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Very helpful Review
A little homage for an almost perfect fragrance!
The eau de parfum of the Habit Rouge from the house of Guerlain is based on an absolute classic of perfume history, the eau de toilette of the same name from 1965, which, reformulated, is still offered today. However, since I don't own this fragrance, this commentary will deal solely with the EdP, which first appeared in 2003. But comparisons of the two have been made here anyway.
When I smelled the perfume variant in a perfumery for the first time, I was immediately thrilled and could not keep my nose off the scent for the rest of the day.
At the very first moment something floral jumps into your nose, immediately followed by a heavy dose of tangy, sharp, oily citric. From then on, Habit Rouge could be considered a classic fresh citrus scent à la Eau Sauvage. But what this perfume then does for further twists is already very impressive. Through its powerful neroli heart, Habit Rouge EdP preserves the most beautiful until the end. For here it almost becomes a real leather scent. The vanilla also begins to make its presence felt, but it doesn't paste up the base - as is unfortunately the case with many other fragrances - even though it is written in capital letters in the notes here at Parfumo. It rather stays in the background, because I feel the leather and patchouli, which both harmonize wonderfully with each other, and which are accompanied by a nuance of smoke, which probably comes from the oud. Simply grandiose the whole thing!
By the way, the leather reminds almost one to one of the leather chord of Tom Ford's Ombre Leather.
Habit Rouge is on the one hand very classical, but on the other hand very modern, only the heart with its nerolid dominance may seem a bit old-fashioned and reminds of 4711, but also gives the whole thing a very nice and lasting freshness.
Habit Rouge is portable in all seasons due to its power and versatility. Its performance is remarkable; it easily lasts a whole day with me
I wouldn't know what more you can expect from a good perfume, and I don't think you are exaggerating when you talk about a masterpiece with this fragrance...!