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Fougere Royale   Eau de Parfum by  Houbigant

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Fougere Royale

Eau de Parfum

by Houbigant

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First introduced in 1882, Fougère Royale completely revolutionized the world of perfumes and established modern perfumery as we know it today. Fougère Royale was the first “fougère” (or fern-like) perfume ever created, and it established a completely new fragrance family, which remains the most popular one in men’s fragrances.

Fougère Royale opens with an uplifting cocktail of sparkling citrus oils, blending into an aromatic bouquet of Mediterranean herbs, where lavender and Moroccan chamomile oil dictate a buoyant tempo. A redolent heart follows, wherein a floral-spicy "Rondeletia" accord is revealed through rich geranium nuances and warm spices. A floral intermezzo showcases rare rose essences and absolutes, spiked with pepper, cinnamon and carnation. Finally, a grand finale of earthy, ambery and woody harmonies, with moss notes joining a sensual patchouli theme enriched by warm coumarinic undertones of tonka beans and clary sage absolute, conclude the aromatic symphony.

The Fougère Royale Parfum edition is showcased in a hard-wood laquered box, on which the Fougère Royale logo has been carved.

Fougere Royale Notes
Bergamot, mediterranean herbs, lavender, chamomile, rondeletia, geranium, rose de Mai, cinnamon, carnation, amber, oakmoss, patchouli, tonka bean, clary sage
Rodrigo Flores-Roux2010France
Fougere Royale - 3.3oz
  $170 3.3oz
Fougere Royale - Parfum Edition - with laquered box
  $600 3.3oz

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I had heard this was a classic, the first fougere. I ordered a sample of it on eBay, not knowing that I should have distinguished between the vintage formula and the new one. It was promising when I first sprayed it on. I imagined walking among lush, grassy hills on an overcast day. But the green hills suddenly turned to plastic, and I felt trapped in an artificial world. The scent lingered a very long time. It's day two and I can still smell it faintly. On the surface, it's a "clean" and "masculine" scent. To me, though, there's something sinister about it. It doesn't break down and decompose, like vintage scents do. It's a plastic corpse.
By Jill E. - Writer from Roanoke, VA on 5/8/2013
I love this one. I wear it twice a week and get compliments on it almost every time. Classic. Masculine. Excellent.
By Matthew - Architect from San Jose on 2/11/2012
A wonderful remake of an old classic. Nothing weird or artsy about it, just an extremely handsome, good-smelling, impeccable, "tous les jours" scent. The new FR is a great pleasure from opening spritz to drydown. The lavender, which usually characterizes the traditional fougere-type, is actually very restrained here. A slightly tonic lemon dances at the top; the middle is clean, foresty (but not green, per se), slightly spicy with an almost cinnamon-y geranium... just enough!; the base is a sophisticated, slightly ambered, airily dry sandalwood/cedar/vetiver. In the final drydown whispers the coumarin: a pastoral, hay-like smell with pleasantly "oily" notes like black tea. This scent is manly, urbane, suggests impeccable breeding, clothing and grooming. It does hearken to great scents of the the very best way (it reminds me of something my Dad wore in the mid-60's). I read this as a real lady-pleaser, too, in that it smells like a successful, soigne', ironed and buttoned-down businessman. Any man from age 14 to 90 could wear this very handsomely (something one cannot often say of modern offerings). Breathes chic, new life into an old men's formula. Highly recommended.
By david lincoln brooks - artist from boerne, TX USA on 8/12/2011
By Anonymous - sampler from nyc on 6/16/2011
Ok, I get it - this is a bit of history. Colectors are scrambling. Fougere Royale is a monument to the softest, genltest, powdery, warm, refined fragrance you've ever sniffed. When you smell this close up from one inch away you can make out the individual ingredients but smelled from shoulder distance away it smells like a wonderful old world fougere. It's lighter than Canoe, not as rich as Paul Sebastian, less green that most Fern fragrances but it is Almost identical in smell to Pinaud Clubman - the talc not the tonic. Is the price worth having a piece of history? You can always grab a 9 oz. big green bottle of clubman talc for about 5 bucks - and you've got this!
By A fragrance collector - from the midwest USA on 4/16/2011
Fougere Royale is a lightly sweet, genteel fougere that that hums at a softer tone than many of old fashioned fougeres of barbershop fame. Instead of sweetening with vanilla as is typical with Caron pour un Homme, etc. Houbigant relies only on tonka to warm the base. The floral mix of geranium, rose, and rondoletia adds a gentle floating kind of warmth. The base has a dry wood (patchouli) finish that presents itself after the lavender/floral/tonka fougere aspects have softened. This fougere smells more of a fine highly structured formal flower garden rather than mossy ferns. This version is a whisper of softness and light in a fragrance.
By incense(d) Lover on 4/6/2011
This is AMAZING! Who would ever think that a re-issue of a classic master piece would usurp the crown?
By PorkFat on 3/11/2011
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