Chevignon is an honest hesperidic/mossy/leathery/cedary fougere which deserves attention and respect. I used to see the bottle on the shelves around in the past (today is hard to retrieve it) but tended to ignore the fragrance which, tested recently, left me pleasantly surprised for dignity and maturity. It is a minimalistic mossy/leathery/earthy herbal recipe supported by initial bergamot (a lemony tone is easily notable) and sharp floral patterns (geranium, rose or carnation) in the core providing a really sharp masculine vibe (vaguely wild, a la El Charro or Ralf Lauren classics). Really stout (but never over the limits) and finally mossy-leathery with someting spicy-earthy and "piquant" which I really like on my skin. Virile, confident, aromatic, vaguely boozy, balanced. Interesting bottle reproducing a whiskey/brandy box I suppose. I highly recommend this american "country-side" style concoction with doesn't accept compromises.
Chevignon Brand (original formula) opens with an herbal green artemisia (wormwood) and bergamot citrus duo before transitioning to its heart. As the composition reaches its early heart its general demeanor continues firmly green as the artemisia remains, now coupling with slightly sweet green jasmine-like lily-of-the-valley florals supported by oakmoss and a touch of sweet amber rising from the base. During the late dry-down the composition turns considerably sweeter as heavy amber dominates the dry-down, bolstered by the remaining green oakmoss, cedarwood and hints of hard leather and green mint leaf. Projection is average and longevity good at around 10 hours on skin.
Chevignon Brand (original formula) was a blind buy based on its loyal following by many old style composition lovers. Unfortunately, while the notes list is quite impressive it became clear relatively early that this was not turning out as well as one hoped. Things started out swimmingly with a very nice wormwood driven green open. The coupling of the wormwood with the green bergamot citrus gives off a near lime-like herbal accord that is bracing but impressive. Unfortunately things slowly turn south as the development continues. The key culprit spoiling the party is some sweet, artificial smelling amber in the base that creeps into the latter mid-section of the composition and dominates the late dry-down. This really gives the last half of the composition's development a relatively "cheap" smell. The sweet amber not mixing well with the green oakmoss and cedar doesn't help things either. In short, the late dry-down is a bit of a mess. Reading this one could surmise the entire composition is a failure but that really isn't the case. The problem is that with so many better options on the market, why would one pick a mediocre one? The bottom line is the $30 per 100ml bottle on the aftermarket Chevignon Brand (original formula) is a seemingly appealing option with its impressive list of notes and relatively low price point, but the last half of its development is marred by a liberal use of sweet amber that is incongruous with its other notes leaving the composition smelling disjointed, earning it a middling 2.5 star rating out of 5.
*Note: This item is still sold in a more modern style bottle that has been majorly reformulated. The discontinued original version's bottle reviewed here resembles a whiskey flask-like shape.
Chevignon is a blend of wood, leather, floarals and fruit with spices dredged on top. And what a mixture that is! The opening baffles me each and every time. The initial whiff that comes with the first spray is quite hard to define for me, however, you can spot the floral-whiskey-fruity nature of Chevignon right away. The wood and leather comes later with the drydown, and that is when it converts into something you would call a 'classic' cologne. Sillage is great, longevity of at least 7 hours to me is good enough. On balance, it's a beautiful and versatile scent which seems to quickly adapt to the wearer.
07th March, 2014 (last edited: 27th August, 2014)
Goes great with jeans and a favorite sweatshirt
Some great reviews for a little known scent. What can one say that fellow reviewers haven't said already. Smells a bit like some classics...Original Polo, Polo Crest and even a hint of Halston Z14. Spice...cedar, pine, patchouli a bit of leather all nicely combined with a wealth of herbal notes.
I find this a great scent for fall or winter weekend afternoons running errands and being active.
This is definitely a "one spray and walk through" for me, a little goes a long way.
Pros: Lively and spicy
Cons: Getting harder to find original (whiskey bottle & cardboard box package)"
According to Perfume Intelligence:
"A rich aromatic fougère edt with top notes of wild mint, basil, nutmeg and bergamot, heart notes of wormwood, oregano, ylang-ylang, patchouli, pine balsam and Russian leather, on base notes of cedar, vanilla, sandalwood and musk."
I definitely find the comparisons to Polo Crest spot on. I have the original Polo Crest though. The reformulation may be different.
19th January, 2012 (last edited: 05th April, 2013)