I was a little worried about the appropriateness of sampling L’Ombre Fauve on a hot and humid day. I usually associate amber and musk fragrances as winter wear. I was pleasantly surprised that this worked for today’s weather. In fact, I see it working in both summer and winter. You have to love a fragrance that you can wear comfortably year round!
L’Ombre Fauve is an unusual concoction. For an amber, it’s not sweet. For a musk, it’s not too heavy. I found it very similar to Frederic Malle’s Musc Ravageur… ok, let me articulate that thought. I would consider this to be Musc Ravageur’s little sister. Where Musc Ravageur hits you hard with its musky and animalistic characteristics, L’Ombre Fauve still retains a bit of the naughty, but for the most part it’s just really loving and nice.
L’Ombre Fauve goes on warm and a little spicy. It feels like it hugs the skin, but you find that it comes up to greet you as well… playing tricks on how it sits on your body. The amber is just so lightly sweet which makes this perfect for both men and women alike. The fragrance doesn’t change much after the initial application. But it does have great longevity and with that longevity the dry down (which seems to take a long, long time) moves into an almost light and sweet vanilla.
L’Ombre Fauve is a scent that I thought I might like, but as the day wore on, I began to think that this might be a keeper. Sometimes little sisters can be a pain in the butt, but sometimes they’re just fun to hang out with!
L’Ombre Fauve Notes:
amber, musk, woods, incense, patchouli
- Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
- Scent: Woody Oriental
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $100 for 50ml EDP
June 12, 2012 at 8:40 pm
What a nice – simple, direct and concise review!
I plan to sample all PG’s perfumes at some point, I like the line but reviews as this one make me want to do it sooner 🙂
June 12, 2012 at 8:52 pm
Undina – You always have the nicest things to say! Thanks. And unfortunately I don’t have the gift of illustrative and creative writing. I am wondering how I managed to work in advertising for year. Oh yeah, that’s why I worked on the account management and not on the creative side!
As for L’Ombre Fauve, it really is a pleasant surprise as I have not been impressed thus far by the line. Just not sure if it’s FB worth yet at this time though.
June 13, 2012 at 4:06 pm
I’m hoping to sample all the PGs soon too. There are so many I love.
Unfortunately L’Ombre Fauve didn’t work for me – it was the first I tried and I’ve still got my sample somewhere. I wanted something deep dark, furry and animal musky with the amber – I found it a straightforward slightly spicy amber.
It’s so bizarre how you (along with many others) consider Musc Ravageur so animalic and raunchy – it’s just a spicy vanilla to me, great non the less.
Hope you get to try more of the PG’s – Intrigant Patchouli, Aomassai, Cedre Sandaraque (maybe my next bottle) just loads and loads of great fragrances 🙂
June 13, 2012 at 9:19 pm
I will try some more…I was leaning away from them, until I found one I liked. How does one have time to sample all these scents?!!!
June 14, 2012 at 5:56 pm
I know it’s such hard work… the thing is as well I tend to ignore recommendations thinking I know best and end up with a bunch of crap samples! Trust me, this line must be explored 😀
June 17, 2012 at 7:58 am
Sometimes the simplicity is what I seek. Lovely review.
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