Nevermore / P. Frapin et Cie
Two weeks ago, we were introduced to 'Nevermore', the latest fragrance from P. Frapin et Cie. If you know your cognacs (which I admit I don't), then Frapin would not be an unfamiliar name to you. The Frapin family has been established on the Château de Fontpinot estate, at the heart of the Grande Champagne region in France since 1270. Cognacs and fragrances perhaps appear to be two businesses at odds, but both are quite the epitome of French cultural sophistication.
'Nevermore' pays tribute to Edgar Allan Poe, and the scent was inspired by 'The Raven', one of the poet's tale of love and loss:
“Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December, and each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor. Eagerly I wished the morrow; vainly I had sought to borrow from my books surcease of sorrow, sorrow for the lost Lenore, for the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore - Nameless here for evermore.”
So how does one create a scent to encapsulate all the emotions of a Lenore lost? There are hints of the ink-like saffron which is a nod to the poet, and dusts of nutmeg being a reminder of things and people we lose, a bittersweet feeling that life ends and nevermore. With the mysterious tale of love and loss, wintry roses form the heart of the fragrance.
David Frossard, Creative Director for Frapin
David Frossard, Creative Director for Frapin, explained that they wanted to do a masculine and modern rose scent. As with all of their previous fragrances, 'Nevermore' is also meant to be unisex. A notion which I completely agree, as I find it odd for fragrances to be marketed as 'for him' or 'for her'. Wear Chanel No.5, perhaps the most feminine of fragrances, if it pleases you and reminds you of someone. I often wear home sprays, what does it even say? (Marc Jacobs Basil and Cire Trudon Ernesto, but I do draw the line at Glade...)
'Nevermore' is a rather conceptual fragrance of love, longing and despair. A little like smelling an empty glass of wine at the end of the party. For this to be a rose scent, it did not feel floral to me. It left a light lingering of sweet smokiness. I could be buying into the whole marketing spill, but what is this world without the story tellers? For those who like their niche fragrances, you can find 'Nevermore' and the other Frapin fragrances at Bloom Perfumery.
Nevermore by Frapin. Head: Black pepper, Nutmeg, Floralozone aldehydes. Heart: Rose oxide, Rose de Mai, Rose Damascena, Bonded wine. Base: Saffron, Atlas cedar, Amber wood
For those who like their cognacs, you can also shop a good selection of Frapin cognacs online from Selfridges.com. *cue Beyoncé 'Drunk in love'*