Essence Rare (2018)

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Essence Rare (2018) by Houbigant
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Essence Rare (2018) is a popular perfume by Houbigant for women and was released in 2018. The scent is floral-creamy. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by Perris Group.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesMandarin
Heart Notes Heart NotesJasmine, Rose, Lily-of-the-valley
Base Notes Base NotesSandalwood, Oakmoss, Amber, Vanilla powder



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Greatly helpful Review    10
The Habit Rouge for the ladies?
Hello you snoopers and have a nice evening :)
I'm introducing a new, old fragrance tonight. Huh, how's that possible, you ask?! Well, the Essence Rare fragrance is already a classic that first appeared in 1928, was re-released in 1976 and finally reworked and re-released in 2018. I know that many of you think that reformulated fragrances would always lose quality. That may even be true, but I can't say very much about it yet, because I haven't had fragrances for several generations, since I'm not as old as all of you (... so much for my New Year's resolutions to be a little nicer to you ladies here... :DD), but I also think that not all reformulations necessarily have to be bad.

Anyway, even the perfumer of this fragrance doesn't seem to mind reformulations, especially if you get the honor of being allowed to re-composition a classic fragrance yourself. It is then important to combine proven things from the past with new things, at least according to the perfumer.

Well, since I don't know the 1976 scent and especially the 1928 scent of this one, since I am, as I said, not as old as you are (... I really, REALLY should stop calling you ladies older... :DD), I can't write a comparison test, but however I can tell you my opinion about this scent here and try to describe it as exactly as possible :)

The classic impression of the fragrance remains even later, but this is not surprising with scents like oakmoss. Besides, the fragrance also appears slightly soapy or cleanly clean.
Towards the end the fragrance continues to smell classic with oakmoss, and is still creamy-smooth with powdery scents. Of course the fragrance is also beautifully floral. And that's exactly the kind of floral notes I like in a women's fragrance, because they're neither muggy nor stuffy, but simply feminine. I continue to bet on lily of the valley and jasmine, although the roses can now be smelled more clearly. Besides the flowery sweetness there is another sweetness of vanilla. All in all a really nice scent.

The silage and the durability:*
Although the fragrance appears gentle, it has a strong sillage, so that it will not only be perceived up close for a while. So it smells good and without being oppressive. The durability is also very good, so that you can still smell the fragrance on your skin after ten hours.

Anyway, although I don't know the previous Essence Rare fragrances from Houbigant, I find this one simply very successful and therefore highly recommendable. Maybe it may not be a fragrance for younger people, or for those who don't like that classic touch, but I think it smells very good. It comes across very elegant, has a slightly soapy component and simply smells good.

It is an all-rounder, so in my opinion a fragrance for every season (except perhaps very hot summer days) and can be used discreetly during the day, but above all for the evening and for going out. Definitely test it sometime, it might be worth it!

That brings me to the end of my story. Excuse my age jokes (hey, I find you all but still very sexy... ;DD) and have a nice evening, until next time then :)
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Multifaceted cream blossom fragrance
Sleeping flowers, this picture goes through the head with every spray.
"Essence Rare" starts so calmly worn, expresses such a deep silence and tranquility that I almost want to switch to meditation mode myself.
In the beginning, a very delicate, mildly "chalky" iris powder was sprinkled over fresh and at the beginning only moderately sweet flowers. Not the powder impression I normally smell in powder scents, no sweet sweetness and nothing lively "powdery", but a dry, powdery white layer over still resting flower heads.
Nevertheless, nothing seems tired or bland here; under the layer of powder you can feel the life and energy of the flowers, waiting only for the sunrise to rise and blossom in all colours.

And this also happens within the first hour. Lily of the valley, rose and jasmine bloom harmoniously side by side and spread their bewitching scent. A mild citric breeze of fresh, partly ripe and juicy, partly still green, aromatic mandarins occasionally draws weakly through the composition and keeps the warm flowers fresh.
With increasing wearing time, the iris develops not only its powdery facet, but also a soft lipstick creaminess, which makes the powder appear a little more creamy and delicate.

After one hour at the latest, I finally have a rich, airy, creamy and sunny bouquet of flowers on me. On an early summer day I stand in front of a flower bed in the garden and inhale the scent of countless colourful flowers.
It is important for me to stress that these are garden flowers that grow and smell in fresh summer air, not cut flowers in a vase. The typical green-stalk-like accompanying notes, which I smell when entering a flower shop (and in some flower scents), are missing here.

Altogether a clean-flowery, sunny and colourful bouquet of flowers that slowly settles on a fine bed of sandalwood and a few micrograms of vanilla powder. A mix of cream powder, iris powder and chypre-like fresh elements to accompany the friendly, radiant flower symphony that dominates everything else from beginning to end.

"Essence Rare" looks calm and elegant ... and mature. As far away as it can be from some garish, loud, striking girly flower scents as a fragrance can only be.
It's not a "typical", minimalist Jean-Claude Ellena. I have the impression that he returned to his roots here when he created classics like "First" for Van Cleef&Arpels and fragrances for Sisley in the 70s. This fragrance is classic perfume art for me. An elegant fragrance, which in contrast to its "First" does not appear overloaded with flowers, but in spite of the sea of blossoms is light-hearted and fairylike
To make the scent comparable: For my nose, the flower mix itself has a striking resemblance to Guerlain's "Jardins de Bagatelle", but here it appears fresher and therefore "more modern".
What makes "Essence Rare" so special for me, however, is the accompaniment from different facets of the iris, from white-floury to lipstick-creamy, which sometimes wrap the bouquet in fine gauze, sometimes softly creamy.
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