First of all, if you’re a gourmand lover, then Kyse Perfumes, the indie brand run by perfumer Terri Bozo, needs to be on your radar. A good number of Terri’s creations are more gourmand (and better executed) than most gourmands out there. With Frollino Lavanda, Terri has managed to bottle an aroma that I didn’t think possible- butter. Specifically, the smell of warm butter baked in shortbread or cookie form.
You get the buttery cookie deliciousness on first spray- no need to wait for a dry down. There’s a lemon-like tartness in the opening, as well as a bit of a resinous, sweet waxy note thanks to, well, beeswax. And then there’s the delectable smell of rich, buttery shortbread. Just when you think Frollino Lavanda is too much, too indulgent, the freshly floral, aromatic scent of lavender cuts through the heavy sweetness and settles beautifully into the drydown. You’re left with a perfectly wearable, sweet-but-not-too-sweet gourmand. That’s the mouthwatering genius of Frollino Lavanda– it’s yummy and gourmand – perhaps still too much so unless you’re a true gourmie- but it remains a composed perfume rather than a dull and obvious facsimile of sweet treats.
Making something not gourmand seem mouthwatering, and conversely, adding gourmand elements to decidedly non-gourmand notes is one of my favorite things to find in a fragrance. There’s something about a fragrance that is yummy but not blatantly literal that’s so enticing. Frollino Lavanda perfectly hits that sweet spot, being much more than just butter in a bottle.