Indie Fragrance Model Highlight: Frater Perfumes

Every week in Indie Fragrance Model Highlight, we query completely different manufacturers to search out out extra about their model and the folks behind it. This time we query Jamie Frater from Frater Perfumes.

About You​

Inform us who you might be?

I’m Jamie Frater, founder, artistic director and chief perfumer of Frater Perfumes. I used to be born in New Zealand (Wellington to be exact — the capital metropolis) in 1974 on the very day the sitting prime minister Norman Kirk died! I used to be raised in a Catholic household with 5 youngsters of which I used to be the youngest. Our ages spanned sixteen years so I had a considerably eccentric upbringing as my dad and mom strongly promoted individualism and every of my siblings had sturdy characters. We’re a really close-knit and loving household.

How did you get into the fragrance trade?

Historical past. When performing some analysis for an article for my web site, I stumbled upon a quote which went one thing like this: “[a]ll Paris smells of L’Origan”. It was an early twentieth century newspaper article about life in France. I acquired curious and sought out a bottle on eBay. Every week later it arrived and as I opened the field the scent of the perfume hit me as a result of it had leaked barely. I had an epiphany. I used to be smelling flowers that had lived 100 years earlier, flowers that lived earlier than the world wars, earlier than the artwork deco period, earlier than most of what we contemplate “trendy” society existed! I needed to know the way a factor of such magnificence was made. I wanted to achieve throughout the century and contact the hand of the genius who had conceived the fantastic liquid of which I used to be now in possession. Thus started my descent into the bottomless rabbit gap that’s the historical past of scent and the making of fragrance. I’m nonetheless falling… and loving each minute of it.

What was the primary fragrance you ever bought?

My love of fragrance historical past was apparent from an early age, as a result of my first buy was the unique 1976 Gucci Pour Homme, a gents’s chypre by Man Robert. It was 1993, I used to be eighteen years previous, and I purchased it at a pharmacy. It was already thought-about old style so it was relegated to the deep low cost shelf in the back of the store. It didn’t match my outsized ‘90s denim denims however I liked it. I nonetheless personal and sometimes put on a bottle of it regardless of the ravages of age on its valuable liquid which, alas, have additionally me!

What’s your favorite meal?

I’m a person who likes fidelity. I take heed to the identical album on repeat for months on finish. I watch an episode of The Andy Griffith Present each day, and once I run out of episodes I begin again on the first. The identical is true with meals. Each morning I’m going to the identical native cafe and order the identical meal: one lengthy black (a watery double-espresso widespread in New Zealand) and one bagel with halloumi, bacon, tomato and basil pesto.

The place is your favorite place?

My favorite place is dwelling. I dwell in the identical home that my late-parents purchased earlier than I used to be born. I used to be raised in that home, and whereas I later moved out and lived in London, it’s the place I got here again to upon their deaths. It has ample room for me to maintain a fragrance laboratory for experimentation, a big out of doors space for the gorgeous summers we now have right here in New Zealand which fits my companion who’s a tennis fanatic, and room for our intensive library and assortment of historic oddities and artefacts.

Do you will have an fascinating get together trick or any hidden abilities?

I’m an extremely good whistler. If there have been an orchestra for whistling, I’d be the equal of the primary violinist. I whistle whereas I work, I whistle whereas I play. I whistle ceaselessly — besides when there are folks (aside from household) round. For some time I used to be an expert opera singer, so music is unquestionably in my blood, however opera took loads of arduous work whereas whistling simply occurs spontaneously. My father was the identical: in his lab at work the place he developed paints, he was generally known as “the whistler”.

Who would play you in a movie of your life?

I’d play myself; it might give me an opportunity to be taught one thing new — how you can act! However I’d solely do it if I have been additionally the director and costume designer, set designer, rating composer, and so on. I’m a holistic control-freak: I have to be in control of the entire thing. On the constructive aspect, if the movie flopped I’d solely have myself guilty!


About your Model​

Describe your model in a single sentence
No-expense-spared trendy fragrances constructed on a classical luxurious basis.

The place does the title of your model come from?

It’s my surname. My ancestors arrived in New Zealand from Kent in England 180 years in the past, simply after the nation was based, and we now have been right here since. As a New Zealand model that’s 100% made regionally, it appeared applicable to place my household title on it. The title is pronounced /ˈfreɪ tə/ and in Latin it means brother.

Who’re your perfumes for?

With a startup line of twelve fragrances, there’s something for everybody, however as artistic director of the model (and perfumer) I deal with magnificence over novelty. I search to embrace the perfect of the previous and merge it with one of the best of now. Our patrons are the individuals who (like our perfumes) stand out within the crowd resulting from their beautiful sense of fashion. Assured women and men. Daring women and men. Women and men who know what they need and have the braveness to take it or make it.

Inform us about your newest fragrance.

My most just lately accomplished fragrance is an oriental known as Abydos and it’ll be becoming a member of the Frater vary in 2023. It’s constructed round an overdose of a Fraterworks base known as Ambre Royal, a beautiful trendy amber base with erogenous florals and resins. It’s blended with an overdose of golden labdanum and the dear (and uncommon) angelica glauca oil — wildcrafted. It’s impressed by my fascination with Historical Egyptian funerary customs and temple life.

Fraterworks ( is a subsidiary model of Frater Perfumes promoting beautiful bases and colors to the fragrance trade. We promote well-known historic bases, scientific reproductions of important oils and absolutes, and fantasy bases showcasing ultra-modern discoveries in aroma science.

If somebody needed to strive your fragrances, which one would you advocate they fight first and why?

Cherry Pop. Past a doubt. Even individuals who usually dislike cherry scents or gourmand fragrances adore it. To make Cherry Pop I mixed the perfect of radiant trendy molecules with classical bases and enriched all of it with Mysore sandalwood, madagascan vanilla absolute, iris butter and extra.

Cherry Pop is universally adored, from my teenaged niece and her complete highschool class who’re begging their dad and mom for a bottle for Christmas to elegant girls who lunch. And the boys are loopy for it too — it’s unisex in any case!

Cherry Pop has additionally been chosen as a part of the prize pool in New Zealand’s premiere televised showjumping occasion in 2023.

My final phrase on Cherry Pop is from one other’s mouth: one of many reviewers on who stated: “It is making me really feel issues that I should not be feeling proper now”.

What challenges do you need to overcome in your model?

In 2022 the reply appears apparent: international transport of uncooked supplies. With delays of as much as six months we now have to plan very rigorously to make sure we’re absolutely stocked on uncooked supplies. For us meaning glass bottles, important oils and absolutes, and even the luxurious paper we use for our stationery.

Happily the cargo of perfumes to our prospects is just not a problem as they’re despatched by air. Although we’re based mostly in New Zealand, it often takes lower than 5 days to get a bottle of fragrance to the USA (we provide free transport to your complete world).

What is exclusive about your model?

The usage of classical strategies and historic bases in a totally trendy context. We use the best meals grade ethanol and all of our supplies (together with glass and packaging) come from heritage and household operated firms. Our perfumes are 100% made in New Zealand from formulating and compounding, to conditioning, macerating and bottling.

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