8.1 L'Ombre Fauve (2007)

8.1 L'Ombre Fauve by Pierre Guillaume
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8.1 L'Ombre Fauve is a popular perfume by Pierre Guillaume for women and men and was released in 2007. The scent is animal-powdery. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesRed amber
Heart Notes Heart NotesCivet, Chevrone
Base Notes Base NotesPrecious woods



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Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 27.11.2018.

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The scent was added to the numbered series of the Parfumerie Générale collection in 2017.
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3.0/10 Scent 9.0/10 Longevity 9.0/10 Sillage 5.0/10 Bottle

73 Reviews
Overwhelming benzoin and vanilla, linear, wears a little sour on me.

Review just to say really that I put a couple of sprays from a sample vial around my wrist (and patted around a bit) a couple of hours ago and suddenly noticed that it had stained my skin bright yellow, like a pale iodine stain or nicotine stain. Two washes with soap and hot water and the stain is still there.

Beware if very pale and avoid spraying on exposed skin and also, I guess, pale clothing.

My skin still smells quite strongly but not sour after the wash.

Surprised me. Sample from about 4 months ago.
7.0/10 Scent 8.0/10 Longevity 7.0/10 Sillage 7.0/10 Bottle

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Greatly helpful Review    25  
Roar of breath
Well, that's a cat! She doesn't let the amber get her wrong, she comes there...uh...quite well fumbled through, although the sweetness takes the last point from him. But only minutes later I think of wet dogs, but at least of damp, old carpets or musty rope and - voilà - I read that according to Pierre Guillaume "Chevrone" is a musky, animal-like chord that evokes impressions of leather and fur. Look at that!

Soon everything won't be as bad as it sounds. Karamellig-vanillig the animal is gradually enveloped. It reminds me diffusely of Ambra Nera by Farmacia SS. Annunziata. For the time being, anyway. Already in the third hour the amber note has retired into the wax today and leaves the wide field essentially to a gently roughened patchouli with a trace of cocoa in its luggage. Only a quiet meowing can be heard from the cat.

Around noon, L'Ombre Fauve offers seventy-five percent patchouli. Un-earthy, rather creamy chocolaty, in the process even clouded by dusty cocoa. Very nice. I like the great "monsieur." malle, who turned out to be stronger and developed his sweetness much later (and which, by the way, I think is better). Oh yes, twenty-four percent of waxy amber and one percent of cat are missing to complete the picture.

L'Ombre Fauve therefore quickly became completely harmless. Totally harmless? No! In a small house north of Hamburg lives a person who always says "cat piss" when smelling Patchouli: My wife.

The secret force of the afternoon animalism of this Guillaume work, however, is probably only revealed to her. All others can cuddle up with a purring kitten if desired.
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Very helpful Review    9  
childlike animalic
This perfume’s richness and sexiness comes from such a basic composition that its novelty is startling. How can it possibly have taken this long for somebody to put patchouli, amber and musk, components joined since the invention of perfumery, in just this combination? After wearing l’Ombre Fauve for five minutes I found myself in a perfume fugue state on the verge of Something Big. I came to the conclusion that this triad had a simple perfection to it. “Of course! It’s obvious.” Mind you I’m not a perfumer and hadn’t the least idea what I was blathering about, but it seemed important at the time. The l’Ombre Fauve trip reminded me of a friend who while on acid felt that he’d gone to the core of some deep truth, didn’t want to lose it and so wrote it down. He woke up the next morning with a note in his own handwriting saying: “Don’t forget to mow the lawn.” Wow, words to contemplate. Had I been that deep?

The patchouli, amber and musk, along with incense and spices, fit together so perfectly and with such a convincing logic that you can virtually hear the ‘click’ as they lock into place. Where some fundamental accords thrive more on the contrast of the elements than cooperation (the chypre, the fougère) this accord is of a piece and forms a honeyed, waxy, sweet-tart skin raunchiness that is so palpable you feel that you can grab a hold of it.

I know people may find l’Ombre Fauve objectionable or rank in the way that some find Muscs Koublai Khan unpleasant. I love both, and l’Ombre Fauve is one of the most sensuous perfumes I’ve smelled in ages. I can’t stop wearing it.

If this helps to steer you toward or away from l’Ombre Fauve, I love the smell of the jasmine and orange blossom that’s in the air now where I live. It’s intoxicating. But I love the smell of my dogs’ fur and my boyfriends skin as much if not more.


DorothyGrace 2 years ago
3.0/10 Scent 9.0/10 Longevity 9.0/10 Sillage 5.0/10 Bottle
Very strong benzoin and vanilla all the way almost completely obliterating the animal fur and woods. Wears pretty linear on me.

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