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    Default Re: Houbigant Fougère Royale: A first sniff

    Bergdorf's in New York has it. To me it is a lot like Wild Fern or English Fern, but I will sample it a few more times before I make up my mind. It did not, however, bring out a "wow" in me. The bottle is really beautiful, however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe_Frances View Post
    Bergdorf's in New York has it. To me it is a lot like Wild Fern or English Fern, but I will sample it a few more times before I make up my mind. It did not, however, bring out a "wow" in me. The bottle is really beautiful, however.
    Interesting! I was expecting Wild Fern or English Fern and was so surprised at how it didn't smell like either of them so much. Noses really perceive differently!

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    Default Re: Houbigant Fougère Royale: A first sniff

    Took 3 test wearings for me to understand or 'get' this one.
    Honestly, it came off as a little femme @ first for me but I was fairly determined to see if it could work to help break me out of a scent genre rut.

    The lady of the house isn't all that impressed. She wants her guy to smell macho and while I like to accommodate the preference - it gets old. She just may have to suck it up on this one & give in to some 'nose' training 'cause I think I should have this one.
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    Default Re: Houbigant Fougère Royale: A first sniff

    I can't believe I was at Bergdorf in NY and I totally forgot to smell this when I was there. (sigh)

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    Default Re: Houbigant Fougère Royale: A first sniff

    Quote Originally Posted by SoGent View Post
    Took 3 test wearings for me to understand or 'get' this one.
    Honestly, it came off as a little femme @ first for me but I was fairly determined to see if it could work to help break me out of a scent genre rut.

    The lady of the house isn't all that impressed. She wants her guy to smell macho.
    She just may have to suck it up on this one & give in to some 'nose' training 'cause I think I should have this one.
    It will grow on her!

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    Default Re: Houbigant Fougère Royale: A first sniff

    I love this scent! I always have one herbal fresh scent. For the last 2 years it's been L'eau de Neroli, Diptyque. Prior I stocked up on Basilico, Aqua di Parma for 5-6 years. Fougere Royal will be the most elegant so far. I thought the sillage was perfect. It cut through my friend's perfume and restaurant scents. If my boyfriend wore this, I would think he had great taste!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclmind View Post
    Interesting! I was expecting Wild Fern or English Fern and was so surprised at how it didn't smell like either of them so much. Noses really perceive differently!
    Now, there's no intention on the part of Houbigant to say this is in anyway similar to the original are they? I know we don't have anything really to go on, relative to earlier versions, but I want to be clear in my mind that this is a "new" fragrance, not something that is supposed to be the same as or very similar to the original.
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    This one is excellent, but sadly, the staying power/projection on this one is kind of weak for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe_Frances View Post
    Now, there's no intention on the part of Houbigant to say this is in anyway similar to the original are they? I know we don't have anything really to go on, relative to earlier versions, but I want to be clear in my mind that this is a "new" fragrance, not something that is supposed to be the same as or very similar to the original.
    I don't know what the stated intention from Houbigant was, since I haven't ready any releases from them. If you have smelled the original vintage Fougere Roayle, it is definitely different from the new one... but who knows what it really smelled like back in the day, since the fragrance even if well kept over the years is bound to have changed. To me, the vintage FR smells very close to both English Fern and Wild Fern... a lavender/coumarin accord that has been very well rounded. I prefer the new FR personally. I think it's really excellent. I tested it around the same time I was first testing Aventus. I found the longevity to be about the same for each of those fragrances on me... not great, but not abysmal either.

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    Default Re: Houbigant Fougère Royale: A first sniff

    I am going to shamble back over to Bergdorf's and steal a few more squirts of FR, and see if I was right or wrong before. Since the opinion of a Basenoter of your inestimable reputation must be given due regard. ;0)
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    Default Re: Houbigant Fougère Royale: A first sniff

    Finally getting around to doing a side by side test of the 'vintage' and 'new release' and have to completely agree with mrclmind's assessment. This is one of those cases where the updated version is as good or better than the original.

    Granted, my vintage decant is an edc but I believe it's still a fair comparison. The top notes of the vintage are very, very smooth and does radiate fern moreso than the new - which would be obvious when comparing the notes.

