I remember being a big fan of the Italian niche line i Profumi di Firenze a number of years ago, but I have to confess that I've lost track of their recent activity. I don't blame the brand; my ignorance is mostly a result of the fact that the line isn't as widely available in New York as it once was, and I don't always get around to placing online sample orders of new releases. I have fond memories of i Profumi's Florentia 22, Violetta di Bosco, and Caterina de Medici, so when a sample vial of the Frangipane e Cocco came my way, I decided to give it a try.
Frangipane e Cocco has notes of coconut, blood orange, frangipani and frankincense and is billed as a feminine fragrance. After trying it a few times, I like it, although it wasn't quite what I expected: it's less floral and feminine than it sounds. Its opening phase is even a touch animalic, with some kind of musky note that has a dirty-hair effect. This bit of "skank" surprised me, especially since it shows up at the top of the fragrance. However, the rest of the fragrance is milder and more of a light gourmand. Its coconut accord is creamy, without any greenness or earthiness. There's definitely some nutty, milky vanilla in the middle and base; i Profumi di Firenze has always done a nice job with vanilla scents, and they carry on that tradition in Frangipane e Cocco. However, if you're looking for a tropical floral fragrance, you may be disappointed: I really can't detect much frangipani here at all.
I've never had a favorite coconut fragrance, apart from a brief flirtation with Pilar and Lucy's The Exact Friction of the Stars about a decade ago, but I do like sampling coconut scents once in a while, usually in warmer weather. I'd group Frangipane e Cocco with Sarah Horowitz Coconut Milk, another easy-to-wear coconut-inspired fragrance that avoids smelling like suntan lotion or a giant macaroon. This one is a little more gourmand than the Sarah Horowitz perfume, but it's not overly sweet, and it's subtle enough to be worn in warmer weather. I'm not sure what's particularly Florentine about Frangipane e Cocco, and I have to say that I prefer i Profumi di Firenze's earlier, Renaissance-inspired offerings, but maybe I'm over-thinking things. Even the Medici must have wanted to escape to the beach once in a while.
I Profumi di Firenze Frangipane e Cocco is available as 50 ml ($99) Eau de Parfum. For purchasing information, see the listing for i Profumi di Firenze under Perfume Houses.