Hey Olfactoria’s Travelers,
Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies and Perfume Posse in the Olfactoria house. It’s been warm down under, a bit humid and sticky and I know you guys are in spring in the northern hemisphere so I thought we could talk about one of my go-to warm weather fragrances that also works as a terrific reminder fragrance for times when you think the cold and gloom will never end.
Futur was created by Aurelien Guichard for Robert Piguet in 1960/2009.
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, neroli, green accords
Heart: Violets, jasmine, ylang-ylang
Base: Vetiver, patchouli and cedar
Aurelien Guichard of Bond #9 Chinatown and Bois Noir also for Piguet (and a slew of others) was the perfumer for the Futur re-release in 2009. A beautiful, fresh and striking fragrance for everyone who likes a little green. Though Futur is not just about green, green is the mast that everything else is tied to.
So quickly, in the first few seconds Futur jumps out of the skin with a zoom. There is a very Chanel No 19 feel to the initial rush which is something I quite like but it doesn’t last so long, maybe a couple of minutes before it calms down and softens out.
The green that lasts is plush, fresh and elegant, you could easily expect this to continue down this road but as soon as you settle into the green adventure everything takes a sideways step into flowers, green feeling flowers giving juicy and sappy a red hot go. While holding onto their green-ness they also add a hint of sensual, buttery and breathy.
No, Futur doesn’t turn into a sex kitten but it does add humanity and a bouquet to the green that is not big but it is noticeable and has quite good atmosphere-changing ability.
You aren’t particularly fragrant and the sillage is noticeable but not in your face, what happens is that Futur creeps from your skin and slowly ambushes people. The person sitting next to you may ask you what fragrance you have on after sitting with them for 5 minutes, unless you’ve hugged hello and she gets a waft of it then and been too busy greeting you to say something.
Photo Stolen Pixabay
I love the heart of Futur, the violets (which are back up singers on my skin) keep the tropical flowers in check and while it is a white floral we are talking muted, not bombastic or outrageous. Futur offers a multifaceted green experience, from deep green scents to light and bright ones. Calm, stately, refined but more casual than 19 and less stark than Nikki de Saint Phalle, but also not a soft floral like 1932 or Anais Anais. Somewhere between these lies Futur and I think it’s the reason it has fallen between the cracks and not found its following as much as those fragrances have.
The dry down for me is green, woody and musky but I miss the patchouli all together, it seems to get totally overlooked in my ride. Birgit says in her review that she gets galbanum in the opening, I get it there but also here at the end. It’s like the flowers needed time to shine in their heart roles but the galbanum comes back to finish the show with a reed/dry grass vetiver and woodsiness that doesn’t really say cedar to me but that could be my complete lack, not the note.
Photo Stolen DeviantArt
I get an OK longevity from Futur, around 4-5 hours before it goes so close to my skin that I can’t smell it but others can for a while, LUSH UltraBalm adds a couple of hours to that. Where do I wear my Futur? I find it fits with casual days, for my work which allows me to be quite fragrant but maybe be careful with your quantities for office work, great date night and especially good for those times in the cool that you want to be reminded of the spring.
So Futur doesn’t rate with many perfumistas, have you tried it? Did you enjoy the ride? What about the other Piguet fragrances?