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    Default Fougere Bengale by Parfum d'Empire

    Guys, a sample of this came with my recent order of a bottle of Black Tourmaline from Luckyscent. I wasn't too excited because Iv'e not liked any Parum d"Empire frags. Fougere Bengale is awesome and my wife said to order a bottle upon first whiff. I'm like most of you and get samples regularly. My tab for samples at Perfume Court runs about $200.00 a month besides whatever I spend at Luckyscent. The point is many samples and very few purchases. I don't rave about many frags, but this one gets a rave. Get a sample and enjoy. Jock_For_Scents - You need to try this one. I think it's your kind of scent.

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    Sounds positive. Have a little more info on what it's like, perhaps? Suitable for hot or cold weather, what kind of notes?
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    Default Re: Fougere Bengale by Parfum d'Empire

    I am dying to try this...

    The descriptions I read made it sound like a gourmand/fougere - which sounds like something I've never encountered...I think.

    I think it sounds great for the coming autumn/winter.

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    Default Re: Fougere Bengale by Parfum d'Empire

    The notes are: Lavender,tarragon,patchouli,geranium,tobacco,tonka bean beans,vanilla

    It opens with a fresh lavender typical of a Fougere and moves on to a hint of something slightly spicy constantly changing between tarragon, gingerbread and somtimes liquorce or curry with some sweet tobacco sneeking in from time to time. Sensual and animalic. It's a hard one to pin down, and that's what is so much fun. When I go to whiff my wrist I get something a little bit different each time. The scent is grounded by patchouli, tonka beans and vanilla for some great lasting power. This is classy and sophisticated. It can be worn by CEO at a board meeting or a guy out for the day in blue jeans.

    If you like Le Dandy by D'Orsay or Haarlem by Bond #9 I think this will appeal to you.

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    I like this line, escpecially Ambre Russe and Cuir Ottoman.

    love my sample. At first I was afraid it would be like Diors Eau Noire , looking at the color of the juice and the "indian spicemarket theme"and all, but it's nothing like it.
    Don't get me wrong, I love Eau Noire, but I have to be in the right mood to wear it, because of the strong lavender, curry note I get from it. Fougere Bengale is spicy and sweet, but at the same time, not very full and heavy.Could easily be worn anytime.
    At first, I do get a lot of lavender and spice, not unlike Eau Noire, but it changes quickly into a whole differend fragrance. What remains is a comfortable sweet,spicy drydown.

    On the other hand ,haters of spicy, sweet,gourmand fragrances, stay away from this one, you will be disapointed.

    On my right arm I have the Equistrius, which is, no less interesting, upon first spray. Light flowery note, I guess the orris, with a light , sweet gourmand touch. Very airy ,light and elegant gourmand.

    Still, I think, Ambre Russe is way more complex and remains my nr.1 favorite. These two come close though

    Here's a good review on the fragrances : http://perfumeposse.com/2007/09/18/e...investigation/
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    This is a totally concrete gourmand scent It smells very like the topping on a coffee cake.

    This is Bangladesh by way of Sara Lee. And I would think it'd be classified as an amber. I like it actually. Not sure whether it's me or the drydown but hours later gets a little salty and that's a good thing.
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    I'm still not sure if I want to buy these new ones.

    If I had to choose I'd pick the Bengale, the Equistrius is a bit too feminine for me. Think Dior Homme, but more powdery Iris, more flowery and more sweet.

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    Default Re: Fougere Bengale by Parfum d'Empire

    Quote Originally Posted by supermarky View Post
    This is a totally concrete gourmand scent It smells very like the topping on a coffee cake.

    This is Bangladesh by way of Sara Lee. And I would think it'd be classified as an amber. I like it actually. Not sure whether it's me or the drydown but hours later gets a little salty and that's a good thing.
    I love gourmands with salty accords in them - Elixir des Merveilles by Hermes has this. Wonderful news!

    I'm officially going bananas, about trying this. I think I'm going to buy a decant of it, if Tom Ford for Men Extreme isn't released this week...sounds like a good excuse, right?
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    Stopped by Aedes today and gave it a spray. It is wonderful. My first reaction was Eau Noir, which I dislike, but then then the tobacco started to creep out. It isn't as dense as Eau Noir. In a way, I think it's closer to Tobacco Vanille with a healthy dose of spice on top. It's also related to Eau Lente. Well done!
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    Default Re: Fougere Bengale by Parfum d'Empire

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruggles View Post
    Stopped by Aedes today and gave it a spray. It is wonderful. My first reaction was Eau Noir, which I dislike, but then then the tobacco started to creep out. It isn't as dense as Eau Noir. In a way, I think it's closer to Tobacco Vanille with a healthy dose of spice on top. It's also related to Eau Lente. Well done!
    Want. This. Even. More. Now. That's it - I'm ordering a decant from somebody RIGHT NOW!
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    Well I'm wearing Fougere Bengale right now, and it's pretty nice. I'll lob a review in once the stuff is in the directory.

