Frangipane by Santa Maria Novella

Year: unknown

Notes: spices, frangipani
While one was initially expecting a simple and sweet tropical floral scent, Frangipane does indeed start off this way before developing into something quite unpleasant.

Classified as a floral-oriental, an unexpected waxy note soon becomes increasingly apparent. By the drydown, however, one detects traces of frangipani accompanied by an overpowering asphalt or coal tar accord. Whether or not an unofficial note has been added to enhance its indolic qualities is unknown but, since indoles can also be obtained from coal tar, one wouldn't be at all surprised if this was the case.

With average longevity and moderate sillage, it's one of the very few Santa Maria Novella offerings that smells both cheap and poorly-executed.