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Fou d'Absinthe (2006)
by L'Artisan Parfumeur


Fou d'Absinthe information

Year of Launch2006
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 430 votes)

People and companies

HouseL'Artisan Parfumeur
PerfumerOlivia Giacobetti
Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group
Parent Company at launchFox Paine & Company > Cradle Holdings

About Fou d'Absinthe

Fou d'Absinthe is a masculine fragrance by L'Artisan Parfumeur. The scent was launched in 2006 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Olivia Giacobetti

Fou d'Absinthe fragrance notes

Reviews of Fou d'Absinthe

I’m a woman, and I can say that I’m an absinth fan. But I don’t find my beloved plant in this, while I find it in many green fragrance. This one is grey, opening with an earthy mix of thyme, rosemary and other dry herbs and leading to a Lush sweet spicy greenness. Great and different.
30th June, 2020
From November, 2014:

To me, this comes off as a stereotypical, searingly obnoxious men's aftershave. It's headache inducing and lacks any kind of humor or relief from its relentless character. I love the notes as listed on paper and some of the reviews sound wonderful, but it doesn't pan out for me. Up close, many of the notes are there--abisnthe, pine, anise, etc. But the sum of their parts doesn't add up as I'd hoped. They coalesce into such a conventional, predictable smelling masculine (from a bygone era of leisure suits and mustaches) it's hard to imagine this is what Giacobetti intended. Anyway, give it a shot because my experience seems to be in the minority, however, I can't see it any other way as much as I've tried.
13th August, 2019
Boozy greens. Forest-like. Lightly bitter. The middle notes are muddled. Slight spice, slight smoked wood. My skin seems to suck up this juice. I keep applying more, to get a better feel for this - it's just "not there". Disappointing. I wanted to like this one.

I get some pine and fir in the base; even that, is light. I did enjoy the top but, the rest? Nada.
27th April, 2019
In his painting L'Absinthe, Edgar Degas depicts the ruinous effects of absinthe in the way that a photojournalist might. It shows two bleary drunks, a man and a woman, decrepit and broken down from absinthe abuse. Because of the harm it evidently caused, the drink was banned for more than a century before finally being allowed back on sale again in 2005. This, in theory, would have allowed Olivia Giacobetti to experiment with the drug, as well as giving her the chance to smell it. Whatever the reality of this speculation, her Fou d'Absinthe (Absinthe Addict) is a sparkling 21st century interpretation of the drink, quite different from the hazy wastedness seen in the canvas.

The juice itself mimics the anisic taste of the sugared spirit which is distilled from artemisia, green anise, fennel and other herbs. (Pernod is a sanitised version produced without the psychoactive ingredient.) The odour is boozy and a little green but it's more than just a simple presentation of the smell. A gassy-hissy note speaks about intoxication and the booze, of course, denotes drunkenness. A sweet brownness in the depths gives us the oral pleasure of the taste. Not only does Giacobetti invoke the Green Fairy, as they used to affectionately call L'absinthe, she also illustrates its effect on the mind; portraying and interpreting, showing and telling, this is an ambitious work.

The perfume is based on an anisic fougère - anise being the core of the absinthe odour, and as anise is commonly used in fougère, Giacobetti took the obvious course of action and composed an anisic fougère with a twist. But in this case taking Route One is not without its problems. The elegant fougère has very different connotations to the bohemian (or disfunctional) lifestyle we associate with absinthe drinkers, and the image of Homme Raffiné associating with wretched addict is somewhat unusual to say the least.

There is a curious powdery note that comes out in wearing that doesn't relate to either of these characterisations. Powder is not a typical fougère note and it doesn't fit with any description of booze. I'm not sure it says anything about being off your head either.

Fou d'Absinthe is a kind of magic realist fantasy, a combination of venomous hiss and Azzaro pour Homme set on a brown woody vetiver and sweet gourmand base; and all of this overlooked by an unrelated powder - that whispers of the bordello perhaps?

Bizarre it may be, but FdA's dissolute gas light fougère has - like an addictive drug - a certain nagging appeal.

25th June, 2018 (last edited: 30th June, 2018)
Her spiced pine moonshine
A fragrant Burroughs' bargain
And Red took the deal.
27th July, 2017
Opens with a pink pepper and mint note. Probably absinthe. A green pine dry-down reminiscent of Polo Green. Thumbs up for originality.
15th July, 2017

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