David Frossard: Meeting P. Frapin & Cie creative director

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Portia

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Hello Perfume Lovers,

There is a rule of thumb in business. The sales staff should be engaging, attractive helps too. No matter what you’re selling if people are engaged by you it will go much easier.

The creative director of fragrance at P. Frapin & Cie is David Frossard. David is both engaging and extremely attractive. Sharp, quick, easy going and passionate with a very French nonchalance. Watching him sell his product was a masterclass is room manipulation and we ate it up. It helped that the new frags smelled good but seriously, he could have handed me a plate full of cow poo and I would have been tempted to eat it just to make him happy.

David Frossard: Meeting P. Frapin & Cie creative director

We met at the Riley St Garage, an extremely gorgeous restaurant and bar just outside the CBD. It’s all wood, low light, super-cool friendly staff and tile. The Absence de Parum gang always pick the coolest spots for launches. Aunty Tracey and I grabbed a pre-show drink.

We were casually introduced to David who did some glad handing and chatter before we started. It was nice to have a connection right from the beginning. David is an unassuming kinda guy but once he looks at you suddenly he is sexy A F. Seriously, breathtakingly attractive. Then he introduced a short video giving us a look at the Frapin castle and the fabulous vineyards they own. It’s all ultra glam old money, very aspirational stuff.

We get to hear a bunch about the cognac, the baseline business from which everything else has sprung, and find out that he is a motorbike enthusiast. Woo Hoo! He is hiring a bike and doing the Great Ocean Road which sounds absolutely fabulous. He even told me to come along for the ride. (Don’t worry, it was a throwaway invitation with zero follow up)

Then we met the two new fragrances. Isle of Man (review coming) and Laskarina (my personal favourite so let’s chat about it now)

Laskarina by Frapin 2017

Laskarina Frapin Fragrantica P. Frapin & Cie

Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, grapefruit, pink pepper, pear
Heart: Orange blossom, Bulgarian rose
Base: Olibanum, black pepper, iris, ambroxan

Marshmallow, rose, Turkish delight with a parched dry woodsy finish. The opening sounds sweet but it is remarkably not and the dry down reads masculine but is definitely unisex. Laskarina is excellent and I’ve lost my paper with it spritzed so can’t give you any more than that.

These two new fragrances, Laskarina and Isle of Man, feel like a new direction for the Frapin crew. I’ve always liked their perfumes but there is something very easy about these two, a favourite T-Shirt feel, like old close friends and a bit of reckless freedom added in.

P. Frapin & Cie

Press Copy: …a celebration of the strength and determination of women. Fittingly then, Frapin looked to Laskarina Bouboulina as muse. The heroine of the Greek War of Independence in 1821 paints the very picture of an independent, tenacious woman. When she was left a wealthy widow in 1811, she used that inheritance to invest in four warships and push back the Turkish invasion.

Libertine has $229/100ml

Have you spent time with the P. Frapin & Cie fragrances? Do any of them speak to you?
Portia xx

 

 

 

 

12 thoughts on “David Frossard: Meeting P. Frapin & Cie creative director

  1. I have a bottle of the original release 1297 in the same style bottle as their cognac bottles. My husband bought the actual cognac, which was fabulous too. We stumbled across them in a Paris perfume salon many years ago. I bought a room spray too, which is quite good. I hear David has visited the boutique just down the street from my house in Montreal not long ago, Henriette L, sorry I missed that.

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  2. Great article Portia. I am inspires both to try these new releases and leave a moustache and hope to God I am one of the 0.00005 of the population that can pull it off!

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    • I have not either 🙂 I also got the original 1697 in 50ml (it was later moved to standard 100ml bottle) and some say it is quite similar to Havane Vanilla from L’Artisan which I have not smelled.

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  3. Nevermore is a lovely dark, spicy rose. It isn’t super expressive but it smells damn good.
    Speakeasy seems like it might be fabulous, but I’m saving my sample til the weather warms up, so as to enjoy the mojito-in-an-underground-bar opening all the more.

    Loving the sound of a non too sweet turkish delight note, will definitely check out Laskarina.

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