When I think of Tom Ford, I often think of this infamous quote: “Dressing well is a form of good manners.” Ford has shown a longstanding aptitude for conceiving long-lasting, refined, and tailored fragrances for a specific subset of the population. Tobacco Vanille, Oud Wood, Tobacco Oud, and Beau de Jour are among the masculine fragrances which exude confidence and luxury. However, there is a black sheep on this list who chooses to pop in and out of the limelight.
Enter Fougere d’Argent.
Launched in 2018, Fougere d’Argent falls in the category of Fougere fragrances. Defining this category is often difficult, as some describe Fougere characteristics as dry, grassy, and almost hay-like at times. Although, more modern representations place emphasis on aromatics, like a good gin, along with wood and spice.
Fougere d’Argent is a masterclass that embarks on the journey of intertwining classic fragrance profiles with modern staples. At the top is a collection of delicate lavender, followed by exotic and fresh ginger, complete with a revitalizing mandarin orange.
Providing a green sheen in the heart is a composition of labdanum and akigalawood, contributing a dense central focal point. If this song was a beat, the heart would be a punchy bass line. Finally, the fragrance concludes with the singular note of Coumarin, adding spice, wood, and a note that I can only describe as affluence.
The fragrance’s scent profile, in Layman’s terms, can be described as a woody scent, with flashes of lavender and aromatics, followed by a heavy spice. However, fragrance connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike will always find deeper nuances within a fragrance.
Fougere d’Argent smells of someone who recognizes the importance of sustainability and appreciates the environment, while still embodying and acting upon stereotypically masculine traits like cigar smoking and driving convertibles.
The woody note is something from another dimension. Something that Ford hasn’t developed before. It stands on its own in a natural context, separate from other woody scents which create a more artificial aroma. It’s almost like you can smell the air breezing in between the bark of a tree, deep in a forest.
Accompanying the natural wood is a trail of lavender, followed by a handful of clean, nippy aromatics. It reminds me of the bouquet emanating from a freshly poured, top-shelf gin. From there on out, the ginger adopts its spice from, again, a natural adaptation. It doesn’t reek of ginger like the packaged candies you can find in North America. Instead, it plays a teammate role beside spices that can only be described as the most scrumptious tea ever.
Tom Ford Fougere d’Argent, thankfully, is still being produced by the house and can be found on the Tom Ford website, along with a selection of department stores near you.