Duc de Vervins (1985)

Duc de Vervins by Houbigant
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Duc de Vervins is a perfume by Houbigant for men and was released in 1985. The scent is spicy-green. It is being marketed by Perris Group.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesLavender, Rosemary, Cumin, Nutmeg, Geranium
Base Notes Base NotesPatchouli, Oakmoss absolute



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... hmm i don't know..
A classic Fougère, no doubt.

Everything has been said about Houbigant, a traditional house that doesn't have to prove itself - the range of some beautiful fragrances is too wide, Paul Parquet wasn't the first perfumer to create a Fougère fragrance.
But even if he was the creators of Fougères, and so was the House of Houbigant - so to speak the pioneers, this one is not mine
Coumarin is now most present or better said the scaffold in Fougère fragrances.

How about this candidate here?

To be honest, it makes me a little desperate, not quite desperate, but we're not talking about a rating in the upper range here either, but rather the question of whether it moves in the midfield or rather under it.

From Fougèredüften this one is really not my first choice here.
Quite nice, quite ok, and if there was a sample lying around, I'd use that sample before I didn't wear anything.

But it's not a scent I'd buy. It's not bad, but it doesn't suit my taste.

The fragrance starts clearly with lemon and bergamot. These two substances can always be smelled throughout the entire process, as bergamot is also one of Fougères' constituents. The bergamot seems slightly oily to me, almost beautifully vinegary, which gives the whole to me exactly what does not make it a great fragrance for me - well noticed, for me.
In addition to the coumarin or maybe it's what I don't like-what this light hay note gives is also not mine in the connection to all the other fabrics.

Cumin underlines the whole thing with oak moss.
Only most Fougères smell like classic aftershave, which leads to the clearly masculine tendency/ astringency.
Aftershave for those who can't really imagine what Fougères is like.

After 8 hours the fragrance still has a nice drydown.

That's why it gets a reasonable score for sillage and durability.

Often a comparison to Drakkar Noir is drawn... hm... I don't think so because I don't have Drakkar Noir in my nose anymore.

It's a solid fragrance that you CAN wear but don't have to wear.
Here there are often only two camps, those who love him and those who hate him.
I'm so in the middle.
Shelf life:
In fact, on my skin more than 10 hrs.
Sillage: quiet but perceptible.
Unfortunately not my thing at all.

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Another Fragrance Similar to Drakkar Noir, But Is It Better?...
Duc de Vervins opens with a gentle aromatic lavender breeze, supported by just a hint of bergamot citrus and green oakmoss rising from the base before moving to its heart. As the composition reaches the early heart the lavender remains, though now in support to the also remaining green oakmoss that takes control, as the composition turns slightly powdery and quite soapy fresh with traces of cumin spice balancing the fresh soap. During the late dry-down the oakmoss continues as star through the finish, with its powdery facets increasing late. Projection is excellent, as is longevity at over 12 hours on skin.

Many compare Duc de Vervins to vintage Drakkar Noir, and there is no denying the resemblance. I doubt that Duc de Vervins was ever intended to clone it, but something about the way the soapy clean oakmoss is implemented in both makes the comparison inevitable. That said, Duc de Vervins holds up well on its own merits, blending in aromatic lavender, and cumin spice so mild you could almost miss it if not paying attention. In truth, before I thought Drakkar Noir, I first thought Monsieur de Givenchy -- not really in fragrance profile, but rather spirit. By spirit, I mean the composition is so clean, balanced and relatively light that it is extremely versatile. Unfortunately for Duc de Vervins the fragrances it conjures images of (in spirit or actuality) are some of the best ever, and I can't really say it quite rises to the challenge in comparison. The bottom line is Duc de Vervins with its impressive performance metrics is quite tempting at its approximate $45 per 120ml cost per bottle on the aftermarket, but as you can find vintage Drakkar Noir for not much more than that and Caesars Man for significantly less both surpassing it overall, it is hard to recommend without reservation despite its "very good" 3.5 star out of 5 rating.

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