Frenchy Lavande
Le Frenchy

Frenchy Lavande / Le Frenchy by Guerlain
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Frenchy Lavande is a popular perfume by Guerlain for women and men and was released in 2017. The scent is fresh-citrusy. It is being marketed by LVMH. Pronunciation
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LemonLemon BergamotBergamot PetitgrainPetitgrain VervainVervain
Heart Notes Heart Notes
LavenderLavender SageSage NeroliNeroli
Base Notes Base Notes
AmbergrisAmbergris VetiverVetiver Tonka beanTonka bean


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In 2021, Le Frenchy was renamed Frenchy Lavande and became part of L'Art & La Matière collection.
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Very helpful Review 13  
The nice Frenchman drinks sage tea
Hello snoopers :)
Welcome to a new comment from me. Today I introduce you to "Le Frenchy" by Guerlain, a fragrance that is a little newer as it was only released in 2017.
As you can see, the name simply means "The Frenchman". I'm probably the complete opposite of a Frenchman, well, you know I come from Turkey. But hopefully I can use this scent too :D

Now, what can you say about a Frenchman? Well... I like her anyway. An actor, whom I like very much, comes from France: Jean Reno! An actress who I like very, VERY VERY, also comes from France: Audrey Tautou! *sigh*
(... hmmm... a déjà vu? Ohoo a French word, how fitting to the subject! But didn't I just mention Audrey Tautou in one of my commissions? Hmm...)

I think the language is great! Although a little catastrophic to learn (argh, I also failed as a student at that time because of the Imparfait :D), it has a great sound! There are also tasty baguettes and croissants and even the peanuts I like so much are total France fans, especially Snoopy :D
But... of course... what just came from France? Fragrances of course!

And the girls look really cute, by the way! Girls are cute all over the world :))) Except maybe here on Parfumo, because here you only meet the concentrated load of beastly, dangerous femininity! Where... aren't you ladies beastly all over the world?
*run away* :DD

The fragrance:
The fragrance begins beautifully herbaceous-citric with lemons or especially lemon balm (verbena) and sage, accompanied by some neroli. One also smells lavender and oakmoss at the beginning, where the combination of these two fragrances makes this fragrance look like a very classic men's fragrance. However, I find that sage and lemon balm can be perceived much more intensively as far as the individual fragrances are concerned.
What I find beautiful and what you might think I am a freak or crazy for (or both...) is that the herbaceous part of the fragrance, especially the sage, comes across a little like sage tea. Well, I drink sage tea maybe only in combination with herbal teas now and then in winter, but the scent here is not so bad :)
And that's basically it. The fragrance always remains fresh and has this slightly old-fashioned citric aura, especially later, when fragrances such as sage become significantly weaker and one can smell more oak moss. Sweetish by amber, the scent is only slight. Especially towards the end, the fragrance, which many call the Barbarian Shop fragrance, is most pronounced, even if the Sillage is the weakest. All in all, a classic, nice men's fragrance.

The Sillage and the shelf life:
The Sillage is despite slight fragrances not soo weak, as one would imagine it. Of course, the fragrance will not smell at great distances, but at close range you will perceive it quite well. The shelf life is about eight to nine hours, but already after half of this time you will hardly notice it, because then it will be very weak.

The bottle:
The bottle is rectangular and high and has a red wooden frame, as is always the case with this series by Guerlain. That is why the name of the fragrance is on the side of the bottle. The chrome-plated neck also features a matching red cylindrical wooden lid. All in all a very chic bottle!

Soo... you know what? The scent's not bad. Honestly, I like him very much! Although at first glance it smells like millions of similar (barbarian shop-like) fragrances, it differs a little, especially in the beginning, in that the herbaceous fragrances come across stronger than expected and the fragrance in general, despite its somewhat shorter shelf life, does not have such a bad sillage for a short while.
But strictly speaking (or even later) it belongs of course to the typical citric men's scents with lavender and oakmoss, as they are really very common :D

Because it's a bit old-fashioned, or let's say classic, it's not a fragrance for younger people. For everyone else, it is a great day and work fragrance that could be used in all seasons, but would probably be best in spring and summer.

The only real disadvantage or the negative is: The fragrance is apparently a little more difficult to get at the moment, and apart from that it costs between 220 and 250 Euros, which is a lot for such a fragrance, which was kept quite simple strictly speaking, especially if you consider that despite the beautiful fragrances there are still a lot of alternatives on the market. Nevertheless you can test it, because you get the usual good Guerlain quality, i.e. a fragrance where you don't perceive anything synthetic. Apart from that, tastes and perceptions of a fragrance are always a bit different anyway, so that others may feel the fragrance a bit more special!

