Category: Francis Fabron

Givenchy Monsieur de Givenchy, 1959

  (image, Henri Cartier Bresson) The Monsieur is one of a crew of wonderful masculine citrus chypres from the mid-20th century including Rochas Moustache, Chanel pour Monsieur and YSL pour Homme.  This genre smells like the middle ground between the feminine green chypre of the 1960s-1970s (Estée Lauder Private Collection, Scherrer de Scherrer, Weil de Weil) and Eau de Cologne.  I know the more current…

Robert Piguet Baghari, 2006

Perfumer Aurélien Guichard (Original 1950 formula by Francis Fabron) Baghari is an exercise in high-impact soft focus. Though the notes have a glow to them that suggests a vaseline lens, the lushness also has an amped quality that makes the sofness just the outer edge of the trap.  By the time you notice that the wafting quality has entirely surrounded you, you’ve been sucker-punched and are down on the…