    The progression of the new is definitely spicier than the original but not at all sharp. The oakmoss & coumarin are almost identical in intensity & depth with tonka showing up for sure in the recreation. This new kid truly is awesome & quite a bit different for me. Glad I found the Amouage Harrods Ltd Editions and this one & have targeted its first true use as New Years Eve. Think I'll layer the old with the new.

    Quote Originally Posted by mrclmind View Post
    I don't know what the stated intention from Houbigant was, since I haven't ready any releases from them. If you have smelled the original vintage Fougere Roayle, it is definitely different from the new one... but who knows what it really smelled like back in the day, since the fragrance even if well kept over the years is bound to have changed. To me, the vintage FR smells very close to both English Fern and Wild Fern... a lavender/coumarin accord that has been very well rounded. I prefer the new FR personally. I think it's really excellent. I tested it around the same time I was first testing Aventus. I found the longevity to be about the same for each of those fragrances on me... not great, but not abysmal either.
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    I finally got to try it and buy it. Great scent! But I seem to have a problem. I bought it in Vegas and didn't open it up until I got home. The nameplate is off it and the back corners seem to be chipped. Did anyone else have a problem with the bottle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gojira View Post
    I finally got to try it and buy it. Great scent! But I seem to have a problem. I bought it in Vegas and didn't open it up until I got home. The nameplate is off it and the back corners seem to be chipped. Did anyone else have a problem with the bottle?

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    Default Re: Houbigant Fougère Royale: A first sniff

    I am now sitting in a cloud of Fougere Royale and my SOTD which is Lady Vengeance (hahahaha). I have sprayed FR on my left arm. My friend brought to our office his newly purchased bottle of Fougere Royale which looks so nice and heavy. It is a great scent. Lots of lemon on top. At the heart I can smell a lot of greens. It is indeed a fresh-spicy-green scent with high quality ingredients. For lovers of Duc de Vervins, Carthusia Uomo, you will definitely love this one.
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    I tested this at NM today. I get Balenciaga Pour Homme out of it. White bottle with light blue accents? Real nice.
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    Default Re: Houbigant Fougère Royale: A first sniff

    The new Fougere Royale has nothing to do with the original, but it's actually a smaller, lighter, greener, less spicy relative of Havana (Aramis). It's well-blended and the ingredients smell like some money was put into it, but it's even duller than the Aramis. Don't get me wrong, I used to love Havana, but its reliance on affable spices led me to lose interest in it pretty fast. With the new so-called Fougere Royale, it happened a lot faster.

    But you can't expect much from a perfumer (Rodrigo Flores-Roux) who thinks Acqua di Gio is one of the best fragrances ever made. I'll take one Havana to ten Fougere Royale reissues any day.
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    Default Re: Houbigant Fougère Royale: A first sniff

    Since this thread has been resurrected, I purchased a small decant. I think the new FR EdP is a good "modernized" version of the original Fougere Royale though I've never smelled the original. I would speculate that it was more in the fashion of English Fern or Crown Fougere as a true fougere based around the distinct lavender-geranium-tonka accord. FR has this structure but it is heavily embellished with aromatic elements thus making it a aromatic fougere in the fashion of YSL's excellent albeit affordable Jazz. My favorite part of the FR is the delicate floral heart of carnation, rose, geranium, heliotrope, and jasmine--but this stage is brief and quickly gives way to the dry tonka/cedar base. Additionally, the original Fougere Royale was probably of EdC concentration and may have contained potentially sickening (or lethal) doses of natural coumarin.

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    Default Re: Houbigant Fougère Royale: A first sniff

    I tested this a couple days ago, when Basenotes was down, and didn't get to post my impressions...but I loved it. I will wear it again soon and post my comments then.

    It felt very luxurious and serious, if that makes sense. A 'man's man' sort of fragrance. I usually shy away from these sort of scents (Havana, Azzaro Pour Homme) but this one has just a little something extra that I like. If I had to compare it to any scent at all, it would be Rive Gauche Pour Homme, of course with the anise removed.
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    Resurrecting the thread, as I happened across TS's blog.

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    I would just like to say that the current keepers of the Houbigant brand should die of shame for calling that new thing they’re selling Fougère Royale. Is this a prank?
    http://honeyandthunder.com/2011/05/0...ookofperfumes/

    Anybody wants to comment? I haven't smelled either (old or new).

    cacio

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    I don't know the old one but the reissue is a very good fragrance, it's worth owning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    Resurrecting the thread, as I happened across TS's blog.

