The French word for fern. In the genealogy of fragrances, an entire family is named after the then innovative and successful Fougère Royale, launched in 1882 by renown perfumer Jean-Francois Houbiguant. This type of construction- regarded as typically masculine- relies on aromatic notes combined with geranium, lavender, oak-moss and coumarin, and was intended by its creator to be the metaphoric representation of the scent of ferns ( which don’t have an odor). Fougere Royale is recorded as the first time use of a synthetic aroma chemical in fragrance formulation.

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