Hermes 24, Faubourg ~ fragrance review

Hermes Constance handbag

Have you ever thought about matching iconic Hermès handbags with the equally iconic Hermès perfumes? I'd pair Calèche with the classic Kelly bag and Kelly Calèche with one of the new, smaller Kellys in a bright color, say apple green or watermelon pink. Birkin bags are more casual and slouchy, more modern, than the Kelly bags, and I can see the Hermessences suiting a Birkin. Pamplemousse Rose, for instance, would be nice with a pale green or dove grey Birkin bag (although Equipage is a natural for a battered, nude calf Birkin.) To me, 24, Faubourg's match is the Constance. 24, Faubourg's prim, go-anywhere elegance seems made for a woman with a mink brown, gold-buckled Constance slung over her shoulder.

Hermès released 24, Faubourg in 1995. It's named after the address of Hermès's flagship store and is one of a handful of perfumes named after fashion-centric addresses, including Balenciaga Le Dix and Chanel 31 Rue Cambon. Maurice Roucel created 24, Faubourg. Nigel Groom lists its notes as orange blossom, jasmine, tiara flower, ylang ylang, iris, patchouli, vanilla, ambergris, and sandalwood.1

To me, this list of notes is barely a sketch of the full body of 24, Faubourg. If I had only a few words, I'd describe 24, Faubourg as orange flower as seen through amber glass. Really, though, the fragrance is crammed full of warm flowers with a bare hint of spice, but with soapy orange flower at the forefront. Boosting this floral heat wave is a thick bed of sandalwood, amber, musk, and moss. Instead of simply orange flower, we have an orange flower chiffon layer cake made with honey. In 24, Faubourg, Roucel wraps a richly woven blanket around orange flower just as Histoires de Parfume Tubereuse 3 L'Animale did (in my mind less successfully) for tuberose and Patricia de Nicolaï did beautifully but with more restraint for narcissus in Parfums de Nicolaï Le Temps d'Une Fête.

Hermes 24, Faubourg perfume

24, Faubourg is rich and full, but I wouldn't call it loud. It's welcoming, almost maternal, but patrician at the same time. Princess Diana's butler wrote it was one of the Princess's favorite fragrances, and its easygoing but remote beauty does seem perfect for her. 24, Faubourg's poise tempts me to recommend it for the mature woman, but I really think anyone with the grace to write thank you notes by hand could wear it well.

24, Faubourg Eau de Parfum shows more of the coolness and depth of rose, iris, and creamy ylang ylang than does the Eau de Toilette. It lasts longer, too, and in its dry down I smell patchouli blended with vanilla that I don't get in the Eau de Toilette. My choice would be the Eau de Parfum, but the gods of thrifting set me up with the Eau de Toilette, and I'm happy with it. Now if they could only lead me to a Constance bag.

Hermès 24, Faubourg comes in Eau de Toilette (including a 400 ml bottle for $400), Eau de Parfum, and Parfum concentrations. Please comment if you've tried the extrait. For information on where to buy it, see Hermès under Perfume Houses.

1. Nigel Groom, Perfume: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Finest Fragrances (Running Press: 1999), p. 112.

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  1. JeninDC says:

    I love 24, Faubourg and I think you are spot on with your association with it and the Constance bag. If only because your review is the first time I’ve seen the Constance bag but it is the first Hermes bag I actually like. And I REALLY like it. I would love to be carrying that bag while wearing 24, Faubourg. A girl can dream…..

    • Angela says:

      I’m kind of in love with the Constance myself, to tell the truth. The fact that it is worth more than my car–well, you’re right, a girl can dream!

  2. AnnS says:

    Angela – I’m always happy to see you review a fragrance classic – especially those big ones from the 80s. I remember when this came out. I smelled a magazine page and it was instant, insane desire. I wanted a bottle of this so bad I could hardly stand it. I was a grad student with not a lot of extra money for such an extravagance. I would sneak into the Saks when I was there (not often) and spray some on. It took me years to get my hands on a bottle, and I loved wearing it. I often think of getting another bottle. I think the mid notes and drydown are beyond compare in the oriental beauties world – soft, warm, sensuous, very well blended. And it lasts forever. A lot of people can’t get past that major, dense opening. It is well worth the wait. It’s a timeless oriental, and I do get what you mean about being maternal and sophisticated at the same time. I also think of it as a very confident fragrance. Thanks for the review!

