Fragrance Republic is a new annual perfume club. Each month a new perfume is created by a classically trained perfumer. Many of the perfumers already have a few hits on their CV.
There are three levels of membership:
Freepeople – You can purchase the 15 ml bottles of perfume for $45 This is a free membership. With this membership you have the option to purchase only what appeals to you.
Patrician – This is like a subscription program. You pay $350 a year which is about $29 a month for the 15 ml bottle. You also receive discounts on purchases of larger bottles of the featured fragrances.
Senator – This buys you a spot on the advisory board and you can write perfume briefs. It also has all of the benefits of the Patrician membership. It’s $1500 a year.
I’ve tried two of the six perfumes launched by Fragrance Republic.
no. 2 by Julie Massé
Contains notes of rose absolute, tuberose absolute and cocoa resinoide.
Massé’s previous work includes Guerlain Terracotta.
The goal with No.2 was to great an “ethereal” tuberose, a light tuberose without intense headiness.
No. 2 is a sheer, light tuberose. So, I would say that Massé met her goal. This is a clean, veil of a tuberose. It’s the least “heavy” white floral that I’ve ever worn. With time the sheer, dewy rose petals open. The cocoa doesn’t add any sweetness. Instead it adds a green, almost “leafy” bitterness. If No. 2 were a color, it would be a shade of pastel blush pink.
I would say you would like this if you like sheer, feminine florals or perfumes like Lili Bermuda Petals, Penhaligon’s Ellenisia, Costume National So Nude and/or Arquiste Flor y Canto. I think this would be a great spring or summer fragrance. Or even a nice traditional bridal fragrance.
no. 3 by Cécile Matton
Contains notes of gurjum, mojito accord with rhum pure jungle essence, mint and lemon.
No. 3 is inspired by a mojitos. It opens as almost evergreen balsamic with mint and lime. It’s sheer like a Caribbean breeze. It’s a “mojito woods” fragrance. After wearing it, I’ve decided a need a tropical vacation STAT.
Overall, I like both of the perfumes that I’ve tried. The style of both of them are “sheer”, think in the style of Hermès or even Jo Malone London. Projection and longevity are more similar to that of an EDT. Both perfumes I tried are very “day friendly”. But, that may be the featured perfumers style/signature.
You won’t smell like “everyone else”. These perfumes are super exclusive.
Get out of a rut. Try something new. For people like me, I find myself only sampling certain things. With a program like this, I’m forced out of my comfort zone. For example, who knew I’d love a mojito perfume so much?
The participating perfumers are excellent perfumers. You’re getting exclusive perfumes from perfumers like Antoine Lie (Tom Ford Violet Blonde, Etat Libre d’Orange Secretions Magnifiques) and Karine Chevallier (Nez à Nez, L’Artisan Parfumeur Oranger en Fleurs).
If you live in NYC, there are tons of scent events like launches, discussions and classes associated with Fragrance Republic.
It’s not cheap. It’s $45 or $39 for 1/2 oz. You could save your money and drop $350 on perfumes that you know that you like.
You may not like what you buy since you’re purchasing unsniffed.
All of the events associated with Fragrance Republic are NYC-centric.
Even if you aren’t interested in a perfume “club”, the Fragrance Republic site is worth checking out. There are interviews with the perfumers that are interesting (or at least I find them interesting).
I think this is a really great idea and I can’t wait to see where Fragrance Republic goes in 2014. For people like me, this club is appealing. These are new compositions free of “branding”. I feel like the perfumers get more freedom because of how this is set-up. Sampling programs like Olfactif are excellent but I also find that I’ve tried 90% of the perfumes in those monthly sets. The Fragrance Republic perfumes are new. I know that I’ve never tried them before.
More info at Fragrance Republic.