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Bouquet de Faunes (1923)
by Guerlain


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Year of Launch1923
AvailabilityIn Production
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PerfumerJacques Guerlain
PackagingRené Lalique
Parent CompanyLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton
Parent Company at launchGuerlain

About Bouquet de Faunes

Bouquet de Faunes is a feminine perfume by Guerlain. The scent was launched in 1923 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Jacques Guerlain. The bottle was designed by René Lalique

Bouquet de Faunes fragrance notes

Reviews of Bouquet de Faunes


The 1920s saw a number of Parisian perfumes created as a tribute to Claude Debussy and his tone poem, Prelude A L’Apres-Midi D’Un Faune (Prelude To The Afternoon of a Faun). These were deep, dark, animalic chypres, keeping in mind Coty’s famous Chypre ingredients (bergamot, oak moss, labdanum) and attempting to replicate this effect with the animalic notes of civet, musk, ambergris and castorium added to the mix. The results were dark, moist, earthy and carnal.

Among these are Molinard’s Le Baiser du Faune (Kiss of a Faun) (1929), Blondell’s La Faune Des Bois (1928), and the Holy Grail and instigator of the tribute to that mythological creature (half boy, half goat), Guerlain’s Bouquet de Faunes (1922), which at this writing is the most expensive vintage scent in the world.

The container for this creation is a masterpiece of Lalique creativity. An urn with three sculptures of heads of fauns surrounding the top, with the urn itself poised atop a pedestal. The empty urns themselves have been selling for thousands of dollars. The scent, created by Jacques Guerlain himself, is nearly impossible to locate.

Top notes: Neroli, Suede (Orris), Jasmine
Heart notes: Iris, Marjoram, Lavender, Amber, Carnation, Rose, Ylang, Geranium, Violet, Rosewood
Base notes: Musk, Costus, Leather, Tonka, Vanilla, Tobacco, Civet, Castoreum, Vetiver, Patchouli

This is a rather indescribable scent, totally unique in my experience. The bottle sniff is one of spicy carnation, but once it is applied to the body, it is quite different. Warm, deep, earthy, yes, but with no sharp or strong effects as one might have expected from the animal notes. It has the effect of a very concentrated powder or a very well cured leather. The musky evidence of costus combines with generous amounts of orris to carry the scent through a long and close to the skin dry down.

Bouquet is a very personal scent, almost an emanation of one’s own body oils captured in a bottle. Deeply saturated florals with an almost fur-like concentration of resins and animalics – a totally original creation from a master perfumer.

Even if it were still available it would probably cost a small fortune in today’s market. Do, however, mortgage your home if you have to, to experience this. All true lovers of vintage perfume owe it to yourselves.

04th September, 2017
Well, this review is for aficionados of vintage and impossible to find perfumes. Bouquet de faunes is something extremely weird that smells like fur. It's a fur perfume, with strong and dark animalic notes. There is civet , castoreum and other bases that I don't know but it's not a classic leather.There is also an undergrowth note, that reminds the name of the fragrance. But it is very difficult to describe as it actually smells like nothing else. For me it's a fragrance family by itself. The result is darker than Tabac blond and heavier than Fracas, as you can guess by seeing the colour of the juice! But it's beautiful, it's like if you were digging in the woods under the leafs, the roots and the earth...
22nd March, 2011

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