Think of a certain type of woman. Over 30, lives in Palm Beach or Beverly Hills, rich by marriage, groomed and spa'd and manicured within an inch of her life, designer clothes, stiletto heels, expensive obvious jewelry. Tottering unsteadily on the precipice between luxurious sophistication and vulgarity. That's what you get with 24. It's a heady floral, lasts forever, has tons of sillage and attracts attention. It's a Perfume capital P and not a scent or fragrance. This review is for the EDP which I like. The EDP is richer, softer and more floral. Ysatis is similar. I detest the EDT formulation which is harsher and rough and probably the basis for the Tabu comparisons. The EDT put me off on this until I finally tried the EDP. Now I'm dying to test the parfum version to see if it's even better.
This is my favorite Hermes fragrance. It has the perfect hint of a floral, so it's good for summer and the amber makes it great for fall. It really is a versatile scent. I always get compliments when I wear this, especially since it's a lesser known fragrance. It's definitely a sensual fragrance and is the epitome of romance.
Despite its richness, there is an austerity about 24 Faubourg that I appreciate very much. To me it is a dark orange blossom fragrance on a bed of amber; it exudes warmth without too much sweetness. It's hard for me to pick out the other notes. Often I detect a certain roughness iin the early to middle stages (patchouli, I guess) which reminds me of linen or raw silk. There is strength and structure here. Imagine a woman with fabulous bone structure in her face. She looks beautiful at any age and is as impressive in well cut jeans and a linen shirt as she is in a brocade evening gown. Strength and intelligence are what I notice about her more than wealth and glamour.
My mom had this fragrance lying around in her closet, the bottle, which is a bit awkward for my slender hand to hold, nearly full. Turned out that my dad did not like it on her. Curious, I spritzed it in my cleavage to experience the aroma of … strong, heady jasmine that follows you everywhere and haunts your dreams. I am perfectly serious; visions of jasmine-scented dogs playing in the halls of an immense mansion greeted me come bedtime. Even though this was an EDT, the lasting power was phenomenal, easily twelve hours, if not more. During that interval, I sometimes notice the patchouli, sometimes the vanilla, but the jasmine is hard to miss, which, in my case, is occasionally a bad thing. I think the jasmine note is too strong for me, since I felt a bit nauseated a few hours after application. Nevertheless, this is a strong, assertive fragrance, on par with No. 5, and I am happy to wear it. You just “reek” class and money with this sort of smell (whether you possess them or not), making it a good formal dinner or evening perfume. Notes: orange, peach, hiacynth, ylang-ylang, bergamot, black elder, iris, orange blossom, gardenia, jasmine, sandalwood, amber, patchouli, vanilla.
EDIT: Just for fun, I sprayed a little of Dream Angels Forever with Faubourg and ended up with an intriguing and alluring jasmine-vanilla blend that was powdery enough and sweet enough to make everything perfect in my then olfactory world.
I think you either love or hate this perfume, because it's strong. It's not an everyday scent, and you'd have to wear it with some confidence. It smells mature but not at all like something your grandmother would wear. It does smell like "perfume" and not something you'd find in nature, i.e., no one will think it might be your shampoo or your body lotion or just your lovely natural scent. My boyfriend usually says "you smell good" when I'm wearing something - this time, he said "I like your perfume."
I would wear this as a cold weather fragrance in the evening. I like the spiciness and warmth of it, and the multidimensional notes. The spiciness settles down into a pleasant powdery finish. Be wary of wearing too much. It reminds me of the now-discontinued Gio by Armani.
After many years of viewing the remarks of other loyal members (and laughing hysterically at many) I decided to take the plunge and write my review for 24 Faubourg.
I made my purchase solely based on the reviews fully aware of the fact that perfume smells differently on everyone; individual body chemistry application; and age; all of which affects the review.
I agree with the majority of the posts in terms of scent: expensive smelling,divine, compliment inducing, womanly without smelling "old".
After wearing it a few days, I tried to recall what it reminded me of and finally I know. The fragrance reminds me of a dried down version of Givenchy's Ysatis. So for those of you who want to try the fragrance and need a comparison that is what the scent most closely resembles.
