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Fou d'Absinthe (2006)
by L'Artisan Parfumeur


Fou d'Absinthe information

Year of Launch2006
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 417 votes)

People and companies

HouseL'Artisan Parfumeur
PerfumerOlivia Giacobetti
Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group
Parent Company at launchFox Paine & Company > Cradle Holdings

About Fou d'Absinthe

Fou d'Absinthe is a masculine fragrance by L'Artisan Parfumeur. The scent was launched in 2006 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Olivia Giacobetti

Fou d'Absinthe fragrance notes

Reviews of Fou d'Absinthe

In his painting L'Absinthe, Edgar Degas depicts the ruinous effects of absinthe in the way that a photojournalist might. It shows two bleary drunks, a man and a woman, decrepit and broken down from absinthe abuse. Because of the harm it evidently caused, the drink was banned for more than a century before finally being allowed back on sale again in 2005. This, in theory, would have allowed Olivia Giacobetti to experiment with the drug, as well as giving her the chance to smell it. Whatever the reality of this speculation, her Fou d'Absinthe (Absinthe Addict) is a sparkling 21st century interpretation of the drink, quite different from the hazy wastedness seen in the canvas.

The juice itself mimics the anisic taste of the sugared spirit which is distilled from artemisia, green anise, fennel and other herbs. (Pernod is a sanitised version produced without the psychoactive ingredient.) The odour is boozy and a little green but it's more than just a simple presentation of the smell. A gassy-hissy note speaks about intoxication and the booze, of course, denotes drunkenness. A sweet brownness in the depths gives us the oral pleasure of the taste. Not only does Giacobetti invoke the Green Fairy, as they used to affectionately call L'absinthe, she also illustrates its effect on the mind; portraying and interpreting, showing and telling, this is an ambitious work.

The perfume is based on an anisic fougère - anise being the core of the absinthe odour, and as anise is commonly used in fougère, Giacobetti took the obvious course of action and composed an anisic fougère with a twist. But in this case taking Route One is not without its problems. The elegant fougère has very different connotations to the bohemian (or disfunctional) lifestyle we associate with absinthe drinkers, and the image of Homme Raffiné associating with wretched addict is somewhat unusual to say the least.

There is a curious powdery note that comes out in wearing that doesn't relate to either of these characterisations. Powder is not a typical fougère note and it doesn't fit with any description of booze. I'm not sure it says anything about being off your head either.

Fou d'Absinthe is a kind of magic realist fantasy, a combination of venomous hiss and Azzaro pour Homme set on a brown woody vetiver and sweet gourmand base; and all of this overlooked by an unrelated powder - that whispers of the bordello perhaps?

Bizarre it may be, but FdA's dissolute gas light fougère has - like an addictive drug - a certain nagging appeal.

25th June, 2018 (last edited: 30th June, 2018)
Her spiced pine moonshine
A fragrant Burroughs' bargain
And Red took the deal.
27th July, 2017
Opens with a pink pepper and mint note. Probably absinthe. A green pine dry-down reminiscent of Polo Green. Thumbs up for originality.
15th July, 2017
I really enjoyed this, finished my sample, and if I found a bottle cheap somewhere I might very well pick it up. Great spring scent, and reasonably on lasting, although it dries to a skin scent pretty fast.
26th May, 2017
Fou d'absinthe is an aromatic pine patchouli fragrance with links to the past (think of Polo) but cleaned, polished, house trained and taught new tricks to appeal to both sexes in the modern age.

For me, it works best for office wear. In the outdoors, bars or restaurants it can sometimes go undetected apart from the underlying medicinal quality, which has nothing to offer in the absence of the other notes. And at home in the evening it is always struggling to overcome the smells of dinner being cooked up. In the office its softness is welcome, and it's gorgeous details are on display to entertain the wearer without spreading too far beyond.

The brilliant opening blast of top notes gets me up and going in the morning and by the time I'm at work it's developed into a beautiful pine and woods fragrance softened by nutmeg and given a medicinal edge by the interplay of ginger and a touch of clove. As noted before, this medicinal backbone stands alone when the fragrance is competing with other smells in the air or the elements, whether it be passing traffic, the wind, the smells of alcohol at bars, etc, etc. But when all the notes are allowed the space set off the olfactory senses, it is this medicinal edge that gives the fragrance its trademark depth.

03rd October, 2016
Since I've only worn this fragrance once, I'll come back and do an edit when I've had a bit more exposure to it, but I do have a couple of thoughts after first wear. I really like the smell of this stuff, however, it is weak enough that I had a hard time picking up all of the different notes, and I didn't get any pine at all, which was a huge disappointment for me. Anyway, it is a very soft smell, and I kept feeling the need to add more to my skin so I could enjoy it. The longevity was almost nonexistent, and the sillage was nonexistent. The reason I'm giving it a thumbs up so far is because it is such a nice little smooth fragrance. But, I may change to a more neutral position if I can't get any better longevity out of this juice. I only have a sample right now, and I'd hate to invest in a full bottle if I'm not able to get any better longevity in the next few applications.
02nd February, 2016

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