A balsamic resin affair that’s not unpleasant but doesn’t go to any real lengths to distinguish itself. There are some tasty white florals upfront, but they’re quickly accosted by the tonka-esque powderiness of resins which are smooth and nicely formed, but lack the edge I’d hoped. It’s pleasant, comfortable, but powdery and safe. It becomes a mundane, resinous oriental with hints of bergamot. Nothing to see here, folks.
Weirdly enough, the note I detect more clearly and boldly in the first minutes is not listed – cedar: a woody, dry, aromatic strong smell of cedar. Plus oak (wood), a massive dose of resins and benzoin with its camphoraceous chypre allure, an equally massive portion of cumin, a soft and almost creamy note (ylang?), aldehydes, vanilla and perhaps patchouli on the base. Must admit that although I am not the biggest fan of Frapin out there, their range is quite unusual and they style is – positively – unique, somehow playful, exotic, often looking for less-common structures and compositions. Here we have basically a super spicy, but warm and aromatic Oriental scent, stuffed with resins, antique woods, like a journey in a humid, colourful, mystical forest in the Far East. As minutes pass it also emerges an olibanum/incense note, a bit more "elaborated" than usual, with a nice resinous aftertaste that adds "mystery" and meditation to the blend. All those spices and resins make quite a "bold" pot-pourri which may be a bit cloying after a while, so personally I would not wear this, but it's indeed an unusual and well-crafted fragrance.
A soft Jeanne-Marie Faugier's creation which includes a tad of semi-oriental orangy and spicy/incensey balminess a la Baume du Dodge (but the Frapin's one is finally more oriented over a sharper tobacco/incense prominent spicy dry down), hints of simil Guerlinade a la Shalimar Parfum Initial (hesperides, spicy/incensey balsams and rooty patchouli) and a whiff of Linfedele 1004's exotic spiciness (but in a softer, less oriental and more ethereal way). I detect a soft waving orange/spices/incense dominant accord (with a strong incense/cumin/cinnamon combo), an amber/vanilla/tobacco finally powdery association (a la Ambre Narguile or Phul-Nana) and a notable refined patchouli undertone (probably joined with bergamot in a luxurious tandem). The grapefruit provides an initial damp vibe but by soon the spices (a huge cumin) and the "white" incense are heady and tend to morph in to a "dusty" myrrh/tobacco/patchouli dry down still incensey and spicy and with a moderate orangy temperament. The dry down is delicate and still sharp but luxurious, exotic and inebriating, with the typical almost spiritual spicy/incensey aromas substance. Terre de Sarment is a well made juice for sure which is anyway unfortunately playing an utterly common (and already played thousands times) game.
Cinnamon and Cumin are my first impression, freshened up by a neroli background. The drydown brings out what is the centrepiece on my skin: a rich and heavy nutmeg aroma of impressive quality. Later in the base a pleasant tobacco-vanilla combination that is not heavy takes over. It is quite well balanced, but overall a bit pale and unexciting. The performance, however, is good, with decent projection but limited silage, and an excellent longevity of nine hours - the latter just brings it accross the line of the thumbs-up.
No this does not start as a grapefruit juice no matter what Frapin says on their website. What I smell on my skin is a very potent powdery gourmand with a vanillic accord that lasts for hours and hours after application. I write vanillic while what I really mean is ambery; however it is vanilla that is a registered note and the one I think is the main player in the long lived dry down. Do I like Terre de Sarment? Not particularly. I can imagine why for many this can be a winner, but not for me. I can also see why more women will find this appealing than men. Overall, this creation is a safe bet by Frapin and similar to many other well made perfumes out their. HdP has a couple that are similar not to mention the Lutens! Terre de Sarment is definitely not extraordinary and indeed very much related to 1270 by Frapin as scentsitivity has pointed out.