Product Type: Robert Piguet fragrances
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The benchmark of tuberose fragrances
Robert Piguet Fracas Eau de Parfum
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Robert Piguet Fracas Eau de Parfum
Advantages: the leading tuberose scent; unique; sensuous; delicious
Disadvantages: may be just too heavy for some
ANOTE ABOUT TUBEROSE: Apparently tuberose (a night-blooming plant, native to Mexico) is quite a bugger for perfumers to master. Generally used as a middle note in perfumes, it's a STRONG scent with nothing subtle about it. Personally, I love the scent but I will also acknowledge that in the wrong hands, it can be overpowering. And, even when delivered with the panache of Fracas, some people just won't like it. If you're into very light scents - soft floral or citrus notes - then Fracas won't be for you. However, if you love a perfume with a bit of oomph to it - a deep, sexy, feminine, sophisticated scent - this is worth a go.
It's difficult to compare it to any other fragrance but if you're fond of scents such as Estee Lauder Private Collection (Tuberose); Dior Poison; Giorgio; Gio; Tuberose by Floris; Givenchy Amarige etc, then you could well love this. Note, it's not at all like any of the above fragrances (any more than Amarige smells the same as Private Collection) - but all of them are, admittedly, deep, powerful scents.
THE COMPONENTS OF FRACAS: 'Top Notes: Bergamot, Mandarin, Hyacinth, Green notes
Middle Notes: Tuberose, Jasmine, Orange Flower, Lily of the valley, White iris, Violet, Jonquil, Carnation,Coriander, Peach, Osmanthus, Pink geranium
Base Notes: Musk, Cedar, Moss, Sandalwood, Orris, Vetiver, Tolu balsam'.
PRICE: It's not cheap at around £82 for 100ml or £65 for 50ml. However, a little goes a long way. It's worth shopping around online because good deals do come up. If you're wondering whether this perfume is for you and don't want to invest so much into something you may not like, the body lotion is considerably cheaper and a very good representation of the perfume. I say this, because you're unlikely to get a chance to spray a little on you next time you're in Boots or even a department store - as far as I'm aware, it's not available in the shops. I think Harrods may stock it, but that's about it.
PACKAGING: The packaging itself is totally underwhelming. It's a rectangular black bottle with a black top and a black label with white font and a pink border. Honestly, nothing to get excited about. But perhaps a perfume that is so intriguing and sexy doesn't need the bells and whistles of fancy packaging. It sits there, dark and mysterious - confident of its own power. It's the type of bottle, if you were browsing in a perfumery, that you could easily overlook - but then again, can't that also be said of many things that have hidden depths that aren't immediately apparent!
MY VIEW: Fracas first came to my attention when I read that Kelly Brook had complimented Madonna on the scent she was wearing. It was Fracas. Kelly loved it so much that she instantly went out and bought some. Now, the fact Kelly Brook and Madonna wear this fragrance might put some people off immediately. My view, however, was that if it was unique enough and good enough for Madge, then it was worth investigatin. When I read up on it, and discovered it was a tuberose-based scent, I actually bought it blind (a body lotion and perfume gift set). I wasn't disappointed. From the first spray I fell in love with Fracas. And I also enjoyed the fact that it's not a perfume everyone else will be wearing. It's still a sort of well-kept secret (even if Kelly Brook let the cat out of the bag a bit!). However, I have never smelled this perfume on anyone else.
Yes, it is most definitely a tuberose-based scent! And, for me, it totally delivers in that respect. But it's not a cloying, heady tuberose (as many can be). Underneath the sophisticated middle notes, there's a lighter, fresher tone - a burst of peach and orange blossom which lingers and is never beaten into submission by the tuberose. This, to my mind, is the genius of Fracas - what could be a very sickly, overwhelming scent is saved from being so by a surprising lightness. It's a perfume I never get bored of because, as you move, different notes hit you. Occasionally I get a whiff of what I can only describe as a grape-like scent - totally scrumptious and delicious. Sometimes I forget I'm wearing it and I'll suddenly get a fresh blast of it and, for a moment, think, 'What a fantastic smell' - until I remember it's the Fracas!
CONCLUSION: for me, it was worth the expense of buying Fraces blind. But perfume is such a subjective thing it's always difficult to endorse 100%, just in case it's another person's idea of Hell (I can't stand Estee Lauder's Youth Dew for example). All I will say is that if you do give Fracas a try, I very much doubt anyone would think you smelled bad - on the contrary, you're far more likely to receive compliments and questions about what you're wearing. Just like Madge did!
Summary: If you love tuberose, it's worth a go
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