Fougere Nobile

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Nobile 1942


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Fougère means "fern" but, in reality, it is an agreement created in 1882 by Paul Parquet, consisting of bergamot, lavender, geranium or violet leaves, coumarin (tonka bean), vetiver and oak moss. This timeless elegance is enhanced in our Fougère in a different, more modern interpretation with a more constructed olfactory pyramid: a link with tradition to build a better future. "A fougère agreement that at the time was avant-garde. With aquatic, sparkling and evocative top notes of sparkling water and bitter soda to enhance its positive vision of the future. A fougère agreement that symbolises his devotion to the family, because in itself it recalls nature intended as a refuge, for its notes of natural origin. A fougère agreement that, born at the end of the 19th century with the appearance of two innovative fragrances by two very famous Maison, will only be successful in the 1960s and, from a progressive facet, will be transformed into a contemporary classic.

This highlights his openness to the world, his interest in other realities other than the Italian one. A fougère agreement to demonstrate his great charm and his predisposition to research the detail that made him attractive. He is a man who stands out for being sophisticated. She wears nobody's perfume highlighting her individuality, her courage and her strong personality that many women are attracted to. Finally, a fougère agreement for its link with tradition. The past acts as a guide, in order to build a better future. A past made of olfactory evocations such as tobacco, the smell of shaving cream, the notes of vanilla and tonka bean. 

2016 finalist at the Art & Olfaction in Los Angeles

Fragrance Facts

Head notes: Bergamot, Lavender, Absolute basil, Black pepper
Heart notes: Elemi, Geranium, Tobacco, Aldehyde C12
Base notes: Vetiver, Tonka bean, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Musk

Perfumer: Anne Sophie Benagiel
Conception: Florence, Italy
Year of Release: 2015

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Everything started with Umberto Nobile, Massimo’s grandfather, a name that has always been synonymous with luxury fragrances. Since the early 30s he represented Nina Ricci perfumes and in 1942, at the height of the Second World War, he decided to open a perfumery for his wife in Rome. It became a family tradition: Massimo’s father did the same for his wife in Naples and also Massimo’s brother, who fell in love with a woman from tuscany, opened a perfumery for his wife.

Moved by love of beautiful things and by passion handed down from father to son, Massimo did something different. In 2004, when Acqua di Parma was acquired by LVMH group, he decided to create with his wife Stefania a brand that represented the Italian elegance worldwide. We’ve never followed trends: the main example of this is in 2011, when the western world of perfumery went crazy for agarwood, we launched La Danza delle Libellule, a vanilla perfume, that became our best seller worldwide. What is important is to keep our sober elegance, that can stand up over time, to meet our customers’ expectations. The first fragrance was Pontevecchio, created in 2004 and distributed in 2005, which marked the beginning of Nobile 1942’s in the new millennium.

We can proudly say that we are one of few companies producing and packaging by hand “in house” our fragrance products. We do this job with care and dedication: all the perfume bottles are filled one by one handily in our laboratory in Genova. In addition to the Italian ingredients, such as bergamot from Calabria and Iris from Florence, we purchase raw materials from where we know they offer the best quality.

But above all, all our ingredients respect high quality standards and the natural process of maceration. Italian excellence always captures our attention: we always look for new artists and artisans that create something unique. We use Damask silk from Lorsica, hand blown glass from Altare, silver filigree from Campo Ligure, Leather from Tuscany. Nobile 1942 perfumes are masterpieces of Italian artisan work.

Marie Duchene

Creations - Anonimo Veneziano, Casta Diva, Chypre 1942, Vespri Orientale, Vespri Aromatico, Vespri Esperidati, Patchouli Nobile, Ambra Nobile, Acqua Nobile & Muschio Nobile


Anne Sophie Behaghel 

Creation - Fougere Nobile


Henri Bergia

Creation - Sandalo Nobile


Karine Vinchon

Creation - Estroverso


Mathieu Nardin

Creations - Perdizione & Café Chantant


Christian Carbonnel

Creations - Shamal & Malvs


Antonio Alessandria

Creations - Malia & Rudis


Luca Maffei

Creation - 1..1

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