If the 1990s are really back, fashion-wise, we need to take them as a whole. As someone who lived through the entire decade, I feel like it's my duty to point out that not everyone in the world was unwashed in flannel clothing, wearing linear Calone water, for an entire decade. By the mid-nineties, grunge was dead. So was the whole idea of fashion as some kind of reaction to 80s excess. The same year Chanel released its (massive hit) Vamp nail polish, Hermes launched 24 Faubourg, Maurice Roucel's unapologetic layer cake of floral more-ness. These were like clarion calls that luxe was back.
Sometimes I find that these luxurious perfumes express themselves at the expense of freshness, especially when the perfume is a particularly noisy soliflore like tuberose or a huge blended floral like 24 Faubourg. I enjoy these types of perfumes, but in their presence I sometimes get the feeling that the air I am breathing may be fragrant, but it is also stale. I find myself straining for oxygen like a swimmer above the perfume's silage.
This is, I think, a function of a perfume's construction. From what I can tell, Maurice Roucel has used very minimal aldehydes in 24 Faubourg, which gives its texture a sense of solidity. Instead of throwing off bits and pieces of its large white choral accord, the whole composition hangs in the air, suspended and majestic. At its top is a jasmine dripping with honey, hinting at gardenia, suggesting late spring and decadent nights, with indole to keep things lively and radiance to indicate luxury. Below the white flowers lies a gorgeous, juicy (not earthy) iris buttressed with cedar. The whole bouquet sits on just enough vanilla and salinity to keep it all from needing regular pruning and watering.
I don't know how this perfume does it, but it still leaves room to breathe. There's somehow just enough little pockets of space left in 24 Faubourg that you don't feel suffocated within it. And the just-on-the-edge-of-overripe, animalic drydown is gorgeous. Not only is 24 Faubourg wearable--it's haunting. The last time I smelled it, I pined for weeks until I finally broke down and bought a bottle.
I'm almost sure this is the power of suggestion and nothing else, but I smell the DNA of older Hermes releases in here. Something in this perfume suggests a little neroli and orange; something else suggests amber. Nothing in this fragrance is daring or unusual, except its over-the-top neoclassicism. I love the idea of just a spritz of this with one of my old rock t shirts and jeans. Wearing 24 Faubourg like that would be adding a bit of transgressive fun to an otherwise samey night.
I feel like a queen when I wear this one. It's so beautiful.
This is a gentle and restrained white floral, quite light, and a true tribute to the scent of jasmine. It has a light menthol-like dry down.
Top notes: Neroli, Jasmine Sambac
Heart notes: Iris, Vanilla
Base notes: Amber, Patchouli
Turin gives it four stars and names it a "honeyed floral."
It is recommended for the very young woman - in her early twenties.
Very nice, sophisticated, complex.
I prefer 24 FAUBOURG to many popular modern scents because it is Pure CLASS. This fragrance is also wonderfully Subtle and Sophisticated.A Distinctive and Alluring blend that is the image of a Demure Lady. Classy,Rich,Special,Warm,Glamorous,Chic,Masterpiece, Floral, Aristocratic and 100% French Style.
A very original composition as fresh green scent mixing with Gardenia and Jasmine and a Warm Rich base of Patchouly,Vanilla and Amber However Jasmine is the most prominent Floral notes for me but there is also patchouli Dominant in the base notes as This is a blend that speaks clearly of Timeless Elegance and Exquisite Femininity.
This one is Seemly for Every SPECIAL Moments in AUTUMN,WINTER.It is not for Young Generation definitely for a queen and a self confident Character.Surely You get so Many compliments when you wear it. There is no other word possible to describe this fragrance it is utterly LOVELY.
Thank You HERMES.
24, Fabourg... (pure parfum)
The princess perfume from what I understand...
First off, this is a Beauty of a feminine fragrance, with a capitol W for women.
It is beautiful, sensual, warm, longing, intoxicating all at the same time. Pure femininity in a bottle and thus incredibly sexy.
The woman who wears this is gorgeous but requires a sensitive and featherlike touch to be seduced. She is elegant and playful, making her seem almost out of reach.
As for the fragrance itself, its a gorgeous floral, it's semi sharp, bittersweet, with warm vanilla and sandalwood combination. These are the notes I perceive. This fragrance is soft and it lingers, perhaps what a woman's scarf might smell when she unwraps it off her neck.
If this was in fact the scent that Diana left a trail of wherever she went, it more than explains (in part) why she was irresistible...