    • AnnS says:

      Er, meant to say big one from the 90s.

    • Angela says:

      I like the picture of you sneaking around for a perfume hit!

      I really like its opening, maybe even better than the drydown, which isn’t typical for me. For a big scent, it is remarkably well behaved. I don’t know if it’s particularly “me”, but I’m glad I have some on hand for those perfectly 24, Faubourg moments that are bound to come.

      • AnnS says:

        I did really have to sneak! The SA’s at Saks don’t normally look to kindly on shabby lurking grad students addicted to perfumes!!!

        • Angela says:

          Which only goes to show the depth of your love!

          • AnnS says:

            Maybe fragrance stalker?

        • mjr says:

          Haha no they definitely don’t, Ann! That is, until you blow their socks off with knowledge (of perfume or otherwise) LOL :)

  3. Daisy says:

    ahhhh, 24 Faubourg…..I have the Edt…it’s gorgeous! And it holds a special place in my perfumista heart because it was the bottle that led me on a web search for the notes….and then reviews…and that’s how I stumbled across Now Smell This AND Luckyscent ! (two birds with one stone….er, bottle) Yup, that was a Good Day in the beginning of my perfume journey (the CEO practically lights a candle for my bank account on the anniversary of that day….but that’s a whole different story) ….. I haven’t reached for 24 Faubourg in a while…only because I have a few ***snort*** other bottles crying out for attention these days—but when I do wear it, I feel instantly more sophisticated and think that perhaps I should dress better….it’s certainly not the most expensive perfume I have, but it smells expensive. (gotta love those online discounters! my bottle came from those lovely folks at beauty encounter, and I had a coupon, so it was practically free!) :-)

    • Daisy says:

      ps— I know as much about purses as I do about shoes….which is pretty close to zero—-(reeboks and 2 coach purses: one brown, one black)—and the CEO would like it to remain that way TYVM ;-)
      (apparently my perfume habit is bad enough! )

      • Angela says:

        I don’t know much about bags, either. I have a red Cashin Carry I got at an estate sale, and it’s slung over my arm everywhere I go, despite the crowd of darling-but-too-small bags on the top shelf of my closet.

        • Daisy says:

          well that sounds pretty snazzy to me—the only reason I have the 2 coach bags is because I always had this bedraggled fanny pack I used to wear (kept both hands free!) and my friends would shake their heads ….until one day a dear friend literally dragged my sorry a** into a Macy’s and said : ” buy a decent bag! do it! do it now! ” —she’s very tough and was not deterred by any of my whining…. she has many lovely bags….but she only has ONE bottle of fragrance: CD J’Adore…..and a bunch of sample vials that I force upon her frequently! ;-)

          • Angela says:

            Really, perfume is SO much less expensive than fancy purses. Not that I’m encouraging you (or me!),

          • AnnS says:

            My older sister is addicted to handbags. Really nice ones too, and she has the income to support her habit. She also has a habit of cleaning out her closets every few years, and then she gives all her handme down purses to me! Yeah!! I am a very patient woman!!!

          • Angela says:

            Nice set up! I bet she can benefit from your perfume collection, too. A little decant here and there in exchange for a pretty Dior bag?

          • meredifay says:

            I should just do that and be done with buying purses…ah, probably should save a purse tally for somewhere else! I have a fairly nice but dated black Liz Claiborne, and a nice enough cream and tan summer purse. I need to buy a good brown Coach bag!

    • Angela says:

      It really does smell expensive. I know the word “classy” isn’t very, um, classy, but 24, to me Faubourg smells classy. And now I know it was the Daisy Perfumista Activator!

      • Daisy says:

        seems like it shoulda come with some sort of warning on the box! Caution: Rabbit Hole Ahead! Spray at your own risk….

        • Angela says:

          So true! But if they won’t even label perfume for potential allergens, I guess they wouldn’t do it for potential bankruptcy.

          • Daisy says:

            or for irate husbands!

