Crown, Trumper and Penhaligon

  1. odysseusm
    I'm pleased to put in the archive this thread, where I did a detailed comparison of three classic British fougeres: Crown Fougere, Geo. F. Trumper Wild Fern, and Penhaligon English Fern. The winner? Click and see!
  2. vonMises
    Thank you, Ody! I remember reading this comparison some time ago.

    The thought just came to me, again, regarding these historically significant fragrances: before fougeres, were gentlmen's scents primarily based on florals (rose)? I know the chypre began to make inroads at about the same time as fougeres, but was the fougere instrumental in replacing men's floral scents with men's green scents?
  3. odysseusm
    You are raising a good question, vonMises. I would like to be a historian of scent, but I have only a rudimentary grasp of the issue. Here's my take.
    a) Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome. Ointments and oils were very fragrant, rich, and were used by men and women. To push back terms of a later era, "orientals" basically with perhaps something like chypres (herbals) at times.
    b) Starting in the 17th century aristocrats took up the custom of wearing leather gloves, and these gloves were scented with spices and oils which added to the leathery note. Again, for men and women.
    c) The Eau de Cologne style (lemon with herbals) emerged, 18th century.
    d) Fougeres appear in some way in the mid-1800's. Still unisex in market.
    The role of florals... I'm not clear on this. Interesting, I'll have to check into it more.
  4. seasoldiermarine
    Great comparison of these wonderful Classics Ody
  5. odysseusm
    I have taken the liberty of bumping this thread, since it provides a window to three lovely fougeres.
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