If you want to smell like a Frenchman, wear Moustache. In my mind, Moustache is the quintessential French fragrance - citrusy, complex, elegant, bitter, dry and with an underlying smell of something having gone rotten.
It's this subtle overripe, "unsanitary", skanky undertone that, for me, separates French styled perfumes from Italian, British or Spanish fragrances, and is what makes them great. If you've ever been to an outdoor food market in
, you'll know the kind of smell I'm
talking about. France is famous for their unpasteurized
cheeses, their terrines, head cheeses and pâtés, their andouillette and boudin
sausages, organ meats, and all sorts of other things that would make most
Americans reach for a barf bag. This is real food, not the wimpy,
sanitized shit you get at Burger King and pizza shops in the France , and real food has a real smell.
It's a pure, raw and honest smell. When it's in a perfume, it smells like
passion, and it smells like sex. Fragrances like Jicky, Diorella, Poison,
Kouros, Eau Sauvage, YSL Pour Homme, Antaeus, etc., all have that raunchy,
dirty underlying smell, and Moustache is a member of that club. These are
fragrances with soul. U.S.
Moustache accomplishes this within the context of a primarily citrus-based scent. Most citrus-dominant fragrances tend to be light, a little dull, and fleeting. Moustache, though not a heavy scent, is a substantial fragrance. Its strong top notes of lime and bergamot are both refreshing and bitter, and their smell, amazingly, lasts for hours. The beefy citrus notes are supported and nailed down by strong herbal and wood notes, which act as fixatives. The bitterness of the lime blended with the herbal notes is what gives Moustache its overripe, skanky undertone, and makes it unique for a citrus perfume. Rather than smelling safe and inoffensive like most citruses, Moustache smells both debonaire and daring.
What I love about fragrances like Moustache is that they smell like they have real blood running through them. People don't naturally smell like lemons or grapefruits. All people have an odor, whether they realize it or not. Fragrances like Moustache acknowledge that, and in fact, they celebrate it. It is this quality that separates the French style of perfume from all others.
Moustache isn't great simply because it smells great. Moustache is great because it is real.
MY RATING: 9/10
Fragrance House: Rochas
Fragrance House: Rochas