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    Default The definitive aromatic fougère thread

    Gentlemen!

    It has long been debated that "there is only one true men's genre: the aromatic fougère". OK, I can't for the life of me remember who said that, but I thought it would be a good idea to write down our favourites (and why, if possible).

    Here are mine to start off with, listed alphabetically:

    - 1445 by Castle Forbes: Probably not so well know, but a "must-sniff" by any fougère nut-case like me

    - Azzaro Pour Homme: Pure class. Wonderful anise/lavender opening and a luscious woody dry-down

    - Cartier Pasha: A recent discovery. The heart and base have just the right amount of sweetness. Another classic

    - Czech & Speake No. 88: Interestingly this is blended with a rose note which works surprisingly well with the geranium

    - Green Irish Tweed by Creed: Kind of a classic. Definitely worth a sniff at the very least. One to be enjoyed ocassionally

    - Ralph Lauren Safari: Cloves, geranium, lavender and a creamy woody base reminiscent of the West Indies

    - YSL Kouros: Probably more aromatic woody than fougère but one that is by no means to be missed

    - YSL Rive Gauche: Another staple in the pillar that is the aromatic fougère. Love it to bits and crave for the 'barbershop' aspect

    A reminder of what the definition for a fougère is:

    Fougère (in French) translated means "fern-like". This class of fragrances have the basic accord with a top-note of lavender and base-notes of oakmoss and coumarin (Tonka bean). Aromatic fougère, a derivative of this class, contains additional notes of herbs, spice and/or wood.

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    Default Re: The definitive aromatic fougère thread

    Two which come to mind are Amouage- Memoir Man & MDCI- Invasion Barbare. Can Green Irish Tweed be classified as a fougere?

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    Fougere Royale
    C&S Oxford & Cambridge
    Rive Gauche
    Vintage Dunhill Edition
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    My Current Favorites

    1. Antiquity By Areej le Dore
    2. Musk Cologne By Bortnikoff
    3. Pegwell Bay By Haeckels
    4. Sahraa Oud By Fragrance Du Bois

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    In addition to the great suggestions so far, Yardley Citrus&Wood also has a slight fougere development, apart from the two dominant notes, while drying down
    Currently wearing: Baobab by Tesori d'Oriente

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    Great thread. My favourite genre with Rive Gauche being my favourite. Hope to read up some new possible additions to my wardrobe.
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    This masculine by Zara is actually called the genre and contains no lavender or oakmoss - I've thrown the cat in among the pigeons

    http://www.parfumo.net/Perfumes/Zara/Aromatic_Fougere

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    Default Re: The definitive aromatic fougère thread

    Some among many that I enjoy:

    Azzaro Pour Homme
    Masculin Acier
    1881 Men
    Par 4
    Toujours Fidele
    Double Zero
    Le Professionel
    Flibustier
    Citoyen
    Nuit De Sens
    Comore
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    Default Re: The definitive aromatic fougère thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post
    C&S Oxford & Cambridge
    Vintage Dunhill Edition
    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    1881 Men
    Thanks guys - not sure how I could forget these!
    Both O&C and 1881 are old favourites.

    The Dunhill I should hunt down.

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    I'm not a big fan of the old powerhouse classics but do like and own MFK's masculin Pluriel. It's definitely a fougere, and has aromatic and aquatic facets although I'm not sure it would really be an aromatic fougere.

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    My favorite & what I consider as the best aromatic fougere is Gucci Nobile. To me, when a person like Grottola or Alfarom or similar minded people give this fragrance a 9.5 or say it's the greatest ever aromatic fougere - then take note - u will be happy to have at least sniffed it in your lifetime & a mental note of thank you goes to those people due to which u had the chance to sniff a gem like Nobile. Me - I have stocked up on this gem & wouldn't hesitate to buy more. In many ways I'm happy that this is discontinued - it'll be shameful to see this sit along with current Gucci releases like Guilty etc in a department store!