            *** Warning: buy this bottle and your hubby will be PISSED! ***

            to which I answer: only if he sees the receipt….. ;-)

          • AnnS says:

            That would be an interesting poll question: which fragrance sent you down the rabbit hole? Mine was trying to get my hands on No 5 eau Premier when it first came out and then was pulled from the market. I was so frustrated about it – kept searching online for it thinking it had to be available somewhere – and kept stumbling across all these fragrance blogs. The rest is history!!!

          • miss kitty v. says:

            That’s so funny, Ann– my rabbit hole was the Les Exclusifs, and not being able to find them anywhere. :) When I was on medical leave about three years ago I read an article in Allure about them, and started obsessing. I started to think I had imagined them. Then I discovered The Guide, then I discovered the blogs, and 80 bottles of perfume later, here I am.

        • Angela says:

          Great idea on the rabbit hole question!

          • Daisy says:

            Ha! so far the Hermes and Chanels are running neck and neck….

          • boojum says:

            What would be really interesting is to get the other blogs to do the poll at the same time. I wonder if a person’s “rabbit hole” fragrance had anything to do with which blog they landed on as “home base”. Hermes seems to get much more love (or at least coverage) here than elsewhere*, for example, so it would make sense that I landed here. * With the disclaimer that I spend very little time at the other blogs, so could have a very wrong impression.

          • mjr says:

            I agree about the poll-idea, and with Boo about the Hermes-NST connection. I also *rarely* read the other blogs…

      • kaos.geo says:

        I gave it to my mom as a mothers day gift in 96. I selected it because it smelled lovely but classy ;-)

        • Angela says:

          That’s a great description of it!

    • boojum says:

      Hermes is full of rabbits, it would seem. So many of us landed here by virtue of a Hermes scent. It was the debate between UJEM and UJSLN that landed me here, 24 at the time being far too “mature” for me. I recently smelled it again, however, and think I’ll need to nab some later… say, around the time the current bottles land at the discounters (so very lovely!). It doesn’t take long to grow up around here (at least, in terms of taste).

      • Angela says:

        There really are some great Hermes scents. I’m a Caleche fan for sure and wouldn’t mind a bottle of Parfum d’Hermes and a few others.

    • mjr says:

      Great story, Daisy-dear! I always wondered what triggered your addiction, er affliction, *ahem…clears throat*…affection? for perfume! ;)

  4. Karin says:

    I wore this in the early 90’s – bought a bottle on my first trip to Paris! Stupidly gave the half-used bottle away (along with other scents) to the Goodwill in one of my many moves since. Ugh. What was I thinking? I get these urges to purge occasionally, and end up getting rid of all sorts of stuff. Prefer to live lite. And yes, sometimes I have regrets…

    • Angela says:

      Oh, I’ve given away some perfumes and regretted it later, too. Hopefully someone has them now who really loves them.

      • Karin says:

        Oh, that’s such a good thought, Angela!!!!

  5. Owen says:

    we can’t afford a Birkin !

    • Angela says:

      That’s for sure! Besides, I’d live in terror of it being stolen. But I sure wouldn’t mind a Constance (which is also too expensive for my sorry budget.)

  6. Dzingnut says:

    Another wonderful review, Angela! Add me to the list of going down the rabbit hole because of an Hermes scent … UJSLN, one sniff and suddenly the world contained more than just 4711 and Eau de Givenchy (much as I love both). Fragrancenet has a whole bunch of different versions of 24 – but no Hiris! Argh. Is the Constance made of regular leather, or something like alligator?

    • Angela says:

      I feel sure I’ve seen Hiris at discounters somewhere. Keep looking!

      Like most of the Hermes bags, you can have the Constance made out of just about any animal hide that’s legal.

    • Daisy says:

      another one for the Hermes camp!

      Last I knew…and it’s been a while….Beauty encounter had Hiris. Also I think I saw it come up on an Amazon search recently. I love Hiris too.

      • Angela says:

        What about parfum1? Might be worth a try.

        • mjr says:

          I’ve definitely seen Iris as parfum1, but only a couple of times. I think the parfum1 stalkers probably snap it up quick… :)

  7. Veronika says:

    I bought a parfum concentration of this to my mother this year. It fits her perfectly. This fragrance is really beautiful and it has some chypre notes coming through the oriental ones as well.
    But it is too flowery for me in the way j’adore is.
    I choose Eau de Merveilles and a Medor clutch:)

    • Angela says:

      I just goggled the Medor clutch, and it is stunning! Nice choice.

