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Essence Rare Houbigant for women

Essence Rare Houbigant for women
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Essence Rare by Houbigant is a Floral Aldehyde fragrance for women. Essence Rare was launched in 1928. The nose behind this fragrance is Robert Bienaime. The fragrance features aldehydes, rose, civet, spicy notes and musk.

Perfume rating: 4.40 out of 5 with 14 votes.

Fragrance Notes

Aldehydes Rose Civet Spicy Notes Musk

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Essence Rare Fragrance Reviews


A glowing, radiant, warm musky-flowery-aldehydic work of art... unbelievably smooth and complex and strong! I'm testing the pure perfume here. After so many years of solitary confinement all sorts of disasters could have happened. No sir! Pure harmony.
If I had to compare it to anything that's on the market today, Amouage Gold comes very close imo. (civet and rose in both)
Admittedly, it's this type of perfume that for me seems to motivate my never ending quest for beauty in fragrance. Finding splendor like this is what it's all about. I am one happy camper.


Thanks for your very detailed information about ER. I have always been intrigued by this scent's name; it sounds so beautiful. But most of all I was ecstatic to read that it is similar to Pheromone, one of the very best and most underrated fragrances ever. Thanks for the great review.


I agree with Spotlights - this perfume really was paradise in a bottle! lol I always received compliments on it wherever I went. This was my signature perfume from my late teens (in the late 60's) until they stopped making it. Here's a bit of history that may explain why:

"Michele Perris starts very early to work with some of the most prestigious companies in the fragrances and cosmetic industry. This is how in 1973 he meets the last descendant of the Houbigant family and begins his involvement with the House of Houbigant, where he operates as a consultant.Years later, the owner has to walk away from the House of Houbigant for health reasons and sell the brands; the Perris family makes a point of honor to try to put back together the historic brands of the House of Houbigant. After several years of efforts, they finally succeed in 2005 by acquiring the control of the Houbigant name for the fragrances and cosmetics market.From that moment on all the family efforts have been focused on bringing back the name of Houbigant and giving it back all the respect and prestige it deserves."

I think during the years they were in financial trouble they tried to boost sales by selling ER at drug stores and less expensive dept stores. But they lost more loyal clients than they gained new oneBut they still have not brought back Essence rare. In the very late 80's Giorgio came out with Red, which was similar to ER, but then they got into financial trouble and began selling it at drug stores and dept stores - a death knoll! lol Then I found Pheromone by Marilyn Miglin which was even closer. And it's still available. My partner, who had not smelled Essence Rare on me in thirty years (more or less) thought I had found an old bottle of it! lol

It's possible to pick upold bottles of Essence Rare on eBay - and while the prices may seem high, it helps to remember that Houbigants new perfumes sell for about $57-60 an ounce. If it's the cologne, it could be 'off' if it has not been stored properly. But if it's the real perfume, not the eau de perfume, then it will still be good. The real stuff never seems to go bad.


Wonderful, Loving and sensual memories......The Scent of Paradise in a crystal vial.
....Kisses of Love in abundance when this utterly intoxicating perfume was unleashed.....I am in tears, firstly when I recall the wonderful scented nights of love.
Secondly because it is IMPOSSIBLE to source Houbigants ESSENCE RARE.
There is NOTHING like it at all - I have searched for nearly 20 years for something similar to this enveloping, gentle and purely lovely scent. All to no avail.
It was one of the most exciting yet simple fragrances of all time.
Oh!, if they would only re launch this floral, mystical creation. The scents now are either 'bubble gum' and 'candy' for youngsters or strange 'Alien' 'plastic' smells. Then there are the huge 'sandalwood' orientals. The 'Floral' ones have too many scents in them.
ESSENCE RARE had very, very few flower fragrances in - that was the splendour of it.


One of the most beautiful evocative scents - EVER. Paradise would smell like this. If heaven existed this would be its scent. This was true Fairyland for the senses.


A very, very chique vintasge perfume. For a classic chique lady or Gentleman. One could not compare iT with the common perfumes from these days.. It is like walking through a fairytale forest with your Cashmire sweater, woody, elegant, sensual and powerful! overloaded with Civet and aldehydes


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