Bengale Rouge (2019)
by Papillon Artisan Perfumes


Bengale Rouge information

Year of Launch2019
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 20 votes)

People and companies

HousePapillon Artisan Perfumes
PerfumerElizabeth Moores

About Bengale Rouge

Bengale Rouge is a shared / unisex perfume by Papillon Artisan Perfumes. The scent was launched in 2019 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Elizabeth Moores

Bengale Rouge fragrance notes

Reviews of Bengale Rouge


A stunning and gorgeous oriental, the offspring of a union between Shalimar and Opium, Bengale Rouge is dripping with a honeyed myrrh, surrounding a gorgeous combination of Turkish Rose and sandalwood. Orris adds a nice dry touch to the redolent myrrh, while a quintet of warm notes (honey, vanilla, labdanum, benzoin, tonka) provide a base to cradle this welcome modern addition to the oriental genre.

It conjures for me the fur parfums of the 1930s and 1940s, the perfumes of Weil and Lanvin, which is one of the highest compliments I can give a scent.

It is very concentrated, the edp release being of parfum intensity, and is probably best suited to winter wear, as it may be too heavy or cloying for summer’s heat.

My spouse detected an orange peel incense accord and noted that Bengale has big projection and longevity. This is a cloud, not a waft. A rich, thick, sweet, rosy incense, opulent, reminding him of Arabian attars.

This is far from subtle, so wearable probably only at events or at home, for one’s own pleasure.

So far, this is by far the best of the three Papillons I have sampled. A true masterpiece.
25th May, 2020
For me, Bengale Rouge is a successful study in myrrh. The candied orange peel quality of the star ingredient is in fulsome evidence but so is the resinous dryness, a touch of something old and a mite acrid cutting across the scent profile to prevent it from cloying. Even the traditional oriental bulwarks of tonka and vanilla, and the note du jour of honey are handled in such a manner that the treacle pond is avoided. Bengale Rouge is lush and luxurious – but in an old money kind of way, there’s a discipline to it rather than a throwing together of rich ingredients; this is brocade that seems minutely patterned. For a perfume that is high in naturals – the nose detects them immediately and the overall feel is thick – this is quite a feat. Grows increasingly soft and velvety with time – the honey note really coming into its own, throwing a soft golden light over the wearer.
It remains a cold weather perfume for me due to its density; I suspect your appreciation of it may depend on your tolerance for this more laden form of olfactory expression.

18th December, 2019
This EDP is extraordinary, ranking right up there with original Opium and fine vintage oriental extraits. I find it simply gorgeous, lush and rich yet playful, redolent of the easy confidence and maturity that come from living gracefully within one's own skin. It teases with a honeyed vanillic sweetness that never becomes cloying, thanks to a generous cloud of spice that settles on it like a sable wrap. Everything is blended in such a way that no single note overtakes the composition.

I completely understand Liz Moores' stated evocation of the Bengal cat in this fragrance; the pleasure of burying one's face in that well-groomed fur, of reveling in the unplanned, relaxed elegance of each movement. It actually feels crude to mention such things as longevity and sillage, but they're there in spades. Development is langorous and straightforward: Bengale Rouge is what it is from the outset, a stunning beauty.
14th September, 2019

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