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    Default Re: The definitive aromatic fougère thread

    Hands down “Azzaro Pour Homme” and "Kouros" are the best representation of this family.
    1976 - Yatagan Caron
    1977 - Snuff by Schiaparelli
    1981 - Kouros YSL
    1988 - Fahrenheit Dior
    1980 - Patou Pour Homme
    1987 - Lapidus Pour Homme
    1981 - Quorum Antonio Puig
    1993 - Insense by Givenchy
    2014 - Dior Homme Parfum
    1987 - Ho Hang Club Balenciaga

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    Default Re: The definitive aromatic fougère thread

    Few others which I rate very high in this category:

    + Rive Gauche
    + Kouros
    + Rochas Moustache (or concentree version)
    + Nino Cerruti Uomo
    + Davidoff by Davidoff
    + Estee Lauder Lauder for Men
    + Houbigant Fougere Royale (new edition)
    + Azzaro Pour Homme (vtg)
    + Narciso Rodriguez for Him
    + Paco Rabanne Tenere
    + Balmain Ebene de Balmain
    + That Man by Revlon
    + Richard James Saville Row
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    Default Re: The definitive aromatic fougère thread

    Easily Patou pour Homme Privé tops all others, IMO.
    Current Top Ten:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage (Giorgio Beverly Hills) - tie
    2) Giorgio V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills) - tie
    4) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    5)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz)
    6) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    7) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    7) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    7) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    7) Polo vintage (Ralph Lauren) - tie

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    Duc de Vervins smells quite fougere to me as well, beside all the initial blast of smokiness and chypre mossy-resinous tones (in fact, like a very upscale barbershop or the dressing table in the very traditionally and luxuriously furnished bedroom, bathroom or boudoir of someone with aristocratic origins)
    Currently wearing: Baobab by Tesori d'Oriente

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    Default Re: The definitive aromatic fougère thread

    Azzaro Pour Homme +3
    1976 - Yatagan Caron
    1977 - Snuff by Schiaparelli
    1981 - Kouros YSL
    1988 - Fahrenheit Dior
    1980 - Patou Pour Homme
    1987 - Lapidus Pour Homme
    1981 - Quorum Antonio Puig
    1993 - Insense by Givenchy
    2014 - Dior Homme Parfum
    1987 - Ho Hang Club Balenciaga

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    Default Re: The definitive aromatic fougère thread

    I'll suggest:

    Cerruti 1881, which manages to be foggy without being powdery, and managed with little enough moss to survive the slashing of 2010.
    Tuscany, for many of the same virtues as Azzaro.
    Tabac (Maurer & Wirz), because it says "I just shaved in my string vest", as opposed to "I just tweezered my eyebrows".
    Pinaud Clubman, because it says "I didn't bother to shave at all."
    NeroUno Montegrappa / Dunhill Edition, for the business lounge.
    Felci L'erbolario, because you can have endless fun with the pronunciation of Felci.

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    Default Re: The definitive aromatic fougère thread

    I think Luca Turin said something to that effect.

    I've smelled the original Fougere Royale and it is spectacular. Unfortunately, also IFRA non-compliant, and not at all like what's currently sold as Fougere Royale. But it doesn't really fall into the aromatic field.

    cacio

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    Rive gauche
    Narciso Rodriguez for him
    Drakkar Noir
    D&G ph (vintage)
    Azzaro ph
    Paco rabanne ph (vintage)

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    Default Re: The definitive aromatic fougère thread

    Quote Originally Posted by rum View Post
    Gentlemen!

    It has long been debated that "there is only one true men's genre: the aromatic fougère". OK, I can't for the life of me remember who said that, but I thought it would be a good idea to write down our favourites (and why, if possible).

