The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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New Release: Frassaï El Sur Collection – Rosa Sacra

WHAT I SMELL:  Rosa Sacra opens with a fresh dewy rose that quickly melds into a creamy green stemmed rose that buzzes with a combination of pink pepper and minty essence of berries.  The perfume is soft, but not demure, and its creamy light gauze wraps you up in a cocoon of comfort.  After a short time, a soured note makes an appearance under the rose adding a layer of matured confidence.  As the perfume continues to slowly morph, a clean musk adds more to the gauze and haze along with a light addition of a woody pencil shaving note.  Again, this just adds to depth of the perfume in the most wonderful of ways.  In the end, the an added note of oakmoss dries the perfume to a dusty and spiced woody veil.   Rosa Sacra is a rose perfume for those who like to have their rose anchored in the ancient wisdom of the ages.


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New Release: Frassaï El Sur Collection – El Descanso

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.


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Blondine by Frassaï

WHAT I SMELL:   Blondine graces the skin with a smooth buttery cream that’s deep without being heavy.  Unlike many breezy top notes, It feels like a base is being built for something amazing that is about to come.  And just as I suspected, soon enough the depths of the opening begin to lighten and a floral element appears.  There’s a dreamy quality that embodies the perfume and it seems to hover over you as if it’s part of your natural aura.  As the perfume continues to develop, the florals start to bloom until they’re front and center.  The exotic flowers feel as if they’ve just been plucked from the jungle, but they don’t have an overwhelming sweetness to them.  Instead, it feels like they have been ripening in the hot rainforest sun and have been dusted with the lightest of cocoa.  I have to admit that Blondine to me is a hard perfume to describe because it seems to continually morph as you wear it….sometimes more floral, sometimes a bit more gourmand and at times, a lovely musk. But in the end it’s easy for me to categorize it as incredibly unique and absolutely exquisite fragrance.  I love this perfume.

From the Frassaï website:

A seductive and playful fragrance crafted to intrigue the senses, inspired by the 1920’s French fairy tale. Innocent sensuality is revealed through notes of sacred Ashok flower, spicy Tiger Lily and the seductive allure of cocoa, salted butter caramel, and vanilla in a base of irresistible blond musks. 

A few notes: Salted Butter Caramel, Pear Leaves, Ashok flower, Cocoa, Blond Musks

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Hammock dreaming in a sun kissed jungle.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE BLONDINE:  dreamy, creamy, stunning

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT BLONDINE:  CaFleureBon, Colognoisseur, Undina’s Looking Glass

BOTTOM LINE:  Blondine is a perfume that is beautiful and easy to wear.  One reason it’s so wearable is because there’s an incredible depth to the perfume without it being weighty.  That’s great for someone like myself who lives in a hot and humid environment as Blondine blossoms on the skin in such a wonderfully graceful way.  What’s not to love?

  • Bone Rating:  5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Floral Musky Gourmand
  • Nose:  Yann Vasnier
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense:  $130 for 50 ml eau de parfum via the Frassaï website.