Here I am with my nose almsot constantly attached to my wrist, which makes it a little hard to write. The start of the new year has been really good, especially when it comes to perfumes. During hte days between Chrsitmas and New Year I´ve got my wonderful samples all the way from South Africa. Samples of Frazer Parfums entire line.
The creator behind Fraer Parfum, Tammy Frazer, is only working with 100% natural and organic raw materials, and guess if she´s good at it? It´s along time since I´ve got so impressed by all the fragrances in a line (Iand with nine different fragrances also), they´re all good enough for a long review. It´s also quite a while ago since I become so impressed of a line of all natural scents. Tammy Frazer´s scents remind me alittle of Italian brand La Via del profumo by Dominique Dubrana/Abdes Salaam the line behind favorites of mina as Hindu Kush and Tasneem.
According to me, Tammy Frazer´s fragrances are at least as good. But if they remind me of La Via del Profumo when it comes to quality, power and beauty, they´re so totally unique in other ways like they have a certain feminine grace an inner strenght and beauty. When I heard of Fraer Parfum I didn´t know much about them, and it was first when I waited for my samples to arrive that I discovered that they are sold in a very special place, namely Roja Dove´s Haute Parfumerie at Harrods. Wow!
Anyway, with Frazer Parfum I have once again encountered perfumes to beautiful to be fully described in words. Also, non of the pics I found to illustrate these scent can make them justice. So no matter what I write about them, there is only one thing that´s for sure, you have to test Frazer Parfums yourself. To be sure you understand me I write that again, Frazer parfum fragrances are a MUST try for any perfumista. That´s just the way it is, and now when you know it I can continue writing...
Chapter 1, nutmeg & jasmine are one of the most complex jasmine fragrances I´ve ever tried. The opening burts of with a high, clear and almost varnish like scent that kinds of burns. This is only during a few seconds then nutmeg & jasmine calms down a little and become a more subdued and warm jasmine note. Or actually, several, both in the opening but also later on it´s like Tammy Frazer somehow manage to add layer on layer on layer of different kind of jasmine absolute and extracts from all sorts of different jasmines. One streak is avout the really pure, high and clear kind of jasmine, another one is more sensual, soft and powdery while yet another is of that heavy, fyll bodied, indolic and animalic kind of jasmine. These different kinds of jasmine scent makes like a bed of softest jasmine petals or a bed of fluffy clouds colored golden in the sunset. I´ll promise I have a hard time to get my nose from my wrist!
Slowly the nutmeg note appears, it brings spicyness and warmth to the fragrance and prevent the jasmine from both being to pure/cold but also from being to indolic/animalic. The nutmeg softens the indolic elements and together they make soft, delicate and very sensual scent. I doubt jasmine can be any better than this, and that´s said about a 100% natural scent with no fizzy aldehydes or other synthetic powerhouses to help it on the way. Just amazing!
In the end of the heart note, the nutmeg is melting in to my skin, while the jasmine continues to blossom and now is showing a velvety soft side strenghten by a little dash of vanilla and some really creamy, caressing and blissful sandalwood. Towards the drydon, nutmeg & jasmine is seamlessly blended making a perfect veil of jasmine, vanilla and sandalwood smelling like a sandalwood tree with jasmine flavor. During base note, nutmeg & jasmine is simple and true, not as complex and shifting as in the opening. This is a jasmine fragrance worthy of an angel.
nutmeg & jasmine has good lasting power (surprisingly good, about 6 hours!), it´s strong and with a good sillage. One single drop on my wrist is enough for several hours filed with perfumed enjoyment. Also I have no idea how much they charge for a bottle, but whatever, it might be worth it! Also they offer a solid perfume in wonderful handcarved little wooden boxes, I think they can be very much worth the price.
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Pic: White jasmine, flickr