Wow, I really had this wrong the first time around. Passion Boisee is great. It opens with a flash of turpentine which quickly morphs into a bright, sparkling tangerine note, the orange of Terre d'Hermes minus the dirt, but juicier, more realistic and bright. As it develops an excellent creamy oak note emerges, very tastefully spiced as to lend character and some sweet aromatics while remaining clean, sturdy and composed. Along with it, a spicy vanillic rum, never too heavy on the booze, doled out with great attention to balance. The nutmeg and cloves are key players here, as they seem to spice everything in a complementary way, never clashing or seeming out of place. Sometimes clove is way overdone, heavy and thick and dominating everything else, but not here. It's handled perfectly. The suede-like leather in the base fits right in as part of the foundation, well-blended with the other notes in the sense that it's there but subtle, lending a masculine presence to the whole. Everything a about this is elegant, refined and tasteful. It's rich without being loud, complex without falling into a cacophony, and never too obvious. I get a mature, masculine impression from Passion Boisee.
Originally I must have had a stuffy nose or cold when I first wore this, as I could barely smell it. I definitely couldn't pick up on all the little details that make this so good. It's a very nice fragrance, a bit on the reserved side. Do I wish the projection was just a little stronger? Sure. But it still does the job, and I just apply a little more than usual. Overall, Passion Boisee seems suited for low-key days at work and relaxed moments of leisure at home or a favorite hangout. Thumbs up for this winner from Frapin, a subtly complex and elegant scent that is comfortable and easy to wear.
I don't mind this one, Frapin Passion Boisee: sweetness, booze, spice and orange, but it doesn't grab me. This is more like the earthy orange in Terre d'Hemes than the orange from Fahrenheit.
This gem starts off with a beautiful tangerine and clove The clove provides greenness and all of a sudden, that famous frapin booziness comes to the door (rum). This is a well constructed fragrance. Semi gourmand fragrance that seems it will work in all seasons. 8/10
Passion Boisée opens with a peculiar, tasty accord of juicy orange supported by a bold boozy personality, refreshing as a summer night out, on a woody-ambery base (vetiver, Iso E), also slightly mossy with oak moss notes and perhaps leather too. I also detect light spices, an accord of aromatic herbs, and a tiny floral heart. A fresh, flavoured Oriental scent, really aromatic, with Frapin's signature "boozy" vein, and also a nice colour palette – you "see" warm tones of orange, green and brown, like a Mediterranean sunset you're enjoying with your favourite drink (orange and rhum, does that exist?). As minutes pass it emerges more clearly the cloves note, with their pungent-medicinal personality. Like other Frapin scents, it shows a peculiar structure, as I detect some "dissonances" which are not defects, just some "odd-smelling" accords, as it coexists a range of notes: sweetish, fresh, sour, spicy, earthy... however it somehow "works", it's elegant in a peculiar, bizarre, dandy-ish, exotic way. On the drydown it becomes warmer and more harmonic, settling on a cozy, refined, luminous and really pleasant accord of cedar, oak, orange, and subtle mossy notes. One of the nicest among their range. Well done!
One of my absolute Frapin's favorites for sure and a great modern spicy chypre for us. Passion Boisee proposes again in a substantially different way the Speakeasy's rum/leather/moss accord (and its spicy/orange patterns, though in a far more stressed way) but while the latter pushes the button over an aromatic and luxurious fruity/leathery tobacco substance Passion Boisee is spectacularly centered over a fluidy or somewhat humid (less dense) spices/tangerine exotic accord (vaguely conjuring the spicy exotic L'Humaniste's inspiration) which develops finally in to a silky leather (silky suede with an almost rosey/orangy and musky/detergent vibe). I detect the spicy rum but it happens far more in terms of spicy fluidity than properly in terms of effectively boozy/liquorous luxurious approach. I appreciate particularly this fragrance with its intense, sensual, almost pungent and organic orangy/musky spiciness finally turning out in a really velvety (musk/suede centered) and cleaning/rosey way (at least in my perception probably misleaded by a soapy musky and spicy orange apparently rosey in perception and in part conjuring a sort of chic Narciso Rodriguez for Her's type of cosmetic/musky sensuality though in an "older" and more traditional and almost laundry way a la Bellodgia). This exotic (slightly old eau de cologne type) orangy spicy subtleness is absolutely refined and sophisticated, really sensual and feminine as few scents around. There is a really subtle and elegant earthy undertone in the air and i suppose hints of vetiver support the cedarwood/patchouli/oakmoss accord (which holds on spicy/orangy and musky till the end). A great thumbs up by me.