I've been wearing 24 for a week, and what a week it has been! Compliments a plenty. Standing at the bus, waiting to go to work, just me. Man comes along, smartly dressed and sits down next to me. 30 seconds later, man says, 'Excuse me, can I please ask you one question, what is that beautiful perfume you have on? ' I tell him, and then he proceeds to pull out a pen and paper and write the name down, he wants to know where he can get it, who it is made by and all the while keeps telling me how wonderful I smell. He then said he must buy some for his Wife. Now, I have a fragrance habit, and I have tried many but none have had this reaction. My friends are telling me how beautiful I smell when I hug them. I LOVE this fragrance, it is simply stunning. I own the EDP version and I feel all my other fragrances may be left on the shelf.
One day on a whim, I went down the line and sniffed all of the Hermes fragrances which were on display. None jumped out at me. Then I spied the unusual bottle with the name 24 Faubourg on it. After spritzing a little on my wrist, I instantly I fell in love with it. If you want to know more about the various notes in the fragrance, you can scroll down to read the other reviews. There are many fragrances out there in the world, but few have artistry and personality behind them. Many fragrances just smell perfumey and nothing more. I could analyze this fragrance until the cows come home, but that would somehow destroy the mysterious power of this beautiful scent. It is classy, chic, and tasteful. It does not matter if you are old or young, this fragrance speaks for itself. I would not mind adding it to my collection.
For as expensive as this smells, I don't think the price is outrageous at all. However, the associations of memories with this scent is ruining it for me. A very close friend of my mother's used to wear this exclusively; it is so common in the circles of wives of doctors in Florida, I can't begin to tell you how many times growing up I've smelled this on various middle aged women. At least now it has a name.
The beginning is a loud, rich, full-throated white floral, the kind of woman wearing it (in my mind) has a tan, multiple cosmetic surgeries, large breast implants, and a perfectly tailored white dress who looks perfect if not real. She's wearing light pink lipstick, with big curly blonde hair (this is very 80s) is a bit too happy, and one can see why. She's not so concerned about anyone else, but her friends all admire her because they want to be like her, and she makes each one personally feel as if they can. It smells of pool parties and drunk rich women laughing and gossiping about one another... like sexy women in their early 40s who haven't gotten over sleeping around with other married men. Somehow this doesn't scream "old money" to me at all. I've smelled it worn by way too many "new money" women. More specifically, this is the quintessential "stay at home mom with nannies married to a lawyer/doctor living in a sunny locale with lots of girlfriends" type smell.
All in all, I wouldn't wear this because of those associations I have that are so strong, and because this perfume is so "perfumey," ie. nothing in nature would remind me of this except a glossy magazine ad, it's very synthetic-smelling, and even though the ingredients are high quality and blended to perfection, I disagree that this is an especially classy lady, though she may be wealthy. I can totally see the random sex on an animal rug thing though. That part, I can smell in this. The satin undergarments soaked in voluptuous perfume, waiting-for-the-right-man to take them off kind of thing, champagne and bubble bath. Definitely not austere, this one is full of big blonde hair and buxom hugs.
PS- Two kids and a divorce. Sorry I had to go there. I'm going to scrub her off of me now before the throbbing in my sinuses turns to a more immanent pain.
''.....A great scent is pleasurable; perhaps even able to fling you back in time, to relive a memory, a moment. But an amazing scent is something else. An amazing scent has the power to transform.
24 Faubourg is surely one of those ''transforming'' perfumes....typicaly Hermes's leather/creamy orange/salty air/bright and totaly sexy scent in a very mature way....
ok, don't mean to be rude but this one is- having sex on animal skin on the floor, wearing the most expensive silky underware, golden bracelets and extraordinary voluptous red Chanel rouge....
with a lover who is married with equally gorgeous women, but lacks excitement that he seeks in someone else....
that's exactly the kind of atmosphere this miracle perfume does...
January Jones's inocent face in a horse stable in Mad Men, flirting with a beautiful guy while seddleing his horse, staring at her cold,hitchcocky blonde hair, pale skin and Hermes's scarf...imagineing doing the first scenario in my review...
ok....I'll go now....:)))