Habit Rouge (1965)
    by Guerlain




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    Another Guerlain classic: Habit Rouge (meaning red jacket) combines notes of bergamot, patchouli, vanilla and leather.

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    I bought this as a tester bottle at Fragrance Outlet so hope it has not turned. Anyway, i think that this is my favorite perfume so far....and i am a woman. Love, love, love it. Anyway, smells just like an orange creamsicle with sweaty leather wallet and sweaty keys from a mans pocket. Very comforting fragrance to me. Like a warm quilt on a cold winter day sitting in front of a fireplace in a rocking chair. Not bad at all.

    22 July, 2014

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    A milestone of classic masculine perfumery. Citrus head notes rich in noble and discreet refinement (miles away any idiotic "summery" Fanta-like citrus notes) with herbs, lavender, a soft and slightly warm, carnal, almost sticky leather note which honestly smells almost like castoreum to me, then cozy woods (sandalwood), carnation, rose, vanilla. Austere, dusty, slightly gloomy, surely uncompromising. A classic and straightforward gentleman's cologne. Beautiful and perfectly crafted, to be honest its animalic-leathery dustiness gets a bit cloying after a while and in my opinion there is some other classic scents which "survived" better and smell more versatile and modern (think of Derby, Eau Sauvage, Mouchoir pour Monsieur, Vetiver by Guerlain...), but that is a matter of personal taste – as a scent itself it's just a pillar!

    8/10

    (my review is based on a vintage bottle from the mid-80s)

    15 July, 2014

    Way Off Scenter's avatar

    United States United States

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    Genre: Oriental

    The combination of resinous and citrus top notes that introduces Habit Rouge always strikes me as “boozy,” like some kind of sweet, old-fashioned cocktail. A touch of smoke that follows resolves the liquor into whiskey, which floats over a base of sweet vanillic powder. There really is something laid back and sleepy about Habit Rouge: its overall effect is plush and comfortably reassuring, much like a pair of fuzzy slippers or a favorite upholstered chair. It’s on a par in quality with Derby and Héritage, and of the three it is the sweetest, softest, and the most easily approachable. Like Héritage, Habit Rouge projects well from the skin and leaves a conspicuous trail of sillage, so while it’s gentle in manner, it is not a weak or shy scent. Enjoy it with a good book, a glass of scotch, and a cozy fire. And if none of these are handy, you can rest easy - Habit Rouge will conjure them up for you anyway.

    15 June, 2014

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    Too pungent. Overpowering rose and astringently chemical quality of concentrated gourmands...cinnamon, clove, and maybe orange oil. Tips the balance between bold and obnoxiiusly overpowering. Does last well over 7 hours just on skin.

    15 May, 2014

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    Hong Kong Hong Kong

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    EDP

    If it wasn't for the crappy projection, you can't smell it after 3 hours (unless you put your nose right at it and even then its only musks) this really could be an all season signature scent.

    It ticks the boxes for freshness, gourmand, leather incense and resins.

    Orange blossom with rose wood and marshmallowy vanilla and woods with a little bit of powder and slight herbal aromatic greenness. Dries down to dry woods that reminds me of leather. Walks the line of being sensual (opening and mid), feminine (powder), and masculine and oriental (leather and resins nutty pachouli and oud).

    Too bad... Projection is sooo sooo poor. Longevity for an EDP at 6-8 hours with only around 4 hours of actual drydown (not musks) is also another downer....

    01st May, 2014

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    Incredible stuff...

    Habit Rouge is to me, what either Shalimar or Chanel No: 5 would smell like if they were in masculine form.

    As with all Guerlain perfumes... This was not one I liked upon first spray (just for reference, when I first tried Shalimar and Jicky they initially smelt of urine and Vetiver reminded me of ageing old men), however upon repeated wearing I have come to love ALL of these fragrances and now consider them absolute masterpieces in perfumery. Habit rouge was no exception to this rule. when I first applied it to myself it screamed "Old Lady", that was the first thing that I thought of. I was disappointed. It actually opened up with a citrus-lemon blast which was quite sharp (a lot like Shalimar), and then the leather and vanilla got me thinking about Talcum Powder. Another thing which came to my mind was "oh, this smells like lemon cake!", and I still kinda get that vibe, although now I can pick out and recognise the notes a lot better.

    Needless to say, upon repeated wearing, my appreciation for this masterpiece has grown and grown. To me this strikes an impression as being very aristocratic, and I can totally get the elite, upper-class equestrian vibe. I think it fits it very well. At the same time, it really does dry down to something wonderful. The leather, citrus and vanilla become wonderfully balanced as the fragrance progresses. Typically for Guerlain, the dry-down is never like the opening, and it's an almost completely different fragrance by the end.

    Is it modern? Well, the word "modern" is subjective... but what I would say, is that it's "timeless". This has an appeal and quality that you won't find on many fragrances today. It's very refined, and you need to appreciate it's quality to wear this. That being said, I think anyone can wear this, male, female, old and young. As a reference, it certainly has "Rock-star Quality" to it (for example both Keith Richards and Madonna wear this) so take from that what you will.

    In regards to this being "feminine" for a man to wear? Keith Richards said that women went crazy for him once he started wearing this, and now that I think about it, the sharp citrus and smooth leather definitely makes quite an entrance, it's not floral enough to be mistaken for a typical feminine. Another word this is described as is "powdery", and yes, I did get that (I think Luca Turin summed it up nicely by referring to Habit Rouge as "sweet dust"). But the more you wear it, the more you feel more comfortable wearing it, and that gives you power, because not everyone will smell like this, and you'll feel confidant in making that statement. That being said, this would definitely make an impression at very formal occasions (this was released in 1965, think "Mad Men" and you get the picture), but in my opinion it could certainly be worn casually enough in any other setting.

    Overall, a real classic. At first, it can take real balls to wear this one, even though it's marketed towards men. But when you really get used to it, you find that it is so elegant, so refined and so very beautiful that it really becomes a part of you. It has definitely grown on me! These old Guerlains really wear me out in the beginning, but once they get going on your skin throughout the whole life of each fragrance... My God, my God, sheer class, the elegance they possess! I actually want everyone to try this one out. Habit Rouge, they don't make anything like this any more, but what a transformation! Truly an eye opening experience... and highly recommended, if at least once in your life.

    30th April, 2014

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