The Frapin line of fragrances has (somehow) escaped my attention; blame it on a flooded market, a lack of time and energy to find samples, or being in a perfume-induced stupor: “No more perfumes! Enough!” So: a year after its introduction, I’m finally sniffing 1697 (named after the year the Frapin family was ennobled by Louis XIV).
1697 was created by perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour and includes notes of cabreuva, dark rum, acacia, davana, pink pepper, jasmine, hawthorn, ylang ylang, cloves, cinnamon, sweet dried fruits accord, rose, ambergris, myrrh, tonka bean, patchouli, cedar, cistus labdanum, white musk and vanilla.
When first applied, 1697 smells of wine/brandy, then “rum cask;” as this brash, fumy liquor accord subsides, lots of other aromas start percolating: davana/clove/cinnamon, a dense, dried fig or date note (sweet, but not too sweet), a hint of caramelized vanilla, a smooth undertone of cistus labdanum. 1697 goes from a complex and pungent tipple directly to a balmy, ‘applied-long-ago’ amber, patchouli and musk perfume with some residual ‘spirits.’ (Not one of 1697’s listed flower notes is obvious, but if you sniff your skin closely, you’ll detect an old fashioned rose scent in mid-development.)
When I wore 1697 for the first time, its burnt sugar and rum reminded me of an ancien régime version of Idole de Lubin (1697’s notes are darker, rougher and more infused with booze). I’m a fan of 1697; it’s a liquor-y (fortified wine) gourmand.
I’m interested in trying other fragrances from the Frapin line; let me know if you have any recommendations on where I should start that “exploration.”
Frapin 1697 Eau de Parfum (definitely unisex) has good lasting power and reasonable sillage; it’s $155 for 100 ml. For buying information, see the listing for Frapin under Perfume Houses.
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