Erik Kormann Eau de Frohliche ~ fragrance review


Over the past several weeks, I’ve needed some “merry water,” and when I saw a bottle of Erik Kormann Eau de Fröhliche (fröhliche is German for “merry”), I smiled: the bottle features an image of one of the merriest creatures on earth — a pug.

Kormann is owner of a soap shop in Berlin (1000 & 1 Seife) and Eau de Fröhliche is his first fragrance. Eau de Fröhliche’s featured aroma is frankincense, but frankincense presented in a way that’s new to me, and unexpectedly fun. (I don’t know about you, but when I smell frankincense I rarely feel “lighthearted.”)

Apart from frankincense, Eau de Fröhliche contains raspberry and other fruit notes, cardamom, iris, dark chocolate, vanilla/tonka, tolu balsam, patchouli and rosewood. Prop up your feet and relax: Eau de Fröhliche takes its time in segueing from one phase of development to the next.

Eau de Fröhliche begins sweet, with the scents of a chocolate shop (imagine the aroma of dark chocolates filled with lemon cream and raspberry jam). The fragrance takes its time in shedding the sweet-shop vibe, but slowly I detect a touch of spice and a hazy and sheer wood note.

In mid-development, “smoke” (from a nearby roaring fireplace?) infiltrates the candy shop and mixes with Eau de Fröhliche’s sugary chocolates and raspberries (an “energetic” scent mixture). From smoke, the fragrance proceeds to its main ingredient: rich frankincense.

Eau de Fröhliche’s incense base is vibrant and dark: a great blend of resinous pine-fir aromas, benzoin smoke/ash, and background notes of tonka, chocolate and raspberry. Eau de Fröhliche “burns” and becomes more incense-y as it wears on skin, and it ends with a smoky-but-smooth, almost talc-y character. Eau de Fröhliche is a great and happy ”holiday” frankincense perfume without the usual  ”church” associations.

I never thought I’d like frankincense mixed with chocolate and fruit, but it works. Now, if I could only get another PUG in my life, I might be really merry.

Erik Kormann Eau de Fröhliche

Erik Kormann Eau de Fröhliche has excellent lasting power and sillage and is available in 50/100 ml Eau de Parfum, €65/130.  Eau de Fröhliche is sold online at First-in-Fragrance (Germany).

Note: top image of pugs [altered], via Wikimedia Commons.

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    I love the name! It’s a play on the title of what is probably the most beloved Christmas song in Germany: O Du Froehliche:

    • Kevin says:

      Elizabeth: good to know! Thanks.

    • Rappleyea says:

      Thanks for the link, E.! Beautiful!

  2. Rappleyea says:

    A particularly timely review -thanks! This sounds like one that I really want to sample – mainly because I can’t imagine that combination of scents. I’ve been wearing SSS Incense Pure quite a lot lately. That one is much more peaceful and restful than merry!

    • Kevin says:

      Rappleyea: I’m tempted to buy a bottle for fear it will disappear after the holidays/winter.

  3. Angela says:

    Your review makes this one sound tantalizing, but what I really wanted to say is: What Amazingly Darling Pugs! There’s nothing like picking up a pug and giving him a gentle squeeze and smelling that wonderful puggy smell.

    • Kevin says:

      Angela: I know…wish I had one to hug and squeeze now. Seattle streets are full of jaunty pugs though….

      • LaMaroc says:

        You are so right, Kevin. I remember meeting a particularly jocular one at the Bartell Drugs on Lower Queen Anne. His name was Bosley. :)

        • Kevin says:

          LaMaroc: I think I’ve met Bosley! HAHAHA! (Or maybe there are just LOTS of “Bosleys” in town?)

          • LaMaroc says:

            I wouldn’t be surprised, actually. lol Bosley is a great name for a pug, but he’s the only one I’ve met so far with that moniker.

  4. Tara says:


    Where did you get a sample? I have been searching. Thanks


    • Kevin says:

      Tara: First-in-Fragrance.

  5. azil627 says:

    I am really excited about this fragrance. I love the play on the name and the the frankincense has a new twist. Delightful! I must look into it.

  6. Omega says:

    I love pugs, they are one of my favorite dogs. Little squished up faces and that curly tail..just so adorable. I had a neighbor who had a pug and it was the cutest thing, it loved playing with this stuffed animal that was at least twice the size of the dog. It was this really big stuffed bear..too cute. Don’t think I’ve met a mean pug. I love them!

    I’d love to try a sample of this fume as well:).

    • Kevin says:

      Omega…hoping a US distributor will pick it up.

  7. Tama says:

    Gotta love a pug.

    I am loving the sound of this scent but am trying not to pay too much attention, since my chances of coming across it are rather small. Nice review, though!

    • Kevin says:

      Tama: I know…a shame it’s such an “ordeal” to get a sample. (Though FiF ships quickly)

  8. lilydale aka Natalie says:

    I love the idea of a fun twist on frankincense, but that raspberry has me leery. Pugs, however… oh, pugs! I’m not even a dog person, but I adore ’em. Their little faces always seem so… concerned.

    • Kevin says:

      Lilydale: concerned one minute…fiddle-dee-dee the next! HA! The raspberry jam note is LIVELY…not “simmering” in case that makes a difference to you.

  9. Aparatchick says:

    Those notes sound so interesting! Perhaps they’ll have US distribution some time?

    • Kevin says:

      Aparatchick: hope so

  10. nozknoz says:

    Oh, best bottle of the year – and among the most intriguing notes, as well!

    • Kevin says:

      Noz: I had to smell it when I saw the bottle AND the quirky notes.

  11. Alyssa says:

    You have me interested, Kevin, and I especially love the description of the drydown. I love pugs, too, but I like them even better a little diluted. One of the best and sweetest dogs I ever had was a pug/dachsund mix. She had the enormous Peter Lorre eyes, but no squooshed face (and so no breathing problems), just a shortened snout that made her look perenially like a puppy. I’ve never been able to find her like again.

    • Kevin says:

      Alyssa: I bet…that’s an unusual mix.

  12. Flora says:

    This just sounds so delightful and different! I am all about the frankincense, so I hope I get to try it soon.

  13. donanicola says:

    Sorry Kevin but I nearly didn’t bother reading this – but I’m so glad I did – what a joy! Love your choice of images for the review but mainly I am intrigued by the scent. I like a good raspberry note (TF Tuscan Leather!) and the idea that incense can be lighthearted seals the deal for me. Will investigate further, thank you…

    • Kevin says:

      Donanicola: hope you like it…the scent of raspberry has grown on me this year….

  14. anna says:

    What an interesting and enjoyable post as always, Kevin.
    Sounds like a lovely perfume to wear right now.

    • Kevin says:

      Anna: thanks, the weather here is Seattle IS nice and cold and FOGGY…perfect frankincense weather.

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