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by Jean Couturier


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(based on 18 votes)

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HouseJean Couturier
Parent CompanyCosmoprod
Parent Company at launchDiana de Silva

About 12

12 is a masculine fragrance by Jean Couturier.

12 fragrance notes

Reviews of 12

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The top note is lavender-based, but a delightful tarragon with frsh geranium notes creates quite a special top note potpourri. The drydown is dominated initially by a great woody fern aroma. The base is a classic fougère-style affair with soft oakmoss, light peppery spices and musk, surrounded by a smooth and delicious amber in the background. This makes the base notes more than a run-of-the-mill fougère but gives it an unexpected twist. The last hours have a soapy component added. Good development, silage and projection with a marvelous longevity of eight hours. Great in spring.
15th November, 2013
shamu1 Show all reviews
United States
This is a soapy, leathery aromatic fougere that starts off smelling like the drydown in Polo, but ends up smelling like a leathery Irish Spring Soap. Very leathery, very strong, and very macho, but not particularly original. If you layered Polo with Paco Rabanne, I think it would smell a lot like 12, which is not a bad thing at all.

I like this scent a lot, but considering the relatively high price for a pretty unoriginal fragrance, it's probably not worth seeking this out, as others have said. If you can find it for like twenty or thirty bucks, it might be worth it, since it is a good powerhouse fragrance.

MY RATING: 7.5/10
13th October, 2011 (last edited: 21st October, 2011)
It’s a Ford quality and largely typical eighties fougere. Quite a heavy moss note is evident throughout, and it seems to enjoy playing the role of Quorum Lite. It does improve slightly with time, mainly due to its diminishing potency, and consequently the rougher edges are smoothed out. There really is insufficient creativity or quality here to warrant any protracted search for a bottle.
10th April, 2011
Spicy, herbal, lots of bergamot on top. After a while it smells like a smoky carrot soup. This is the epitome of generic 80's scents.
17th May, 2009
The most similar scent I know is Sung Homme.
Dark, spicy woody leathery chypre.
Even better than Sung Homme, IMHO.
We don't make this kind of scent anymore, unfortunately!

Smelling it now five years later, it feels more like a classic fougere than a chypre.
I get something similar to Polo, but without the pine.

Great stuff nevertheless!
01st February, 2009 (last edited: 30th January, 2014)
Macho? Yes. Dirty, dirty disco boy -- big Eighties powerhouse who's forgotten that disco is dead. I've smelled better; I've smelled worse. A good choice if you like big bad bruisers who speak loudly and come cheap.
12th October, 2007

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