  8. mjr says:

    Fancy leather (Hermès or otherwise) handbags do not capture my interest in the slightest. But Hermès perfumes? Ah mais oui! I was also led down the “rabbit hole” (that seems so small…my hole is more like a dinosaur hole LOL) by the Jardins after my bottle-loving partner stumbled upon those terrific ombrè bottles in Sephora. He loved the bottles, so we gave them a few sniffs and left with a sample of the “favorite” of the bunch, which the SA failed to label properly. I was sure it was Mediterranean (blue bottle); he thought it was Nil.

    We lost the sample (weird, I know!) and then went on the hunt down for the full line-up again at Saks. (I’m getting to Faubourg very soon, I promise…) That’s where he discovered and fell in love with Bel Ami and we purchased Caleche Eau Delicate for me (but no Jardin yet because we were still debating…) The SA tossed in a sample of 24 Faubourg, which I found too classic, too something for me. Never mind that because months later (not too mention all 3 Jardins, Bel Ami, Equipage, Terre, Eau d’Orange Verte, another Caleche Eau Delicate – yes our dressing tables are like a mini Hermès boutique! – and a whole bunch of other goodies like Chanel Sycomore), I tried it again and fell in *almost* love. I bought a mini. Now it’s full-blown love, but I’m waiting until I use up the mini to purchase an FB.

    I would describe Faubourg as a “grown-up” perfume but definitely not “mature” – at least not in the negative “old lady” sense of the word. I think you have to be a “woman” (with all it’s Feminist undertones) to wear this – and you probably also should be in a grown-up mood. Personally, I wear this when I’m teaching and I want to project gravitas AND grace. Quiet, sophisticated perfection! For the record, for teaching I also wear Cristalle – for my don’t mess with me, I’m in charge here moods (students are such a challenge sometimes…don’t worry, I’m actually quite nice to my students LOL) – and 31 Rue Cambon when I want to be noticed and taken seriously.

    Sorry this was so long…

    • boojum says:

      YES, on the grown-up vs mature… that’s exactly it.

      • Angela says:

        Yes, and welcoming, too, I feel.

    • Angela says:

      Don’t apologize for long! Long is nice. And a long Hermes story is even nicer!

      It sounds like 24 Faubourg is a useful and lovely arrow in your quiver.

      • mjr says:

        Oh and I forgot to say THANK YOU Angela for the great review. I also *love* seeing NST review the classics!

        • Angela says:

          Oh good! I’m glad. It’s so hard to keep up with the new scents, sometimes it’s nice to visit the classics.

  9. bookgirl says:

    I love this post! Why yes, I have thought of pairing Hermes bags with perfume, and quite frankly I need to try more of the latter….and hope to one day afford the former.

    I’m actually wearing Parfums de Nicolaï Le Temps d’Une Fête today on this summery solstice day.

    • Angela says:

      Nice choice! It’s miserable here–in the 60s and threatening rain. Fete indeed. I’m wearing Encre Noir and dreaming of handbags I’ll never own.

  10. FragrantWitch says:

    Thanks for the lovely review, Angela. I just revisited this the other day having had very fond recollections of 24 from my early twenties. I worked part- time in a perfume shop then and found myself spraying this a lot and quite liking it but was aware it was too mature/ classy for me at the time. Now, revisiting it, I still found it lovely in the opening stages but unbearably sweet on me in the drydown. I suspect it is down to a change in body chemistry- the minute I fell pregnant with my oldest daughter eveything ( bar Shalimar and Chaos thank all that is holy!) smelled different on me. Sadly, this is one of the casualties!

    • Angela says:

      I can understand how that happens, and I’m glad to hear Chaos and Shalimar escaped the change!

      • FragrantWitch says:

        The upside if course is that I now can discover a whole new set of fragrances as embark upon the perfumista path!

