It is to François Rabelais, the most illustrious member of the dynasty, that the house of Frapin has dedicated L’Humaniste. A shot of gin laced with citrus, spices and herbs anchored by soft tonka bean makes it as bracing and limpid as the curious, open minds of Renaissance men.
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It is in the Renaissance that perfume became an art in France. And when François Rabelais imagined the Abbey of Thelema as a utopian centre of humanist culture, he included the use of the most delicate fragrances.
The scent opens with a soaring burst of citrus vibrant with cardamom, nutmeg, black and pink pepper… Its playful ‘gin’ accord is a wink to Rabelais’ ‘oracle of the Divine Bottle’. Bolstered by juniper and thyme, it tilts L’Humanist towards a distinctly masculine register, softened by a green, rosy peony in the heart notes, and by the almond, tobacco and hay facets of tonka bean in the base notes.