Star rating: 5 stars–outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars–very good, 3 stars–adequate, 2 stars–disappointing, 1 star–poor.
Named after the address of the Hermès flagship store in Paris, 24, Faubourg immediately conjures an image of luxury, supple leather and expensive scarves. Although the excess of good taste can be just as unfortunate as its dearth, 24, Faubourg avoids the clichés, toning down the decadent richness of florals with the dryness of patchouli. The sensual ambery radiance that pervades many of Maurice Roucel’s fragrances is evident in 24, Faubourg. Created just a year after the jewel-toned Tocade (1994) and two years before the chilly Gucci Envy (1997), 24, Faubourg is a beautiful compromise between the red lipsticked glamour of the former and the aloof stance of the latter. …
The indolic confection of orange blossom, ylang ylang and jasmine is wrapped into the winey layer of amber and suspended over the subtly orchestrated chypre accord. The woody floral notes of iris and the earthiness of vetiver provide a beautiful counterpoint to the unabashed opulence of white flowers blooming in the heart of 24, Faubourg.
The polished beauty of the composition has a classically graceful aura, and yet, I do not feel that 24, Faubourg dictates a situation that would be suitable for it. It works just as well when my outfit consists of a simple t-shirt and jeans as when I am wearing an evening gown. In my case, the versatile quality of 24, Faubourg is a blessing, particularly since the occasions for fancy gowns do not arise frequently these days.
24, Faubourg includes notes of orange blossom, jasmine sambac, iris, ambergris, vanilla. Hermès fragrances, including 24, Faubourg are available directly from the website, Hermès boutiques as well as select retailers such as Neiman Marcus.
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