Fougère Aromatique Eau de Toilette (Limited Edition)
"If God had given ferns a scent, they would smell like Fougère Royale." -Paul Parquet, 1884
Fougère Royale, launched in 1884 by French perfume house Houbigant, heralded a revolution in perfumery. The first fragrance to incorporate a synthetic ingredient, it was also the first to strive above and beyond the mere recreation of natural scents and create something that had never been smelled before: the scent of ferns. The plants have no natural scent of their own, so Fougère Royale was built around the combination of oakmoss, lavender, and the smell of freshly cut grass, chiefly characteristic of the chemical coumarin. Originally refined from turpentine, coumarin is also found in clover, hay, and tonka beans (from which it is now mass-produced), which makes it possible to produce all-natural fougères.
To that end, we at Barrister and Mann took on the challenge to build just such a scent: an all-natural fougère made with oakmoss, tonka bean, and hay absolute, a smell akin to liquid sunshine. We combined these rich materials with the finest French lavender, then rounded out the base with fruity, earthy patchouli and musty, chocolate-y mushroom. From there, we continued to refined our work, eventually producing two distinctly different fragrances.
Fougère Aromatique is, as its name suggests, the aromatic version. We blended the fragrance with touches of lime, cardamom, and thyme as an homage to Invasion Barbare, Stephanie Bakouche's remarkable aromatic masterpiece. The rest of the skeleton is constructed around geranium, clary sage absolute, violet leaf, and various other natural oils to produce a full-power, teeth-out scent completely divested of any resemblance to the prim little English fripperies that followed the original. Rich, gleamingly spicy, and utterly without pretense, Fougère Aromatique is a reminder of what it means to carry yourself with style.
50 ml. Shipped in a beautiful screen-printed bottle with gnurled cap and custom box. Made in the USA.
I like the scent. It lasts for a while on my skin. The only problem I have is that the cap is sometimes hard to remove.
I have a lot of favorite scents, and this is now one of them.
Love at first spritz!
I’ve been a scent guy much longer than a traditional shaver. ( 21 years vs. 13 years). I’ve been through a lot of scents , including some pre ban og frags and recent stuff as well. This is an absolute manbearpig. Wicked strength. Truly intriguing drydown. This is destined to be a coveted classic. Many people will be sorry they didn’t grab it when it becomes unobtanium. Shave companies grab flack from scent snobs, but it’s all bullsh**. This is better than nearly anything available these days. By the way, this layers really well with most aftershaves despite its intimidating profile. You will be confident wearing this.
Great Fragrance with Nuclear Performance
Sorry original Polo in the green bottle, but I have found my new fougere! I have over 250 fragrances in my collection with many niche included, but for the money it's going to be hard to top this. It checks all the boxes for me. It smells great, has terrific silliage and stellar projection. Do yourself a favor and buy it before it's gone!
Very interesting and complex. At first I didn’t know if I was going to like it because the opening is so bracing. But the dry down that starts after the first few minutes is excellent. And from there the scent develops in a very complex and non linear fashion that keeps things interesting throughout the whole day. I have compared it to Invasion Barbare, and do see the similarities. The offering from B&M seems to my nose to be more “Fougère like”.