Hated it at first, then gave it a fair shake and it grew on me.
Not for the faint of heart. A classic, old school man’s cologne that’s definitely a love/hate thing.
Habit Rouge (Eau de Toilette) is a fiery mix that is loud and unashamed. It has a strong rosy quality(though not in a feminine manner)that I've come to appreciate. Complex, shimmering with several notes over time, and powdery (not like its cousin, Heritage).
Suited for: older wearers, formal occasions
Fragrance family: Aromatic Fougere, with an emphasis on the Floral Oriental and Dry / Oriental Woods subgroups
Starts out: Fierce onslaught of spicy and floral notes (most notably the rose); tangy notes (lemon, bergamot) settle down, and cedarwood becomes the foundation for the other woody elements (rosewood and sandalwood) and all morph into an aromatic, bold cloud filled with notes of floral (patchouli) sprinkled with a tasteful dose of spices (basil and cinnamon, which aren’t dominating) touched subtly with the leather and sweet, oriental elements (vanilla, amber, benzoin).
Unrelenting and unashamed, commanding attention and making a statement to the world of “Here I am, and I mean it!”
Similar to: Burberry Brit
GREAT idea to test Habit Rouge EdT first before plunking down the money for it, but for the adventurous and extroverted types, a good match.
07th December, 2016 (last edited: 27th January, 2017)
HR EDT 2015:
Smells a lot like Indian incense smoke that permeates the air of shops in India and bodegas in Manhattan.
Not a bad smell but I can't wear it or recommend it.
There is a Knize 10 like leather note and lots of spices.
A powerful acid reaches my nose, this acid slowly softens, and combined with a sweet, delicate appearance, very classy. After about 10 minutes again becomes acid, or rather spicy, but not too much, just subtle and beautiful.
When the beautiful set of spicy and acidic have exceeded one or two hours, is born a soft wood, together with some flowers, I think carnation and a delicate pink.
Later, leather, vanilla, and something else, my nose does not detect perfectly (sorry), give the juice a warm, in my case the lemon is still present, but charmingly surround.
Recommended 110%, without question for me, enjoy !!! ;)
Habit Rouge (EdT)
This is an unmitigated disaster. The mix is all wrong. Pungent & rotten citrus gives way to animalic vanilla. Ugly, overbearing and downright awful – Donald Trump in a nutshell. Gave me a headache within the hour. Hard to believe anybody wears this. Fortunately, the EdC & EdP get the balance right.
Habit Rouge (EdC)
I have the vintage juice. Don’t think Guerlain still make this but it’s extraordinary. Complex, light and slightly weird citrus open the affair. Slowly the animalic leather/vanilla emerge but the tiger is tame and never gets out his cage. Every accord and note falls perfectly into place. Wear it on a sunny day and feel its golden aura.
Habit Rouge (EdP)
I have the vintage leather-bound juice. HR EdP is all about the Oud which for me is the perfect progression into modern perfumery. I give Guerlain a lot of credit for putting out an Oud-based fragrance before the Oud bandwagon started moving. The opening is very similar to the EdC – complex and slightly weird citrus. In the drydown, the Oud joins the leather and vanilla to strike one mighty accord that lasts for days. Would give Montales’ juices a run for their longevity. In some ways, it does resemble something from Montale and turns the “Guerlainade” on its side. Adding Oud to the HR formula was a genius move and years ahead of its time.
Big Bitter Bergamot, Lemon blast. Burns off quick. Beautiful blend of Floral with a centre of rose and Cinnamon, light touch of Patch. Mossy canvas with a lovely powdery, vanilla, incense cloud.
Was walking through Macy's and thought, boy there is a
really nice incense burning in here.
I suddenly realized it was me!
Thumbs up for us Dusty,Powder, Incense lovers!
1990 Vintage EDT
02nd June, 2016 (last edited: 16th April, 2017)