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From the master perfumer Jean Carles came the famous Ma Griffe in 1946. It has stood the test of time and lasted where thousands of it’s lessers have fallen, though it does have a much lower profile now than in it’s glory years. Ma Griffe means ‘my signature’ in French.

However, Ma Griffe can also mean the world claw. A fact which the advertisement below played on with the tagline – ‘a mark of love’, with a claw scratching the model’s back.

ma griffe by carven perfume review 1

The extremely distinctive packaging can be spotted at a distance like a reverse camouflage effect. The bold green and white stripes are a vital part of the image for Ma Griffe. The bottle has a green base with clear contents.

ma griffe by carven perfume reviewOpening notes: Gardenia, aldehydes, asafoetida, clary sage, and lemon.

Middle notes: Orris root, jasmine,  orange blossom, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley, and rose.

Base notes: Musk, benzoin, labdanum, sandalwood, cinnamon, oakmoss, vetiver, and styrax.

Ma Griffe opens with a bitter animalic odour, like a deep passionate bite. Orris root approaches and gives a shake of soft powder which reduces the bite’s depth and makes the whole affair more palatable and ladylike. Modern girls used to kittenish perfumes will find it hard to appreciate this gutsy scent, but vintage lovers will revel in it.

Occasions: Wear for work – if you are the boss.

Seasons: Spring.

Rating: Bronze medal, try before you buy.

Price: Expensive.