Fougère Bengale 2007

Fougère Bengale by Parfum d'Empire
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Fougère Bengale is a perfume by Parfum d'Empire for women and men and was released in 2007. The scent is spicy-fougèreartig. It is still in production. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
LavenderLavender Assam teaAssam tea
Heart Notes Heart Notes
HayHay TobaccoTobacco Animalic notesAnimalic notes
Base Notes Base Notes
OakmossOakmoss PatchouliPatchouli Tonka beanTonka bean VanillaVanilla


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Submitted by DeGe53, last update on 01.09.2023.


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Top Review 32  
The world in the bottle of the Corsican
Marc-Antoine Corticchiato. The Corsican has the gift of starting his fragrances often hard and painful.

Here we have a right haymaker right in the face with pure immortelle - wild, herbal, spicy, dry. That harsh curry herb note which eats into the nose.

The haunting goes (really!!) only a minute, then comes wonderfully fresh and airy lavender notes and a bit of licorice / anise. The scent immediately shifts to a Mediterranean herb garden. Airy, spicy, fresh. Tea joins in - freshly brewed, somewhat bitter black tea with a malty note.

Up to here, a great Mediterranean herbal scent. It follows the transformation à la Corticchiato.

Damp, steaming hay bales. In addition, a dark, heavy tobacco note, which really works wonderfully with the hay. A great unit. The whole lays absolutely skillfully under the spiced Assamtee and gives a dark, damp, spicy ambiance. The tobacco is effectively earthy in nature.

We are hereby no longer at all on Corticchiato's Corsica, but the fragrance made me think of the Eastern Oriental Hotel in Penang / Malaysia. In the 1920's, many Illustre guests descended here, from Rudyard Kipling, Karl May, to William Somerset Maugham and so on.

Hermann Hesse wrote from here:

"In Penang, on a hot humid glorious evening, the swelling life of an Asiatic city struck us for the first time...We gazed with amazement at the colorful phenomena of alley life in the Hindu city, the Chinese city, the Malay city. Wild, colorful bustle of people in the always crowded alleys, nightly sea of candles..."

At the latest now, when the oak moss & patchouli pop off, then we have arrived in deepest Malaysia. They complete the exotic framework, the scent seems dense, damp, spicy, earthy, vibrant, exotic, foreign. Camphor-like and also unsweet, black cacaonuacs spread. Like a night in tropical Penang.

Even a night in Penang passes once in a while and the merciless tropical morning sun dries the lanes. The drydown sticks with spicy tobacco, hay, patchouli and the revived curry herb from the beginning. But all a little drier.

Durability is about 10 hours, the sillage is relatively strong - not too much is the motto here.

I find the fragrance very exciting. The balance is very nicely done between Mediterranean & exotic. Typical for Corticchiato. The whole works for me at no time too heavy or too dark, but is nicely loosened up by the herbs and the bright, shimmering lavender. The tobacco is not smoky or ashy at any time, but is dark, moist tobacco leaves with some earth to them.
At times, the fragrance is somewhat reminiscent of Lutens "Borneo 1834".

Here you must not be averse to the special scent of immortelle - the herb, which is infamous as "curry stew", was used here optimally and it fits like a right haymaker on the nose. For fans of exotic spice scents & tobacco, this is a trip to faraway lands.

Very evocative, so to speak!
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Détour I
A few years ago, Goutal's Sables appeared somewhat watered down - fortunately now corrected, but should this moment make me aware of *related* scents. First of all, there's nothing seriously similar, Sables remains a solitaire; but this detour was an opportunity to get to know perfumes with real and imaginary immortelle notes: Apres Midi d'un Faune, 1740, Chêne, and even Fougère Bengale. This was suggested to me at Les Senteurs in London, and the subsequent walk along Edgware Road reinforced this subcontinental and problematic post-colonial reference that the names hold. This road - one of the originally important routes from the industrialisation of the suburbs to the centre of the city - still gives an idea of the range of trade networks from the Middle East to India. Despite this exotic location when I first met Fougère Bengale, it does not transport me to Bengal, but to the scrub of the floodplains of alpine rivers in the hottest summer, to the vegetation at the edge of the field under the blazing sun, hay, the lavender and helichrysum bushes in the garden, and to even more unclassifiable resinous woods. Fougère Bengale manages - in my opinion without Immortelle - to sketch an aura of Sables without copying in the slightest. But even more important is this teleportation function: Christos' remarkably affectionate and idiosyncratic memoryofscent blog, already revealed almost ten years ago another memory landscape: the flora of a group of Greek islands in summer. Bengal, Alpine foothills, Cyclades - Fougère Bengal apparently conjures up all kinds of Proust's hawthorn hallucination, Corticchiato's brilliant work is impressive and I am glad to make new acquaintances through this detour
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French Mediterranean
Fougère Bengale opens with a nice, rich, powerful, kind of dark and almost intoxicating blend of spicy-resinous notes, almost boozy initially, a tad sticky and cleverly mixing an Oriental feel of candied-spicy sumptuosity with a Mediterranean herbal inspiration – which is possibly the nicest trademark of Corticchiato’s style, I personally think he’s particularly good in “revisiting” the classic French opulence with a shady Mediterranean feel. At the very heart of Fougère Bengale lies a powerful, incredibly aromatic, thick and warm herbal-tobacco accord comprising nuances of hay, licorice, aniseed. A light floral breeze provides the right amount of liveliness and “fresh air”, together with a sweet and graceful tea note (perfectly melting with licorice) and a subtle yet detectable mint-balsamic feel. Fantastic drydown rich in tobacco and, again, sweet-balsamic nuances of licorice and aniseed, just more woodier, overall quite dark but still with a touch of floral grace. I feel the tribute to fougères too, although this is not a fougère at all and has quite nothing to do with traditional fougères – I only think it’s more a matter of small subtle echoes (tobacco, woods, lavender, herbs...). Evidently close to some Lutens works as well, like other scents by Parfum d’Empire, but somehow more austere, more green, and also more simple. Honestly I don’t think the materials are that great here (just a feel), but Fougère Bengale is overall surely pleasant, refined, rich and sophisticated with its peculiar sort of Mediterranean “gloominesss”. A bit linear, but you won’t get tired of smelling it.

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Tiger! Tiger!!
I am fascinated by Fougère Bengale! In the space of a day I have gone from loathe to like ... which is very uncommon for me.

Upon first trying this on paper, I pulled up my nose and hastily dismissed it. The overwhelming stench of curry wafted off the paper ... and while I like eating it, curry is not necessarily what I want to smell of. The sales assistant tossed a sample in my bag "just for good measure". I tried it on my skin a half hour ago and ... well ... it's very, very nice. How perplexing!
Now, curry is not listed as a note here and scouting around I notice that many other reviewers also smell it. I can only conclude that this effect is created by the patchouli/tobacco/pepper combination. Immortelle is cited as being included elsewhere, but not having the faintest idea what it smells like, I can't comment on that.
The important bit here, is that on my skin, I don't really get curry per sé, more just a spicy warmth flooded with delicious, dry, hay like notes, loads of green tobacco and lashings of sweet, sweet vanilla. The Oakmoss is there, as is the Lavender ... but if you like Tobacco then this is the one for you ... it's reminiscent of lovely blond pipe tobacco ... just gorgeous!

This fragrance has a Rudyard Kipling-ish gentleman-on-safari feel to it ... and I'm quite astounded that in my current (heavy feminine florals) frame of mind, I like it as much as I do.

Go figure!?!?!?
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EstbienlaEstbienla 2 years ago
Good smell of quite unusual and original ferns. Niche perfume and not for the general public
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