  11. Jill says:

    What a beautiful review! I definitely need to try this again. I tried it years ago courtesy of a friend who loved it, but at the time my perfume tastes were quite different and it was very different from what I was “used to”. And I love the idea of pairing Hermes scents with the bags! I adore bags (I have way too many, though none of them are Hermes!).

    • Angela says:

      It’s not really what I’m used to, either, but it feels just right for certain occasions. Definitely give it another try!

  12. zara says:

    Mmmh, this has been on my ‘to buy’ list for a long time…I must finally get a bottle. This is something that smells very French to me, in a good way. I don’t remember trying the EdP but I sure did sample the EdT a couple of times and liked the Eau delicate version too, I must say (although the latter is not that charming but still in the vein of the other two).

    • Angela says:

      I’ve never tried the eau delicate, although I did see it at Saks. I’ll have to give it a try.

  13. Thanna says:

    I just tried this for the first time a couple of months ago and it was love at first sniff! I’ve put off a FB purchase while I try to think of times when I’d NEED it in my wardrobe. My life isn’t chock full of sophisticated moments and there’s nothing “white t shirt” about 24 Faubourg!! The LE bottle that was recently featured on parfum1 really tested my willpower but I managed to hold out. Maybe a decant is in order though.

    My rabbit hole scent was Annick Goutal Vanille Exquise. I’ve always loved vanilla but was amazed that someone was producing a vanilla scent that wasn’t sugary sweet! That led me to the web to look for other vanillas which led me to reviews which led me to NST and 6 months (and 20 bottles, a scentsplit purchase, and a few decants) later here I am. Not a real perfumista yet but well on my way!

    • Angela says:

      Maybe if you buy a decant of 24 Faubourg you’ll create elegant times to wear it! You know, find yourself sipping champagne, listening to string quartets, smiling at angelic children prancing in their Sunday best.

      I can definitely imagine a good vanilla pulling someone down the rabbit hole!

      • Thanna says:

        Yeah – not really appropriate for knocking back a Bud, listening to
        Robert Earl Keen, and watching Nascar, is it?

        • Angela says:

          I don’t know–it might really class up a Nascar party! But maybe moving to Miller High Life would be in order.

  14. Great article Angela. I have to get a sniff of this one!

    • Angela says:

      I’m surprised you haven’t tried it already! (Although who am I to talk–it’s impossible to smell everything out there.)

  15. Tama says:

    Hmmm, I think this will be my bedtime test tonight. I have tried it, but only half-heartedly.

    I have to tell that I got a 45 ml bottle of Eau de Joy on evilbay for $24. It arrived today and I have been smelling my lovely self all day!

    No particular perfume sent me down the hole – I think I was poised, anyway, and found NST in a NYT article about 2 years ago.

    • Angela says:

      Congratulations on the Eau de Joy! Perfect for the first day of summer.

  16. Absolute Scentualist says:

    Great review, Angela, as I just discovered this gem a few months ago. I’ve been wearing 24, Faubourg in the edp concentration since earlier this spring and I adore it as an absolutely gorgeous yet easy to wear floral oriental. On my skin, all the notes generally blend together so that it’s even difficult for me to pick out the orange blossom, though I do get a sense of it now and then, and the patch is, to my nose, an almost inperceptible part of the beautifully blended drydown. It is a really lovely perfume, and since I already have a perfume addiction, a matching Hermes handbag (or many other designer bags, for that matter) isn’t likely to show up in my closet any time soon. :) But this is definitely one of my more “dressy” perfumes that also works well around a fire on a crisp spring evening. I’ve read the “old ladyish” descriptor over on MUA, but given all the wonderfully warm and wise older women who’ve smelled fantastic I’ve been priveledged to know so far, I hardly think of that as a negative.

    • Angela says:

      I can definitely imagine it around the fire in spring! (Sounds like a great place to be, actually.)

      And you’re right, it’s time we stopped talking about “mature” as if it were a bad thing.

  17. Joe says:

    Hi Angela. I’ve been sitting with Faubourg for a little while now after finally fishing out my sample (from Daisy; not sure if it’s edp or edt). This is one elegant lady … almost a dame, actually, and much more of a dame than I’ll ever aspire to be. She’s very formal, and to me, almost overpowering, and an example of what I’d call High Perfumery.

