In 1984, the powers that be at Houbigant were looking for a name for a new fragrance, two names were chosen, Aperçu and Lutece. At the time, Aperçu was not available for registration and the selection of Lutece was finalized. A lawsuit ensued as there was a restaurant named Lutece who objected to Houbigant's use of the word Lutece as a fragrance name. However, Houbigant did win the chance to use the name Lutece as a fragrance line. When Aperçu was finally available to be used by Houbigant, it was launched in 2000.
So what does it smell like? It is classified as a Chypre fragrance for women.
- Top notes: tuberose, galbanum, jasmine, neroli, bergamot and amalfi lemon
- Middle notes: cinnamon, ylang-ylang and geranium
- Base notes: ambergris, musk, labdanum, sandalwood, patchouli, clove, oakmoss, vetiver and cassia
Discontinued, date unknown. Aperçu was reformulated and relaunched in 2000.