Fou d’Absinthe is the newest release by L’Artisan Parfumeur, marketed as the "major masculine fragrance". Indeed I can imagine that this beautiful blend, both austere and soft, would be jaw-droppingly sexy on a man. Having said that, and modesty aside, the scent is just as gorgeous on my skin. Like a severely elegant suit that conceals the most delicate silk lingerie, the cool, razor-sharp olfactory “exterior” of Fou d’Absinthe hides unexpected softness.
Fou d’Absinthe starts with the intense verdancy of angelica. The spices (pepper and nutmeg seem to be especially apparent) add the most enjoyable “kick” to the blend and compliment beautifully the subtle “boozy-ness” of the composition. To me, the most delightful part of the scent is the patchouli and pine accord, which is balsamic, bitter, pungent, simultaneously earthy and pungently green. Neither anise nor blackberry is strong, but both are still present, adding to the fragrance a certain sparkle and a surprising, fruity gentleness. Fou d’Absinthe is an interesting, multifaceted composition that never stops subtly changing on my skin. Boozy and sober, bitter and soft, spicy and cold, I found each aspect of the scent to be attractive and enjoyable.
Fou d’Ansinthe is available at Aedes, $90.00 for 1.7oz, $125.00 for 3.4oz.