Habit Rouge 2003 Eau de Parfum

Habit Rouge (Eau de Parfum) by Guerlain
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Habit Rouge (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Guerlain for men and was released in 2003. The scent is citrusy-powdery. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by LVMH. Pronunciation
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Top Notes Top NotesBergamotBergamot OrangeOrange LemonLemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesNeroliNeroli JasmineJasmine
Base Notes Base NotesLeatherLeather OudOud VanillaVanilla PatchouliPatchouli

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8.094 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 25.08.2022.
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Top Review    32  
The delicious lemon orange with that certain something
At the moment, I spend a lot of time at Guerlain's. No wonder, there are many beautiful fragrance classics coming or coming from the house. So also Habit Rouge. It's a rather idiosyncratic fragrance that is not necessarily immediately obvious to everyone. Or for some people it is not accessible at all.
The Eau de Toilette, about which a lot has already been said, is a great piece of work, that cannot be denied According to information on the Guerlain website, it was created as a tribute to the great passion of the Guerlain family for equestrian sports. And the name alludes to the red jackets of the riders' uniforms. So far so good.
In the course of time, several flankers were released for Habit Rouge, including the Eau de Parfum.

On the one hand, eau de parfum is clearly related to eau de toilette, but develops very independently, so that one can ask oneself the question of which variant to choose.

For me, the eau de parfum is the best. For a very simple reason:
I think it is more suitable for everyday use, quieter, less tomboyish and less agitated than the eau de toilette. One has set other priorities and accents here. And I like these better
First of all, the EdP starts differently than the EdT. In the EdP the emphasis is more on the orange, very strong, very ripe, very clear. Lemon is there, but it is a little behind the orange. I almost want to say "lemon orange".
Then it feels like skipping the floral heart note and the base notes come right away. There's a hint of soft leather, a fine blob of patchouli for more depth, the beautiful guerlain vanilla is a must (but it's only been used discreetly because the fragrance isn't as sweet) and maybe a little oud plays along, but I can't really make it out. But it's a good thing, it would have spoiled the scent for me (just like with too much leather) The floral heart notes encompass the whole thing very lightly, like a fine wreath of flowers; neither jasmine nor neroli are really obvious. At first glance, all of this gives rise to a somewhat strange-looking fragrance, which somehow reminds me a bit of furniture polish. There used to be these yellow bottles with the milky liquid that you applied to the wooden furniture with a soft cloth, Poliboy :-)
This is exactly how Habit Rouge EdP smells to me in the first few minutes But I am not deterred by this, because there is much more to Guerlain, a certain complexity can not be denied and fragrances develop in the course of time more and more.

The further course is then simply beautiful, warm, sensual and spicy. I don't want to call the fragrance powdery, but I'm missing one or the other component, e.g. iris. But that would not have fit here.
In my opinion, citric-spicy is more appropriate. A slight touch of earthiness is also to be perceived
The fragrance has a splendid durability, after 9 hours it is still perceptible. In the beginning Habit Rouge leaves a quite strong scent, although not as strong as EdT. It will subside after a good hour but still radiates. You should not overdose Habit Rouge. EdT and EdP do not take anything
The EdP is more suitable for everyday use than the EdT because of its calmer and more sedate appearance. I wore it again today in the shop and I felt wonderfully fragrant throughout the working day.
For evening events both versions are perfectly suitable.
I see it in the cool autumn and winter rather than in the warm season, Habit Rouge EdP might be a bit too overwhelming.
The bottle is as simple as it is pretty, a very good spray head, which distributes the fragrance in a targeted manner, is also worth mentioning.
Unfortunately, the EdP is very rarely found in the shops. This is a pity, the EdP is a very well done reinterpretation of Habit Rouge.
All other flankers, like Dress Code, L'Eau and what they are called, are unknown to me so far.

So if the EdT is a little too loud for you, you could be happy with the EdP. But I won't talk about age recommendations now, there are no FSK-indications on the bottles.
I have to sniff around a bit and enjoy the rest of the fragrance....
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French fashion from the bottle
Habit Rouge is an absolute classic, there's nothing in it and accordingly I was very excited about the EdP variant at the time. It was supposed to be more orange than lemon compared to the EdT, which is more to my taste, so the decision to buy it was made quickly.
First of all: I appreciate older perfumes, even if I don't like to wear them all, some are in my possession. Now, Habit Rouge is of course something else than the masculine perfumes of the 70s/80s; especially EdP, released in 2003.

