Fougère, pronounced: [fu.ʒɛʁ], meaning "fern-like", is one of the main families into which modern perfumes are classified, with the name derived from the perfume Houbigant's Fougère Royale by Paul Parquet, now preserved in the archives of the Osmothèque. 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.
Members of the family are especially popular as fragrances for men. Many modern fougère perfumes have various citrus, herbaceous, green, floral and animalic notes included. The most common modifiers to this basic accord include vetiver and geranium. Bergamot is often present to add sharpness to the lavender top-note.
Examples of men's fragrances which fall into the fougère class include Brut by Fabergé, Paco Rabanne Pour Homme, Azzaro Pour Homme, Boss by Hugo Boss, Prada for Men, Eternity for Men by Calvin Klein, Canoe for Men by Dana, Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme, Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche, Tabac for Men, Michael for Men by Michael Kors, Clubman Pinaud After Shave and Special Reserve, Polo Blue and Chaps by Ralph Lauren, and Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent. The first fragrance in this class, Fougère Royale was relaunched in 2010 by its original perfumery, Parfums Houbigant Paris.
- New Perfume Handbook Editor N. Groom, Springer Science & Business Media, 1997, ISBN 0751404039, 9780751404036
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