I found it profoundly odd that no mention of Frangipani, also known as Plumeria could be found in any of my vintage perfumery books. Some of the usual suspects: Naves, Arctander, even Anonis make no mention of this romantic absolute. Thankfully, Roy Genders wrote extensively about Frangipani’s history.
The flower was first brought to the attention of Europeans by botanist Mercutio Frangipani but it was the Marquis de Frangipani who put the floral on the map back in the 17th century with his frangipani perfume creation and use of perfumed gloves. It is hard to imagine a marshal of Louis X111 would be command of an army in perfumed gloves but it seem that his manhood remained intact as his perfume invention caught on with fashionable society of the era. He was clearly onto something. Charles Piesse, famous perfumer of Nice, soon followed with his “Esprit de Frangipani. Like India, I consider the oil to be sacred and when added to a base oil, Frangipani truly “blooms”. Frangipani is a semi solid, waxy mass and little is needed to add an exotic floralness to a perfume composition.
Suggest use: blends well with agarwood, ylang ylang complete, Sandalwood and vetiver in a coconut oil base. Like all heavy florals, Frangipani relieves stress and calms anxiety. A few drops in our Vegan C Cream doubles the anti-aging ability of the face cream.
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