What does Fougère mean?
Fougère, pronounced ['foo-jair'], is one of the main olfactive families of perfumes. The name comes from the French language word for "fern". Fougère perfumes are made with a blend of fragrances: top-notes are sweet, with the scent of lavender flowers; as the more volatile components evaporate, the scents of oakmoss, derived from a species of lichen and described as woody, sharp and slightly sweet, and coumarin, similar to the scent of new-mown hay, become noticeable. Aromatic fougère, a derivative of this class, contains additional notes of herbs, spice and/or wood.

Perfumes of this type are especially popular as fragrances for men. Many modern fougère perfumes have various citrus, herbaceous, green, floral and animalic notes included. The most common additions to the basic fragrance blend include vetiver and geranium. Bergamot is often present to add sharpness to the lavender top-note.

Some popular examples of fougère in perfumery are:
  • Brut Original by Fabergé
  • Paco Rabanne Pour Homme by Paco Rabanne
  • Boss Number One by Hugo Boss
  • Prada Pour Homme by Prada
  • Eternity For Men by Calvin Klein
  • Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche

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