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1697 (2011)
by Frapin

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1697 information

Year of Launch2011
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 67 votes)

People and companies

HouseFrapin
PerfumerBertrand Duchaufour

About 1697

1697 is a shared / unisex perfume by Frapin. The scent was launched in 2011 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour

Reviews of 1697

A somewhat odd scent that takes an inordinate time to get anywhere worthwhile. It seems the point of departure is something along the lines of: put everything we can find that's creamy, sweet, and boozy in one pot and hope for the best. Fleshy flowers sit along side rum, musk, and vanilla, but they are not easy bedfellows for much of the development. My only point of reference is Carner's equally off-beat Palo Santo. As with that, I don't really see what is being done and would welcome a more stripped-down and plainer approach. However, it does eventually dry down in its death throes to a pleasantly spiced vanilla, but it's not worth the wait in my book. Enthusiasts for unconventional grourmands - if that's even a thing - might get their kicks here, so you never know.
17th September, 2017
Emoe Show all reviews
United Kingdom
looking at the note pyramid, i thought this would appeal to me, but its a horrid mess on me.

i get an acidy soured rum on initial opening, thiag makes you jump back a bit, which then melds into this impossible to describe concotion that really does nothing for me.

09th June, 2015
On initial smell, I knew I smelled this before. Could not place my finger on it for at least 30 minutes. Kept smelling my hand where I sprayed. GOT IT! This is L' Artisan's Vanille Absolument created by Bertrand Duchaufour. Just so happens that Bertrand Duchaufour created this also...hhhmmmm.If you sample this and like it, purchase Vanille Absolument and save yourself some money.
30th November, 2014
A peculiar gourmand scent with a prominent boozy note, edible cocoa notes, tonka, cardamom, a vanilla base, a crunchy and bitter green accord, a fruity note (melonal like) and flowers, quite bold even if a bit overridden by the gourmand side – I smell carnation, rose, ylang. Overall as I said it's quite peculiar, it's like wandering slightly drunk in a botanical garden eating a piece of chocolate. However there is something which just doesn't work, I am not sure if it's about a dissonance or a wrong balance between the gourmand side and the floral-green notes, they just don't blend together, and it does not look like this is "on purpose" (but that's just my assumption). The fruity note which emerges later does sadly not help, as it kind of "melts" with the sweeter side of the scent getting warm and bit rancid, also because of the slightly oily/waxy tonka-vanillin base. Finally the white musks "roundness" does not help either, adding creaminess to all "that". A bit cloying, overall. In a certain way, the rendition of a slightly drunk mid-afternoon tea in a garden is quite vibrant and realistic, I just don't quite get the point.

5/10
20th May, 2014
1697 that must have been a short year like this fragrance is. My only complaint is the longevity and the price.
20th May, 2014
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
A rich rum aroma opens this up, darkish and booze-laden but not very heavy on my skin. A flowery drydown mainly shows jasmin with dried fruit, with a mildly peppery note in the background. Cinnamon is also present a bit later, with tonka and patchouli more evident in the base. Still, there is a good balance overall, even if the ingredients appear a bit disconnected at times. Decent silage and projection, with six hours of longevity. Autumnal without heaviness.
17th January, 2014

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