Category: Richard Fraysse

digging (into) vintage: Caron Le Troisième Homme, 1985

Perfumer Richard Fraysse Troisième Homme bends the classic aromatic fougère a bit. Still floral, still bitter. But unlike the model fougère, the bitterness isn’t diminished by a lavender-herbal rinse. There’s an angular, burnt note that darkens the composition. It smells like creosote bush in southern California desert in summer. The bitterness adds focus, and it’s a remarkable trick. It reads as dark but breezy, blending prettiness with melancholy. However it was composed, 3ème…