Frapin – L’Humaniste, Passion Boisee

I received a couple of samples with a recent swap on Basenotes (I received my Gris Clair… today :D). There were two Frapin ones which I’ll try my best to review. I have no knowledge of Frapin at all, or these scents, so hopefully this house will be a nice new discovery.

L’Humaniste opens very “cologne-y”. There’s some bright, tart citrus fruit of lemon and orange and an overlay of aquatic notes. There is something really nice underneath all of it though which I can’t quite pick up on yet but hopefully that will come forward later.

The citrus is starting to burn off slowly, leaving that slightly soapy stain that citrus often does. I just did a quick Google search to figure out what the herbal concoction was that’s going on… Gin! That’s it, a lovely kind of gin and tonic note that almost smells like the fizzy drink itself. There’s a slightly cinnamon-nutmeg spice grounding everything, and a slight floral which I can’t really identify.

As the citrus leaves more and the gin and herbal notes come up front, a green, slightly de-sweetnened cardamom shows up and stays visible. I’ve only really smelt cardamom in a more warm, oriental composition: here it is fresh, fragrant and subtle. There’s a little crack of pepper as well which keeps adding a little kick to the top.

What remains after a little while is a flat gin-like herbal note, some fragrant greenery (cardamom), a dash of bitter oakmoss and a creamy base.
It’s all round a pleasant and safe masculine, but nothing I’m excited by.

Wow, this is more like it. Passion Boisee opens with a real boozy rum accord and some bright citrus – more orange than lemon. It feels thick and syrupy rather than light and refreshing like L’Humaniste. I can instantly smell some patchouli in the base, and up in the middle, a spicy nutmeg accord.

Unfortunately only a minute or so on and the lovely opening has become quite a plain scent. I smell patchouli (the tart orange has burnt off), there’s still a slightly boozy rum note, I actually smell rose as well but it must be a phantom note because there’s no rose listed. There’s some oakmoss there, pairing with the patchouli for a bitter green undertone. Some wood and leather also support it, and whilst the whole fragrance sounds dark and looming, it actually sits quite light: light but not transparent.

A peppery spice stands strong up front, and the green base notes, rich wood and leather dominate the remaining space of Passion Boisee. It starts with hope, and becomes quite plain from then on. So much so that there’s not much else to say about this.

I’m glad I got the opportunity to try these, but I won’t be hunting out the rest of their range to sample…

L’Humaniste Frapin 100ml – $155
Passion Boisee Frapin 100ml – $155

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5 thoughts on “Frapin – L’Humaniste, Passion Boisee

  1. I have yet to sample any Frapin fragrances, but have read great things about 1270. Sorry to hear you were not wowed.

    • Yep not wowed at all. I’ve been inteigued by some safer more classical note pyrmaids recently, but these were a let down. Undeniably well made, but easy to dismiss and find better.

  2. Undina says:

    As The Scent Hound, I also read good things about 1270 (though I hate these numbered names!) but haven’t tried it yet.

    The only perfume by Frapin I tried is 1697 (numberes again – grrrr!) and I’m not sure what I think about it. I know at least two people who LOVE it (Birgit at Olfactoria’s Travels and Dee at beauty on the outside) but my results were mixed ones. I’ll be testing this one more but do not plan to actively seek this house’s perfumes for further testing.

    • Yep I don’t think I’ll be actively seeking samples of the rest of their line. Pleasant, but unoriginal and safe, much more exciting niches of the same vein available.

    • I had to little chuckle while reading your reply. It’s so true about the numbers for names. Histoires de Parfums leaves me a little cold with their names.. there is something very forgettable about numbers vs. names. Cars can have numbered series names, but I even find that confusing. I drive a Volvo and when asked what model, half the time I can’t remember what model number it is!!! Maybe that’s just old age?!

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