Frank of Los Angeles is an obscure niche house in my part of America, and so this is their first fragrance I have sampled, having read about it on Luckyscent. While the fragrance has many positive reviewers on the retail site, my first impressions are this is pretty synthetic smelling, and that I've smelled this before somewhere back in time.
#2 has a distinct 80's fougere vibe to it, including the large dose of lavender paired with a light bergamot, followed by a very masculine resinous accord. I get hints of fir, balsam and perhaps a soft cedar, but they don't seem authentic, instead give off a chemical resin. Underneath it all there's something sweet and powdery, but again there is a synthetic feel or effect more than any actual olfactory note. A modern twist of light floral is added but it's difficult to distinguish over the plastic conifer notes. Better than average sillage and average longevity have me again wondering what I'm smelling?
Finally it hits me, Frank #2 is actually a toned down, chemical version of Polo Green by Ralph Lauren. It has all the classic Polo elements, only #2 has smoothed out the spicy bite, softened the projection and brightened the synthetic nature with a bit of floral in the middle.
All in all, it's O.K., but nothing close to the Lucky Scent reviews. Are they selective as a website to sell more product? Older BN reviews say this scent is a steal at $65, then $100, and now Lucky Scent lists it at $120. I don't think this bottle worthy at all and won't fall in for it, but it's not the worst fragrance I've sampled either. Neutral.
03rd February, 2016 (last edited: 08th February, 2016)
This fragrance to my nose is all about modern, strong and bitter aromatic lavender note along with some fresh fruity smell in the background and a little bit of sweetness.
At the beginning I can smell a strong and yet fresh lavender note with bitter herbal kind of aura and some dry resins that increases the bitterness. there is some fresh fruity scent and some sweetness in the background too but aromatic notes domination completely over the scent.
The sweetness has a soft powdery feeling which is nice.
As time passes I'm getting almost the same smell but now it's more sweet. still bitter aromatic notes are up in front and the main note of the fragrance.
Projection is very strong but longevity is average on my skin. I'm getting around 5 hours out of this.
The note breakdown looks very interesting but the actual smell isn't that exciting. it does smell nice and definitely masculine but also smells very familiar and kind of generic to be honest!
Notes (from Luckyscent): bergamot, lavender, coriander, crushed plum leaves, cognac, plum, fir balsam, coffee bean essence, red maple wood, teak wood, white musk.
A sparkling bergamot top note is soon steered in the fougère direction by a healthy dose of lavender. Shortly thereafter the bergamot is joined by a boozy-fruity accord, which could convincingly pass for cognac and plums. Lavender, boozy notes, and intense fruit constitute Frank No. 2’s core as it develops, with some reinforcement from a comparatively subtle coffee note. The drydown of sweetened, relatively naturalistic woods and balsam is pleasant, if a bit faceless, but avoids the abrasive woody amber effects that mar the late stages of many contemporary men’s fragrances. Projection and sillage are only moderate, and the scent persists for only a few hours on my skin.
Nothing earth-shattering here, but a likeable, versatile fruity fougère composition that wears very comfortably.
This one has a slight retro vibe. Starts off green for the first few minutes. After about 15 minutes, the boozy plum starts to kick in. Very well done. That green vibe is still there, but not as dominant as the initial spray. Like others have said, it is hard to put your finger on this one. Smells like a few scents I smelled before. Overall a very nice fragrance for the price ($100). 8/10
The opening is dominated by bergamot and lavender and would be traditional if not a boozy brandy note with coriander would give it a richer and smoother character. The drydown adds a light coffee-latte aroma that is complemented by a plum note, adding a fruity nigh-gourmand impression temporarily. Wood and a light white musk emanate in the base. A somewhat unusual, creative composition of good quality ingredients and very well blended whist keeping sufficient structure to express some development on my skin. As far as performance is concerned, I am getting two distinct phases: the first three hours, which include the top and the begin if the middle notes; here silage and projection are very good. Later only it recedes and remains very close to my skin, with an overall longevity of nine hours.
This is an unusually versatile fragrance; apart from real heat and very cold days it would be a good scent for most weathers and temperatures and for all seasons. The very restrained second parts makes it also a good office scent. Frankly speaking: very good!
Frank No. 2 is not well-known, but it is a budding star. A bracing, boozy, fruity and resinous aromatic fougere with a touch of coffee and mixed woods. The plum, cognac, wood and coffee notes work together very well, with no screeches or odd transitions. Frank No. 2 is almost linear on my skin after the original bergamot, lavender onslaught and the mid-heart notes. This is fine with me. My nose would be miffed if this aspirational masculine went all complex on me. There is enough depth with the plum, cognac, coffee and woods to hold my interest for the entire life of this outstanding masculine fragrance. Signature scent worthy for those who enjoy the boozy, fruity, resinous and "just dry enough woody" aromatic fougeres. Frank No. 2 lasts around 8 hours on my skin with very good projection up front that lightens up a bit during the drydown. This is a "wow!" fragrance for me. Should be trending.