Frangipani…a love affair

November 19, 2011 0 Comments

I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t love the scent of frangipani, have you? One of my all-time favourite flowers, frangipani never disappoints with its delicate, etherial aroma, capturing hints of apricot and citrus notes among the clear floral scent.

Ahhhhh…it feels like summer just thinking about them! (Just for the record, as I sit here writing, it is 34 degrees celsius outside – a warm spring day in Adelaide!).

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Some Frangipani Research (PS please don’t switch off now…hold for an exciting announcement shortly)

Frangipani was the name of an Italian perfume used to scent gloves in the 16th century and named after its creator, the Marquis Frangipani. When the frangipani flower (Plumeria rubra) was discovered, its natural perfume reminded people of the scented gloves, and so the flower was called frangipani. The genus name, Plumeria, commemorates Charles Plumier, a seventeenth century French botanist.

Native to Central America, Mexico and Venezuela, this deciduous tree grows from 5-8m tall (15-24′). The leaves are dark green and shiny, and have a prominent midrib. Like all plumeria, the stems and leaves contain a white, milky sap. There are at least four distinct forms of this species: acutifolia – white flowers with yellow centres (the ones that grow in my neighbourhood); lutea – yellow flowers sometimes flushed; pink rubra – deep pink flowers with yellow centres; and tricolor – white flowers with yellow centres and a red or pink tips.

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I am lucky enough to live in a neighbourhood surrounded by frangipani trees, and I love to bring home a fistful most days when they are in bloom. (FYI – did you know that frangipani releases more of their scent at night?). I love frangipani so much that I would even consider a second wedding (to the same marvelous man, of course) just to carry a posy of them down the aisle, and have my hair adorned like a tropical goddess.

It will now come as no surprise to you that I have been working on a frangipani fragrance for the past 12 months. After several people begging to know where to buy it, I thought it may be time to send it to market.

So it is with great pleasure that we announce the launch of:

One Seed Frangipani eau de parfum.

A quintessential frangipani fragrance capturing the sweet nectar of frangipani blossoms, delicately supported by melodious fruit, floral & musk tones.

Top notes: orange blossom, bergamot, clementine, champaca

Heart notes: frangipani, honey, rose, gardenia, apricot, jasmine, sea buckthorn

Base notes: Australian sandalwood, ambrette seed, benzoin, blackcurrant

Our Frangipani fragrance is clearly one for the floral-lovers. However, I was surprised to discover my husband dousing himself in it two mornings in a row! He loves it too! And on his skin it takes on a distinctive masculine tone! So don’t shy away if you aren’t into girly florals. This is not what I would call a girly fragrance, but rather a striking summer floral.

And if you love a long-lasting scent, this is a keeper. Longevity is excellent (around 8+hours), and sillage is good but not overpowering.

To celebrate the release of Frangipani, we are giving you the chance to win a limited edition 50ml bottle (valued at $107).

Simply make any purchase from our online store of $20 or more (excluding shipping) until December 19th, and you will automatically go in the draw. The winner will be announced on Christmas Eve.

To purchase now or visit our website, click here: (and don’t forget you can buy samples of any of our fragrances for just $4 each including shipping!)

Do you have a love affair with frangipani too? I’d love to hear about it.



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