It’s just a stroke of luck that from a new launch of five colognes from Roger & Gallet I get sent the one by a parfumier who also loves Jean Marie Farina – Mr BBB’s favourite cologne and the scent that embodies Roger & Gallet for me as a whole. Roger & Gallet is L’Oreal owned, as is Atelier Cologne, so they seem to have gone big on the cologne trend which seems to be largely bypassed by everyone else. For the Extrait collection, the price has been pushed up so for 30ml Cassis Frenesie is £30, 100ml £55 and 500ml £150 whereas a regular R&G Cologne is £39 for 100ml.
This ‘extrait’ is conceived by perfumier, Elise Benat, and it’s very fruity and juicy, bursting with blackcurrant at the start and slowly mellowing down to a rose skin scent. It’s got spicy black pepper which I couldn’t pick up at all and geranium, lavandin, galbanium and buchu (blackcurrent-ish, and the leaves are often used in detox teas). It’s the sort of scent that makes you smile and that you can easily live with all day – if it lasted that long, which it doesn’t! But you don’t need much and maybe it’s not unreasonable to expect to top up a cologne; that’s rather the point of them, to be instant refreshers and fresheners. Napoleon used to drink the original Roger & Gallet eau de cologne (lots of alcohol remember) and I actually had a slug of Jean Marie Farina once.. it was disgusting.
These are certainly worth a spritz if you’re passing Marks & Spencer beauty where you’ll find them. If you love a fresh and fruity scent that’s an easy – and happy – wear, I feel sure you’ll like Cassis Frenesie for being an energising low mood distraction. You can find it HERE.
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