Indie Fragrance Model Highlight: Frater Perfumes

Every week in Indie Fragrance Model Highlight, we query totally different manufacturers to seek out out extra about their model and the individuals 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 think about “fashionable” society existed! I needed to know the way a factor of such magnificence was made. I wanted to succeed in throughout the century and contact the hand of the genius who had conceived the great 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 school so it was relegated to the deep low cost shelf behind the store. It didn’t match my outsized ‘90s denim denims however I cherished it. I nonetheless personal and sometimes put on a bottle of it regardless of the ravages of age on its treasured liquid which, alas, have additionally bothered me!

What’s your favorite meal?

I’m a person who likes fidelity. I hearken to the identical album on repeat for months on finish. I watch an episode of The Andy Griffith Present every single day, and after I run out of episodes I begin again on the first. The identical is true with meals. Each morning I am 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 residence. 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’ve got right here in New Zealand which fits my companion who’s a tennis fanatic, and room for our in depth library and assortment of historic oddities and artefacts.

Do you’ve gotten an attention-grabbing celebration trick or any hidden skills?

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 individuals (other than household) round. For some time I used to be knowledgeable opera singer, so music is certainly in my blood, however opera took lots of exhausting work whereas whistling simply occurs spontaneously. My father was the identical: in his lab at work the place he developed paints, he was referred to as “the whistler”.

Who would play you in a movie of your life?

I’d play myself; it will give me an opportunity to be taught one thing new — the way to 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 command of the entire thing. On the optimistic facet, if the movie flopped I’d solely have myself accountable!


About your Model​

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

The place does the identify 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’ve got been right here since. As a New Zealand model that’s 100% made regionally, it appeared applicable to place my household identify on it. The identify 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 give attention to magnificence over novelty. I search to embrace the perfect of the previous and merge it with the very best of now. Our patrons are the individuals who (like our perfumes) stand out within the crowd attributable to their beautiful sense of favor. 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 stunning fashionable 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 Historic Egyptian funerary customs and temple life.

Fraterworks ( is a subsidiary model of Frater Perfumes promoting beautiful bases and hues 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 attempt your fragrances, which one would you suggest they fight first and why?

Cherry Pop. Past a doubt. Even individuals who usually dislike cherry scents or gourmand fragrances like it. To make Cherry Pop I mixed the perfect of radiant fashionable 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 whole 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 spite of everything!

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 wish to overcome on your model?

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

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

What is exclusive about your model?

The usage of classical strategies and historic bases in a completely fashionable 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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