Paco Rabanne Paco Rabanne pour Homme (1973) Jean Martel Aromatic Fougère
Top Notes: Rosemary, Clary Sage, Rosewoood, Laurel Middle Notes: Lavender, Geranium Base Notes: Moss, Honey, Musk, Amber, Tonka Bean
One of the early so-called aromatic (or herbal) fougères. This class of "fern" scents (fougère means "fern" in French) traditionally include the trio of oakmoss, clary sage, and coumarin (in this one, that's the tonka bean); they also often include lavender. Jean Martel's take on this cleverly introduced rosemary and laurel. These are both herbal-resinous notes that aid in yielding a much stronger projection than the earlier fougère scents. The rosewood in the top adds a fresh, floral-woody note, and the honey in the base gives some depth, richness, and a bit of animal "sweat." The times were right for this pumped-up version of the fresh, lighter masculine EdT. It was, after all, the era of the muscle car...