    I was somehow shocked to read that this is a 1995 creation. I’m definitely not knowledgeable enough to have a good sense of perfume history, but I’d assumed this was one of the grand dames of the Hermès line, perhaps of 1970s vintage similar to Amazone. This really is the type of scent that I expect to be worn by a mature, impeccable woman in an expensive skirt suit. It ain’t no slouchy Birkin (and definitely not a semi-affordable Birkin knockoff, either).

    Note to all who are curious to sniff: cheap deals for 24, Faubourg abound on “that auction site,” with minis to be had for ~$10.

    [By the way, I just discovered that Hermès sells ~$500 beach towels. I’m crawling in a hole now.]

    • annemarie says:

      Yes, I saw those little cheapies on *that auction site* and I was tempted. But I have done this quite a bit recently, telling myself ‘it’s only 10 bucks, plus postage, a half decent lunch costs more than that …’, and that way I have spent QUITE a BIT of money. No regrets, but it’s gotta end … it’s just gotta …

    • AnnS says:

      Gosh, I love Amazone. I have an 8 ml mini, and am always agonizing over getting a FB. It is so lovely – like Hermes’ response to Mitsouko. …. And I recently discovered Hermes Rouge which is just a whopper of an aldehyde – rose – incense/woods oriental scent. Very very rich. It is helping me cope with my incense issues. I can see why you associate 24 Faubourg with it Amazone, et. al. – there is that very classic leg of the Hermes line.

      • Angela says:

        You like your big perfumes!

        • AnnS says:

          I do too!!! I am naturally drawn to them. I always apply with caution though!!

          • Angela says:

            You must have a big personality, too–goes well with the full-bodied scents, I think!

      • Rappleyea says:

        “Hermes response to Mitsouko”?!? Whoa! I’ve got to try that.

        • AnnS says:

          Rapp – my humble nose smells a kinship to Mitsouko, but for what it’s worth, my humble nose also smells a kinship between M and Rochas Femme in the soft leathery department. My nose is weird. I don’t want to mislead anyone……

          You know how M has that fallen leaves type aroma – duh – the oakmoss thing? Well, in Amazone I smell that lovely early sunny fallen leaves fragrance wafting under the rich floral top and heart notes. Like Mitsouko lost the satin and velvet robes and ran around in the woods for a while. I don’t want to mislead anyone – I grew up near woods and fields and Amazone just smells like that smell that woods and fields have in the early-mid fall. I understand that Amazone has been reformulated, and I think the version I have is pre-reformulation.

          • Rappleyea says:

            I totally understand what you’re saying about the fallen leaves aspect. I get that too, and I love it! I can also see the relation to Femme with it. Thanks, Ann!

      • ggperfume says:

        Now I need to order decants of 24 AND Amazone AND Rouge.

        • Angela says:

          She does make them sound pretty good, doesn’t she?

    • Angela says:

      It’s definitely a Grand Perfume, I agree! What sets it apart for me from some of the vintage classics is that I don’t smell the distinct character they have. You know, no burst of fusty oakmoss, slice of galbanum, rotting (but lovely!) edge of civet–nothing too challenging. It’s grand and pretty.

    • OperaFan says:

      Well, Joe… As soon as I read Angela’s review, I went straight to “that Auction site” to check out the latest offerings. Just picked up 2 sample edp sprays (I’ve only seen and have samples in edt concentration). Edt is really pretty and I can’t wait to check out the edps although I’ve no idea if these are the reformulated types. Pure perfumes are tres cher. You’re right in that 24F smells like high perfumery – it really does exemplify elegance and femininity to me, not a rough edge anywhere. Now to save up $$$$ for that purse…

      • Angela says:

        The purse is really, really nice, but the fragrance is a much less expensive way to capture the elegance, that’s for sure.

  18. Seraph says:

    “That Book” sent me down the hole and I’ve loved every minute of it. I went down the hole for the first time 22 years ago and, that time, the hole was full of wine and it was, and is, wonderful. To repeat the journey knowing how enjoyable and fascinating it will be is simply splendid fun.

