Reviews of 24, Faubourg Eau de Parfum by Hermès

This is a bouquet of a variety of flowers, but to me, what stands out the most is hyacinth, and I couldn’t be happier about that as I love hyacinth. This isn’t quite the dewy fresh cut hyacinth that’s present in Penhaligon’s Bluebell, it’s a more refined perfume for a sophisticated woman. It has a warmth to it. This is very much a scent I would choose for a garden party in the spring, a brunch at a fancy restaurant, or even something I’d choose to wear to attend church or a christening… something elegant. I don’t think you have to be mature to use this fragrance, but I do think that it’s more likely to appeal to those who like strong florals, without sweetness. I think it’s absolutely gorgeous, but it is strong so go light on the sprayer. This could definitely be considered a bit suffocating if oversprayed. Or if in a confined space with others.
2nd May 2022
A complex, bitter-sweet 90’s floral which – when you wear it - feels like you're trying to breathe through a chiffon ball gown.
Barbara Cartland would have loved it.
7th December 2021

A beautiful warm fragrance for someone who is comfortable with who they are. It's not for a woman who is trying to attract a mate - she already has one. Not for someone climbing up the social/financial/employment ladder - she is already there, and very nice it is too. Very classy.
13th October 2021
After The Bath by Joaquin Sorolla 1916
17th November 2018
What a gorgeous perfume! When I first tried it, I found it way too amber-y. But over time, I've gotten used to it, and now it just smells like flowers and pure class. This is an "old-money" perfume, and smells phenomenal.
11th December 2017
I've been wearing this for about a year now, it gets high marks for simply being beautiful. It's all class, smells expensive ... but it's just not amazing, special or wow on me. Not great silage or long lasting here.
9th September 2017
This, is exquisite. Period.

I was given a sample to try, by a BNer. I'm impressed. The only other Hermes I've tried / owned was back in the early 90's. the name of it escapes me just now...

24, blends orange blossom, gardenia, amber, hyacinth, orange, jasmine, iris, ylang, peach, and bergamot into a drink of liquid ambrosia. Vanilla appears, for me, after a few hours upon application. Definitely full bottle worthy. I guess I know what my birthday present to myself will be, this fall.
12th May 2017
The top notes are very floral, a lovely iris, with slight iris stem undertones, in the foreground. Soon a discrete jasmine is added in. The floral opening has a rich, traditional character with just a touch of a boudouir-style vibe.

This continues well into the drydown, but the restrained sweetnes of the opening phase is intensified by a tonka impression, which blends in discretely with the floral notes. There is a touch of waxiness present.

The base sees the sweetness gradually waning, with a very subtle transient woodsy spiciness making an appearance.

The sillage is moderate, the projection excellent and the longevity nine hours on my skin.

Well blended indeed, this lovely floral spring scent with a twist is nice for evenings and never too sweet or cloying. 3.25/5.
10th January 2017
2003 Neiman Marcus gives me it's card, with a big whopping
Credit Line. First purchase was a 2002 Vintage EDP for my
life's partner. She had initially seduced me with Chanel 5, that is imprinted in my brain. However, when I sniffed 24 Faubourg, I said to myself, this stuff is so utterly Luxurious Feminine, it belongs to my girl.
Well, for some reason, my Queen chooses not to wear it and 75ml remains.
I wear her No 5 occasionally, but once in a while I steal a spritz of this gem, to remind me of it's dreamy Goddess-like beauty.
11th June 2016
If the 1990s are really back, fashion-wise, we need to take them as a whole. As someone who lived through the entire decade, I feel like it's my duty to point out that not everyone in the world was unwashed in flannel clothing, wearing linear Calone water, for an entire decade. By the mid-nineties, grunge was dead. So was the whole idea of fashion as some kind of reaction to 80s excess. The same year Chanel released its (massive hit) Vamp nail polish, Hermes launched 24 Faubourg, Maurice Roucel's unapologetic layer cake of floral more-ness. These were like clarion calls that luxe was back.

Sometimes I find that these luxurious perfumes express themselves at the expense of freshness, especially when the perfume is a particularly noisy soliflore like tuberose or a huge blended floral like 24 Faubourg. I enjoy these types of perfumes, but in their presence I sometimes get the feeling that the air I am breathing may be fragrant, but it is also stale. I find myself straining for oxygen like a swimmer above the perfume's silage.

This is, I think, a function of a perfume's construction. From what I can tell, Maurice Roucel has used very minimal aldehydes in 24 Faubourg, which gives its texture a sense of solidity. Instead of throwing off bits and pieces of its large white choral accord, the whole composition hangs in the air, suspended and majestic. At its top is a jasmine dripping with honey, hinting at gardenia, suggesting late spring and decadent nights, with indole to keep things lively and radiance to indicate luxury. Below the white flowers lies a gorgeous, juicy (not earthy) iris buttressed with cedar. The whole bouquet sits on just enough vanilla and salinity to keep it all from needing regular pruning and watering.

I don't know how this perfume does it, but it still leaves room to breathe. There's somehow just enough little pockets of space left in 24 Faubourg that you don't feel suffocated within it. And the just-on-the-edge-of-overripe, animalic drydown is gorgeous. Not only is 24 Faubourg wearable--it's haunting. The last time I smelled it, I pined for weeks until I finally broke down and bought a bottle.

I'm almost sure this is the power of suggestion and nothing else, but I smell the DNA of older Hermes releases in here. Something in this perfume suggests a little neroli and orange; something else suggests amber. Nothing in this fragrance is daring or unusual, except its over-the-top neoclassicism. I love the idea of just a spritz of this with one of my old rock t shirts and jeans. Wearing 24 Faubourg like that would be adding a bit of transgressive fun to an otherwise samey night.
15th March 2016
I feel like a queen when I wear this one. It's so beautiful.
22nd January 2016
This is a gentle and restrained white floral, quite light, and a true tribute to the scent of jasmine. It has a light menthol-like dry down.

