Baikal Gris 2018 Extrait de Parfum

Baikal Gris (Extrait de Parfum) by Areej Le Doré
Where to buy
Search on
Search
More
Where to buy
8.6 / 1055 Ratings
Baikal Gris (Extrait de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Areej Le Doré for women and men and was released in 2018. The scent is woody-resinous. The longevity is above-average. The production was apparently discontinued.
Search on
Search
More

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesRussian fir balsam
Violet leafViolet leaf
Indian ambergrisIndian ambergris
Heart Notes Heart NotesMysore sandalwoodMysore sandalwood
VanillaVanilla
Indian ambergrisIndian ambergris
Base Notes Base NotesTonka beanTonka bean
Fossilised amberFossilised amber
CypressCypress
CedarwoodCedarwood
OakmossOakmoss
NagarmothaNagarmotha

Ratings

Scent

8.655 Ratings

Longevity

8.046 Ratings

Sillage

7.349 Ratings

Bottle

8.447 Ratings

Value for money

7.511 Ratings
Submitted by Ravenous, last update on 24.09.2021.
  • RateRate
  • CollectionCollection
  • ClassifyClassify
  • NotesNotes

Reviews

9.5
Scent
9
Longevity
8
Sillage
8
Bottle
Ropanski2020
Translated Show originalShow translation
Ropanski2020
Ropanski2020
Very helpful Review    5  
*Ambra*kadabra - fall for a scent painting
Introductory words:
Perfumes in general can be met with a great deal of passion, that is, with the deepest fervor. One can pay homage to the perfumer for his congenial ingenuity or, for example, the brand behind it, for its courage and determination. At the same time, fragrances always represent a hurdle, a task, so to speak, which - like life itself - should only be faced with a great deal of time and passion, but also with all kinds of experience and daring. Especially for the latter, one is rewarded from time to time, which opens the view for the new and lets the own horizon of expectations constantly wander.

Fragrances should tell stories - of places, characters and exciting events. At best, experiences from one's own biography are taken up or touched upon in the approach. To sound out intersections that inspire us to dream, to lead us to contexts that lie buried under the ballast of time, should be a goal. At least, it is just such fragrance experiences that often make me interested to listen, where I then simply grab the curiosity, which ultimately decides whether I am inclined to a purchase or not.

Perfumers do well to provide for such experiences and / or stories imaginatively continue to spin, which are already laid out in our biography, by letting their fragrances speak for themselves. A fragrance that manages to pick me up both mentally and physically, and moreover let me enter new realms, is Baikal Gris by Areej Le Doré (AlD).

In this, Baikal Gris surprises (me) in several positive ways. Firstly, Russian Adam refers to a motif, Lake Baikal - the largest freshwater lake in the world, located in the southern Siberian mountains and covering an area of almost 31500km². That piques my interest! On the other hand, it puts a note in the foreground that I hardly knew until now: No eaglewood, no musk, it's the amber that owns the stage. I want to test that!

First impression:
Minimally salty, somewhat ozone-like - stripped of seaweed, some wood, swollen and shrouded in haze, floats on the surface of the water, surrounded by pine forests and rocky crevices. A scent painting that pleases me, picks me up, lets me experience a scent journey - a bull's eye. But how is the progression? Quite linear, I would say, how could it be otherwise when a lake serves as leitmotif(s)?! The amber dominates from the first second on and doesn't let up even after several hours. Only and alone the woods gain in the further course of the fragrance in contour.

Second impression:
Approaches of musk recognizable (nut grass?!), yet not at all pungent (animal), bar any form of mustiness or even dryness, rather in the width extremely transparent drawn. In the course of the fragrance quite softening, the base is always perceptible, perhaps not on several meters, rather close to the body, but carrying all the trump cards on the skin - craftsmanship really succeeded.

Result:
Rarely allowed to test such a natural seeming, mineral fragrance. Even after 12-14 hours still clearly perceptible on the skin escapes me the thought of wanting to acquire it, this skillfully implemented, salty base. Another highlight is definitely the sandalwood note, spicy-creamy unfolds this not too demanding in the base and harmonizes perfectly with the balsamic amber. The durability is AlD-appropriately on the highest level, the sillage just right.

I do not know the Atlantic Ambergris, insofar it is not up to me to be able to assess to what extent Russian Adam revived here an already applied / known formula in Baikal Gris, however, I like Baikal Gris extraordinarily. It is unique in the positive sense and counts to me to the best and above all most exciting releases of AlD.

(Thanks and love go out to Antoniacreed for the opportunity to test Baikal Gris)

Final words on the subject of niche and scarcity:
Around the label entwine, as is well known, quite a few, downright diversifying myths and legends, which are accompanied by real purchase and especially resale EXCESSES. Strangely, possibly morally viscous and yet falling perfectly into the capitalist pattern, a structural dynamic has developed over the last few years that can and should rightly be criticized. If scarcity is stylized as the primary reason for buying, then something is going wrong and threatens to degenerate more and more as a result. Be that as it may. The loyal clientele is demanding and greedy for new unknown shores - I was and still am not completely exempt from this partly excessive intoxication.

