Yuzu Fou by Parfum d'Empire
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Yuzu Fou is a perfume by Parfum d'Empire for women and men and was released in 2008. The scent is citrusy-fresh. It is still available to purchase.
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Top Notes Top NotesBitter orangeBitter orange KumquatKumquat OrangeOrange
Heart Notes Heart NotesBambooBamboo MintMint Lemon vervainLemon vervain
Base Notes Base NotesNeroliNeroli White muskWhite musk CedarCedar

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6.898 Ratings

Longevity

6.967 Ratings

Sillage

6.367 Ratings

Bottle

7.562 Ratings

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6.510 Ratings
Submitted by DeGe53, last update on 30.08.2022.
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Intersport
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Helpful Review    5  
Brix/acid ratio: 1.4-1.7
I have to revise my already once extended comment on Yuzu Fou from April 2021. For one thing, I have used the fragrance much more often since then than in years before, and in the course of this I also stumbled across Ayaka Uehara and Nicolas Baldovini's article "Volatile constituents of yuzu (Citrus junos Sieb. ex Tanaka) peel oil: A review" *. My original suspicion that Yuzu Fou could be a yuzu without yuzu is no longer necessary. My impression what a great citrus fragrance is here, confirmed again.

"In spite of Anarlan's and SirLancelot's great open air locations, and yet precisely because of the noticeably high humidity of summery Japan, I take refuge in the air-conditioned basements of the capital's large department stores: Takashimaya, Matsuya, Itesan, Mitsukoshi. The 'food halls' set up there - pure understatement, it's more a mixture of jewellery store and delicatessen - are where I see Yuzu Fou. In the rows of these endless floors of specialized food, salesmen explaining with the patience of a saint the differences between various dried squids, miso or even yuzu products, elegantly ignoring the fact that you don't understand a word of Japanese, there are always sections for 'gift fruits'. Here you can find single melons, framed with a gift ribbon, in a box in the exactly fitting ratio, which are then often in the three-digit euro range. If you want it even more luxurious go to Senbikiya, the specialist among the specialists. I remember said melons, apples, and grapes. If a single yuzu fruit or just a shiso leaf would be here in such a gift box, it would be Yuzu Fou. Selected, thereby presented like high-class at one of the jewelers around the Place Vendôme.

To Yuzu I have in the first line a gourmande connection. 20 years ago for the first time Japan, on the island of Kyushu in the restaurant that prepared EVERYTHING from the chicken, gave to the chicken soup Yuzu Kosho paste, which combines this fine citrus aroma with salt and chillies. A taste memory like the first shiso leaf. Since those days, I associate with yuzu, a delicate as cutting freshness, aromatics and high humidity. Yuzu Fou picks up where that left off, but is also a possible blueprint for a construction style that shifted into softer, spicier territory a few years later with Azemour. There are parallels especially in the development of the drydown. At the same time, the fragrance at the start has a special, even exotic, super clear and subtle citrus aroma, with mint that clearly goes in the direction of shiso, much more polyphonic than Comme des Garçons unfortunately discontinued Series 1: Leaves - Shiso (2002). Perhaps the whole thing is a kind of Japonism, bringing this Far Eastern fruit into a French context with minimal chypre framing and verbena. Yuzu You oscillates between light and solid, much like the particular structural engineering of Jun Sato & Co. that underlies the work of Junya Ishigami or S A N A A."

* Uehara, A. and Baldovini, N., 2021. volatile constituents of yuzu (Citrus junos Sieb. ex Tanaka) peel oil: A review. Flavour and Fragrance Journal, 36(2), pp.292-318.
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Really refreshing
Just back from the walk in the still partly snowy fields, it was a relief to be able to sniff every time on my arm. This fragrance fits very well with / to fresh air.
Wonderfully citrusy, not a bit boring. Is it the cedar what gives a touch foreign?
Corticchiato knows what he is doing, many of his scents are exceptional and above all GOOD.

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Anarlan
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Top Review    29  
Ikigai in a bottle
In a nutshell, it's like rolling out a wet hemp mat in front of you, so that you can walk across the stands with green and yellow fruits and herbs, while strolling through the market of fruit and herb sellers in the middle of Tokyo. The countless box-shaped displays of the stands made of bamboo cane form narrow alleys, neatly piled up to cubist backdrops, at their ends revealing the view of the hazy outlines of the skyscrapers of an endless city. The streets breed under the sultry heat of the rainy season, everywhere a film of moisture seems to lie on the surfaces. As soon as you stroke over the exposed skin of your forearms, you want to dry, cool and disinfect your hands at the next colorful flashing, beeping and talking automats.
You are sure that there are vending machines for this, too, but unsuccessfully in your search, of course, because none of the purpose and purpose of the colorfully labeled boxes that seem to stand at every corner would be understandable to you. As if by a biological peculiarity it seems granted to the locals that no moisture seems to stick on their faces, the housewives, businessmen, teenagers in their baby clothes and dyed hair hurrying through the narrow alleyways all seem to have stopped sweat production as if on appointment.

