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.