Russian Adam offered and still offers a supposedly safe haven for all those to whom the only seemingly meager >Normal
2 Replies
10
Scent
10
Longevity
10
Sillage
6
Bottle
Supersegi
Translated Show originalShow translation
Supersegi
Supersegi
   4  
I don't gris enough
Baikal Gris.

I was interested in this when I was starting to get interested in "more exclusive fragrances". Big mistake, because Areej le Dore is so "exclusive" that you can be unlucky never to find your favorite fragrance again.

I got Baikal Gris as a small bottling back in the day and was barely responsive for 2 days because I was smelling the lid every few minutes.

Grpn, balsamic. Ambergris... A beguiling blend that so captivated me that I've been deathly sad ever since. This fragrance is sadly no longer available and with it I must continue my search for a scent for which I would give away all others.

My eyes roll back, a loud "Ahh" leaves my vocal cords and I feel like I'm under anesthesia. If there's one perfume that, for me, reflects the entire zenith of my journey in this art form, it's this one.

Absolute sensation
8
Scent
5
Sillage
8
Bottle
Drseid

797 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
   0  
A 180 Degree Turnaround...
Baikal Gris opens with a lush coniferous green woody fir coupling with just a hint of salty ambergris before moving to its heart. As the composition reaches its early heart, the early coniferous fir gives way to pine-like coniferous cypress rising from the base that takes the fore underpinned by natural smelling, slightly sharp cedar wood and relatively dry and smooth real sandalwood. As the progression continues through the heart phase, the coniferous cypress gradually recedes, as the sandalwood and cedar woody tandem add a soft leathery facet with just a tinge of slightly powdery green oakmoss joining moderately sweet, powdery vanilla in support. During the late dry-down, the moderately powdery vanilla takes command, with remnants of the powdery oakmoss and sandalwood smoothing things out through the finish. Projection is slightly below average and longevity average at 8-9 hours on skin.

The first time I wore Baikal Gris the ambergris spiked coniferous open didn't agree with me at all. In fact, it bothered me enough that I pretty much stopped paying attention to things right there. I was fully prepared to slam the composition in this review based on the initial informal wearing, but an extremely rare thing happened this occurrence... I have done a complete 180 degree change in my opinion. Maybe it took me some time to adjust, or maybe I just wasn't in the right mood for the composition last wearing, but today I am enjoying everything about it. Ironically the weakest aspect to me is the salty real ambergris that gets top billing due to its scarcity. In truth, the real allure is just about everything else, with the cypress, cedar and sandalwood notes the most prominent. Also prominent and unexpected was a gorgeous deep, soft leather accord not unlike the stuff found in vintage Bel Ami that reveals itself midway through the heart. Apart from the relatively benign ambergris, the composition is only slightly marred by its powdery mundane vanilla driven late dry-down. While that is kind of a "dime a dozen" finish, it is relatively short, and the rest of the journey is ever-changing and highly enjoyable getting to it. The bottom line is the $195 per 30ml bottle Baikal Gris took some adjusting to, but turned out to be fabulous, earning an "excellent" 4 stars out of 5 rating and a solid recommendation to all.
1.5
Scent
2
Longevity
2
Sillage
7
Bottle
Greenfaerie

79 Reviews
Greenfaerie
Greenfaerie
   0  
Disappointing
Another unbelievably stupid blind-buy. This was $200. I was suckered in by all the hype--talk of fine ingredients, real (damn-well better be!) ambergris, exclusivity. I have worn it a few times now, and I can not believe that with totally natural brands out there like Hiram Green and Velvet & Sweet Pea's Purrfumery that those don't get the hype that this stuff does...because they are far better perfumers.

Baikal Gris is a very dull fragrance. I don't mind low sillage, but this is so low that it hampers any potential complexity. It opens smelling dusty and with moderate notes of dry dirt road and some kind of spice, nothing like greenery, a lake, or real ambergris. After a bit I suppose there is a woody nuance to it, but it doesn't remind me anything of sandalwood. I have smelled lots of real sandalwood, from the wood itself to the various oils and even hydrosols. There's not enough of it here, if it's here at all. The heart of this fragrance smells annoyingly fruity on me. Not sweet, but it smells like mango perhaps. The drydown is so boring and flat. Vaguely sweet, synthetic musk perhaps?

The longevity isn't great. At the 3rd hour, I already felt the need to re-spray. Annoying when you have a 30ml bottle that cost $200!

Also I have seen/heard this in many reviews, but some say it smells synthetic. I agree. It actually gives me a headache (a personal indication of poor quality materials. Hiram Green and those other natural brands never do this to me, only perfumes with lots of synthetics). I just can't believe that a natural or mostly natural fragrance would give me a headache like this, and I also doubt that a blending of fine natural materials would smell this synthetic.

Where's the damn ambergris?!

