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    Default Granville by Christian Dior

    This stuff is fantastic! I sampled it today and I instantly connected with it.

    The lemony here-we-go-again top notes led me to believe that it was going to smell just like a normal, gentlemanly eaux-type cologne but then in a few minutes it transitions into a green, camphorous, resinous, masculine aromatic. It is not as sharp or biting as some of my favorite greens (Scent One: Hinoki, Polo), and I suppose it's the balance of the citrus that helps take the edge off the very strong aromatic and wood notes. I remember describing the smell of Cypres-Musc by Creed, the first time I smelled it, as the smell of a tree branch snapped in half by a storm, raw exposed, tender tree bark - and I have to compare that sensation to Granville also. There is a very evident element of pine and some sort of leaf accord (lemon leaf? verbena?) mixed with the slightly salty thyme.

    There is something incredibly comforting about wearing or smelling a fragrance that smells like the natural juices from a leaf or branch. In the same way that Calamus (Scent One: Leaves) by Comme des Garcons smells like a torn, milky leaf, the Dior evokes that same sort of outside-in-amongst-the-plants-and-trees that so many fougeres and 'garden' fragrances (the Guerlain Aqua Allegoria line, for instance) strive for - but fail at.

    Many fragrances in the Villoresi line are much more pungent and aromatic than this - but their heavy-handedness can be a bit tiring over the long haul. The Dior is just smooth, cold and yet still manages to express itself strongly and assertively.

    Polo by Ralph Lauren is one of my favorite green scents, but I always yearned for a 'Cologne' version of Polo. Granville, is the closet to this dream scent, I've ever encountered.

    Today, is a gray, rainy, cold day here in Miami and I had to come into work today (it's Saturday) so this scent has imperceptibly brightened my day, ever so slightly.

    Octavian compared it to Fille en Aiguilles by Serge Lutens (another favorite of mine) but as the polar opposite of each other: Fille en Aiguilles is dark, Granville is bright. I agree.

    All of you Basenotes Coneheads (you know who you are) need to sample this one.

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    Default Re: Granville by Christian Dior

    It's a nice aromatic fragrance.

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    Sounds very appealing. Thanks for the detailed description!

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    Need to test this soon. Thx.

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    Granville smells to me like ocean air as it drifts through tall pines and across freshly clipped hedges and grass. There is a well manicured aspect to the green scent in Granville. When I tried it I was reminded of a trip years ago where my mornings were spent out on a golf course on Defuskey Island off South Carolina coast. The ocean air, tall pines, fresh grasses - smells just like Granville. Is it named after the Granville hotel in Vancouver or Granville Island? That would explain the pines and well ordered feel of the fragrance.

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    Default Re: Granville by Christian Dior

    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzlepuff View Post
    Granville smells to me like ocean air as it drifts through tall pines and across freshly clipped hedges and grass. There is a well manicured aspect to the green scent in Granville. When I tried it I was reminded of a trip years ago where my mornings were spent out on a golf course on Defuskey Island off South Carolina coast. The ocean air, tall pines, fresh grasses - smells just like Granville. Is it named after the Granville hotel in Vancouver or Granville Island? That would explain the pines and well ordered feel of the fragrance.
    Good description. 'Well manicured', indeed.

    I believe the fragrance is named after the commune, in north-western France.
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    Default Re: Granville by Christian Dior

    Anyone else smell this or own a full bottle?

    I can't seem to get this one out of my head. I think I need a decant, soon.
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    Default Re: Granville by Christian Dior

    ... did someone say "pine"????
    Oh boy mike, you've really got me interested in this.
    The Dior site says the following:
    "A spicy aromatic fragrance with powerful and invigorating notes - Pine, Thyme and Rosemary- over a woody spicy base note, with Black Pepper and Sandalwood."
    "The House where Christian Dior spent his childhood is located in Granville, in the Normandy region. Built overlooking the cliffs, it is surrounded by pine trees and has a view of the sea. Inspire by this site that is so dear to the creator, François Demachy chose to create a fresh, invigorating and aromatic fragrance. 'I not only wanted an aromatic fragrance, as the estate has an abundance of pine trees, but also one that is exceptionally invigorating and extremely fresh. The gusts of wind, the waves that are constantly breaking against the rocks... Nature, in Granville, is anything but serene. This fragrance is like the wind that blows through Granville.'"
    This has moved to the top of my sample search.
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    I actually thought of you Ody, when I was enjoying this. Seriously. I look forward to hearing your impressions of this.

    I don't think I could go through a whole bottle, but I hope to get a large decant of this soon, once I can source an affordable option.
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    Thanks for the breakdown Mike and Buzzlepuff - of all the new Diors in this collection Granville was the one that popped out for me - looking forward to trying it.

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    Default Re: Granville by Christian Dior

    Mike the Dior boutique in LA has some of them and the best part is that they have the smaller size bottles (the 150ml) by now they just have Bois d'Argent, Eau Noire and Ambre Nuit but the SA told me that they are gonna get the rest of the line in the two sizes, maybe if you have a Dior near you, you can give them a call and ask if the have the smaller size bottle, I tried this one when I went to Las Vegas and is one of the bottles that I'd love to buy.
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    Grainville is one of my favorites from this new bunch of exclusive fragrances of Dior. Although the pine scent on it doesn`t remind me of neither Polo nor Fille en Aiguilles. On my mind, Grainville is more close of Eau Sauvage in style, but with the pine on focus. At first i get a very adstringent citrus aroma, then a bitter woody pine, and after that, both notes seem to relax a bit on skin, opening space of a incense which is not so on focus as in fille en aiguilles, and for a peppery accord. On me it`s suitable more for summer than for winter.

