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Fougère Bengale (2007)
by Parfum d'Empire


Fougère Bengale information

Year of Launch2007
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 101 votes)

People and companies

HouseParfum d'Empire
PerfumerMarc-Antoine Corticchiato

About Fougère Bengale

Fougère Bengale is a shared / unisex perfume by Parfum d'Empire. The scent was launched in 2007 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Marc-Antoine Corticchiato

Fougère Bengale fragrance notes

Reviews of Fougère Bengale

sitting in a haystack, drinking a hot cup of tea...there's a touch of mint/ginger spicing up the tea...little chocolate cookies for dipping...weird thing is, despite all this it does not come across as a gourmand to me...more of an exotic Oriental...smells rich and full...kind of sweet and sticky...has that kind of narcotic/hypnotic effect on me that keeps my nose going back for a multitude of repeated sniffs...seamlessly blended where it is hard to distinguish notes...smells like this transports me to the outdoors..if anything does distinguish itself at this point it's a touch of geranium and immortele now and then and a nice solid vanilla/tonka base...this is balanced out with some moss...nicely done...a pleasure to smell...
13th August, 2018
A gorgeous, powerful, opulent immortelle-tobacco fougere. As has been noted in other posts, the actual list of notes far exceeds the official list. Coffee and mint are there, along with the rich honeyed tonka. I do not get the curried note that other's notice, to me it is more coffee-liquorice-anise. For fans of the original Yohji Homme, this is a richer, deeper, more expansive version of that. Sillage and longevity are excellent. This is bottle-worthy.
09th May, 2016
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03rd April, 2016 (last edited: 05th August, 2017)
What is it about perfume houses and their "official" list of notes? Here, as is obvious in the many astute Basenoter reviews, the central note is immortelle, which is not part of the official seven notes given out by Parfum d'Empire - lavender, tarragon, patchouli, geranium, tobacco, tonka, vanilla.

The range of scents not in the note tree detected by the 23 reviews as of this writing is astounding. To summarize: coffee, chocolate, mint, Assam tea, oakmoss, maple bacon, civet, anise, cumin, coriander, tumeric, ginger.

I have in past reviews for immortelle scents (Eau Noire, Sables) appreciated the scent achievement without wanting to smell like the kitchen in an Indian restaurant. Primarily, that was due to the sweetness of the garam masala vibe that immortelle gives off.

Here, however, what I get is only one note (not 7, not any of the 12 other notes fellow Basenoters have detected), just one, immortelle. The difference for me is that this is not sweet, but both richly honeyed and bitter. The removal of the sweetness makes me like it. It removes the scent from the gourmand category and places it not in the fougere, but in the chypre category.

I have experienced hundreds of great women's perfumes of the past century and all the chypres have this great "bitter" honeyed note that closely resembles Fougere Bengale, although I don't know if immortelle was the common ingredient, as I never heard of its use in perfumery until recently.

In any case, this is the first immortelle usage I like and its all due to its honeyed bitterness and my attraction to the classic chypres of the past. A surprise, and a welcome one.
08th January, 2016
An unlikely set of complimentary notes set this one off, and, for the most part, they stick around the whole time it’s on the skin. Fougere Bengal hits you with a ringing bell of what smells like musky hay, camphorous licorice, and maple syrup-immortelle. The camphor is really there to spike both hay and syrup as the volume’s turned up on both of those notes. With that said. the blending is seamless, and the effect is a warmth that sidesteps the saccharine. As with a number of Parfum d’Empire scents, the musk is raunchy but muzzled deep within the mix. After a while, a sketchy synth-moss rolls up and yells “copout,” but the scent manages to keep its cool all the same. It does smell like a fougere, but one that breaks the rules in a smart way. Nicely done.
30th August, 2015
Diptyque's L'Autre takes a nice shower, then settles down to a caffe mocha.

Fougere Bengale starts out as an oddly dry coffee and chocolate gourmand that's seasoned with exotic spices. Several of the prominent top notes are "Bengale" indeed: coriander seed, turmeric, cumin, ginger, and black pepper. The resulting curry accord persists, albeit more discreetly, right into Fougere Bengale's heart. After a half an hour on the skin, a classical aromatic/sweet/mossy fougere arrangement wells up underneath the Indian restaurant accord. Next up is a generous dose of syrupy immortelle. Happily, the moss and the bitter aromatic notes offer balance and contrast against the gourmand mocha and spices, so that Fougere Bengale never becomes overly sweet and syrupy. It certainly smells dark and rich, but also "hot," or even a bit parched.

After a couple of hours the chocolate drifts into the background, leaving the spices and the semi-sweet fougere base to themselves. Late in the game Fougere Bengale lets go a charming surprise: a sweet, mellow tobacco leaf note that drifts up and hovers quietly above the moss and vanilla drydown. It's a warm and comforting end to an interesting journey. The strong curry accord will not please everybody. It's certainly not among my favorites. But if the idea of wearing garam masala appeals to you, go out and try Fougere Bengale - it's very well done.
14th June, 2014

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