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Fougere Bengale  Eau de Parfum  by  Parfum d’Empire

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Fougere Bengale

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Inspired by the Bengal part of the Ancient Mongol Empire, the warm and animalic notes of Fougere Bengale recount the famous Bengalese tiger hunts in the heart of the Assam jungle where the humidity is permeated with the odor of hay. With Fougere Bengale, Parfum d’Empire also reinterpret the fougere genre by adding to the traditional blend of lavender, tonka bean and oakmoss a sensual and honeyed tobacco accord and a mouthwatering gingerbread note. Is it a fougere? For sure! But the sophisticated, subtle gourmand-ness adds a surprising and extremely enchanting twist to the classic composition. The fragrance opens with the freshness of lavender, so popular with the English dandies. Then, the dry warm notes of hay take us to Bengal, to the Assam tea plantations. The mild tobacco, a glimpse of the British officers’ cigarettes, mingles with the animalic scents of the Indian brushlands. Finally Fougere Bengale welcomes us to an oriental palace where the enigmatic patchouli, vanilla and tonka bean evoke silk and cashmere. This suave, mysterious scent with animal sensuality, a blend of traditional and modern, will be equally adored by lovers of the impeccably classic perfumes and the offbeat, unusual contemporary creations.
Fougere Bengale Notes
Lavender, tarragon, patchouli, geranium, tobacco, tonka beans, vanilla
Country
France
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I liked the idea behind this scent, but could not get past the "curry" note. A gentleman wearing lavender enjoying his curry meal? That's what came to mind for me. Please sample this and do not purchase blind, as this is one you either enjoy or dislike.
By Anonymous - - from - on 2/1/2012
Although it's not mentioned in the notes list, there is a whopping dose of green oakmoss here, from start to finish. I generally love oakmoss as a basenote but the aforementioned nutty/syrup note is prominent and not necessarily appealing. It does seem to soften some with the dry down. The spicy/herbal top notes are lovely at the opening but disappear in a flash- oddly disappointing.
By Hawthorne Bungalow on 9/1/2011
Very sweet and very heavy. I'm reminded of Serge Lutens' Santal de Mysore, but Fougere Bengale has a little less spice and a little more sweetness. Nice scent, but I can see myself getting sick of it eventually.
By Anonymous on 5/13/2011
I'm trying to like this, but notes of fake maple syrup/foenugreek keep sneaking in and spoilling the overall experience.
By Poucette - Art Director from Pasadena on 8/13/2009
The secret to this one is a clever and tasteful nod to the famous tiger hunter Col Jim Corbett. Check out Northern India, after/during British occupation, and the maneating tigers in the last century. A sweet, lightly Indian-spiced tobacco with a lavender splash, reminiscent of the fact Corbett would sit and have a smoke to calm his nerves after shooting one of the unfortunate tigers in a nerve-wracking hunt. Masculine/unisex with an immortelle and patchouli lift.
By Anonymous - historian on 5/11/2009
Reglisse et sirop d'erable, is what my husband said when I asked him to sniff my arm. And, it's true. To me this smells foody, and not in a delicious way - a bit of stale sweat mixed with liquorish and maple syrup. I'll pass, thanks.
By NaughtyChimp - from Toronto on 1/28/2009
This is one tough mother...very hard to wrap your arms around...at least my arms.
By Josh on 5/30/2008
I could not get past the very-masculine top notes.
By Debbie R. - retired programmer from Colujmbus on 1/12/2008
Well, I suppose I am on a different page than everyone else because I thought about the Tiger Balm you put on when you have sore muscles. I tried to like this perfume, but frankly, I couldn't find anything particularly nice to say. It has a sharp almost menthol smell to me.
By Shirley - Distribution Rep from Augusta, GA on 11/8/2007
I got a sample of this with my Black Tourmaline order. I was reluctant to even bother trying because past experiences with Parfum d'Empire weren't positive for me. I'm glad I did try it anyway. This is classy and sophisticated. It's really difficult to pin this one down. It changes many times during its development and remains wonderful each step of the way. Luckyscent descibes it aptly, "A Blend of traditional and modern" which is no easy task.It is very alluring and tempts you to keep smelling your wrist only to suprise you with delight each and every time. Can be worn by a CEO at a board meeting or a casual day in blue jeans. A true modern gentlemen's scent for use any time, any place, day or night. Smell like a million dollars for only $135.00. Now that's a bargain.
By KEN - from RENO.MV on 10/14/2007
Wow. This is an incredible. First whiff out of the bottle, it was all cooking aromas--smokey, maybe curry, something savory. When it calmed down it was deep and warm and rich. I wouldn't read it as a fougere, but complex and interesting in its development, yes. A winter fragrance, and not for everyone. But everyone should sample it. It's an experience.
By SniffQ - Artist from Alexandria, VA on 10/2/2007
i am getting a nutty smokey sweetness. very unique. i am going to think hookah pipes not hunting tigers. that just makes me sad... this is rich and sexy... and that is what i love about perfume on this site. you won't be a follower. you will lead with this one!
By louise - agent from st. pete on 10/2/2007
Assam, Bengal, whatever. Most bengal tigers live in Bangladesh anyway. The scent is wild and exotic and I can't wait to try my sample. Out of the bottle, it's a:
By Deepo - from Brooklyn, NY on 10/1/2007
I don't find this particularly fougere-ish, but it is a lovely deep fragrance, warm and gourmand, but also strongly herbal. The tarragon masquerades as a more licorice-y note than its usual self. It's somewhat masculine, but would be lovely on anyone in the cooler weather ahead.
By Kathy - graphic artist from Baltimore on 9/30/2007
The description of the perfume stated that this was about a trip hunting Bengal tigers in Assam. The Indian tiger is called the Bengal tiger, so the perfume is not reminiscent of two separate areas at all. I have yet to try the perfume such I cannot rate it, although this message will require me to choose the number, anyway.
By Anonymous - Neuropsychologist and Medical Psychologist from Oregon on 9/27/2007
Bengal and Assam are two different places. Bengal and Assam are similar yet different. It's like talking about New York and New Jersey. They are similar yet distinct in their own rights.
By Anonymous - Investment Bankin from New York on 9/27/2007
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