My Love for BDK Parfums goes back to 2020, and it continues to grow ever so stronger. It feels like I have grown up seeing the brand grow and flourish with each release. There’s a strong sense of familiarity with the brilliant creator David Benedict and every single perfume he has introduced since 2016 until now.
One of the brand’s best sellers is Gris Charnel, a lactonic fig tea scent with abundant aromas of different origins. Gris charnel has garnered a lot of love and appreciation by the fragrance community that the brand decided to rekindle the passion and success of this ultimate Parisian chic and step it up a notch by working on a bolder, much darker, sultrier Extrait version. I could honestly say that they delivered on what they promised. Allow me to explain how.
The pillars of the fragrance are still the same, and they have experimented with pretty much the same notes. However, what makes it an Extrait version is that they have used a higher concentration of vanilla and Indonesian patchouli, making it the ultimate sumptuous woody vanilla.
In the opening, the tea note is smokier, the fig is creamier, the cardamom smells like a handful of cardamom pods in your hand that fills up the entire room, and the iris shares a similar scent profile with the original to add a dusty, powdery facet to the composition. As we delve deeper into the heart, Sandalwood, Bourbon Vetiver and Cedar act as a “Chamber piece” to add a variety of woodsy aroma that feels incredibly nuanced and well-rounded.
The dry-down and the final leg of the journey packs a punch!! The smouldering scrumptious Madagascar Vanilla, smoothest Tonka bean and ethereal Patchouli make it worth trying this Extrait version. The scent, without the base, is already well thought out and creates a harmonious bond with the wearer, but the warm vanilla makes that bond more endearing and brings out the best in the other notes.
Gris Charnel Extrait still holds the French chic vibe that will forever feel classy and timeless. I need to mention that even if you aren’t a fan of patchouli, don’t let it deter you from trying it because despite patchouli, in the Extrait version, being one of its main components, it never overshadows the unique elements that the Extrait inherited from its predecessor while adding just the amount of depth that the original perhaps lacked.
It’s a fragrance you can still wear all year round, but I suggest wearing it on a rainy summer night when the wind feels chilly and smells earth-like. You can also save it for your ultimate fall/winter staple, but it is a dressier version of the original. So don’ forget to pull out your most gorgeous suede leather coats and get as chic as Gris Charnel Extrait can make you.