Gris Clair, Lutens's ode to lavender, evokes in our minds the image of a cool flame…a strange, otherworldly flame that illuminates but doesn't warm and doesn't burn if you touch it. The wonderfully refined, complex and beautifully ethereal creation beings with a chilly, shimmery, definitely “gray” lavender note. The contrast of the cold lavender and the sweeter, warmer blend of amber and tonka bean in the middle stage is incredibly appealing. Our favorite part of Gris Clair are the elegantly charred, smoky base notes of dry wood and “burned incense”. The darker accord gives Gris Clair an infinite depth and the exotic, opulent feel that we came to associate with the best Lutens's creations. The chilly lavender, the honeyed amber, the gently smoldering ashes of precious woods and incense create a unique, harmonious and striking, fusion of darkness and luminosity. Absolutely exquisite.