Fougère Aromatique Eau de Toilette (Limited Edition)
Please note that our stock of Fougère Aromatique is limited, but stock is also available from Maggard Razors, West Coast Shaving, The Razor Co., Italian Barber (Canada), and Top of the Chain (Canada).
"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'm always excited for a new box from B&M. This came well packed and presentation was great as usual. The scent initially worried me but after a few minutes of drying came alive. I am very happy to have picked this up. I'd be even happier to get a soap and AS to go with it. Wink wink nudge nudge pleeease
Great scent !
One of my favorites!
Fougere Aromatique-A Spicy Fougere
This Scent is Beautifully Composed, and is definitely suited for Cooler weather.
This is a much darker Fougere than any I'm familiar with. It starts off with some bracing spice, but it's over a backdrop of wet, earthy chocolate that quickly envelopes it. After a few minutes it settles into a softer but very deep and murky swirl of powder, dirt, mushroom and intoxicating decay before a smooth oakmoss takes over and lingers for the rest of the day. Longevity is phenomenal. The first time I wore this, I could still get whiffs off my wrist two showers and 24 hours later. Silage is also good and I had several positive comments the first time wearing it. It's not exactly what I'd call green however; to my nose it shares more with the dark and cold facets of B&M's Hallows than the traditional Fougere's out there. If Fougere is fern, Fougere Aromatique is the middle of a Pacific Northwest Forest weeks before spring. There is no sunshine here - thin gray mist envelopes giant deciduous trees covered in growth, a sweet resinous emulsion of moss hangs in the air. Streams from not-so-far-away snowmelt trickle through particulate heavy mud, twigs crackling and foliage bouncing as the occasional drop of water plops from green overgrowth above onto the living floor below. I haven't tried Imperiale, but if this is the brighter version of the two, I can't imagine how much darker it's counterpart is. May have to snag a sample to see how it compares with the addition of the fir.