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I am always open to new suggestion and recommendation from friends and I were kindly given the Geoffrey Beene 'Grey Flannel' Eau de Toilette by a friend to test. I only borrowed the fragrance for a few days, but I found it good enough to lead me to buy my own bottle, so it must have done something for me!
Geoffrey Beene isn't a brand I have come across before the introduction to this product, but I am mildly impressed with this fragrance, so perhaps I will look at other Geoffrey Beene products in the future. The fragrance bottle is quite plain and has a green tinge to it. The black spray top looks quite smart, but is very basic in practice. The spray pump hasn't broken on me, but I have seen other more ingenius methods of dispensing fragrance other than the traditional pump spray. The label states the product information and is quite plain but looks the part. I were most surprised to see that the fragrance came in a fabric drawstring bag. The bag carries the Geoffrey Beene branding and is also quite understated and smart. Overall the aesthetics of the product were most promising, giving me the impression that this was a scent for a more sophisticated and mature male.
Although this fragrance was initially created in 1976 I find it to be on trend. Grey Flannel may not be the most inspiring or promising of titles, but the luxurious aesthetics do inspire enough confidence to give it a chance. The scent has an oriental suggestion about it, and also is quite woody due to the sandalwood and oak. The fragrance carries a blend of lemon, cinnamon, violet, orange and rose, giving it quite a unique and bold touch. I have worn Grey Flannel more for evenings out rather than through the day - I wouldn't feel confident going to work wearing this one! I do find that the fragrance lasts a reasonable length of time, in stark contrast to some modern scents I wear now, I wonder why?!
Overall I am more than happy with the scent, although it is probably more suited to a mature male. I think the packaging suggests this and overall the kind of person who would buy this is one of sophistication and eye for detail. Priced at around the £15 mark for the 240ml size it is very reasonable indeed. Grey Flannel is also available in 60ml and 120ml sizes. You could try the 60ml size to see if you like it, but the economies of scale lie in the 240ml bottle. As this has been around since 1976 I think this is just testament to its appeal. I recommend this to the mature male and award 4 stars.
Created in 1976, Grey Flannel is a classic, oriental, woody fragrance. Its fragrant nature explores essences of lemon, geranium and cedar wood, blended with notes of musk, bergamot, oak moss, sandalwood, violet and sage.