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    My first reactions were quite positive, but overnight the test strip transformed its heady exotica into Rice-a-Roni's twin sister.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruggles View Post
    My first reactions were quite positive, but overnight the test strip transformed its heady exotica into Rice-a-Roni's twin sister.
    Interesting. I never bother with test strips anymore. They rarely seem to have anything to do with how a scent smells on my skin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruggles View Post
    My first reactions were quite positive, but overnight the test strip transformed its heady exotica into Rice-a-Roni's twin sister.
    I have to agree - after a few experiences with samples from Aedes, I found this initially intriguing but ultimately too gourmand, in the wrong kind way: many hours of the sort of curry nimbus that hangs about your clothes after a meal at an Indian restaurant. And there is also, as Ruggles says, that very odd chicken stock/Rice-a-Roni note, which I vaguely remember someone's once ascribing to fenugreek. May just be my skin, but I'd find this one difficult to wear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgan Creek View Post
    I have to agree - after a few experiences with samples from Aedes, I found this initially intriguing but ultimately too gourmand, in the wrong kind way: many hours of the sort of curry nimbus that hangs about your clothes after an meal at an Indian restaurant. And there is, as Ruggles says, a very odd chicken stock/Rice-a-Roni note, which I vaguely remember someone's once ascribing to fenugreek. May just be my skin, but I'd find this one difficult to wear.
    Interesting - I don't see fenugreek in the notes and even though I don't like it in Santal Blanc by Serge Lutens I have found other scents with fenugreek quite tolerable.

    Love your adjective MorganCreek, 'curry nimbus'.
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    The curry reference is right on the mark. I suppose it's a rather literal means of evoking colonial India, but I don't find it so disturbing as MorganCreek does. Think: Diptyque's L'Autre takes a shower and then sips a mocha latte.

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    Little bit too assertive and harsh. I'll stick to Ambre Narguille.

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    So - I finally got my hot little hands of the FB samples from Luckyscent and I gave them a full wearing today. Such a strange, fascinating and categorically challenged scent this is:

    - The top notes immediately smell like Eau Noire. Funny thing is, there is NO immortelle flower in this stuff. Amazing how that happens, huh? It is an olfactory trick, but there it is.
    - The sweetness derived in FB is caramel/vanilla based, yet grounded in a middle eastern spice base. Imagine a stove top that you are standing over: In one pot is a saucepan with melted caramel, with real vanilla beans and spices and in the other pot is curried chicken cooking. The scents are mixing together. This pretty much describes this part of FB
    - If anyone got a food-esque impression from Arabie (like I did) then you will probably get the same impression from FB. Unlike Arabie, FB isn't dried or candied sweetness, rather warm and baked sweetness.
    - I got the scent of licorice this morning for a couple of minutes -black licorice sticks right out of the shiny plastic bag. Then that particular note disappeared. Not anise. Licorice.
    - When I reapplied more FB this afternoon (mid-day) the scent took on a much more comforting feeling. It was the same scent that I was smelling this morning, but this time the combination of scents felt much more cuddly. Hope that makes sense.
    - I like fougere scents - and honestly, the only aspect I find in FB that is like a fougere is the salty aspect that keeps popping up in the drydown. Perhaps fougere is not the word I would have picked when I named this scent - but the sweet/salty mix is quite addictive (I sniffed my arm all afternoon) and complimentary.
    - I can imagine this would smell wonderful worn at a Thanksgiving Dinner table
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    I can imagine this would smell wonderful worn at a Thanksgiving Dinner table
    It would be like wearing camouflage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    I can imagine this would smell wonderful worn at a Thanksgiving Dinner table
    at a lovely home in Kolkata
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    Default Re: Fougere Bengale by Parfum d'Empire

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    So - I finally got my hot little hands of the FB samples from Luckyscent and I gave them a full wearing today. Such a strange, fascinating and categorically challenged scent this is:

    - The top notes immediately smell like Eau Noire. Funny thing is, there is NO immortelle flower in this stuff. Amazing how that happens, huh? It is an olfactory trick, but there it is.
    - The sweetness derived in FB is caramel/vanilla based, yet grounded in a middle eastern spice base. Imagine a stove top that you are standing over: In one pot is a saucepan with melted caramel, with real vanilla beans and spices and in the other pot is curried chicken cooking. The scents are mixing together. This pretty much describes this part of FB
    - If anyone got a food-esque impression from Arabie (like I did) then you will probably get the same impression from FB. Unlike Arabie, FB isn't dried or candied sweetness, rather warm and baked sweetness.
    - I got the scent of licorice this morning for a couple of minutes -black licorice sticks right out of the shiny plastic bag. Then that particular note disappeared. Not anise. Licorice.
    - When I reapplied more FB this afternoon (mid-day) the scent took on a much more comforting feeling. It was the same scent that I was smelling this morning, but this time the combination of scents felt much more cuddly. Hope that makes sense.
    - I like fougere scents - and honestly, the only aspect I find in FB that is like a fougere is the salty aspect that keeps popping up in the drydown. Perhaps fougere is not the word I would have picked when I named this scent - but the sweet/salty mix is quite addictive (I sniffed my arm all afternoon) and complimentary.
    - I can imagine this would smell wonderful worn at a Thanksgiving Dinner table
    Thanks for a very accurate review. My Wife and both wear this. It's a fun scent. I get that licoriceand curry notes too. Funny you chose "cuddly " I agree.

