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It was Guerlain's Shalimar that first defined the 'Oriental' category of perfumes for women in 1925, and it was arguably Habit Rouge that defined the woody oriental category for men when it first hit retailer's shelves in 1965. Few then could have predicted the success story that followed, as Habit Rouge continues to reap many new fans some 50 years later.

Habit Rouge translates to 'Red Coat' - a reference to the red riding jackets worn in equestrian tradition. The fragrance itself follows this stately trajectory. It is a harmony of crisp citruses in the opening (lemon, orange, bergamot) and warm, aromatic nuances at its heart. A complex nucleus of rose, carnation, cinnamon, rosewood and sandalwood is masterfully blended, and work in unison with its leathery, tonka / vanilla base. This is a scent of rich contrasts; sparkling crispness in the opening, and a decadently creamy, lingering trail.

Habit Rouge has spirit and presence – and an aristocratic one at that. With above-average lasting power, this is a fragrance that need only be applied once. It can be worn for many occasions both formal and intimate. Few masculine scents have withstood the test of time in the same way this iconic Guerlain offering has prevailed.


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