My infatuation with Frapin 1697 led me to explore the rest of the line, Caravelle Epicée was the only Frapin I had heard of before. And there are mostly good things to be heard.
Caravelle Epicée is easy to love. For a spice lover that is, which I am. It is a fairly straight forward fragrance that does not disappoint from initial burst of hot spices to amber-y drydown.
It was created for Frapin by Jeanne-Marie Faugier and features notes of coriander, nutmeg, hot pepper, pepper, thyme, Gaiac wood, patchouli, amber, tobacco and sandalwood.
Caravelle Epicée starts out spicy (duh!) and segues into a slightly woody, but ultimately amber-y drydown. Its base reminds me of Ambre Fétiche actually.
It is very wearable, great year-round in my opinion, although winter would be the most obvious choice for it, I love to wear it now, when the sun shines and the wind is still cold. It provides an additional layer of cozy warmth around my shoulders, but does not overheat me when the sun is out. It is a perfect outdoors fragrance, something a rugged forest ranger might want to wear just as much as a city-dwelling lady on a walk through the park.
It is unisex, it is highly wearable, it lasts for a reasonably good amount of time and its sillage is average.
To be straight about it – I like this a lot, but I would not want a bottle. Let me rephrase that, it somebody insisted on giving me one I would be glad and it would probably get many wearings, but I would not buy one right now. My new frugality has me paring down my list to things I really, really want and this does not make the cut.
Said list is astoundingly short, I imagined it would be miles long by now, but the effect I wanted did indeed come to pass, I know better what I really want in my collection, what really captures my heart and what is just an infatuation or what would be no more than a nice, but ultimately redundant addition.
Caravelle Epicée is highly recommended if you don’t have an amber scent that does not skimp on the spices. It is your workhorse spicy amber, and that is a big compliment, even if it does not sound like one.