The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective

New Release: Frassaï El Sur Collection – El Descanso

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2020 has been a difficult year, one which I’m sure most would say they would rather put behind them.  I thought about doing a year end list of recommendations for Christmas earlier this month, but I just wasn’t feeling the spirit of the holidays.   So instead, I decided to look ahead to 2021 and the promise of a new year.  And thankfully, Frassaï has just released a trio of perfumes as part of their new El Sur collection.  All three perfumes in the collection, El Descanso, Cuir Pampas and Rosa Sacra are wonderful in their own respective ways and I will be reviewing all three in the upcoming weeks.  But today, I thought I would start off with probably the most unique perfume in the collection, El Descanso.

WHAT I SMELL:  El Descanso opens with a breath of lemony green and a warm and dry ambrette that is soon met with a lightly nuttied grain.  Right from the first spritz, the perfume feels earthy without the dirt and soil, but in the abundance that the earth can bring in grains and grass.  The perfume begins to grow in volume, but it remains in the grassy field as starts to warm in a late afternoon sun.  After some time, a layer of puttied mimosa hovers over the wheat like grass which makes the perfume more rounded.  The addition of the mimosa is ever so slight and it adds just the right amount of sweetness to the natural splendor of the grass.  As the perfume continues to slowly develop, a spice is added along with an ambery sandalwood.  Still natural in the grass, the perfume now is deeper in its warmth and radiation with just a tinge of green.  El Descanso is a perfume that can bring the golden warmth to the day no matter what the weather is like outside.

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

9 thoughts on “New Release: Frassaï El Sur Collection – El Descanso

  1. I have ordered a sample of this scent. Having grown up on a wheat farm I am always looking for a scent that invokes the golden fields

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  2. My initial impression of the brand wasn’t negative, but it wasn’t too enthusiastic either. It will be interesting to see how far they progressed in the last 3 years, so I might try to get samples of this new line.

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  3. Sounds brill but also very similar to Parfumerie Generale Bois Blond, which is one of my favourite creations from Pierre’s line. Have you smelled Bois Blond and if yes, have you found any similarities?

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    • Hi Danny…thanks for stopping by. It has been years since smelling Bois Blond, so my recollection is probably a bit fuzzy…but I can tell you that this perfume is so unique to me in a way that I haven’t seen anything similar. If I recall Bois Blond there was a tobacco note there that this one does not contain. I hope you get to check it out. 🙂

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      • Thanks for the quick response, appreciate it. Gave you managed to smell Cuir Pampas yet. The leather/mate combination sounds very appealing to me (I’m a leather freak).

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        • Danny, all of the Frassai perfumes are incredible. Cuir Pampas is lightly incensed and lightly leathered with just a bit of sweetness. I live in a very hot environment and leather and smoke perfumes usually become overpowering. CP is light enough to wear in all temps. By light I mean that it’s not a heavy perfume, but it has great projection. Bottom line, it’s fantastic.

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