The par excellence masculine category du jour, aromatic fougère compositions are intensely popular to the point of cornering the market of masculine fragrances. Lavender is not an absolutely focal point of the fougère accord (bergamot-coumarin-oakmoss build the skeleton), but it’s an integral part of the bouquet, contrasting with the coumarin, therefore lending a fresh, clean profile to this otherwise rather woody smelling fragrance family. For many, losing the central lavender chord is akin to missing the very character of the fragrance family; it’s an archetype.
The most characteristic -and historical- example is Fougère Royale by Houbigant from 1882, but you might know it from modern examples such as Gaultier’s Le Male. From our extensive catalogue Fougère L’Aube (Rogue Perfumery) is a synergy of pure lavender absolute with freshly mowed grass and geranium leaf, which evokes the morning sun shining with promise through the leaves. And Egypt (Eight & Bob) offers a helping of patchouli to make lavender darker and sweeter.