First introduced in 1882, Fougère Royale completely revolutionized the world of perfumes and established modern perfumery as we know it today. Fougère Royale was the first “fougère” (or fern-like) perfume ever created, and it established a completely new fragrance family, which remains the most popular one in men’s fragrances.
Fougère Royale opens with an uplifting cocktail of sparkling citrus oils, blending into an aromatic bouquet of Mediterranean herbs, where lavender and Moroccan chamomile oil dictate a buoyant tempo. A redolent heart follows, wherein a floral-spicy “Rondeletia” accord is revealed through rich geranium nuances and warm spices. A floral intermezzo showcases rare rose essences and absolutes, spiked with pepper, cinnamon and carnation. Finally, a grand finale of earthy, ambery and woody harmonies, with moss notes joining a sensual patchouli theme enriched by warm coumarinic undertones of tonka beans and clary sage absolute, conclude the aromatic symphony.
Fougere Royale Notes
Bergamot, mediterranean herbs, lavender, chamomile, rondeletia, geranium, rose de Mai, cinnamon, carnation, amber, oakmoss, patchouli, tonka bean, clary sage
As an enthusiastic 23-year-old, Jean Francois Houbigant founded the House of Houbigant in 1775. Before long, its fragrances first sold from this humble shop in Paris found their way to the fine noses of the French aristocracy. Along its unique history, Houbigant fragrances found home in the most interesting (and royal) of places: Marie Antoinette's corsage when taken to the guillotine, the Queen of France when needing some good cheer; Napoleon's campaign chest when he was stretching his conquering hand over Europe; and the Russian Empress Maria Fyodorovna's Christmas shopping list.
Houbigant's story is tightly interconnected with the very history of Europe. From kings and queens to ambassadors and even clergymen, all had time to put on a splash of Houbigant fragrance. Nor did these scents leave indifferent the nose of the literary world, with Tolstoy and Guy de Maupassant among Houbigant's enthusiasts.
From the little Parisian shop with a flower sign on top to its fame as a royal perfumer, Houbigant built itself as a fragrance powerhouse. The House of Houbigant also placed itself at the forefront of innovation. In 1882, it launched Fougre Royale, introducing the world to fern-like scents, appealing to masculine tastes to this day. In 1912, Quelques Fleurs was born, the world's first multi-floral bouquet. In 1941, it launched Chantilly, still a beloved classic. As of 2014, Houbigant continues its journey as the only fragrance house to have spanned four centuries.
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