    Here are mine to start off with, listed alphabetically:

    - 1445 by Castle Forbes: Probably not so well know, but a "must-sniff" by any fougère nut-case like me

    - Azzaro Pour Homme: Pure class. Wonderful anise/lavender opening and a luscious woody dry-down

    - Cartier Pasha: A recent discovery. The heart and base have just the right amount of sweetness. Another classic

    - Czech & Speake No. 88: Interestingly this is blended with a rose note which works surprisingly well with the geranium

    - Green Irish Tweed by Creed: Kind of a classic. Definitely worth a sniff at the very least. One to be enjoyed ocassionally

    - Ralph Lauren Safari: Cloves, geranium, lavender and a creamy woody base reminiscent of the West Indies

    - YSL Kouros: Probably more aromatic woody than fougère but one that is by no means to be missed

    - YSL Rive Gauche: Another staple in the pillar that is the aromatic fougère. Love it to bits and crave for the 'barbershop' aspect

    A reminder of what the definition for a fougère is:

    Fougère (in French) translated means "fern-like". This class of fragrances have the basic accord with a top-note of lavender and base-notes of oakmoss and coumarin (Tonka bean). Aromatic fougère, a derivative of this class, contains additional notes of herbs, spice and/or wood.
    thanks for these gud one /2 line descriptions ....this really helps newbies like me ....but I often get confused between Fougere & Chypres but these kind of thread help in the understanding !

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    Default Re: The definitive aromatic fougère thread

    A few favourites -

    Azzaro pour Homme
    Rive Gauche pour Homme
    Tsar
    Jazz


    I don't really see Kouros as an aromatic fougere, otherwise it would surely make the list.
    Currently wearing: Style by Martine Micallef

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    Polo Modern Reserve is the fougere to end all fougeres.
    I can provide decants of anything I post about!

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    Default Re: The definitive aromatic fougère thread

    What a fun thread. I think GIT is the only fougere I own.
    Current Favorites (in no particular order)
    Castile
    Royal Oud
    Tabac Rouge
    Petit Matin
    Curve
    1725 Casanova
    Tom Ford Extreme
    Green Irish Tweed
    Interlude Man
    Prada L'Homme
    Les Exclusifs Eau de Cologne
    Terre d'Hermes Parfum
    Aqua Universalis
    Pomelo Paradis
    Hanae Mori H.M. EDT

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    Mouchoir de Monsieur by Guerlain
    Special for Gentlemen by Le Galion
    Last edited by Trauerkraut; 9th November 2019 at 07:53 AM.

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    Cool Water by Davidoff.
    It is true that fish stink. It is also true that the river is
    beautiful. But the river would be beautiful despite the fish. What
    is noxious remains so.

    That is not to say that sh*t is not useful when buried in the wheat
    field. Bread made from the field tastes sweet, wine from the arbor
    sweetest. All things serve a purpose, but that is no reason to
    glorify what is abominable. A man must still watch where he walks
    and keep his sandals clean.
    c.21 of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Trans: Normandi Ellis

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    Quote Originally Posted by superfluousPastry View Post
    Cool Water by Davidoff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerangedGoose View Post
    Polo Modern Reserve is the fougere to end all fougeres.
    AFAIK it is not exactly a fougere.
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    Default Re: The definitive aromatic fougère thread

    The finest of the fine, Belgravia by Duke of Pall Mall, only a few batches produced and sold locally in London in 1983.

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    Default Re: The definitive aromatic fougère thread

    Quote Originally Posted by AnthonyG View Post
    Um, what?
    It is true that fish stink. It is also true that the river is
    beautiful. But the river would be beautiful despite the fish. What
    is noxious remains so.

    That is not to say that sh*t is not useful when buried in the wheat
    field. Bread made from the field tastes sweet, wine from the arbor
    sweetest. All things serve a purpose, but that is no reason to
    glorify what is abominable. A man must still watch where he walks
    and keep his sandals clean.
    c.21 of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Trans: Normandi Ellis

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    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    I think Luca Turin said something to that effect.

    I've smelled the original Fougere Royale and it is spectacular. Unfortunately, also IFRA non-compliant, and not at all like what's currently sold as Fougere Royale. But it doesn't really fall into the aromatic field.

    cacio
    Yes it is! Best I've smelled. Hate to make you jealous, dear cacio, but stumbled upon a sealed bottle from the 40's or 50's recently (but to ease the pain, I would be happy to send you a decant at some point, just ask). If we want to classify No. 88 as aromatic fougere, the vintage version would ne another favourite. Gucci Nobile is also exceptional, as is vintage Mouchoir de Monsieur.

    Vintage Kouros is also a pillar of masculine perfumery, but not something I would wear.
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