English Fern (1911)
    by Penhaligon's


    • Launched: 1911
    • Type: Shared / Unisex / Unspecified
    • Availability: In Production
    • Perfumer: Unknown - Let us know
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    Average Rating: 3.5

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    English Fern is a unisex fragrance by Penhaligon's. The scent was launched in 1911

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    Way Off Scenter's avatar

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    Genre: Fougère

    English Fern introduces itself with a burst of spices and lavender, sweetened by fruit notes that I cannot identify. The lavender soon begins to recede, leaving room for a very distinct licorice/anise note and some barbershop soap to blend with the remaining brisk spices. English Fern settles into a conventional spicy “absinthe” tinted fougère, not far removed from the grand old Crown Fougère, but less complex and less nuanced. The scent remains linear for most of its duration, before fading into a sweet vanillic woody drydown. This is a very pleasant, conservative fougère – the kind of scent that one can wear to the office or to dinner with no fear of offending anybody. In this respect it strikes me as distinctly “English,” which is to say that it is proper, refined, and elegantly traditional. It may not be exciting, but it’s a solid representative of its type, and highly versatile to boot.

    13 June, 2014

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    Starts off with a really sharp fern scent; just a lot of green. Then it moves down into a very soapy plastic smell, while retaining it's greenness. Once it all settles down, it smells like Pinaud Clubman talc powder. Very dry and old fashioned. A good barbershop scent that takes me about half an hour to tolerate. Even then, it's only a 4 out of 5. I'm not sure what it is that keeps it from being perfect instead of only above average, but it is not a bad office scent and would make for a relatively safe blind buy.

    13 November, 2013

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    The rich man's Brut by Faberge

    Sharp and natural smelling ferns and limes and lemons (read: citrus). Not my favorite by this house, but a good warm weather choice. Total barbershop, to be sure. Similar to Brut, I have decided.

    02 July, 2013

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    Drydown Letdown

    English Fern, to my sensibilities, opens with a wonderful blast of green accords, with the lavender and geranium muted by the vanilla to produce an interesting ozonic effect, with the barest hint of patchouli providing indications of loam. If you've ever repotted a plant or spent time wandering a commercial greenhouse, that's what the opening is to my nose.

    And then. . .

    An hour or so into the scent, lavender, geranium, vanilla, and coumarin all flee the scene, leaving patchouli stomping around on the skin and in the nasal passages to remind one of refugees from Woodstock, or experimenting college kids who thought wearing a solid fluid ounce of the stuff would hide their herbal head-trips. Ninety minutes in - as much as I wanted to like it for the opening - English Fern became a scrubber for me.

    Pros: Lovely greenhouse opening
    Cons: Must love patch

    10th June, 2013

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    A bright green, sharp and soapy, minty lavender, with excellent sillage and longevity. It reminds me a bit of those solid green blocks of 'Fairy' household soap, which used to be used for handwashing laundry. A no-nonsense scent for the debonair gent.

    21st February, 2013

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    English Fern opens with a balmy wintergreen geranium accord that meshes with a fern undertone that at this stage is rather muted with the geranium dominating the scent. As the scent transitions to its early heart the green fern takes the fore, but the wintergreen geranium from the open remains in the background in support with patchouli rising from the base giving the balmy green scent a rugged earthy nature. English Fern pretty much remains linear through its dry-down, with what you smell during the early heart phase being what you smell through the end. Projection is excellent and longevity is average.

    English Fern is very odd smelling composition. It is extremely green as you might expect, but the fern is less dominant than the balmy wintergreen geranium medicinal aspect of the scent for most of the development and it is quite unpolished and unbalanced in a very bad way. Obviously for the fragrance to survive since 1910 it must be appealing to someone, but I have to wonder if this is the same formula that Penhaligon's released earlier on, as what I am smelling is very amateurish and not the kind of scent I would expect to be a classic. Regardless of what it used to smell like, it smells pretty bad now and this 2 to 2.5 star out of 5 below average composition is not recommended.

    01st January, 2013

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