Ma Griffe was launched in 1946 by the design house Carven. It was created by nose Jean Carles, who had apparently completely lost his sense of smell by that time (see Michael Edwards, Perfume Legends, p. 96). The fragrance notes are gardenia, greens, galbanum, citrus, aldehydes, clary sage, jasmine, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, orris, ylang ylang, styrax, oakmoss, cinnamon, musk, benzoin, and labdanum.
Ma Griffe is classified as a floral chypre. The top notes are an aggressive burst of greens and citrus notes; there is a touch of gardenia, but very little sweetness. It settles into a mossy floral with a hint of spice and a musky base. It stays very green, but the hard edges dry down very soft and smooth.
This is a nice scent, but it is not as edgy as I expected. In the early 1990s, Ma Griffe was "repositioned" and the price was lowered. I can only assume that the formula was reworked around the same time. I would love to know how close it is to the original scent, if you know, please comment!
Ma Griffe can be found at bargain-basement prices online; a quick google search will turn up a 100 ml bottle for less than $20. The cheapest I've seen is a tester from scentiments for $12.84, but they are sold out at the moment.