Lyrical – Magical, Anatole Lebreton Grimoire

Magic has been deeply rooted in my life ever since I was young. As a little boy I loved listening to fairy tales that my parents read to me & I enjoyed watching cartoons or children movies about wizards, witches and their adventures. For a long time I even believed that magic truly exists (sometimes I still do!) and I wanted to be able to use it too. Of course with age I had to rectify that witchcraft is not only used for good but also for bad causes. I have a sentiment for Harry Potter books and fantasy-magic genre still remains my favorite choice for a good read.

Some time ago I learned that Anatole Lebreton has been working on a new fragrance. In social media he revealed that its name and inspiration are tied closely with a magical world. Imagine an old book with damaged leather cover and aged, yellow pages that are all shabby and falling apart. A book that contains ancient spells. Such book is called Grimoire and so is the perfume. A very first waft brings to my nose an intense smell of aromatic lavender. It has a rich, medicated smell that has some pungency to it. The style of it makes me think of some old apothecary where pharmacists in white aprons would actually take different herbs, combine them and grind them in mortar in order to create a curing remedy. It’s quite enchanting because of its richness and complexity.

Lavender is a multifaceted note of Anatole Lebreton Grimoire. In the opening it’s more herbal, medicinal but after some time it unveils the smell of green, aromatic stems as well as some floral tones of tiny purple flowers themselves. Green vibe gains additional dimension thanks to addition of basil leaves and lime that makes it smell more juicy with a sparkling effect. Later comes a downfall into a dark pit of olibanum. Its resinous, balsamic properties come out immediately. This particular note expands the aura of mystery – it has depth and specific darkness but it doesn’t frighten. Paired with elemi it emanates a warm fragrance that is surprisingly cosy & comforting.


Incense aroma created with combined olibanum and elemi is quite like a visit to a church. It has undeniable spirituality that goes in an unexpected direction. In general I find a lot of churchy insense compositions to be quite cold. Grimoire is different. Its encens part is warm in a way smoked wooden boards would smell. It’s pleasant and relaxing and I want to compare it to cracking logs in the fireplace (maybe with few lumps of olibanum thrown it too) at some mountain chalet. This warmth continues for a couple of hours and it gradually develops some spiciness.

Spiciness of this perfume is very mild, tactful – with a specific elegance to it. Anatole mentions cumin but please, fret not! In my opinion it doesn’t smell like cumin at all. It’s more like a black pepper, nutmeg (with its paper-like effect) and cardamom blend. The only way cumin would participate in this stage is by providing this sensual, carnal atmosphere to Grimoire. Few hours later a drydown begins to step in. It has some roughness coming from the uneven surface of cedar wood and some gorgeous chypre quality given to it by oakmoss. Last but not least there are some dirtier musks that give it an aphrodisiac like smell that could be associated with warm body.

In my opinion it wouldn’t be an excessive talking if I said that Grimoire from Anatole Lebreton is a fantastic perfume. If someone made me to list of top 5 fragrances that I smelled at Esxence 2017, it would be one of them. With its level of complexity and wonderful development I can feel that this perfume is really worthy a name of a spellbook tome. It has great sillage and lasts all day easily. This magic in a bottle comes in eau de parfum concentration. Purchase options include a 50 ml bottle or a 10 ml travel spray that is a part of 3 x 10 ml travel set (you get to choose your fragrances, multiples of the same scent are also possible). There’s also a sample set at Anatole Lebreton website.

[note] photo – my own; all rights reserved

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8 thoughts on “Lyrical – Magical, Anatole Lebreton Grimoire

  1. Jillie says:

    Writing as someone who is called by her friends Jilliebean (after one of the witches in the film Practical Magic”), this certainly is meant for me! You worried me for a moment with the mention of cumin, but I do realise that judicious use of this can enhance a fragrance.

    Enchanting – both the perfume and your review!

    • lucasai says:

      I love your nickname! You’re the most positive white witch I might know.
      I think cumin will not disturb you, it’s there only for this carnal impression.

  2. Holly says:

    Yes to magic! I loved the old fairy tales as a child, and honestly I still do. I believed that as an adult, I would actually be the equivalent of Glinda the Good Witch (but without the annoying voice.) 🙂

    Grimoire sounds magnificent, and I also do love the name in all its bookishness and with the reference to ancient spells. Thank you for the lovely review, I’m looking forward to trying this one.

    • lucasai says:

      I wonder if this would apply to more perfumistas too, the fact that we like magical things. Maybe there’s some scientific theory behind that.

      Grimoire is totally cool. The name, simple bottle, the fragrance itself. Is the brand distributed somewhere in US?

      • Holly says:

        I think that’s a great question! I will definitely ponder upon it further…

        The Anatole Lebreton line is carried at Luckyscent here in the US, although Grimoire is not yet on their site. One of the decanters, The Perfumed Court, does offer it. (As you can tell, I did my research already. 😉 )

  3. […] average person in Poland (our average is shameful 1 book) As I said some time ago in my review of Grimoire, books about magic and adventure are my favorite ones. My latest reads include A Court of Thorns […]

  4. […] Anatole Lebreton Grimoire Who said that you cannot wear incense in the summer? It’s the time just as good as any other of the season to wear it. Plus the fact that it is paired with lavender – one of the notes that I favor during warmest months, gives this fragrance an additional value. A warm scent of lavender blends with more cool scent of frankincense to create fresh yet contemplative perfume. True magic. […]

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