What exactly is "frangipani"? In this article, we explain where this popular fragrance ingredient comes from, what it smells like and we share actual perfumes that contain frangipani.
Frangipani is a fragrant flowering tree, also known as plumeria. The oil of the colorful flower, also known as the Hawaiian Lei flower, has been used in perfumery since the sixteenth century, usually as a top or heart note.
Where It's Found
The frangipani tree (Plumeria Rubra) is native to warm tropical areas of the Pacific Islands, Caribbean, South America and Mexico.
What It Smells Like
The oil of the frangipani flower has a complex, lush, rich floral fragrance. The flowers have been widely hybridized for cultivation, and there are many varieties available, each with its own unique flower and fragrance. Frangipani flowers may smell like roses, gardenias, pineapple, plum, citrus, ripe banana, grapes, coconut, ginger, candy, and spices.
Other Uses of Frangipani
Frangipani is a common ingredient in many fragranced soaps, candles, massage oils, and potpourris. The flowers of the plant are also considered sacred in certain tropical nations such as Bali and India, where they are used in religious ceremonies.
Frangipani Fragrances to Try
Some perfumes for women that feature frangipani in their composition include zar Femme by Christian Lacroix, Coco by Chanel, Beige by Chanel, Harajuku Lovers Wicked Style - Baby by Gwen Stefani, L.A.M.B by Gwen Stefani, Bora Bora for Women by by Liz Claiborne, Coral Flower by Lolita Lempicka, Flora Bella by Lalique, Frangipani Absolute by Ormonde Jayne, Heroine by Strange Invisible Perfumes, Jovan Satisfaction for Her, Kenzo Amour Florale, L'Air du Printemps by Nina Ricci, Love by Nina by Nina Ricci, Momoberry by Sanrio, Paris Hilton Passport: South Beach, Mahora by Guerlain, and Versace Woman by Versace.