The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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L’Ombre Fauve – Parfumerie Generale Private Collection

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