The fragrance line that John F. Kennedy wore

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The fragrance line that John F. Kennedy wore
The secret recipes of aristocrat Albert Fouquet's famous Eight & Bob scents were finally uncovered decades later. And the legendary scents are finally here

The story of Eight & Bob fragrances is so fantastical, it seems almost like a work of fiction. It was founded in 1937 by aristocrat Albert Fouquet who created essences for his own personal use, with the help of his valet Phillipe. So interesting were his scents, that members of the jet set often requested bottles from him. While vacationing he met a young American student who was charmed by the scent Fouquet was wearing and convinced him to send over a bottle. The name of the American? John F. Kennedy. When he sent it to Kennedy, Fouquet wrote, "In this bottle, you will find the dash of French glamour that your American personality lacks." 

Albert Fouquet

When Kennedy returned home to the US, he requested that Fouquet send him eight more samples of the scent adding, "and if your production allows, another one for Bob". Not really knowing what the Eight & Bob request meant, Fouquet sent them on anyway and the fragrance became a stuff of legend — worn by Hollywood actors and the wealthy set. Unfortunately, Fouquet died two years later in 1939 in an automobile accident, and following the Nazi invasion, his butler was forced to flee the Fouquet family home, leaving his old recipes and bottles hidden behind. Upon their discovery by Phillipe's family many decades later, the scents could finally be resurrected and reconcocted. 

Eight & Bob Original Eau de Parfum

Besides the original Eight & Bob Eau de Parfum, the brand also has two scents. Cap D'Antibes — a favourite from Fouquet's personal collection inspired by the charming French village  — and Egypt — created for his fascination with Egyptian culture. The range in Singapore also includes aftershave balms and candles, bringing a dash of French charm to even the most boring personality. 


From $80-$265. At Escentials

Text: Renée Batchelor

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