Frapin L'Humaniste was first introduced in 2009, created by Sidonie Lancesseur. An aromatic spicy, it is an amazing example of a classic modern men's fragrance that is also unisex. A crisp gin and tonic open with some very zesty citrus, dries down to a mildly spiced wood that is wearable for any occasion - office, date, evening, vacation.
Frapins had disappeared for a short time, and a few are back, but we are still crossing our fingers for all of our other favorites to return too.
Frapin L'Humaniste has notes of Citrus, bergamot, cardamom, bay berry, black pepper, juniper, nutmeg, thyme, peony, gin, oakmoss, tonka bean. It is an eau de parfum, edp.
Frapin are French cognac makers since 1270, and all of their fragrance related back to booze at least a bit, but in the best ways. Beatrice Cointreau - the daughter of Genevieve Frapin and Max Cointreau (yes, the delicious Cointreau that's amazing in apple cider!) loved fragrance and launched her line holding onto the history of her family in 2007.
Rating of 4.4 out of 5 on Fragrantica with 654 votes
From Basenotes - "The overall feeling for me is cold gin, unprocessed tobacco leaf, and some white florals mixed in for fanciness. The fuss starts with juniper berries, cardamom, lemon and bergamot, merging with a softened pink pepper note for some body. The gin link is clear at this stage, and soon moves into a floral heart of peony and a light iris. Nutmeg and thyme exist here to add a certain herbal opacity and dustiness to contrast the sweetness of the peony flower, but all dissipates in a fluffball once the tobacco, tonka bean, white musk, and oakmoss. If you ever wondered what Versace the Dreamer (1996) smelled like with a bit Eau de Cade by L'Occitane (2014) spilled in it, here you go."
From The Sniff - "we have been utterly charmed by it, it’s exuberant, bold and energetic. The citrus is punchy, but if you love citrus then that’s not a bad thing. If this fragrance were a person it would be the charismatic friend that always gets the party started. Maybe you aren’t going to trust them with your innermost secrets, but you know that when your spirits need lifting they will do that for you, and you can’t help but love them for that!"
From Basenotes - "It’s easy to dismiss L’Humaniste because it sounds like your typical fresh and citrus kind of fragrance which can often be interpreted as boring. But I urge you not to judge the book by its cover in this case as you may discover pleasant surprises...In fact, I think this fragrance captures the very essence of a Mojito flawlessly. Maybe this shouldn’t be as much of a surprise because Frapin makes fine cognac after all, and a bottle of L’Humaniste has their fine craftsmanship and quality written all over it. No matter where you are in your fragrance quest, let L’Humaniste stop you in your tracks and indulge yourself in this exquisite blend of a cocktail without losing your driver’s license along the way."
From Fragrance Daily - "Do not approach L’Humaniste if you are looking for a fragrance that drags you into its brutish embrace and bullies you into never leaving. On the other hand, if you have room in your collection for a thinking man’s fragrance, one that stimulates new discoveries and grounds your character, L’Humaniste might be one to consider."