I've never smelled actual absinthe, but there is a note in the opening that I would believe, based on a literary understanding of the drink. Which is to say there is a detectible note of anise, or something similar. Pepper, clove, nutmeg, ginger, and pine present themselves within about a minute of application. One can easily parse the constituent notes, not because they are poorly blended, but because they are believable, the pine in particular, which quickly dominates in the way of pine needles and sap, sap covered pine cones, pine trees oozing sap. Amazingly, this coniferous blend with added spices is not suggestive of Christmas, beyond cutting down your own Christmas tree, perhaps sweating a bit while you do so. There is also something a little boozy about this. The whole is exceptional and highly enjoyable, although short lived. For about 2-3 hours this has average strength and projection, but it tapers off pretty quickly at around 3 hours, at which time I once again get the absinthe note, faint though it may be, which hangs around skin-close four several hours.
Fou D'Absinthe by L'Artisan Parfumeur, 2006
Rated #650 in Fragrances
Strong fresh masculine green scent. This type of combination doesnt normally bode well for a fragrance in my mind. In this case though, the way these attributes are blended in Fou D'Absinthe exudes an interesting type of character, confident yet not arrogant, unswerving but still charming. Not bad after all.
While the notes are great, on my skin, this didn't last more than 2-3 hrs after which there was 0 projection - Al Oudh by the same house lasted 15+ hrs, one of my favorite oud's...
Fd'A is a throwback anisic, piney, spicy woody fragrance not unlike Polo (the original). Given its anisic quality in particular, it also evokes the fougère style. Fd'A would be a nice scent for, let's say, a gentleman who is at least 50 years old. Otherwise, it is unoriginal and dated.
The second I smelled Fou D'Absinthe at the store, I know I'd never smelled anything like it and bought a bottle immediately. It kicks off with a bright green, almost alcoholic smell mixing mint, fennel, anise, and licorice (those are just the notes I can pick out - it's a very dense, unique, and intoxicating mix). On me, the heart basically smells like sweaty body odor, and is actually quite nasty. Then, the base is a subtle pine tar that smells like really sweaty, slightly piney leather, the way it mixes with the sweaty heart note. This has led me into a bit of a difficult relationship with Fou D'Absinthe. Those topnotes are absolutely brilliant - some of the best in the business - but that heart of pure sweat (it's not just sweat, it's the especially horrible alcohol-soaked sweat of a really filthy drunk) is a serious challenge for me to wear comfortably. I'd never wear this to work or on a date or anything, but it has an avant garde charm that makes me still insist on giving it a thumbs up.
Its a nice piney, slightly boozy scent. I don't actually find it as spicey as mentioned but it this scent does smell, fresh, modern, slightly boozy and alchoholic, herbal, slightly balmy and classy. Its a great work and everyday scent if it wasn't for the fact that I have other stuff in my collection that serves this purpose. I won't call this unique, but it is a well done scent. As such looking to part with it despite not using it.
After hearing Odysseum rave about it, I thought I'd give this L'Artisan a try, and I'm happy to report that it is indeed a Conehead's dream! A gentle version of Polo? Or is it a 21st century gentleman's Polo? This does NOT have monster sillage--which I believe is a wise choice here. After all, what refined gentleman wishes to draw attention to himself within a 20 foot radius? Resinous and complex. a splendid blending of absinthe ( which as I've always maintained, makes the heart grow fonder ) and fir notes. Not the least bit harsh, a problem with some coniferous offerings as the aforementioned Polo, or Yatagan, Macassar and other similar powerhouses. Still, it's equally uber-masculine; in a quiet way.
Fou d'Absinthe by L'Artisan Parfumeur - One is initially treated to a bittersweet blast from the stimulating melange of greenness spurred by ansinthe, with its dusty, dry, medicinal dimensions; angelica, with its heavy, sweet, musky attributes; star anise, with its smoky, rich, licorice character and black currant, with its strong, fruity bouquet tinged with a cat urine slant. Percolating with a faint backdrop of a coniferous forest, this somewhat brisk blend meanders to the inviting heart. Here, woody clove, spicy-sweet ginger, cinnamon-like nutmeg and a hint of lively pepper shower the green opening, and impart their warmth, while resourceful patchouli adds a warm earthiness with its slight nutty and musky overtures. The foresty background is still here, and carries this flavorful concoction to the awaiting base. Robust conifers take center stage with the fresh and slightly camphorous woodiness of pine needles and the balsamic, christmas tree aroma of firs. Cistus bestows its terpenic and pine-like facets and vague illusions of amber and leather. A faintly rugged and quintessentially outdoorsy drydown ensues. This all-season, masculine composition has good projection, a 12-inch, scent cloud, and very good longevity, 10 hours; and should be experienced, especially on cool evenings.
I tried Fou d'absinthe when it was launched and it was a total let down for me. For the first 15 or 20 minutes, I could not have enough of that strange yet interesting fragrance. After 30 minutes or so, I wanted to cut off my wrist!!! What was intriguing and exotic at first suddenly became very barbershoppy and synthetic. I retried it this weekend (using a sample) and the results were very different. I did not get the barbershoppy/synthetic effect that time and the dry down was rather good albeit excessively discreet. The longevity was ridiculously short though (about 2 hours). Although Fou d'absinthe is not a bad fragrance, it is certainly not worth the outrageous L'artisan parfumeur's prices.
Next to Absithe by Nasomatto but more sweetly spicy and aromatic and less earthy and incensey. A deep breath of mountain that comprises all the aromatic, bitter and sweet elements of the forest. The olfactory agreement of spices-blackcurrant-ginger-distillate of anise plus aromatic-balsamic plants and a touch of pepper produces a sparkling almost liquorous and anyway fizzy initial blast that delights the senses and discloses the lungs. In a while the spicy-aromatic-resinous breath is strengthened by all the power of the conifers of the base that teleport you in the middle of the forest by a prickly balsamic breeze. A very woodsy fragrance with a mild pleasant core, a touch of leather in its composition and a good level of boldness.
Fou D'Absinthe by L'Artisan Parfumeur, 2006
|Top Notes||Absinthe, Angelica, Blackcurrant Buds|
|Middle Notes||Pepper, Clove, NUtmeg, Ginger, Patchouli|
|Base Notes||Pine Needles, Cistus, Fir Balsam|
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