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    These are impossible to track down...No luck at Diors in Boston or NYC. Contacted Dior online. The only way to get the new ones now is online or from the Vegas store.
    Of course they have no samples for sale!! Little to exclusive!!
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    Default Re: Granville by Christian Dior

    Quote Originally Posted by b3t0_1972 View Post
    Mike the Dior boutique in LA has some of them and the best part is that they have the smaller size bottles (the 150ml) by now they just have Bois d'Argent, Eau Noire and Ambre Nuit but the SA told me that they are gonna get the rest of the line in the two sizes, maybe if you have a Dior near you, you can give them a call and ask if the have the smaller size bottle, I tried this one when I went to Las Vegas and is one of the bottles that I'd love to buy.
    Good news. I'm not sure I can wait that long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chipper View Post
    These are impossible to track down...No luck at Diors in Boston or NYC. Contacted Dior online. The only way to get the new ones now is online or from the Vegas store.
    Of course they have no samples for sale!! Little to exclusive!!
    I'm pretty sure the Dior boutiques, in New York, have them. They've (for whatever reason) split them up between the men's and women's stores...at least that's what the Dior SA told me when I called them a while ago. Can any NY BN'rs confirm this?
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    Is this and Leather Oud available in the 150ml sizes? I don't see it on their website. Thanks.

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    I haven't been to the store but when I called them, they told me they don't have any of the fragrances in the Collection.

    Dior Online wrote me back when I inquired -

    Thank You for contacting Dior Beauty.

    Our Las Vegas Boutique will have the small bottle soon.
    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    I'm pretty sure the Dior boutiques, in New York, have them. They've (for whatever reason) split them up between the men's and women's stores...at least that's what the Dior SA told me when I called them a while ago. Can any NY BN'rs confirm this?

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    "Look at that subtle off-white coloring; the tasteful shape of it..oh my God, it even has a flower behind it!"

    I need to find and try this!

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    Default Re: Granville by Christian Dior

    Quote Originally Posted by Hyde65 View Post
    Is this and Leather Oud available in the 150ml sizes? I don't see it on their website. Thanks.
    I think that they don`t exist in 150ml, but in 125, 250 and 500ml.

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    This stuff is fantastic!
    It certainly is... in fact, I'd even go as far to say......... IT'S DIVINE!!!

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    It looks like the smaller size bottles (if you consider 4.25 oz as small) of the entire LA COLLECTION PRIVÉE CHRISTIAN DIOR are now available from the official Dior site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Str8_SHAVER View Post
    It certainly is... in fact, I'd even go as far to say......... IT'S DIVINE!!!
    Yep you are right! This is certainly awesome, I just got a big bottle, perfect for the warmer weather coming.
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    This one I really want to experience. I called the Dior boutique here in Honolulu and they do not have this. They suggested the New York or Los Angeles (I think) store to contact. It's not easy to purcahse the bottle without actually testing it however.. Maybe one day they'll have it here.

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    I wore this about three days ago and I fell in love. The drydown is what I love best when I smell bitter oakmoss and nutty sandalwood. Must...buy...soon...

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    I got a decant of this (finally!) a couple days ago and I wore it today, since I usually reserve really-good-fragrances for Friday's at the office, as a treat to myself for making it through the week.

    GOSH, this stuff is lovely.

    Would anyone compare this at all to Eau de Sud by Annick Goutal (which I have never smelled), which has been described as a salty citrus eaux?
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    You sold me, Mike! Just got a 10ml decant from Posh Peasant. Thanks for the tip! I'm in total spring mode right now and this sounds perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNY View Post
    You sold me, Mike! Just got a 10ml decant from Posh Peasant. Thanks for the tip! I'm in total spring mode right now and this sounds perfect.
    Cool - please post your thoughts once you smell it.

    I realized wearing it yesterday, that the green notes remind me a bit of those wonderful eucalyptus notes in Windsor, but with no rose and none of that phantom fig leaf/coconut I get from the Creed. Still, it's rather crisp and unique and it's that salty aspect in the scent that sets it apart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    I got a decant of this (finally!) a couple days ago and I wore it today, since I usually reserve really-good-fragrances for Friday's at the office, as a treat to myself for making it through the week.

    GOSH, this stuff is lovely.

    Would anyone compare this at all to Eau de Sud by Annick Goutal (which I have never smelled), which has been described as a salty citrus eaux?
    Congrats on getting your decant Mike! I guess I'll cave in sooner rather than later. I had a sample of EdS that I wore last year and I remember it being a slightly more herbal counterpart to Eau d'Hadrien which made it more interesting. I don't think they are very much similar at all actually. Granville is way more distinctive and unique. It's the pine and citrus that creates this grainy texture to the scent that makes the topnotes so vivid. When I wore it, I was reminded (even though I haven't been there), by those beaches with rock pebbles that are located near the edges of forests. The thing that sold me though was the drydown. It turned very bitter and the slightly creamy sandalwood gave a nice balance.

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    Default Re: Granville by Christian Dior

    Trying this on right now... I gotta agree, it IS lovely. Very uplifting. Reminds me somewhat of Incense Pure by Sonoma Scent Studio or Acqua Santa by La Via Del Profumo. I think we have a winner here, folks.
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    Just been sampling and wearing Dior - Granville all day yesterday. This thread is hyping! Sorry to put a 'neutral' opinion in and dampen this thread.
    I found Granville well made and balanced. It initially captured the greens quite well. Longevity was very good. Overall it is worthy of being a notable scent.
    For me the compliments end here!
    The most important part to me is not the bottle or the packaging BUT the actual smell.
    How many of you BNers keep mothballs in a bottom of a wooden draw. That is what it closely related to for me! It became a constant reminder on my skin that I smelt of old wooden camphorous draws. No sensual or attraction in the dry down.
    Once again my apologies if I have offended any one!

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