I once spent a solid hour smelling Roja Dove fragrances at Bergdorf's. I was sure I would have a migraine after all that sniffing and spraying! My eyes became dry like a dry sponge. I never got a headache. This is the same reaction I have when smelling essential oils for an hour, and it's because a lot of plants are astringent. It will eventually affect you and start making your eyes feel dry and scratchy. I never get headaches from sniffing essential oils for an hour. So IDK what is in Baikal Gris, but it smells cheap to me. Maybe because this guy uses evil things like deer musk, real civet etc., people think he is a better perfumer than some of the perfumers I have mentioned. I think he needs to spend a lot more time studying.

At no point at all do I feel this reminds me of the famous lake, or any lake for that matter. It reminds me of the brown dirt path around a lake.

Yes, brown, this fragrance smells brown.

Edit: Just wanted to add that ambergris is a FIXATIVE. There is no excuse for this fading away after 3 hours. Hiram Green's fragrances contain no animal fixatives, and they are sillage bombs and lasts 12 hours, no problem.
10
Scent
FrauHolle

1 Review
Translated Show originalShow translation
FrauHolle
FrauHolle
   18  
{Bei Karl}
The only one from the Mega Very Exclusive series, who somehow, in a certain way, comes across as synthetic; so initially.
Initially and a little longer beyond that; I gave two identical twin fragrances, and now you're probably wondering how I did it. Well.

An untrained nose would perhaps say: MediaMarkt plastic bag, so from the inside, if you open it right now; but that is of course complete nonsense, but nice.
Synthetic is of course most likely not in it at all, so what is this silly association, THE ONLY MIR SO?
Okay, you can't answer, because you certainly never had/have/will have this high carat under your nose; don't worry about it, you don't stick any stickers on a Porsche. (They are in this case the sticker)

Anyway, as soon as you have read Maggy4u's comment, you feel the same way as him, because you want to smell it the same way, and he can't even smell it explicitly, and if he can't do that, you don't even need to try it out, every child knows that here yes.

However, one question remains: If they already pay homage to a lake with this scent, why don't they produce a whole lake of it? I'd lay myself in it, paddle, swim, snorkel, and then drink it off completely.
4 Replies
8
Scent
7
Longevity
5
Sillage
9
Bottle
Maggy4u

76 Reviews
Translated Show originalShow translation
Maggy4u
Maggy4u
Top Review    27  
Baikal
Areej le Dore creates only limited editions. Once the amount of perfume oil once mixed has been used up, all the ingredients in their rare uniqueness are completely used up. The scent never comes back. A very absolute form of shortage. But also always an experience. Olfactory. Clearly beyond the actual collector's value of the flacons. Probably one of the best definitions for niche.

Baikal Gris is the successor of the beautiful Atlantic Ambergris. Here as representatives of the fourth
Season of the Parfumhaus.

Baikal Gris is a tribute to Lake Baikal, the deepest freshwater lake on earth. A poem on the manufacturer's page tells of sleeping Baikal. Its beauty and the scent of resting water surrounded by the scent of conifers. And, yes, the warm green tones of wood, resin and fir green are perceptible away.

But above all is this beautiful, natural amber note. Although it is supposed to be the grey Indian amber, it radiates warm, lively, amber-coloured into my mind when inhaled. Magic colors. Add to that one of the most beautiful sandalwoods I've ever smelled. Everything's "working" towards the amber. Supports its sparkle and colors.

This scent also doesn't really have a pyramid (,as stated). Every chord is there all the time in one way or another. Here again it is noticeable that the scent with skin warmth really lives and takes its space.

With light wood and oak moss, the fragrance concludes its dance on my skin after a good 8 hours. Exudes an ethereal warmth. With every heartbeat, the waves of Baikal before your eyes.

Who slowly goes back to sleep.

5 Replies

Perfume Classification by the Community


Photos by the Community

by Robsam21
by Robsam21
by Djdani
by Djdani
by Fedaie
by Fedaie
by Solina
by Solina
by Solina
by Solina
by Solina
by Solina
by Fedaie
by Fedaie
by Ustad
by Ustad
by Maggy4u
by Maggy4u
by Maggy4u
by Maggy4u
by Robsam21
by Robsam21
by Janad
by Janad

Popular Areej Le Doré

Oud Zen by Areej Le Doré Ottoman Empire by Areej Le Doré Grandenia by Areej Le Doré Oud Zhen by Areej Le Doré Koh-i-Noor by Areej Le Doré Russian Musk II by Areej Le Doré Musk Lave by Areej Le Doré Antiquity by Areej Le Doré Agar de Noir by Areej Le Doré Chinese Oud / 中國沉香 by Areej Le Doré Atlantic Ambergris by Areej Le Doré War and Peace by Areej Le Doré Oud Luwak (Extrait de Parfum) by Areej Le Doré Oud Picante by Areej Le Doré Ottoman Empire III by Areej Le Doré Russian Musk (Extrait de Parfum) by Areej Le Doré Malik Al Taif (Extrait de Parfum) by Areej Le Doré Siberian Musk by Areej Le Doré Russian Oud (Extrait de Parfum) by Areej Le Doré War and Peace Part II by Areej Le Doré