Ferns in perfumery:
Fougères are part of the 6 original families (Floral, Citrus, Woody, Oriental, Fougère, Chyprée) according to the SFP (French Society of Perfumers).
Arrivals after the Colognes on the market. Being an olfactory proposal that is just as fresh but with more "masculine" notes, woody and aromatic, they provide the same feeling of cleanliness. Tonic, invigorating, refreshing waters.
Let it be said right away, the smell of fern does not exist naturally, it is a reconstitution with two essential notes: Lavender (natural) and Coumarin (synthetic). To these two notes are added other aromatic notes (Rosemary, Thyme, Laurel...), a few floral notes (Geranium, Rose) and base notes (Wood: Vetiver, Moss, Musks, Leather ...).
Today, the fern has modernized and become more intense. We find in particular a lot of amber ferns, super popular with men for their cool head and their much rounder, warmer bottom.
Some emblematic perfumes:
"Royal Fern" - Houbigant 1882 - Paul Parquet / Aromatic Fern
"For a man" - Caron 1934 - Ernest Daltroff / Aromatic
"Raw" - Fabergé 1968 - Karl Mann / Aromatic Spicy
"Black Longship" - Guy Laroche 1982 - Pierre Wargnye / Aromatic Fern
"Coolwater" - Davidoff 1988 - Pierre Bourdon / Aromatic Aquatic
"The male" - JPG 1995 - Francis Kurkdjian / Amber Fern
"One Million" - Paco Rabanne 2008 - Christophe Raynaud, Olivier Pescheux, Michel Girard & Christian Dussoulier / Woody Spicy
"Savage" - Dior 2015 - François Demachy / Aromatic Fern
This list is not exhaustive because there are a lot of beautiful launches: some emblematic, some more commercial.