I always had a healthy respect for Robert Piguet perfumes.
That involved mainly to stay away from them. I had a traumatic encounter with Fracas once, that seemed to have scarred me for life. And out of a kind of clan liability I avoided all of Fracas’ siblings too. No Bandit for me, and no Futur.
I am on my way exploring the Green facet right now, so of course Futur popped up left and right. I also comes highly recommended by Marina, so it was time to break the Piguet embargo. It was unjustified anyway. Maybe even Fracas and I can be friends one day. Okay, that is probably taking it too far ;)
Futur was first released in the 1960ies, in 2009 in was re-released in a reworked form created by Aurèlien Guichard, notes include bergamot, neroli, violet, jasmine, ylang ylang, vetiver, cedar, and patchouli.
It is an old-fashioned perfume in the best sense of the word.
Futur’s initial blast is indeed green, very much so, like crushed stems and leaves, and I love it. The crispness and pungency of galbanum (not listed, but I seem to smell it) paired with bergamot is bracing, almost bitter but entirely lovely. It goes away so fast, though!
I was hoping for a green-all-the-way perfume, but that is not what Futur is, soon it takes a turn towards floral, a classic bouquet of jasmine, rose and a hefty dose (at least to my nose) of ylang-ylang take over the stage, nothing soft about those flowers too, at this stage Futur is almost too loud for me, but the attention seeking flowers get sleepy after a while and retire.
In the base some green reappears in a more somber variant with vetiver and cedar, still heavily tinged with ylang-ylang, but the character has entirely changed.
The crisp, almost haughty and unapologetically radically green beginning, that I love so much, is irrevocably gone, replaced with a more enigmatic base, no longer exuberant, but more murky and almost pensive in character and also very sweet (at least on me, but I tend to amplify sweetness.)
Color wise in my head, this perfume turns from bright green, to almost hot pink in the heart to a greenish brown in the drydown. Very interesting, very unexpected, but not the green I was hoping for.
In my disappointment I am in all likelihood not doing Futur justice, for it is really good. A very classical and elegant, very old-school and traditional perfume with an edge that keeps it interesting. It is just not green all the way.
It is hardly the fault of a perfume when it doesn’t fulfill my expectations, is it?
I like Futur and it will be worn. Like every fragrance it takes a certain mood to come to life for me. I will seek it out on days when I feel an inner need to assert myself, to show strength, to demonstrate power, that would make Futur the ideal companion.
As for my desire for greener pastures though, the search continues…
Picture source: robertpiguetparfums.com: Image of Dior dress from the 1960ies via myvintagevogue.com, some rights reserved, thank you!