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    I would just like to say that the current keepers of the Houbigant brand should die of shame for calling that new thing they’re selling Fougère Royale. Is this a prank?
    http://honeyandthunder.com/2011/05/0...ookofperfumes/

    Anybody wants to comment? I haven't smelled either (old or new).

    cacio
    I trekked up to Nieman Marcus in SF last winter to buy a bottle. I love coumarin and the coumarin in this one is loud and clear. I was hooked on first sniff but except for the coumarin base, the new is different in construction from the samples of old I have (one small bottle that I think is from the 30's, one from the 40's and one from the 60's - the "Pour Homme H" stuff) but in fact, all these are different from each other as well and no one can say quite why, different formulation, degradation over time, etc. Still actively searching for more examples to compare but I suspect there is no way to really know what the true old FR really smells like. My take on the new:

    The old samples are all more aromatic than the new version, which is less identifiable as a classic fougere and to this nose, a bit more like a sweet fougere/oriental. I know, sounds unlikely but the the citrus and what I believe is vanilla make it sweeter than the old versions. Definitely not a classic or aromatic fougere.

    As for the name: Though I can smell a connection between the old and the new release, I am perplexed by the the decision at Houbigant to fall back on the old name. Sure, we crazy afficianados will gladly buy something called "Fougere Royale" but as a wider mass market fragrance, I don't believe it will ever fly. From a true niche house, I would understand the marketing strategy, but Houbigant, though no longer an independent company, is definitely not niche.

    I suspect this fragrance is not selling well and may disappear over time. (I have four bottles just in case).
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    Thanks - so your take is that it is good, though different from older versions.

    TS doesn't explain her statement any further, and unfortunately, she also says that FR will not be included in the upcoming book.
    (They will include 3 other perfumes, reconstructed at the Osmotheque)
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    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    Thanks - so your take is that it is good, though different from older versions.

    TS doesn't explain her statement any further, and unfortunately, she also says that FR will not be included in the upcoming book.
    (They will include 3 other perfumes, reconstructed at the Osmotheque)
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    Yes, I believe it is worthy of any wardrobe (and it seems to be getting more affordable with time. I bought a bottle online, new, sealed, for $120). Great for evening or formal wear but would pass in the office too. Not necessarily a casual or "sport" scent.
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    Default Re: Houbigant Fougère Royale: A first sniff

    Oof! This scent is awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_good_life View Post
    Jaime & Ody,
    could you compare your FR experiences with Penhaligon's English Fern, Trumper's Wild Fern and/or Crown Fougère, which to my mind are the last Victorian-style fougères around, albeit reformulated?
    Having had the opportunity to try both the regular and parfum versions of the new version Fougere Royale... I'm sad to report that I was disappointed. In my opinion, neither is anything like the vintage juice I have, nor are either close to the classic or Victorian-style fougeres currently available. The new versions are a pleasant but rather restrained green sort of scent. I wore each on different days, and waited patiently for something marvelous to develop. For me, the "marvelous" never happened. I love that retro vibe of the traditional fougeres (lavender - coumarin - moss) and I didn't get anything close here.
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    Keep the new version 20 years in your dress room, and it will be the same fantastic vintage Fougere
    Joke.
    I agree with our statement partially - it's very good scent, they should name it Fougere Royal 2 or whatever, but not the original name.
    Anyway, worth it's price tag IMO

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    This is a very nice scent. Smooth as silk and great for the office, even on another cold day. When I first put it on, I thought "this smells like Spring". Very mature yet approachable scent. I don't own anything like it.
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    This is a very nice office scent! I wore it today for a day of meetings and a Board Meeting tonight. Surprising duration for just 3 sprays. I had a comment this morning that "somebody took a shower" from my acerbic but kind-hearted HR Director!
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    Default Re: Houbigant Fougère Royale: A first sniff

    You make it sound pretty good Chuck, the only thing holding me back is the carnation note that is listed. Is the carnation noticeable?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickZee View Post
    You make it sound pretty good Chuck, the only thing holding me back is the carnation note that is listed. Is the carnation noticeable?
    My nose is not sophisticated enough to pick it out. Sorry! I'd hate to steer you wrong.
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