Created by : Aurélien Guichard
Date : 2009
Genre : Floral wood
Concentration : eau de parfum
Originally launched in 1960, Futur was relaunched in 2009 and redone by Aurélien Guichard. For me, Futur is actually two perfumes in one… not at the same time… but morphing from one to another over a period of 30 minutes.
Futur starts with an intense green Miss Dior-like chypre accord but mutates into a bouquet of field flowers reminiscent of Chamade… replacing Guerlain’s amber notes with woody notes like patchouli and vetiver.
My wine professor would have called Futur a dishonest perfume. He referred to dishonest wines as those that taste very different than their bouquet. Futur is dishonest in that at the store you are promised a beautiful, sharp green and animalic marvel. You wonder where you’ve been all your life and you sing the praises of Aurélien Guichard. But… as the flourish of young love slips through your fingers, what you’re left with is a soft floral bouquet like Chamade but not Chamade. It’s as if the wild flowers aren’t as fresh… they have started to wilt and there are less of them. Although the Robert Piguet website lists violets, ylang and jasmine, I get hyacinths… beautiful to look at, great colour, but the fragrance is so-so.
As for life experiences, it’s the classic story… a lonely month and the lure of romance on a Saturday night. The first martini is relaxing… and the second is intoxicating. A vision appears across the bar… blonde, dark-eyed, pouting lips. You falter… and fall. As pervy experiences go, this one wasn’t bad… but it’s not what you were looking for.
Test this one first. What Futur smells like at the store is not what you’ll end up with once the beautiful topnotes drop to the floor.
P.S. If you like field flowers, try Chamade.
Image : Johnny Depp in Before Night Falls (2000)