An Impassioned Man – Review: Frapin Passion Boisée

By Tara

Passion Boisée is a tribute to a material which may not be glamorous but is an essential part of Frapin’s cognac making process – wood.

After distillation, the brandy is aged in oak casks for several years. During this time the wood from the barrels lends its properties of tannin and vanillin to the liquor, creating its distinctive flavour.

Released in 2007, Passion Boisée is described as a citrus chypre aimed at men. The perfumer is Jeanne-Marie Faugier who has done a number of fragrances for Frapin including Caravelle Epicée.


Top notes are tangerine, nutmeg, rum and clove; middle notes are oakmoss and oak; base notes are patchouli, leather and cedar.

The opening accord of tangerine and rum is very striking – a combination of tart citrus and astringent white spirit. Then it quickly settles down to gently boozy cedar with a little spice and fruit, on a mellow leather base.

The effect is masculine in a self-assured and urbane way. I see a sophisticated young gent in a wood panelled room. He is sitting in a leather wing-backed chair, sipping his expensive drink while reading The Times.


Passion Boisée has a slightly powdery texture and the feeling is classy and classical.

The underlying leather accord is not strong, tarry hide but very refined and subdued. The citrus seems to linger in the background along with the soft spice, which I only really register when I get up close.

It has very little projection but longevity is good. For such a seemingly rich fragrance it’s kept surprisingly transparent and lightweight.

It’s not earth-shattering and it’s a little too reticent, but Passion Boisée is a solid piece of work. It could be particularly nice to wear around the festive season with its splash of alcohol, mulling spices and hint of tangerine.

While it isn’t a fragrance I think suits me – my style is decidedly more feminine – I do feel comfortable wearing it because it’s not at all overbearingly macho.

I can imagine Passion Boisée being attractive on a guy in a rather reserved way. A man who doesn’t have to try too hard to get your attention. Well mannered and cultured but with definite sex appeal.

He’s a thoughtful individual who likes to concern himself with weighty issues; however you know there’s a lot more to him. An aesthete and a sensualist as well as an intellectual, he enjoys the finer things in life. He is particular about the books he reads, the spirits he drinks and of course, the fragrances he wears.


Do you tend to stick to fragrances aimed at your gender or do you swing both ways?

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19 Responses to An Impassioned Man – Review: Frapin Passion Boisée

  1. Tina G says:

    Hi Tara, lovely review! Sounds like one for me to try… To answer your question, I’m not sure I have a particular tendancy towards masculine/feminine/unisex fragrances. I’m perfectly comfortable in some frags which definitely have a masculine slant, but I’ve been going through a more feminine/floral stage this summer – it’s all about Jasmine and gardenia. So I really tend to go with the flow, more influenced by season I’d say… xx Tina

    • Tara says:

      Thanks, Tina!
      It really depends on the fragrance doesn’t it? Some aimed at men don’t feel manly, especially if they’re niche. Jasmine and gardenia are perfect for summer. I think it’s really fun going through phases like that. I’m very influenced by the seasons too.

  2. Lady Jane Grey says:

    You definitely made the man, who would wear this scent, appealing to me 😀

  3. Sandra says:

    Maybe I should get a sample and have my husband try it! Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

  4. Vanessa says:

    Haha, LJG summed it up perfectly! I am not a fan of boozy notes in perfumes, so even if it did not have a masculine leaning (also not my thing) I don’t think this would be for me. But an impassioned yet reserved man sounds just the ticket…

  5. cookie queen says:

    Where would I find a bloke in a leather wing-backed chair? Highly unlikely in my life. This does sound quite masculine. I don’t care for clearly masculine scents for myself. Either gender neutral or feminine for me. But I guess that is subjective. I would like to try the PG Liquer Charnelle. Not desperate though. xxx

    • Tara says:

      Yes, you’re right. It is mostly subjective. Alcohol doesn’t always mean masculine.

      I don’t think this one is for you but Liqueur Charnelle is worth a try when it comes your way. I’m working on a review.

  6. Asali says:

    It seems like you can’t quite let the festive season go either… You’re review is so lovely comfy cosy, I feel I crave that right now, whether it be perfumes for men or women 🙂 Unfortunately I haven’t tried Passion Boisee (yet).
    I do have a lot more fragrances aimed at women than men I’d say, but then again, a lot of my perfumes are either oriental or woody-orientals which could equally be worn by a man.

  7. Ines says:

    Well, I think you know I swing both ways… 😉
    That did not sound as innocent as it should have… 🙂

  8. Michael says:

    Gender classifications don’t worry me, I wear what I like.
    The truth is no one has ever had the slightest concern until I actually tell them I’m wearing a “women’s” perfume.
    Of the Frapins though, I do enjoy Passion Boisée but Caravelle Epicée is by far my favourite of the line.

    • Tara says:

      Well that just shows what an artificial division it is. It’s a shame because I think a lot of men in particular can’t get past that psychological barrier of wearing a fragrance primarily aimed at women.

      I haven’t tried Cravelle Epicée yet. I really want to try Speakeasy but that’s mostly because I love the name.

  9. Undina says:

    I prefer feminine perfumes but since I’m the main (well, the only) “procurer” of perfumes in my household, I’m always interested in the other side of the aisle though not for myself.
    Nice review, Tara. One day I’ll get to test this perfume: I love wood note in perfumes.

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