FRAPIN & CIE | If
If - Eau de Parfum
The scent is meant to evoke the smells of colonial India covered in the writings of Rudyard Kipling. The perfume opens with citrusy aromatic notes of bergamot, ginger and pepper. The heart is fig, cinnamon and cashmeran.
“I was lucky enough to travel from the north to the south of India during a charity race this year and on passing through Mysore, the verses of “If” came to me. It was my grandfather, a great traveller if ever there was one, who introduced me to this poem when I was a child. This lesson that needs to be repeated every day in order to become what we are”: David Frossard, artistic director of Parfums Frapin.
Pepper from Karnataka
Guaiac wood from Peru
Tonka bean from Venezuela
How it wears
If by RK opens with a spicy hit, gradually allowing the earthy tones and the creaminess of Fig to come to life. A unique blend that settles into a woody Fig based scent with little sparkles of spice shining through. As an Eau de Parfum, If by RK is long lasting on the skin, we generally get around 6–8 hours.
We love the sweetness and sentiment of this poem Rudyard Kipling wrote for his son in 1910, and feel like this fragrance captures the poem and that time in India perfectly. A complex scent that at times seems gentle and other times more brash, a scent of contrasts. We love this fusion of gourmand aromatics in If - the Fig creates a gorgeous creaminess against the backdrop of spices and woody tones.
About the brand
As one of the oldest family owned businesses still operating, the Frapin family have been renowned vine growers for 21 generations. One of the finest cognac producers in the world, Frapin’s style embodies the very essence of cognac—knowledge and well-established methods passed down through generations of the Frapin family. Frapin’s fragrances are lovingly produced on a small batch scale to preserve their outstanding quality. Much like the production of Frapin’s cognac, their perfume line is a composition of their knowledge; their passion for quality ingredients, taking time to develop finely honed skills. Sourcing and selecting the most beautiful raw ingredients, taking the time to showcase sophisticated and complex fragrant compositions and honouring traditions. As Frapin believe, the “quintessence of luxury is taking time to create beauty”.