Parfum d'Habit (1988)
by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier


Parfum d'Habit information

Year of Launch1988
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 163 votes)

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HouseMaître Parfumeur et Gantier
PerfumerJean Laporte

About Parfum d'Habit

Parfum d'Habit is a masculine fragrance by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier. The scent was launched in 1988 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Jean Laporte

Parfum d'Habit fragrance notes

Reviews of Parfum d'Habit

My foot brushed the belly of my cat (let’s call him Jenkins because even cats deserve some Internet privacy, no?), who likes to sprawl belly up, paws pumping the air, almost as though Robert Plant runs forever through his imagination, soundtrack to his semi-sleep as he climbs, in no particular hurry, his stairway to heaven . My big toe mound got stuck in Jenkins’ junk and, even though my boy Jenkins has been neutered all of his adult life, centuries of collective species’ memory sprung immediately into action and an ancient sound, low and dark, sprung forth from his half open jaws.

It so surprised both me and Jenkins that we hardly noticed its effect on Ragnar, his svelte feline brother, who watched us from an adjacent couch. Ragnar’s ears were pinned back and his face was naughty, and filled with knowing, as though in an instant two thousand years’ of bawdy cat tales had flashed through his brain, and he didn’t, frankly, know what on earth he was supposed to do with so much instant ribaldry.

Parfum d’Habit is ancient. It’s the scent of a time before time. Smelling it is to feel, somehow, that you’re smelling for the first time the essence of life itself, and you’ll wonder, immediately after, how you lived so long in such docile ignorance. Seductive and wise, Parfum d’Habit is niche perfumery veering more towards philosophy than art. This is a scent of knowing, of mysteries revealed, and mysteries deepened. It seems to reach far inside you, into places that language cannot reach. Is it dated? Timeless things cannot age, and the only clock you need to worry about with this one, is making sure you get a bottle while you can. Man. Woman. Unisex. All things in between. Not only can anyone wear this, but everyone should.
27th February, 2016
Genre: Leather


No question, this is an unbuttoned shirt, hairy-chested, testosterone bomb of a scent. And it's great!

Stinks to high heaven when it goes on, with top notes reminding me of stale urine, but do give it a chance. Within five to ten minutes, I can swear I'm walking through a foggy west coast conifer forest, wearing a new leather jacket, with my enormous dog (he's real, at least,) by my side. The piney, resinous notes last through the drydown, while the leather intensifies and a gentle (if anything in this melange could possibly be gentle) sandalwood and musk sweetness rounds things off.

How do they do it? Frankly I don't care, as long as I can have some.
Great sillage, and you'll have to wash it off, because this stuff hangs around forever.
23rd June, 2014
This was a strange fragrance to get "comfortable with." Most reviewers are describing a cross between vetiver and patchouli, but it comes across to me somewhere near costus root but a synthetic analog like costalon, a strange aromachemical used that used to be popular in 80s fougere fragrances. It is overdosed in this one. I use this very very sparingly and layer it with some sandalwood essential oil to tame the fakeness of that predominant element. Once accomplished it has many redeeming blending qualities.
01st July, 2012
This one opens up with a strong blackberry note mixed with greens followed by a dirty earthy patchouli accord. After a while a very strong incense/pine note seems to dominate the heart of the composition. When this starts to fade I can smell a subdued leather note. In the basenotes the woods start to make their presence known moore.

This fragrance opens very loud and projects like crazy. It is a very outdoorsy and forestry earthy green scent. I do not like the incense/pine note as it is really overwhelming for the first forty or so minutes.

The strange thing I found with this scent is it is really loud and overwhelming for the first forty minutes or so then it dramatically becomes more of a skin scent.

The drydown is quite boring compared to the opening. Not a bad scent just not too my taste.
26th April, 2012
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United Kingdom
I can't say that I was particularly impressed with this. It was mainly patchouli for me, softened slightly with leather. And I have smelled better leathers, and better masculine fragrances. Very "meh...".
27th December, 2011
Balance and strict moderation in the dosage of elements in a way that the woody and resinous notes, leather, the incensey touch and the rooty-earthy ingredients are placed in a sublime and perfect balancement. What does it mean? It means that this assertive, unsociable and discreet fragrance is hardly ranking up and locating in a specific genre and that is "ancient" and modern all at once. Each note, furthermore, expresses itself in its moderate, almost apologetic facet evoiding each bombastic and fiercing kind of behaviour that on the contrary jumps up from the whole olfactory amalgam in its entirety. First of all: this is a sandalwood-dominant fragrance (Etro Sandalo is the closest thing to Parfum d'Habit I know, followed by L'Artisan Parfumeur All Oudh). The opening, under my nose, is a bit aggressive and dusty-piney with a blast of citrus, earthy notes and pine's resins whirling in a dusty-incensey-woody cloud yet coming up from the background. Few time later the raw feel of the juice starts fading down towards an averagely bodied silkiness made of dry sandalwood, resins, a touch of balsams and leather. The leathery feel is prominent above all due to a clever usage of amber and a whiff of vanilla that soften the roothness, levigate the woodsy resins and let the yard free to leather with its smell of leathery goods as purses and jackets. The outcome is a woodsy, slightly earthy (still barely earthy) and leathery dry down with a touch of incense and smoke and with a sort of old leather clothings kind of undertone. Its assertive but all at once charismatic incensey temperament reminds me a bit the one of Trussardi Uomo whose the watery lavender opening and the heavy complexity make the aroma slightly dated in comparison with the more modern and strict minimalism of Parfum d'Habit. Longevity and sillage are more than good.
25th September, 2011 (last edited: 15th January, 2018)

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