French Grey by Elizabeth and James

Hey All. Portia here and I think it’s time we look at something a little bit lavender. It seems to have had a resurgence in the last few years but it never went away. Just got hidden and had to play some bit parts and sing chorus. French Grey by Elizabeth & James is a 2017 release created by Nicole Mancini Issaq and Linda Song! Love seeing two women names signing off. They have both been a part of some other perfumes but the only glam gig is Linda Song for Fougere Platine by Tom Ford.

I grabbed this baby for almost nothing on FragranceNet (not affiliated but love to give you all a bargain tip)

French Grey by Elizabeth and James

Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Lavender, Neroli, Musk

If you’re thinking summer, elegant, relaxed, cool, unruffled and slightly different then French Grey could be that thing you’ve been looking for but didn’t know it. They are calling it a fresh floral scent. While that kinda works it doesn’t tell the whole story. Yes, lavender is floral but it’s also quite herbal and the oil comes from the plant much more than the flowers.

French Grey smells to me like they have some green steering herbs and spices like basil or cardamom, or maybe even some violet leaves. Also, I smell some common base note that heads fresh white woods and some resins. All these hints and maybes play around the central pillar of sugared lavender lollies with a soft white floral undertow.

If you like Lolita Lempicka EdP but wish it was a little less playful and a lot more sophisticated then French Grey might be exactly your jam OR if CHANEL Boy is too expensive French Grey could be a fabulous substitution.

100% unisex, projection is moderate but trails off to low in the first hour, longevity is average. The bottle is fabulous, I love the way they have made an interesting yes oh-so-simple renovation to a historic look. VERY cool.

Would you French Grey?
Portia xx


18 thoughts on “French Grey by Elizabeth and James

    • Did I know this about you Vanessa? What a surprise. I’d not considered lavender hateable before. In all things?
      Oh yes, I love texture in fabric too. They would be most fetching on you. I can see it in my minds eye. With some cool zips on the diagonal pockets and up the outside hem seam for easier access.
      Portia xx


  1. I have this one and like to wear it to bed or yoga class, it’s uncomplicated and pleasant. It will never take the place of my favourite, Encens et Lavande, but it’s a very nice alternative.

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    • Ahhh TaraC, Encens & Lavande is in a whole other ballgame. Yeah, I think this is the thought free version, easy to grab, wears well everywhere, doesn’t cloud your mind with olfactory brilliance. Perfect for bed or yoga.
      Portia xx


  2. I have a duo of this from Sephora! I should wear it more. And as whomever mentioned it above, these are no longer in production and still cheap as chips wherever you can find them. I’ve seen them at bargain Macy’s and Marshall’s.


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