Brécourt Paris is a french niche brand headed by Emilie Bouge, a perfumer from Grasse. She developed a line of perfumes presented in sleek, square black bottles and in a variety of masculine and feminine scents.
I tried four, picking the ones that interested me most from reading the descriptions.
Notes include bergamot, magnolia, myrrh, sandalwood, iris root, ambergris, labdanum, vanilla and musk.
Of course I started with an amber. And as ambers go, this is a lovely specimen, more on the sweet side, but rounded and well-made, if not exactly reinventing the wheel. I would call it a middle-of-the-road amber, not too much, a good starter amber. And if I didn’t have numerous amber renditions, this would be nice to have.
Notes include bergamot, cinnamon, storax, date, cedarwood, leather, honey, tonka bean, patchouli, labdanum, benzoin and musk.
If you buy this without waiting for its drydown you are in for a surprise! Haram starts out like the perfect heavy, boozy, ambery oriental. Bringing to mind all the souk-inspired, fruit-stew and spice fests of Lutens et al. It smells great. But all of a sudden, about half an hour into wearing it, I smell freshness, a blast of post-shower clean-ness, a laundry smell, the smell of those infamous dryer sheets. WTF??? What happened? Where did my boozy, spicy oriental go? I’m still looking for it! There must be an overdose of clean, white musk that takes over the entire perfume. Maybe it is just my skin, so if anybody tried this, I would love to hear about your experience. On me Harâm is the incredible vanishing oriental.
Notes include tangerine, carrot, frankincense, tea, heliotrope, orange blossom, vetiver, iris root, cedar wood and musk.
Love the name! So what does trouble smell like? It starts out quite innocent and fresh. Tangerine, cloaked in light and airy incense, Eau Trouble progresses into warmer territory in the heart, but it stays pretty tame throughout. Lovely, nice, but tame. Trouble is something else. Eau Trouble is a cologne-style fragrance with pale orange blossom at its heart and soft, sweet musk in the base. Unobtrusive and even a little faint. Not really worth the trouble.
Notes include bergamot, lemon, tangerine, jasmine, tea, ginger, cedar wood and musk.
White Water – another lovely name, if we leave politics aside. Eau Blanche is a citrus fragrance first and foremost, and a long lasting one for the genre as well. After the lemon dominated opening, tea and ginger are quite lovely and refreshing and cedar provides a good base for the citrus to hang on for a long time. This is a very refreshing and uplifting summer scent. The perfumers intent to capture her childhood memories on the Italian island of Capri, is executed well in my opinion.
All in all I like Ambre Noir and Eau Blanche best, they are also the ones with the best wear time. With Harâm I like only the first half, I do not care for dryer sheet city, and Eau Trouble is much ado about not very much. The line is beautifully presented. While I don’t feel the pressing need to own any of the ones I have tried, I feel Ambre Noir and Eau Blanche are a good starting point for budding Perfumistas or make great gifts for non-perfume-manic folks.