    My daughter’s Godmother recently told me that she had bought a Chanel handbag at 31 Rue Cambon and when she told me what it cost (I was very rude and nosey) I nearly swallowed my tongue; presumably Hermes are the same sort of completely never-to-be-afforded kind of thing. And just think how much perfume you could buy instead, and not leave accidentally behind in a restaurant…

    Tried the 24 Faubourg recently (desperately trying to be relevant) and thought it was quite good but it seemed to dry down rather quickly to a powdery thing of no particular distinction and so was rather disappointed. Will have to try again.

    • Angela says:

      The handbags really are gaspingly priced. I think most people would have to inherit one to have one–and I sure know I won’t be inheriting one.

      • ggperfume says:

        At least we aren’t hoping for one to fall off a truck. . .

        • Angela says:

          That might be as likely as inheriting one!

      • AnnS says:

        If I was ever so fortunate to inherit or find under a big rock one of those gorgeous handbags from Fendi, Chanel, Hermes, etc, I would take a picture of me holding it, and then promptly sell it on evil bay to make more funds for fragrance expenditures!!!

        • Angela says:

          Great point! One Constance equals years of perfume purchases.

  19. Rappleyea says:

    Angela – I’m another one on here who loves your reviews of the classics! And I especially loved your line – “anyone with the grace to write thank you notes by hand could wear it well”. So beautifully said! I only have a mini of 24RF, and I’ve only tested it. Of course now I’ll be digging it out and giving it a proper wear!

    P. S. I have a package for you that has been languishing, waiting for me to finish and mail it! Sorry!!

    • Angela says:

      I’m glad you liked the review, and don’t even think twice about the package. It takes me forever to get them out.

  20. mjr says:

    I’m wearing Faubourg today with a generous splash of 4711 on top. This was an impromptu pairing I discovered after I got overheated….It’s actually quite nice. Let the 24F drydown for a while before adding the zing!

    • Angela says:

      That sounds refreshing!

  21. Once I saw a familie in the small town I live – mother wearing a balck alligator Kelly, daughter around 20 wearing a pink one. I stopped and starred with open mouth, I confess. I love handbags, but I am not even daring to think I could afford a Hermes bag (but I would do it, rather then buy myself a car).
    I would love to have one or more of their beautiful scarfs. They would smell of Rose Ikebana or Caleche Eau Delicate, and I would feel pretty glorious and elegant while putting them aroung my neck.
    I would love to have one of the Hermés bangles, though, but they are expensive as hell. Sigh.

    • Angela says:

      It seems like at least the dream of the scarf should come true. Scarves are so practical, too–even if they do cost (gulp) $300! I have a friend who once found an Hermes scarf on the floor of a bar where she worked. When no one came back for it after a couple of months, it was hers. Lucky.

      • Joe says:

        Angela, I suspect with your karma, you’ll find an Hermès scarf in a back rack of your Goodwill someday!

        • Angela says:

          And I would faint dead away! I actually do have an Hermes scarf I bought at a Charles de Gaulle duty free shop probably 10 years ago. It’s been primly folded and put away for just about that whole time. After mentioning scarves here, I pulled it out this morning to tie around my neck while I ride my bike to work. After all, what was I saving it for?

    • mals86 says:

      The scarves really draw me… sigh.

      • Angela says:

        I love all the crafty things you can do with them, too, like make them into slings, halter tops, and fanny packs.

  22. ceelouise says:

    Thank you for this! 24 Faubourg is one of my faves. Roucel is a genius for beautiful florals. I agree that it can be a bit maternal but in a good way, not in an older woman way. I think of Badgely Mischka as maternal in the same way 24 Faubourg is but I can’t specify why as well as you would. Something about strong but not loud florals is that kind of maternal to me. Anyway, that bag in the pic is fantastic, so of the moment since the 80’s are back with those little shoulder bags.

    • Angela says:

      I understand completely what you mean by “maternal”–sort of a gracious, gentle, but full-bodied floral is what I think of.

  23. embongmohamad says:

    i am a male perfumista! i would love to purchase this 24 Faubourg, but do you think this is to0 “floral” for male of 40 years old? thanks

    • Angela says:

      It is a floral, traditionally feminine fragrance for sure, but to me it’s wonderful to smell a touch of something floral on a man. I think it’s worth getting a sample of so you can see for yourself.

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