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 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.