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    I ordered a sample of this with my Domenico Caraceni and i loved it ,to me it reminded me of a sort of arabie which has had nearly all the sweetness sucked out of it with a bit of hay that once belonged in a tiger's cage chucked in at the drydown.

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    Hey, guys-

    I find it interesting that no one has mentioned its connection to Chypre Rouge...
    I thought that it had a curry-like similarity, minus all the sweet.
    To my nose, Eau Noire is sweeter, as is L'Autre- two others I enjoy.

    I really like FB, but it's a moody lil' bugger-
    I can't quite justify the outlay, as I own the others.

    The three new Pd'E are really well-done, and I really enjoy them- but don't quite affect me as strongly as the previous ones-
    In that they feel a bit more derivative, and less original.

    Let's face it-
    When Ambre Russe and Cuir Ottoman came out, we'd not smelled anything like it.
    I realize that this kind of event is unusual.

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    I just got this and I really don't like it. I just don't like the curry note at all. Without it this fragrance would be great.
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    Default Re: Fougere Bengale by Parfum d'Empire

    I like FB and will maybe purchase sometime soon - but not before I purchase Ambre Sultan. Amber Sultan is higher on my list. I'm also curious to try the other fragrances by Parfum d'Empire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chayaruchama View Post
    Hey, guys-

    I find it interesting that no one has mentioned its connection to Chypre Rouge...
    I thought that it had a curry-like similarity, minus all the sweet.
    To my nose, Eau Noire is sweeter, as is L'Autre- two others I enjoy.

    I really like FB, but it's a moody lil' bugger-
    I can't quite justify the outlay, as I own the others.

    The three new Pd'E are really well-done, and I really enjoy them- but don't quite affect me as strongly as the previous ones-
    In that they feel a bit more derivative, and less original.

    Let's face it-
    When Ambre Russe and Cuir Ottoman came out, we'd not smelled anything like it.
    I realize that this kind of event is unusual.
    Couldn't agree more!

    Ambre Russe and Cuir Ottoman (and I'd like to ad Iskander too) are the best of this line.

    Fougere Bengale and Equistrius are still very good, but don't have the "deepness and evolvement "of Ambre Russe or the refinement and originality of Cuir Ottoman to me.

    Also, I can't escape the thought that the newest PdE's were VERY inspired by Dior.

    Equistrius: the Iris,gourmand theme, like in Dior Homme (although the scent itself is nothing alike, and still interesting)
    And Fougere Bengale = Eau Noire , the curry note, color of the juice

    I could be wrong though
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    Default Re: Fougere Bengale by Parfum d'Empire

    Quote Originally Posted by eric View Post
    Also, I can't escape the thought that the newest PdE's were VERY inspired by Dior.

    Equistrius: the Iris,gourmand theme, like in Dior Homme (although the scent itself is nothing alike, and still interesting)
    And Fougere Bengale = Eau Noire , the curry note, color of the juice

    I could be wrong though
    Interesting observation.

    Perhaps it's just a coincidence. Let's face it iris and immortelle prominent scents are being churned out by many fragrance houses. And as you said, they do smell different from each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azsmells View Post
    I just got this and I really don't like it. I just don't like the curry note at all. Without it this fragrance would be great.
    Yeah. Just got my decant today. Curry note seems to me the dominant note here.
    The first 5 mins on my skin smell pretty horrible. Curry and for a lack of a better word....puke (please pardon my description here). However, once it gets to the drydown, it is quite nice. Longevity is very good as well. I have been wearing this scent for the past 5 days (something I rarely do). Perhaps because of its unique smell, I am attracted to wearing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eric View Post
    And Fougere Bengale = Eau Noire , the curry note, color of the juice
    My first impression of Fougere Bengale as well. The lavender, vanilla and tonka in FB brought Eau Noire to mind immediately. However, my favorite note in FB is tobacco, which helps distinguish it somewhat from Eau Noire. If I were in the market for a tobacco scent, I would consider FB but more likely purchase Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Interesting observation.

    Perhaps it's just a coincidence. Let's face it iris and immortelle prominent scents are being churned out by many fragrance houses. And as you said, they do smell different from each other.
    Oh yes, it could be coincidence indeed.
    There's nothing wrong with houses that "inspire" each other,theme wise, as long as creativity and quality of the fragrance itself remains, like in this case. In fact, I'd choose the Fougere Bengale over the Eau Noire, for the simple fact that it's easier for me to wear. The Equistrius is a wonderfull Iris scent, but nothing like Dior homme.

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