I bought a bottle of the Quadrige edition of 24 Faubourg on the last day of 2012 (for 20% off, people!). I did that for several reasons (not including the 20% off enticement, I would have bought it at full price too.)…
Hermès has been my daily companion for the past two months, nothing but JCE’s translucent beauty could get my attention. But all of a sudden, I felt the need to branch out a little, I was ready for opulence, and who is better versed in opulence (okay, aside from everything Amouage) than Maurice Roucel, who is not known for his restraint and translucency, but for solid and symphonic scents, of which 24 Faubourg is a perfect example.
But! But I did not rush out to bring home this perfume because all of a sudden I felt the need for more, but – confession coming – because I saw that bottle, that beautiful bottle.
I friend recently wrote to me that he looks for aesthetics and beauty first and foremost in everything and he thinks I do too. This was a kind of absolution for me. A permit that this is okay. My parents have no interest in beauty, aesthetics just do not feature in their lives, in their philosophies and they have neither understanding nor patience for it, so all my life I carried a lot of guilt for wanting, needing, craving that quality. Slowly, slowly I have started to unload that unnecessary guilt, and this blog, the intense confrontation with perfume, have helped enormously.
So I saw this bottle on Bois de Jasmin and knew I wanted it for its beauty alone. That it holds an exquisite scent is only the cherry on top and something that makes me happy, but unexpectedly so, because all I knew about 24 Faubourg before I laid hands on my precious Quadrige Edition was from one spray on the back of my hand right there in the store.
So am I still a worthy perfume blogger? I violated several unspoken laws of good perfume behaviour after all…
The most important thing about 24 Faubourg was and still is, that it sparked my passion about perfume back into life. After a two-month stint of fragrant hibernation in a cloud of L’Ambre des Merveilles, I went crazy for something else again, even if it was only a bottle (at first).
24 Faubourg was created by Maurice Roucel in 1995 and includes notes of orange blossom, jasmine, tiara flower, ylang ylang, iris, patchouli, vanilla, ambergris, and sandalwood. It is available as Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum in both 50 and 100ml.
24 Faubourg is more than a pretty bottle, obviously. It is a terrific perfume and it fits the image of the house of Hermès excellently. It comes from the pre-Ellena phase of more expansive perfumes and it is a necessary and valuable addition to the rest of the house’s offerings.
24 Faubourg is a full-bodied, honeyed orange blossom and ylang floral resting on an amber-coated patchouli and sandalwood bed.
It smells warm, sun-drenched, rich and sensuous. It smells classic, perfume-y and elegant.
It smells mature in a way that is not old, but grown-up enough for a wearer who knows a good bit about life and its vagaries, and is still young enough at heart to be able to laugh about it.
The woman wearing 24 Faubourg loves and appreciates beauty, she seeks it out and finally, finally knows that there is nothing shameful about that.