Speakeasy 2012

Speakeasy by Frapin
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Speakeasy is a perfume by Frapin for women and men and was released in 2012. The scent is spicy-sweet. It is still available to purchase. Pronunciation
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Main accords

Spicy
Sweet
Woody
Fruity
Resinous

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes DavanaDavana LimeLime OrangeOrange RumRum
Heart Notes Heart Notes GeraniumGeranium MintMint
Base Notes Base Notes LabdanumLabdanum Liatris spicataLiatris spicata Everlasting flowerEverlasting flower StyraxStyrax TobaccoTobacco Tonka beanTonka bean White muskWhite musk CistusCistus

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Ratings
Scent
7.292 Ratings
Longevity
6.770 Ratings
Sillage
6.072 Ratings
Bottle
8.070 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 12.12.2022.
Interesting Facts
A speakeasy is an establishment that illegally sells alcoholic beverages, prominently during the time of the alcohol prohibition in the USA.
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Intersport
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Intersport
Intersport
Helpful Review 9  
Polish hall of mirrors
Gentilhommes's anthropological Frapin excursions in the TEE Rheingold and here in the Cologne of the 70s are excellent framings, I listen to Europe Endless and see a perfume in the kaleidoscopic hall of mirrors that immediately starts highly atmospheric. Pressed sugar cane, not further defined or already identifiable as a concrete spirit, but certainly stored as a precaution in wood that has also seen other things. Amarena cherries, morello cherry, ginjinha, plus citrus. An orange from Azemour? A shrub of mint with yuzu zest, with tobacco leaves and helichrysium from Bengal? Admittedly, I came across Speakeasy through the perfumer in charge, and the further he delves into specialized miniature studies of mastic, ambrette, Corsican spirits and weeds, the more clearly the commissions outside his own brand seem like near-classic perfumes (cf. chez La Parfumerie Moderne). Speakeasy plays in yet another category and opens in impressionistic atmospheres. A component of this climate is the wood polish note also mentioned above. Luxurious wood polish, of course, aged in cognac barrels for at least 15 years, a thing that, when arranged so consistently, can be quite beguilingly befuddling. Floor wax and wood polish haven't yet established themselves as a category of their own, but a handful of names come to mind off the top of my head: Chêne, Bois D'Ombrie, 1740, Faune... is it the booze + immortelle connection? Back to Speakeasy. The climate becomes more complex, joined again and again by swathes of classic perfumes - muted, perceived through the wall, tropically filtered. A splash of Opium, a dab of KL, even KL Homme or Chloe? All somehow hallucinatory tangible and instantly atomized back into the molecular. Despite all these pragmatic and partly heavy-weight references, the perfume remains light and refreshingly tipsy thanks to the mint-citrus and marginal geranium combo. After about three hours, the corticchiato twist: tobacco and immortelle, which has kept a very low profile until now, introduce a drydown that leaves almost nothing of the associative prelude and turns out balsamic-waxy, tonka-touched and discreetly quiet. The mix of initially delicious eccentricity, spherical reference smorgasbord and clever shift to discretion in the finish make Speakeasy stand out. I don't know any other perfumes from the series, but I like to speculate that this could be one of Frapins' best drops.
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5
Bottle
2.5
Sillage
5
Longevity
5
Scent
Drseid

818 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
Helpful Review 5  
With a Fragrance Called "Speakeasy" You Would Expect More Risk...
Speakeasy opens for business with a rum-laced tropical fruit punch accord and a twist of lime over an underlying soft mint. During the heart phase, powdery suede leather emerges with the powder most likely derived from the liberal use of benzoin. Mixing with the powdered leather during the dry-down are the remnants of the booze-laced fruity open, now joined late by non-animalic white musk and slightly sweet tonka bean rising from the base. Projection is minimal and longevity is average.

The official list of notes for Speakeasy is quite long and interesting, but I confess they are either well-blended or nonexistent as I could not detect most of them. For all its laundry list of notes, Speakeasy really smells like tropical rum fruit punch over powdery soft suede. It is a relatively subtle scent on the whole that unlike fragrances like the disappointing Enchanted Forest that are much more innovative but polarizing using a similar theme, Speakeasy really is more wearable and safe. Wearable it is, but uninspired about sums up my opinion of the scent. The bottom line is Speakeasy can get people to enter its doors with an average 2.5 stars out of 5 rating, but it will have a much harder time convincing folks to continue to imbibe as there is nothing "illegal or illicit" in this club.
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Dulcemio

34 Reviews
Dulcemio
Dulcemio
4  
oriental of the light and airy variety (finally!)
I seem to be on an eternal, frustrated quest for an oriental that is rich and luscious, and yet light and airy enough for warm weather.

I am pleased to say that Speakeasy seems to be, in fact, one of those elusive fragrances.

I was skeptical about the citrus, white musk and mint notes, as they often signify, within a unisex frag, a masculine freshness of which I am not a fan.

As it turns out, Speakeasy judiciously uses these very notes to take the sweet, oriental earthiness I crave and make it warm weather-friendly.

Never has the phrase, "Less is more" been more fitting.
2 Replies
6
Bottle
8
Sillage
7
Longevity
7
Scent
K1

121 Reviews
K1
K1
0  
Twisty tobacco - warm boozy - ambergris
Frapin's olfactive portfolio is a Jumanji, full of exotic things barely presented before. And Speakeasy is one of the most peculiar ones made by a nose who knows how to turn smells to fluent stories.

Opens with an inexpressible powdery boozy air mingled with fizzy citrus and minty geranium. The base, on the other hand, is structured around balmy powdery ambergris which reminds me femme fatal Ambre Gris by Balmain in a more pronounced facet and more powdery and less warm render. I expected more tenacity and projection but when I imagine how alerting it could be with greater power, I say ok it's quite enough, therefore 3/5 yet, it is complex to the point that I'm not satisfied by my review.
0 Replies
7
Bottle
5
Sillage
6
Longevity
7.5
Scent
Emorandeira

372 Reviews
Emorandeira
Emorandeira
0  
Speakeasy... Easy to wear and to forget...
I have recived a sample of this perfume through yuniqu and i am testing It today. The perfume is nice but for me nothing special. The opening is nice with the rum and the tobacco, i think a bit more masculine maybe with the mix of leather. But the dry down is very common, i have smelt It lot if times before... Maybe bit the same but similar. There are, for sxample, lot of nishane's perfumes with a similar dry down, or even paloma y raíces by homoelegance. I expected something stronger, darker and more intense. But as ive said is nice, so i am going to wear It with no problems. The biggwst issue i find is with the performance. The longevity is too low for being an eau de parfum and the sillage is weak too. I think this could be a good option for daily use or as Office scent as It is not intrusive at all.

Scent: 7.5
Longevity: 6
Sillage: 5
Quality/price: 4.5
Versatility: 8
Originality: 5
Global: 6.5
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EmorandeiraEmorandeira 3 years ago
7
Bottle
5
Sillage
6
Longevity
7.5
Scent
Nice and easywearing perfume with rum, tobacco, tonka and a mix of resins. The smell is good but something smelt before and performance weak
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ItchynoseItchynose 4 years ago
7
Scent
Soft, sweet, spicy, sensual and slightly feminine mix of davana, geranium and tobacco. Powdery and soapy on the drydown.
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