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"Skinlove #tiandi @frassai new fox favourite from sensual jewellery & perfume house founded by Argentine @natalia_ou Fine jewellery must configure a unique relationship with skin in order to succeed, something many jewellers neglect, this connection to flesh, heat and reflection, the mutability of pieces. • • Natalia was born in Buenos Aries, relocating to NYC when she was young before returning to Argentina in 2012. A background in fine fragrance creation and floristry led to the creation of Frassaï and now a trio of fine perfumes launching last year. These are graceful compositions with a sense of luxe architecture to them. Lush trembling #veranoporteño by Rodrigo Flores-Roux is sublime and there is creamy gourmand #blondine by Yann Vasnier who always imparts a flare of 80’s Polaroid to his compositions. • • My favourite is Tian Di, by Olivier Gillotin who made 10 Corso Como, Balenciaga’s Cristobal and Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille. Wow…!!...the dirty smoked peach tea rush at the star is glorious. If it were music I’d loop it endlessly. Underlying this peachiness is a mordancy of chrysanthemums; petals finger-crushed. • • One of my favourite parts of Tian Di is a whisper of vintage cigarettes dipped in peach liquor; this ghost-tobacco perhaps the flow of Tonkin musk through smoke. Whatever it is, before it leaves, it is heavenly. Then a sudden muting, a sense of dust and cracked sandalwood. Delicate peach tea gently brewed with Chinese spices and fumed with incense. Galbanum and orris add mulch and powder to a scent that reaches quietly from earth to heaven. Tian Di lasts for hours on the skin, soft and tremulous, but it is there, almost beyond reach and then you catch it, like a sudden unexpected memory. •"
The Noses Behind Frassaï's New Perfume Collection: Rodrigo Flores-Roux, Yann Vasnier, Olivier Gillotin
Rodrigo Flores-Roux • VERANO PORTEÑO
“To me, fragrance is all about the quest for beauty, pleasure and perfection”
“My love for flowers and for my native country, Mexico, gives me an infinite source of inspiration.”
Rodrigo is masterful with white florals, and I immediately knew that if I was to capture the spirit of the jasmine scent that infuses Buenos Aires during summer, he would understand exactly how. His rich Mexican heritage and relentless quest for beauty were key to interpreting this feeling. We played with beautiful citrus notes from Italy, paying homage to the Italian immigrants that came to my country and also to Astor Piazzolla, whose tango the fragrance is named after. The radiant top notes mimic the morning sun, when the flowers bloom. The delicacy and freshness of this parfum are deliberate, as a soft summer breeze that caresses your skin.
Olivier Gillotin • TIAN DI
"Many of my fragrance experiences are souvenirs of the past, taken from distant places, journeys and life experiences."
"A perfume is a piece of art, where the harmony of the perfume has to work within a space and time."
Tian Di, Heaven and Earth, was inspired by my practices of Taoism. It was important to reflect the spiritual and ritualistic nature of these internal practices. The image of the journey invites us to discover unknown territories and also the landscapes within ourselves.
Yann Vasnier • BLONDINE
“Perfume has been the biggest adventure of my life, taking me around the world, but it has all started in my family’s garden in Brittany”
" I experiment a lot, but I always add a touch of classical elegance.”
Yann and I worked together on many fun projects. His French style always carries a dose of originality and sexiness. In Blondine, there is something that captivates you right away. The soft nuances of the gourmand and animal notes are brought to life with captivating florals. No one better than Yann to capture the magic of this French fairy tale. Although the perfume is a big floral named after a beautiful young blond girl, I find that this fragrance is extremely well worn by men.
"Tian Di, ultimately, captivated me so tenderly & so demurely. Bright & crisp opening, green tannins of Ti Kuan Yin (not listed specifically, yet consistently conjured) uniquely support both zesty floral and leathery elements. Delightful, contemplative, memorable. Remarkable unpretentiousness - no superficial exoticism detected."
Frassaï, a modern jewelry & fragrance house debuted with three creations, and each is essentially representing a particular olfactory chronotope.
Blondine - a character in French fairy tales by Madame D'Aulnoy (available via Google Play for free) and by Comtesse de Ségur, aka Sophie Rostopchine.
Verano Porteño - archetypal summer lushness of Buenos Aires.
Tian Di - heavenly feast, Pantao hui, in the peach garden of Xiwangmu, Queen Mother of the West. Peach is the symbol of immortality & transcendental virtue. Tian Di, ultimately, captivated me so tenderly & so demurely. Bright & crisp opening, green tannins of Ti Kuan Yin (not listed specifically, yet consistently conjured) uniquely support both zesty floral and leathery elements. Delightful, contemplative, memorable. Remarkable unpretentiousness - no superficial exoticism detected.
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The fall Frassai 2017 fragrance collection includes three scents: Blondine, Verano Porteno, and Tian Di. Blondine is the fragrance that Natalia selected for me to try and believe me when I say that I am OBSESSED with it! The smell is very sweet and sensual, not to mention it’s a great transition fragrance meaning that you can wear it for work and play!! The main fragrance notes are salted butter caramel, pear leaves, ashok flower, tiger lyly, cocoa,and blond musks, which are blended together to make the most amazing everyday scent that is now one of my go-to perfumes. I am a sucker to a tee for floral scents and when the first time that I smelled this one, I immediately fell in love! Another thing that I love about the fragrance is that the scent is powerful, but it’s not in an way overpowering. I have definitely had some experiences with stronger scents that can really be too much to wear on a daily basis, but the Blondine fragrance is not like that at all! I have a feeling that it’s going to be my new favorite go-to scent for fall!
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