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FRASSAÏ is a jewelry and fragrance brand with bases in Buenos Aires and New York. Our pieces combine noble and organic materials and often play with fragrance, engaging the senses. Each one is the expression of an emotion. FRASSAÏ does not rely solely on expensive materials, believing that everything that comes from nature is precious. As part of the house's sustainable approach, all jewelry is handcrafted in limited quantities. Each piece is truly unique.
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Our blog is about perfume, jewelry and our own creative journey. Embark on this sensorial experience with us to learn more about Buenos Aires, about what makes a candle fragrance or perfume unique, and learn more about our timeless modern jewelry which has a sensorial approach to design. We share details about our luxury scented candles, our handmade sterling silver and gold rings, cuffs, necklaces and earrings. In addition we are sharing exclusive lifestyle tips. 

On smoke, light and perfume | De humo, luz y perfume

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On smoke, light and perfume

In ancient times, incense was of capital importance during religious rituals. The smoke produced by the combustion of fragrant substances -mainly resins- was supposed to elevate prayers away from the people and reach the corresponding deities in high heavens. The origin of perfume is intrinsically related to smoke, even by ethymology: the word “perfume” derives from the Latin “per-fumum” which means, precisely, “through smoke”. Frankincense, copal, guaiac and myrrh are still used all over the world, their smoke considered to have purifying properties.

Candles, instead, are not about smoke but about light. In fact, they shouldn't produce smoke or soot. Although candles might also be used ritualistically they, somehow, convey less solemnity and austerity than incense. Maybe what we find fascinating is the warm glow of the flame, imparting its serenity to everyone around. This feeling is heightened in the case of scented candles, fragrance adding its powers to light. Perhaps there's something atavistic in the fire itself, like a minimalistic version of a bonfire. It is as common to make a wish when lighting a candle as it is to do so when blowing out the candles of a birthday cake.

You can learn more about candles and how to light them properly by visiting the FAQs and Precautions section on our webpage.

Painting: Georges de La Tour

Painting: Georges de La Tour

De humo, luz y perfume

En la antigüedad, el incienso era de capital importancia durante los rituales religiosos. El humo producido por la combustión de sustancias fragantes -principalmente resinas- tenía por tarea elevar a los cielos las plegarias lejos de las personas y llegar a las deidades correspondientes. El origen del perfume está intrínsecamente relacionado con el humo, incluso por etimología: la palabra “perfume” deriva del Latín “per-fumum” que quiere decir, precisamente, “a través del humo”. Olíbano, copal, guayacán y mirra son, aún hoy, usados en el mundo entero, ya que se considera que su humo tiene propiedades purificadoras.

Las velas, en cambio, poco tienen que ver con el humo sino con la luz. De hecho, no deberían emitir humo ni hollín. Aunque las velas se emplean también de manera ritual, en cierto modo comunican menos solemnidad y austeridad que el incienso. Quizás lo que encontramos fascinante sea el cálido resplandor de la vela, que imparte su serenidad en derredor. Esta sensación se ve realzada en el caso de las velas perfumadas, ya que la fragancia suma sus poderes a la luz. Tal vez haya algo atávico en el fuego mismo, como si se tratara de la versión minimalista de una hoguera. Es tan corriente pedir un deseo al encender una vela como hacerlo cuando se apagan las velas de una torta de cumpleaños.

Podés aprender más sobre velas y cómo encenderlas correctamente visitando las secciones de FAQs y Precauciones de nuestra webpage.