Top notes: Neroli, Jasmine Sambac
Heart notes: Iris, Vanilla
Base notes: Amber, Patchouli

Turin gives it four stars and names it a "honeyed floral."

It is recommended for the very young woman - in her early twenties.

Very nice, sophisticated, complex.
18th June 2015
I prefer 24 FAUBOURG to many popular modern scents because it is pure class. this fragrance is also wonderfully subtle and sophisticated.a distinctive and alluring blend that is the image of a demure lady.classy,rich,special,warm, glamorous,chic,masterpiece,floral, aristocratic and 100% french style.

A very original composition as fresh green scent mixing with gardenia and jasmine and a warm rich base of patchouly,vanilla and amber however jasmine is the most prominent floral notes for me but there is also patchouli dominant in the base notes as this is a blend that speaks clearly of timeless elegance and exquisite femininity.

This one is seemly for every special moments in autumn,winter.It is not for young generation definitely for a queen and a self confident character.surely you get so many compliments when you wear it.there is no other word possible to describe this fragrance it is utterly lovely.
24th May 2015
24, Fabourg... (pure parfum)

The princess perfume from what I understand...

First off, this is a Beauty of a feminine fragrance, with a capitol W for women.
It is beautiful, sensual, warm, longing, intoxicating all at the same time. Pure femininity in a bottle and thus incredibly sexy.

The woman who wears this is gorgeous but requires a sensitive and featherlike touch to be seduced. She is elegant and playful, making her seem almost out of reach.

As for the fragrance itself, its a gorgeous floral, it's semi sharp, bittersweet, with warm vanilla and sandalwood combination. These are the notes I perceive. This fragrance is soft and it lingers, perhaps what a woman's scarf might smell when she unwraps it off her neck.

If this was in fact the scent that Diana left a trail of wherever she went, it more than explains (in part) why she was irresistible...
14th November 2014
The following review is based purely on memory (and from a male perspective)...

Having tested many fragrances over the last few years, let me just say... I think this is one the best perfumes for women in the world (and that's not something I would say lightly). The way this is put together is really special... and the smell is practically divine! It's strong, soft, warm and feminine all at the same time.

Hermès 24 Faubourg completely knocked me out when I first smelt it and immediately after I bought a small flacon of this for someone very dear to me... she really loved it! I think it's one of the classiest fragrances a woman could wear. I should also mention that the bottle itself is a work of art, with beautiful, rose gold liquid inside. It just announces class and beauty form that alone.

Additionally, I should also mention that this was one of Princess Diana's favourite perfumes whilst she was alive. Which just goes to show it really is a perfume worthy of a royal princess! I think that while it may come across as a little strong and bold, it's also manages to be very balanced and soft at the same time. I find it formal and elegant, but if someone really liked it they could wear it on most other occasions as well.

Overall, 24 Faubourg is a beautifully blended perfume from Hermès and master perfumer Maurice Roucel, I can't really fault it as a creation. This is one to be worn with your best clothes and jewellery. Perfect scent for a classy, confidant, beautiful woman, and perhaps the ultimate wedding day scent in my opinion. Well done Hermès & M. Roucel. Elegance & Perfection!
5th July 2014
Genre: Floral Oriental

Not a bad scent, but not one of my favorites from Hermès, nor from nose Maurice Roucel, who composed it. 24, Faubourg registers for me as a spicy floral-oriental with an intensely soapy “perfumey” character. The basic structure recalls some of the classic French scents of the early 20th century, (L'Heure Bleue, Narcisse Noir, etc.) but without displacing any of its great predecessors.

My favorite part of this scent is the drydown, which reveals rich spicy woods, vanilla, and the faintest animalic element deep in the background. 24, Faubourg is a potent scent with plenty of sillage and tenacity, so I advise sparing application. For a more interesting Roucel venture in this vein, try Guerlain's Insolence instead.
9th June 2014
Love this one! To me it smells like class ( if class had a smell). I makes me thin of what women in Paris would wear! I just wish it lasted longer. It reminds me of another one I wear- Caesars woman. I love the amber and florals in it. I just hope they never discontinue making it.

24th May 2014
Amber and floral formal feminineThis reminds me of a more floral Chanel no 5. Amber, Hyacinthe, and gardenia are predominant. Not for jeans and sweatshirts...this is formal.
25th July 2013
It has creamy balsamic sweetness, like the finest, white floral cream with honey, no aldehides, and very feminine. It smells rich and opulent, not cold or aquatic, green, but although very pleasant, there is something old fashioned about it.......
22nd April 2013
24, Faubourg genuinely caught me by surprise. This fragrance is striking, and is never anything less.
27th December 2012
I bought this after reading the reviews and, especially, because Princess Di wore it. Love it, but not sure I wear it as well as somebody in pearls and high-heels. A very high class scent with huge sillage. I don't get the oriental feel that other remark on, seems completely floral to me, but it's really beautiful.
16th November 2012
I agree with the nice things others are saying about this scent. It is ladylike to the extreme and very "rich" smelling, both in the sense of complexity and preciousness of ingredients. My husband loves it on me, and he has never really remarked on my perfume before.

Unfortunately, and I'm sure it's just me, I am halfway through the bottle and I can't stand it anymore. The "powdery" aspct of it in particular gets to me now, and the high sillage has become too much. This has happened to me with other fragrances in the past. Sigh. What to do with this half bottle....?
9th September 2012
Lovely! Feminine, soft, and classy. The jasmine is very well done.

A "grown up" floral fragrance. A very comfortable scent and a joy to wear.
3rd March 2012