Reviews of Fleurage Perfumes

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Tom Pease reviews Colognes Fougere, Gentleman's Chypre, Four Thieves and Plantation

Gentleman’s Chypre had me at the get-go with it’s soft and luxuriously powdery opening. Written of as a “dapper debonair detective inspired by Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot.” I can see that- along with the opening it adds in a glove leather and a touch of ambergris that makes me think of country houses and the Orient Express.

Of these four Fougere was my favorite by far. It opens with a lovely bergamot and green notes and adds in a slightly smoky woods. It does a great dance between sweet/bitter that says to me “classic fougère” and last surprisingly long for both a cologne and a botanical.


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Tom Pease reviews Colognes Libertine, Citron, Bayou, Bay Rum 

Citron …as it matures on skin, the different citruses separate a little and the neroli becomes more of the show. Lasting power is really good on this one, especially considering it’s A) citrus and B) cologne

Bay Rum …this is rich, spicy warm scent that starts of with almost meaty clove then starts adding in allspice vanilla and unlisted mace. By far my favorite so far, and by far the longest lasting.

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Narelle Hanratty reviews Chypre

The chypre family of perfume is probably the most distinctive of all.  The combination of animalic, mossy/woody and citrus elements shouldn’t perhaps work; yet by the curious alchemy of “high perfume,” the combination gives rise to a smell that is, paradoxically, ultra-classic and ultra-abstract.

Such was the fame and success of Coty’s Chypre that it’s become the yardstick by which all perfumes are judged by aficionados: the promise — eternally undelivered, eternally renewed — that one day there may be another perfume of its mythic status.

For these reasons, I had a great time at Fleurage with Emma’s Chypre which, I want to state plainly here and now, is so much grander, richer and truer than my weirdo 31 Rue Cambon.


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Jen reviews Soliflores

What I can tell you is that these are both incredibly pretty floral perfumes. I really enjoy them both. Tulipes Joyeuses is rich and full-bodied - almost heady. Honeysuckle Vine is lighter and fresher. It is the longer-lived of the two on skin and projects more on me.

Both of these perfumes are distinctly floral, regardless of whether or not they are olfacto-realistic*. There is no doubt that these are pretty flowers, blooming beautifully on the skin. They make me feel like I'm wearing Spring - that enthusiasm, that sense of building energy, that feeling of potential.


Lucy Raubertas reviews Magnolia, Equinox and Gypsy

The three fragrances I have tried from Fleurage are Magnolia, Equinox and Gypsy. 

All three have an opening that almost seems like hay, but it’s well worth the wait of about 30 seconds as they morph and change entirely. They all bloom out and get celestially prettier and prettier and then leap over to beautiful. 

I cannot stress enough that they all have a lot of development, changing rapidly throughout wear, getting richer over time. They hold their top notes tenaciously, and somehow I get a whiff of fresh water from a fast running stream over stones releasing a light mineral mist in the air. 

That part of it is more a mood than a physical description of notes, by which I mean there is an impression of freshness in all three, whether or not they come from the direction of citrus, wood, floral or incense. The energy is high in all three, somewhat similar to that very highest keynote of a tea rose, almost like the moisture of a living thing. 


Madam Bon Bon

I first fell in love with traditional handmade perfumes after a visit to Paris. During a shopping trip to Printemps, I found a beautiful traditional French perfume, ‘George Sand’ created by Jean-Francois Laporte. It was like no other perfume I had tried – in strength and fragrance. So you can imagine how excited I was when my husband introduced me to Fleurage, a perfume salon…in my very own neighbourhood!

If you are interested in this style of perfumery or even just a bit curious, then I recommend you pop down to the Fleurage salon and meet their inhouse perfumer to find your signature scent. Fleurage also hold perfumery classes and workshops. Visit their website (below) for class schedules and details.


Tom Pease

[This edit selected from one review of six Fleurage Perfumes.]

Salamander, which starts off with an oddly sweet pepper.  Odd because it's not like a sweet green or red pepper, but an actual combination of black pepper and slightly burnt sugar.  I don't remember ever smelling that combo before and frankly can't think why I haven't. It's brilliant. It also adds in a fair bit of (unlisted) musk, cumin and a wonderful woody incense, while the base amps it up with myrrh,  I'm hopelessly in thrall. 

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Thom Wilton

Why wouldn’t you want to have your own unique scent? 

It’s a simple question and yet, bottle after bottle, celebrity fragrance after celebrity fragrance, the art of a custom perfume has been lost. Somewhere in between convenience and economy, the designer fashion houses realised their potential for profit in the cosmetics industry and it all changed overnight. One humble perfumery in Melbourne is looking to challenge the multi-billion dollar marketing industry and bring art back to bespoke fragrances.


Jade Dressler

In other words, a man wearing a fresh scent mixing with his own animal scent because…he’s Such a Boy! is so very full of sex appeal. And for a girl, being all tomboy in the country, Such a Boy! is IT. Chypre has been called sensual and abstract, which is also why I think unisex is the vibe here.


Andrew's Mabon Review

Wonderful! Mabon is a complex natural perfume that unfolds on the skin, from quite an intense and spicy green opening to it's final phase as a slightly green and spicy, earthy incense fragrance. As you would expect with handmade natural fragrances the individual elements in the fragrance live and die on the skin, so it is in a constant state of change. I loved every stage of Mabon's evolution.

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Marlin reviews Mabon, Imp and Bandy Boheme

"there’s a playful mystery at work in Emma’s compositions, and you can add me to her growing list of adoring fans."


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Tom Pease – Reviewers choice for 2011, Fleurage

"In any case I think I have to give the tip of the chapeau to Fleurage in general and in particular to their scent Salamander."

Tom Pease, scent reviewer for PerfumeSmellinthings awards Fleurage his vote for best of 2011 perfumes. 

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…it was one of the most beautiful spaces I’ve been to with not a single detail overlooked. They truly are people for whom scent is a passion and you can see that right down to the art deco inspired bottles and packaging. Simply beautiful.

Call on 07 3129 0868, email or make an appointment to visit the scent design studio in Parkrise, Surfers Paradise.


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