Scent Trend: Frangipani Flower
One of the biggest scent trends of the season has an exotic character. It’s called frangipani flower also known as the Hawaiian Lei flower – a white, yellow or pink bloom that blossoms on trees in tropical climates. The oil distilled from the flower has been used by perfumers since the 16th century usually in heart notes along with jasmine, ylang-ylang, gardenia and rose.
The scent of the frangipani is lush and rich. The blooms may smell like pineapple, plum, candy, gingers, coconut or even gardenias. This is because the plant has so many varieties now – each with its own unique scent. Perfumers are using this ingredient in perfumes today because it works so well with popular gourmand notes such as vanilla, cocoa, caramel and benzoin. This is one flower that blends beautifully with any sweet ingredient.
If you visit Bali or India you will see that the frangipani flower is considered sacred and used frequently in religious ceremonies.
Frangipani is also known as “plumeria” since its name in Latin translates to Plumeria Ruba. Gardening enthusiasts will often plant the tree for its tropical citrus-like scent.
One of the nicest use of frangipani can be found in Bvlgari Omnia Pink Sapphire where it has a bright citrus-like quality.
In Gucci Flora Glorious Gardenia, the frangipani note is very gardenia-like giving the scent a depth to its floral character.
And Jo Malone’s Frangipani Flower Cologne is a clean, bright floral with a tropical vibe that is uplifting and fresh.
These fragrances are available at Holt Renfrew and select Hudson’s Bay stores.
Susan T.February 17, 2023 at 9:58 am
Frangipani is one of my favourite fragrance notes.
Wendy Lam-VechiFebruary 7, 2023 at 12:26 pm
Literally all my favourite scents, the pineapple, coconut and candy. What an amazing flowers to give such amazing opportunities to create new fragrances
Rhonda StefaniApril 22, 2022 at 6:05 am
I’d never heard of the frangipani flower before, so interesting & beautiful to look at! What a lovely range of scents from the varieties.
Susan T.February 16, 2022 at 2:00 pm
The Jo Malone Frangipani Flower Cologne is so lovely! It smells like a warm, sandy beach!
bn100January 28, 2022 at 4:48 pm
GabrielleJanuary 22, 2022 at 1:20 pm
I love Gucci Flora Glorious Gardenia. Wonderful use of Frangipani!
ADDecember 29, 2021 at 4:44 pm
The scent of frangipani sounds delicious and gorgeous. And the bloom itself is beautiful in its simplicity. I love unique and lesser known perfumes, so will have to check out those listed above. Thanks!
GabrielleDecember 25, 2021 at 11:38 am
It really is a glorious note and I think it needs to be used more often. @velvetwhip
Susan T.December 17, 2021 at 2:57 pm
This is one of my favourite fragrance notes. It smells like summer!
SohairDecember 1, 2021 at 12:22 pm
This sounds like a scent I would enjoy thanks
Rebecca DeselleOctober 19, 2020 at 1:05 am
I just planted some plumeria cuttings that my sister-in-law gave me! Hers are absolutely beautiful.
Anna Roszak-RobinsonSeptember 28, 2020 at 1:03 am
NaomiSeptember 27, 2020 at 6:09 pm
I miss plumeria trees in my yard! Such a wonderful scent, even if the sap is sticky.
September DeeSeptember 26, 2020 at 6:47 pm
I have been using plumeria scented shampoo and it is intoxicating. Love the scent! I do love the Bvulgari Pink Sapphire too!