The short turmoil that the earthy smell of moist hemp gives you when you enter the market has vanished after a few seconds, and the bitter, sour, stunning liveliness of the scent of bitter oranges that seem to be omnipresent here hits you like a blow. They have a sour scent, similar to the scent of freshly grated lemon peel, but more complex, deeper, reminiscent of grapefruit and limes, without spreading the sulphurous mattness of grapefruit or the haunting exoticism of limes. Cool smells it, a boon on this rainy hot day.

Right next to it are the stalls of the herbalists, the bundles standing in vase-like woven containers of bamboo or lying, following a geometry unknown to you, arranged in small wooden boxes. Mint, you grind a few leaves between your fingers: No chewing gum mint, as expected, it would fit well into this incomprehensible environment, but a herbaceous, dark, stalked-woody mint aroma, the plants as if dried in the warm wind and by secret magic brought back to life. Among them another bundle of a small explosion of scents: Aromatic, green, citric lemon verbena, with its metallic tart scent, which you can almost taste, a dark, herbaceous tone, which lies very delicately under the tangy bitter oranges.

You still think you perceive the earthy smell of the rain-wet hemp mat, which occasionally rises in this exquisite sour-bitter mood, but soon the harsh impressions are mixed with the shimmering woodiness of the cedars and the warm, deep, pleasantly dry and slightly rubbing musk. Something reminds you of the mineral darkness of oakmoss, but it is only an illusion, the heat plays a trick on you, the astringency and eccentricity of the fragrance creates this impression. Nevertheless, and this surprises you the most, the smell of your damp skin is like a cooling, dry, ideally tempered, powdery silk cocoon, everything fits, you've arrived at yourself, and the heat and the city around you, they can't harm you anymore.

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The Corsican Marc-Antoine Corticchiato, the nose behind perfume d´Empire, wanted to create with Yuzu Fou a homage to modern Japan, according to the marketing saga, and his point of view on it, without me being able to give it concrete form or explain it, is French, just as the exquisite fragrances he creates are French. Whether it may be because his fragrances always have a certain bulkiness and eccentricity, with fragrance components that at first often take getting used to, but then find a refined use in the overall composition and exert a strong appeal, or whether he obviously likes to use historical fragrance models or historical figures, to give fragrances a story, or because he always uses the theme of chypre (the most beautiful orange chypre I know comes from him) in an exciting way (with which he meets black people at in´s anyway), his fragrances often have their own elegance and delicacy, which I associate with "French". This may be as clichéd a characteristic as it wants to be, perfume d´Empire was and is one of my personal brand discoveries of the past year and Yuzu Fou is currently my summer favourite, unfortunately undervalued here on Parfumo in a hair-raising way.

I very much hope that the brand's fragrances will soon be available again, in Germany they are obviously only available from stock since the beginning of the year, if you know more, please let me know.
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Karenin

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Karenin
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Yuzu Fou
Out of the three citrus-centred fragrances from Parfum d'Empire (“Azemour les Orangers”, “Iskander” and “Yuzu Fou”), I find “Yuzu Fou” the most puzzling one. Especially its head initially proved a bit of a challenge for me, but to be honest, the more I tested it, the more accustomed I grew to its quirky prelude.

“Yuzu Fou” opens with a sparkling mix of citruses (bitter orange and yuzu) and mint. For some strange reason, when I sampled the perfume for the first time, the presence of the mint note reminded me of the smell of my dentist's surgery. Perhaps it was just a subconscious association as mint often features in various dental care products. Instead of the image of the products, however, it was the image of the surgery which popped up whenever I tested “Yuzu Fou”. Anyway, the citrusy-minty opening soon gives way to another note in the composition, namely lemon verbena. It not only manages to sustain the freshness of the composition, but it also smooths it out.

There can be no doubt about who begot “Yuzu Fou”. All the fragrances in the Parfum d'Empire line have a distinctive olfactory quality that has become Marc-Antoine Corticchiato's signature: the masterful blending of the notes, chypre-like abstraction and an air of edginess. The fabulous “Azemour les Orangers” remains my favourite citrus scent from this house, but “Yuzu Fou” can serve as a darn good alternative.
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