Perfume Reviews

Positive Reviews of Fougère Platine by Tom Ford

Total Reviews: 2
Love this additional take on the fougere mystique from Tom Ford!

Top notes: bergamot and clary sage
Heart notes: artemisia and olibanum
Base notes: cedar, tobacco and woody notes

I can't quite classify this one as a fougere proper, without the presence of lavender, oak moss (or alternative), and coumarin, per se. Matter of fact, this one feels more like a green-fruity-bitter scent, belonging in the "Vert" series also from Tom Ford.

This "platinum fougere" resembles a fougere in a remote way, although the requisite notes aren't present. Fougeres like Azzaro pour Homme come to mind usually; here, there is a citrus-spice, frankincense, and tobacco-y vibe that shares SOME of the smooth-mossy-sweet aspects of a fougere, but it still seems to lean away in a different, fresh woody aromatic position overall.

This one is not too bad, though I find Tom Ford's Fougère D'Argent to be my preferred between the two.
24th September, 2018
Fougère Platine (2018) feels like a lost release since Fougère d'Argent (2018) gets all of the attention at the moment, but people forget that this one also released alongside it, just with less distribution for some reason. Maybe Fougère Platine is to Fougère d'Argent what Halston 112 (1976) is to Halston Z-14 (1976), an alternate formula for the same scent which Tom Ford also liked and wanted to see released under a different designation just like Roy Halston Frowick, with less advertising glitz to go around. Fougère d'Argent gets more than it's fair share of comparisons to the Tom Ford-overseen YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme (2003), but Fougère Platine doesn't have such a tall historical comparison it has live up to, and just sits by itself quietly, waiting to be tried by the curious. One thing I can say right away, is that Fougère Platine doesn't go in the barbershop direction with the same conviction as Fougère d'Argent, and doesn't have a starring exotic note like Akigala wood to grab everyone's attention to it. Instead, we get a basic green aromatic near-fougère with it's oakmoss switched out for norlimbanol and tobacco, giving the stuff an earthy and sharp finish that makes it a modern take on the "beards and cardigan sweaters" style of mid-70's fougère craft. Is it good? Well, if you can stomach "karmawood" it is (and many of the old fragheads cannot), so Fougère d'Argent is likely to be your cup of tea if the answer to that question is no, while Fougère Platine goes more for the less-than-perfect "Hollywood romanticized" look of the 70's rather than a tit-for-tat recreation of the barbershop. Fougère Platine also feels more original to me because it's not so deliberately derivative as it's popular sibling.

Fougère Platine opens with bergamot and clary sage, two very standard and distinctly recognizable dry accords found in the genre. There is a spec of something green, but it's not grassy like the 70's staple of galbanum, so it's likely a vetiver note turned way down, with a round French lavender coming in a moment later. This lavender hooks up with the sage to be the star of the show for the first hour until bitter artemisia shows up to take us back in a dry direction, adding a little dustiness that removes us from any semblance of barbershop once and for all. An incense note shows up next, the result of the frankincense-derived olibanum, which makes the transition to the karmawood base more bearable because norlimbanol is smoothed of it's scratchiness a bit by olibanum, as evidenced in scents like Amouage Jubilation XXV (2008). Crisp cedar and a nice leafy tobacco join the karmawood, giving me impressions of something like a modernized Aramis Havana (1994) or to a lesser extent Jean-Louis Vermeil for Men (1997), but the fougère top which lingers around keeps any more than a trace comparison from being made. At the skin, Fougère Platine is tobacco, synthetic woods, wisps of artemisia and the sage top. The finish is palatial, gentlemanly, semi-dry and quiet, something it shares with Halston 112. I'd say this is really less like a fougère than Fougère d'Argent, even if it's structure is actually more traditionally fougère-like through all but the base. What's in a name anyway? Sillage is surprisingly quiet after an hour, but like most Tom Ford Private Blend creations, this will linger on skin for hours and hours. I'd keep this to office use, as it's pretty devoid of sensuality unless your date partner likes a good tobacco smell on skin.

I don't see Fougère Platine getting the attention or sales of Fougère d'Argent. Without trying to intentionally doom the new darling addition to the lineup, I don't really see production lasting all that long either, with this eventually joining the Private Blend afterlife alongside Moss Breches (2007) and Arabian Wood (2009), to be called favorite and best Private Blend by those Basenoters that won't let themselves like something until it's discontinued then sing it's praises and hoard it with a level of hysteria I still can't wrap my head around. Anyways, I could be wrong and this lingers far longer than expected, like the still-popular Oud Wood (2007) with it's Comet Cleanser scratch in the base. I'd gladly take Fougère Platine over that, but I also quite like a nicely done tobacco, even in an experimental near-fougère like this. Asking price is typical for a TF Private Blend, so that means sample sample sample, but if you like it's green and not-so-mean stateliness, there are definitely worse things you could buy with that same amount of cash. As for me? I give it a thumbs up for a rarely-seen aromatic fougère style in the 21st century, in yet another Tom Ford attempt to make what is old new again, but with such a large stock of vintage masculines both still produced or discontinued but plentiful, I don't really see this as an alternative to anything I can't or don't already have. I hope this "Fougère X" series continues, I rather like where Tom Ford's head is with these things.
03rd September, 2018 (last edited: 04th September, 2018)