From a distant land, came greatness. When French botanist Charles Plumier travelled to the New World, he wasn’t looking for a fortune of gold and silver, or to come back having country named after him. He had, some might say, more noble intentions. What else could those be? Why, of course! To share the smell of these new lands with everyone back home.
Frangipani, also known as Plumeria, is a small tree native to the Caribbean, Central America & Mexico. Beautiful, fast and easy growing, it has since spread to almost every little nook of this Earth that’s warm. This is what Charles discovered! In fact, you might have seen this one around yourself as its one of the most common decorative trees in many regions, and especially throughout parts of Asia!
History says the name Frangipani comes from the Italian nobleman, Marquis Frangipani, who once created a perfume by mixing orris, spices, civet musk and wine. This long-lasting perfume was used to scent gloves, known as “Frangipani Gloves”, in the 16th century. Oddly enough, this isn't Frangipani today! When a French colonist came upon a plant in the West Indies that smelled exactly like that perfume, he named it “Frangipani”. This is surely the only instance of a plant getting its name from an actual fragrance – it’s almost always the other way around! There's a first for everything!
The oil of the frangipani flower has a complex, lush, and rich fragrance. The flowers have been widely hybridized for cultivation, and there are increasingly more varieties available, each with its own unique flower and fragrance. Frangipani flowers may smell like roses, gardenias, pineapple, plum, citrus, ripe, banana, grapes, coconut, ginger, candy and spices. That's some mix. Basically the same flower, but with all these different smells!
The smell of Frangipani is deliciously contrasting – both solarish, yet marine, with a fluidity that's almost salty. There is the Abs Frangipani which smells very good, but to get the effect we need you'd have to almost overdose the mixture with it. Plus, unfortunately for us, this Abs is very expensive and so it reduces its use. That’s why nowadays perfumers use a reconstitution of its natural smell in their formulas with a mix of Jasmine Absolute and Ylang Ylang Absolute combined with ozonic notes on top! Ylang-Ylang creates the addiction while retaining freshness, just as Frangipani does, and Jasmine brings those coconutty notes in.
In the night its beautiful smell intensifies to attract insects. But, its all just a trap! The clever tree gets its pollination as the insects go from flower to flower in disbelief of the fact that there's no nectar there for them. It's a cruel world. Still, we get to see the beautiful flowers and life goes on. Here's an interesting fact for you: in modern Polynesian culture, Frangipani flowers can be worn by women to indicate their relationship status – over the right ear if seeking a relationship and over the left if taken. Who needs Facebook?! Hopefully, its use as an indicator isn't as deceiving as the tree itself!
Just before we get to the mixing, let me tell you about the flower powers hidden inside Frangipani. In India, plumeria has been used as a treatment for itches and fevers. It is also believed that Mayan people used it for skin treatments. The simplest recipe that exists for this is to add a drop of plumeria essential oil to Jojoba Oil and massage this mixture into your skin after a nice warm bath. You just can't go wrong!
Can't get enough freshness in your life? That's alright because now you can. We recommend mixing FRANGIPANI FREEDOM with CEDAR CAVIAR to unlock a salty sea breeze rushing from your skin. But, if you need to harness onto some more power, you'll want to blend FRANGIPANI FREEDOM with OCEAN ODYSSEY. More than just a tinge of freshness, this one comes with the power of the mighty seven seas to keep you constantly energised.
If you're planning on walking around Polynesia with your flower over your right ear, seeking love, then we've got you sorted! The blend you require is FRANGIPANI FREEDOM with AMBER AFFAIR. Soon enough, you'll have to move that flower from your right ear to your left as you lock it down! But, perhaps not? Just want to remain outstanding and need a scent to help people notice you? Then, mix FRANGIPANI FREEDOM with TOBACCO TRANCE to light up the radar!