And that's it again. And I hope that the female readers here excuse my beastly comments to ladies,... once again :DD
All of you have a nice evening. See you then
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Top Review 36  
Also Guerlain can Barbershop!
At first I thought it was a joke, a bad one at that. A somewhat puffed up and old-fashioned cologne scent next to heavyweights like 'Derby' and 'Chamade pour Homme' - same wannabe noble presentation, same indisputable price segment?!
Is Guerlain really serious? 'Arsène Lupin' and 'L'âme d'un hèros' out and 'Le Frenchy' in on this strangely marginal and overpriced series?!
I'm afraid so, they're serious.
And after testing it several times, I have to admit it's okay.
Not that the two fragrances mentioned have disappeared is ok, not even the ugly wood-frame flacon, certainly not the 212 € that is demanded for it - all that is not ok.
But the scent is good, very good!

Le Frenchy' is now already the third guerlain´sche infusion in 'Verveine' (Verbena). First Aimé Guerlain, then Jean-Paul Guerlain and now Thierry Wasser. Which parts of the old formulas have flowed into the new, I cannot judge, I do not know the old fragrances. The notes that characterise them suggest, however, that they must have been typical cologne scents with volatile citrus components, in this case mainly lemon verbena.
And since the lemon verbena has this peculiarly pungent, herbaceous, almost metallic aftertaste (or smell), these old colognes, like so many other fragrances in which verbena is part of the part, must have been influenced by this typical Odeur. Lemon verbena is often found in old men's fragrances, especially those of the post-war period: in 'Moustache' by Rochas, for example, or in 'Monsieur de Givenchy' and Chanel's 'Pour Monsieur'.
In 'Le Frenchy' she celebrates a comeback so to speak - but of course not alone.

Basically, there are two fragrance concepts that merge here in a very successful way: the well-known and ancient concept of a classic cologne, and the comparatively young concept of an aromatic Fougères, because apart from the verbena mentioned above, it is above all lavender, tonka and sage that shape the fragrance.
All in all, a wonderful blend of a typical 70s Fougère à la 'Azzaro pour Homme' and the 50s verbena classic 'Monsieur de Givenchy' is created.
A very powdery lavender-coumarin chord lies like mildew over the bitter metallic bitterness of verbena and bergamot, and over the aromatic sage in the heart of the fragrance.
This all-encompassing and flattering powderiness on the one hand and the bitter aromas on the other hand form the tension arc in which the fragrance develops. It doesn't develop very dramatically - the powderiness remains, but it gets warmer and warmer in the base and tends towards classic Fougère, with green-mossy accents.
In this last phase 'Le Frenchy' reminds me again and again of the old aftershave bars 'Sir Irish Moos' and 'Brut' from Fabergé. And in fact 'Le Frenchy' has a certain aftershave feeling, but - and this has to be left to the scent - in a kind of 'de luxe' variant.
But if you think 'Le Frenchy' is a hopelessly old-fashioned scent with all the backwards looking references, you are wrong about my feeling. Le Frenchy' is as old-fashioned as 'Boy' by Chanel or 'Invasion Barbare' by MDCI, namely not at all. Of course he has a certain nostalgia factor and he wants to have it, but Fougères, respectively Barbershop fragrances are just 'in' again and so one tries everywhere to imprint a more modern stamp on the 'new' Fougères despite all nostalgia.
So Tom Ford, who was leading the way in 70's Fougère revival - 'Rive Gauche pour Homme' - just threw 3 new Fougères on the market again (unfortunately you have to call it that, because 'introduction', especially when so inflationary, can hardly be talked about anymore).
Guerlain is content with a single new Fougère, unfortunately all too hidden in that strangely hybrid 'Les Parisiens' series, which hardly any buyer will ever stumble over, as it is rarely and if ever presented, then mostly quite carelessly.

However, there is a small gap in the Guerlain catalogue. A gap that Guerlain had not been willing to close so far, as it was not even perceived as a gap. Jean-Paul Guerlain once said in his inimitable ignorance: 'Jicky' and 'Mouchoir de Monsieur' were the only Fougères who counted, the rest were for truck drivers.
It's a good thing they said goodbye to such snobbery.

After wearing it several times I have to say that 'Le Frenchy' is contrary to my first suspicion a scent with flesh and bone - it has substance.
Besides 'Derby' and 'Chamade pour Homme', it's not to be underestimated, and in terms of durability and perceptibility it's certainly not a lightweight, but also not a loudspeaker.
It is characterized more by understatement, with simultaneous presence.

Yes, I admit: a great fragrance, I like!
However, in order to come to this conclusion, I had to make a 180 degree turnaround....
Sei´s drum.
To err is human as we know.
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