike both Chanel and Piguet aldehydes with which I am most familiar. Not cold and aloof, but warm and sweet and definitely green. The notes betray a similarity to RL Safari edp (another recent acquisition in my hunt for springtime green florals) and there is a resemblance, but only slight. Safari is much drier, both less sweet and less juicy and has a parched powderiness that Ma Griffe does not have. The styrax (benzoin) and tonka give a hint of vanilla-ness without ever screaming vanilla and a bit of resinous spice. No real cinnamon or cassia yet, but I'm still sniffing for it and perhaps it will emerge (or it was an aspect of the older formulations left out of this one). Aldehydes and green, earthy (i.e., dirty but not indolic) jasmine predominate so far. I'm looking forward to more vetiver (that earthiness no doubt) as the base emerges and the aldehydes burn off. A real bargin too!
" is both "my signature" and "my clutches/talons/claws/grasp" or both as this older ad demonstrates with a woman leaving her mark on her man.