Above attributes describe the Fougere d'Argent in an almost perfect way.
Only... am I really the only one who notices certain parallels to Dior's Sauvage?
You see, all the above attributes could also fit Sauvage. More or less, at least. Ok, maybe rather less, if you believe the general tenor here.
But let's start from the beginning:
I had the fragrance absolutely not on the screen, however, I had still found a voucher from a Swiss perfumery, which would soon expire, so I came into the happy situation and of necessity "had" to buy another fragrance. I didn't want another back-up bottle, so I briefly read through a few reviews of Fougere d'Argent, which just happened to be on sale at the time, and then struck for an unbeatable price.
My expectations? None. Beau de Jour with a Spearmint twist. Or something like that.
When I finally held the fragrance in my hands, came the big test and the even bigger amazement:
Tangerine, ginger, lavender. But such a perfect match that I floated in the 7th fragrance heaven. The individual notes would actually be too "punchy" and too aggressive for me, in the Fougere d'Argent, however, these notes balance each other out in a beautiful, harmonious way, never try to drown each other out, but give each other an insanely elegant and neat character.
Also, at this point I already perceive a distinct spearmint note, which actually reminds me of an American chewing gum, however, this spearmint note only underlines the manderine, the ginger and the lavender and does not drown them out at any time.
Then between OPENING and HEART, something happens that I would describe as perfection:
Imagine a picnic on a mowed flower meadow - around you nothing but pure alpine air, the air is hot and dry and you take in all the herbs and the mown hay on this meadow. Dryness, flowery, soothing herbs and a hint of mint. The lavender still clearly present, the mandarin already withdrawn and the ginger only perceptible in the distant distance. Delightful.
In the HEART then happens something strange: cutting.
To the above fragrance notes joins after about two hours, a note that I knew somewhere. I had to keep smelling my arm and could not place where I knew this fragrance from.
And when I went to my perfume cabinet, it suddenly fell like scales from my eyes: Hello Sauvage.
Again and again, a very clear Dior Sauvage note pushes through here. I can not help myself: I compared the fragrance notes, only the lavender is listed as a common component here, and it's not: in the Sauvage, the lavender is too punchy, too aggressive, too loud. I blame it on the woody notes that create these parallels.
But is the scent now comparable to Sauvage?
Yes and no.
The heart note definitely has certain Sauvage traits and these are so strong in parts that I definitely want to mention them here as well. However, the Fougere d'Argent is something that Sauvage will never be: A true gentleman, a rock in the surf, a tailor-made suit. Never loud, never aggressive, never too overpowering, and certainly not a screamer.
Fougere d'Argent is a statement of elegance, of style and of aplomb.
The parallels disappear again, yes.
The base: tantalizing.
In the BASIS, the fragrance remains beautifully linear, the dry herbal hay regains dominance, joined by woody notes and a delightful twist of cuddly lavender and fresh cistus.
Quite remotely, one could recognize parallels to the discontinued Beau de Jour from the Private Blend line, but this requires a lot of imagination.
Both last about the same length and both drive this beautiful barbershop program, which Tom Ford provides through these fragrances with a modern and contemporary twist, making it again a wearable trend for real gentlemen. However, they differ immensely in terms of sillage: the Beau de Jour is clearly more present, also a bit louder and perhaps also one to two levels stronger in terms of scent tail.
The Fougere d'Argent is quieter, less loud and after a shorter time already much closer to the skin, which makes it in my eyes the absolute favorite for the date and also in the office: At a distance, you may feel only a hint of this beautiful fragrance, but this seducer knows how to make the audience want to come closer to you. And once below the 50 cm mark, it casts a spell over any:n. And thus he has exactly what so many other fragrances fail at: he is provocative without having to push himself to the fore, a charmer who does not shout, no, who does not even say anything. But through a sovereignty, his elegance and charisma convinces.
Clear blind buy recommendation.