WHAT I SMELL: Habit Rouge opens with a bright and sparkling mix of citrus highlighted by a clean barbershop lemon. It feels neat, brisk and fully energetic. After a short time, the citrus begins to mute and a warmth begins to wrap itself around the lemon with a light creamed sandalwood at the center. The perfume still retains its barbershop vibe, but instead of just coming out of the barber’s chair, it feels a bit more like one has prepped for a night out with a great aftershave. As the perfume continues to develop, a light floral note gives the perfume a bit of a softer and more rounded feel. After some more time, the perfume dries, flattens and becomes more herbal and vanilla-woody. Habit Rouge has a proper feel, but not so much as it feels too buttoned up or uptight. And in the end, it’s a perfume that’s easy to wear, gentlemanly and perfect for the office or for any occasion.
From the Guerlain website:
Habit Rouge Eau de Toilettes is a classic of elegance, glorified by the freshness of citrus notes.
Created in 1965, Habit Rouge was the first oriental fragrance for men in perfumery. From the moment of its launch, this tribute to Guerlain’s passion for the dressage of horses created an element of surprise with its scents of sensual and bold vanilla. An oriental that is by turns citrusy, warm and accented with vanilla, it expresses the genius of contrast and well-mastered emotions.
Habit Rouge embraces a dandy man who dares everything. combining sophistication and refinement. He lives his life fervently and distinguishes himself with a trail of extreme sensuality.
With its modern geometry and mastery of form, Habit Rouge has an eternally elegant French appeal.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Classic man of the mid 1960’s.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE HABIT ROUGE: tailored, reserved, mature
BOTTOM LINE: I can’t believe that I’ve never reviewed Habit Rouge before even though it’s been part of my collection for years. It’s probably because it’s one of the perfumes that I take for granted as a workhorse and don’t wear when I go out for the evening, but instead reserve it for running errands and working out where the citrus and florals come front and center with the sun and heat. Habit Rouge makes it easy to smell fantastic no matter what you’re doing.
- Bone Rating: 3.5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Oriental Citrus
- Nose: Jean-Paul Geurlain
- Classification: Masculine
- Expense: Prices vary, but it can be found for around $50 for a 3.4 oz. eau de toilette.