WHAT I SMELL: Graine de Joie opens with a combination of juicy pomegranate and red berries; it’s fresh, clean and sparkling sweet. Soon enough, a bit of wood enters, but the sweet fruits on top are the main focus. There’s also an underlying current of a kind of light hairspray feel to the fragrance. After around 10 minutes, that hairspray component disappears and the fragrance begins to bloom slightly as it becomes bigger and rounder and more juicy. After around 30 minutes the musk starts to appear along with the freesia which then make the fragrance more “bathtastic”. In other words, it feels like it is more suited to being used as bath oil than as a perfume. Graine de Joie is pretty linear as it’s all about the juice. Unfortunately there’s also something very artificial about this that drives me away.
From the Eau D’Italie website:
Graine de Joie is a tribute to Love, a vibrant and luminous Eau de Parfum that evokes the irresistible feeling of light-headedness of when you fall in love. A bright and joyful fragrance with notes of red berries, pomegranate, pralines, and musk.
Top notes – pomegranate, red fruit; middle notes – freesia, praline; base notes – cedarwood, musk
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE GRAINE DE JOIE: fruity, bathtastic, artificial
BOTTOM LINE: Graine de Joie is clearly not for me. If you like light, clean and fruity perfumes it might work for you. Actually, I wouldn’t mind this as a fragrance diffuser for my bathroom.
- Bone Rating: 2 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Fruity Floral
- Nose: Daphne Bugey
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $150 for 3.4 oz. EdP