Fraîche Badiane (1994)
    by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier

    Fraîche Badiane Fragrance notes

    Lemon, Tangerine, Anise, Patchouli

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    michailG's avatar

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    Olfactory but disappointing

    I purchased Fraiche Badiane after the raving reviews by some highly regarded basenoters. I tried it full of expectations and once again I was reminded how subjective and emotional liking a perfume is. Fraiche Badiane is well made with high quality ingredients. It starts with a blast of zesty citrus but it mellows down within half an hour into a conventional linear citrus fragrance of no depth, low projection and - when in its dry down - quite some admirable longevity. FB became a skin scent within 1 hour, but the base notes are still traceable on my skin 6+ hours after application! Overall, FB is an olfactory citrus fragrance with an old world feeling. The flacon and the cap with the oversized red sparkling rock is pompous and not well balanced (a small bottle with a big glitchy cap). Although I appreciate some of the quality FB demonstrates I cannot say that I like to smell it on me. In addition, the concentration of FB is of an eau de toillette and while the quality is good it doesn't justify the hefty price tag especially given that its projection is so poor.

    Pros: old charm and quality
    Cons: old-fashion with a feeling of staleness"

    18 July, 2013

    rogalal's avatar
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    A very nice old-fashioned citrus-topped woody chypre.

    The lemon-and-herbs top was a little scratchy, but not bad. Then a strange undertone came in, which reminded me of Kouros's urinal cake note, but VERY buried. Every few sniffs early on, there would be something dirty, but it quickly fell into place, mixing with sandalwood to form a creamy richness-enhancing base that was there mostly to make the whole scent feel more luxurious (kind of like what how the sandalwood/ambrox mix in Bois du Portugal does, though the Creed does it a little better). In the heart, the lemon faded to verbena and a touch of hawthorn came in while the vaguely animalic sandalwood hummed underneath. Eventually, it ended with a fairly standard green chypre base.

    If classics like Equipage, Eau Sauvage, Derby, and BDP get you going, you'll likely fall in love with Fraiche Badiane. It's quite well done, though I'd still pick BDP over this (though, to be fair, Badiane lasts and projects better). If you like modern niche experimentalism or mainstream aquatics, you may find this quite dated, but it does what it does quite well.

    11th October, 2012

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    There's a blurry line between negative and neutral, and there's a blurry line between neutral and positive, but there is a thin line between positive and negative, and this sprints towards that line, trips, and breaks it's ass. Fraîche Badiane has, at its core, a really rough, masculine. herbal smell that could very well be patchouli but I'm not that sure to be honest. This is some outdoorsy stuff that will throw hadukens at everyone in the room if you overspray. It's just as overbearing as any mother-in-law. There's also some nice citrus and anise on top, but they do not conceal the beast at all.

    The truth is, it is a pretty good smell, and it's never irritating or unnatural-smelling, but damn if it just doesn't work when worn.

    17 September, 2011

    the_good_life's avatar
    Germany Germany

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    Atelier Cologne may have invented "high powered Eau de Cologne" as a branding concept, but MPG has long been creating "extended version" Eau de Colognes such as the neroli-based Eau pour le jeune homme or the beauty at hand. Fraiche Badiane is an aromatic citrus in the style of Detaille's vintage scent Aeroplane or Goutal's Eau du Sud, but it gives these trads a twist by adding the star anise note to the citrus-basil combination. It's top notch quality, very natural-smelling, refreshing but sufficiently substantial, interesting if not shockingly innovative and a sheer pleasure to wear. MPG has lacked buzz recently, they certainly would deserve some for scents like this.

    13 July, 2011

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    Francois Blais
    Canada Canada

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    For those concerned, the comparison has been made with YSL pour homme (original, red packaging), not the newer L'homme YSL, which is indeed very different.

    There's some Annick Goutal flavor in this scent, to my nose.

    17 December, 2008

    jenson's avatar
    India India

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    it's a very unique take on fresher, its not an Aquatic's more of "citrusy fresh green" with an MPG touch. its doesnt smell anything like Urine as some proclaim...i mean, tht's very very misleading.

    opens with a very controlled and blunt blast of fresh herbs and citrus..if i have to give a relative reference then, think of lemonade with just a touch of sugar and lil bit giner and coriander leaves and thyme...this scent in half an hour develops into a very unique accord, i think it has to do with the MPG touch...the middle accord of this scent is one of the most satisfying set of accords i have felt. i only have a sample and could only imagine how this must feel with 3-5 sprays...simply divine i must say...if you are lookin for something which is not run of the mill and will set you apart in a crowd wearing the so called fresh scents, then my freind, you have something special going on here which is worth checking out.

    a quick note..this smells nothing like YSL Lhomme (i have a fullbottle of same).

    21st September, 2008

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