Hi Posse Peeps! Caravelle Epicee (Caravelle Épicée) the closest I can get to any meaning from the name is a Spanish or Portuguese Spice Ship with two or three masts. I recently purchased this from my friend Greg. He had a banging Sale Doc on one of the FaceBook pages and I couldn’t resist. It’s hardly been used and I’m so glad to add this beauty to my collection. The Frapin fragrances all feel beautifully crafted to me, here we have no exception.
Caravelle Epicee by Frapin 2007
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Nutmeg, coriander
Heart: Chilli pepper, pepper, caraway, guaiac wood
Base: Sandalwood, amber, patchouli, tobacco.
Ahhhhh, nutmeg on open is superlative and quickly segues into smooth coriander and dry, raspy pepper. It’s an excellent dichotomy that travels well together and gives a sense of spice market or souk.
Not far into the heart I can already smell a balmy patchouli that is clean and windswept. My nose is also picking up the resinous aspects of amber without the vanilla sweetness.
Caravelle Epicee is a smooth fragrance, beautifully blended. I can see the analogy for these famous makers of cognac. It feels (to this completely untrained nose) as if they have asked their perfumer, Jeanne-Marie Faugier, to use the mellow, rich elegance of cognac be his guide in Caravelle Epicees creation.
Within an hour I find Caravelle Epicee has reached its dry down stage. Consequently we have a linear fragrance that then hums along for another few hours. It’s a resin-sweet woodsy ending with whispered hints of spices that seems like it could go on forever, just getting quieter.
I think it will work perfectly for a day at work. Firstly, you spritz as you leave the house and enjoy the opening on your way to work. It settles into a beautiful yet not overly compelling fragrance with suitable gravitas for your work life. Finally, at days end, you can easily add another layer or completely change your scent for your evenings adventure. Should you be doing a movie after work though the remnants will be exactly enough to need a closer, more intimate sniff.
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Portia also writes for Australian Perfume Junkies