Habit Rouge delivers what it promises. I don't think of Scrooge McDuck in a red tuxedo, I think of the 18th or young 19th century. The tailcoat - not wrongly proclaimed as a dress code on exclusive occasions - is a wonderful piece of clothing. Even more beautiful than the tuxedo with cummerbund, which I also like to wear on occasions. Usually a tailcoat is black, rarely dark blue. So a red tails is unusual and the wearer stands out as someone extraordinary. Someone who belongs to the layer that wears a tuxedo, but still wants to stand out; someone with a moody and extroverted character if necessary.
Habit Rouge as a fragrance starts there for me. The powderiness of the orange, the subliminal sublimity and nobility of the fragrance. It works. It's the France of earlier centuries, it's rococo, it's the French Revolution, it's personalities like Marquis de Sade, Victor Hugo, Robespierre and all the others.
Let's get to the fragrance, now that we have only talked about the aura of the fragrance. We have a constantly dominant orange, although the lemon is also clearly visible. But it is dominated by the orange. The fragrance appears fresh but rather fresh-powdery or flowery. In fact, I find the jasmine here so well packaged in the lemon that the floral notes come through without us knowing exactly which flower it is, so we have more lemon with floral notes. That smells fantastic to me!

So it only remains for me to say: I wear the black tails very rarely, the small red one from the bottle all the more often
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Jean-Paul's Dream
"Bluish wisps of mist clung to the reddish edges of a summer that had almost fled. Then a barely audible rustling sounded on the distant heath. The barking of hounds mingled with the low notes of hunting horns and pierced the morning chill. Then, quite quickly, the garish red skirt of a man appeared, his hands energetically clasping the reins of his thoroughbred.
Had I only dreamed this?
And yet, in the wake of the red robe floated beguiling scents of autumn, mingling with a sensual smell of leather and tobacco. Thus was born in me "Habit Rouge."
These lines illustrate how the perfume came about; you can read about this "dream sequence" in V. Blamond's "Souvenirs de Parfums".

"Habit Rouge" was the first oriental men's fragrance in perfume history in 1965, its creator being Jean-Paul Guerlain.
According to him, the "Habit Rouge" man is an outstanding elitist horseman whose passion for horsemanship is as great as his innate and inherited passion for perfume.
So much for the words and memories of the creator of this fragrance.

I would have gladly taken another test nose full before sitting down to write this commentary: but the atomizer with "the little red jacket" that Yatagan sent me cannot be found, and I was already getting into mild trouble for my repeated search:
One found "this 'little red jacket' can't be that important after all": well, yeah!
Fortunately, there are always notes of mine lying around in books; as a "paper person" I use everything; even old shopping lists if necessary.

So again the vivid fragrance image of a man who wears this creation with dedication and passion:
partly citrus through the fruity freshness of the hesperides, over fine floral scents to a hint of vanilla, warm and refined, spicy and sensual.
A gentleman who loves the country life and his horses, and who actually seems to have fallen a little out of time.
The dandy of the early years of the last century would have been thrilled by this fragrance creation, which is so different from the fresh and discreet men's fragrances known at the time.

Also with me "Habit Rouge" left profound scent experiences, which I would not like to miss.
Maybe that's why I'm still looking for a man who smells like Jean-Paul Guerlain dreamed of back then and later realized in this creation.
He does not necessarily come from a horse stable; but otherwise ...

"Habit Rouge" is a timeless witness to French elegance!
And this is not only the opinion of the house of Guerlain; no, I feel the same way!
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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...!
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Smells a lot like Krasnaya Moskva
I just tested this perfume at Galeria Kaufhof. The beginning is very citric, but now, after two hours it smells at me almost exactly like Krasnaya Moskva, the iconic/notorious ladies perfume from the Soviet Union.

KM is a perfume from 1925, very well made in terms of craftsmanship, which only came into disrepute by the fact that it was practically the only perfume in the Soviet Union, otherwise it can certainly compete with the greats of its time, Chanel No. 5 and co. But the resemblance surprises me greatly. In direct comparison here is a hint more leather, while KM is a hint more flowery, but if you don't spray the perfumes side by side, you can confuse them (at least on me). Since I paid 10€ for KM and it lasts 12+ hours, I will not get Habit Rouge. I'm just very surprised, especially because HR is from 2003, almost eighty years younger.
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Carlitos01Carlitos01 5 years ago
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Habit Rouge EdP stands for Shalimar "au masculin". It's absolutely astonishing. John Travolta could have used it in Pulp Fiction.
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BertolucciKBertolucciK 1 year ago
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A bright lemony opening. Classy, aromatic, powdery, old school. Floral, slightly smoky, leathery, vanilla. A bite more woody than the EDT.
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EmorandeiraEmorandeira 3 years ago
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Lemon, vanilla and rose mix tagged for men. Averega performance but amazing smell. More Woody than the edt versión. For Daytime use.
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KuraiKurai 1 year ago
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Denser, thicker than its EdT sibling: Orange instead of lemon, more Shalimarish vanilla/incense, more linear. Still great.
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EstbienlaEstbienla 2 years ago
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A 1965 perfume always at the top! Everything is perfect. Nothing in my opinion can match him even those of the niche
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