Product Type: Robert Piguet fragrances
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It's floral, it's feminine, it's Fracas!
Robert Piguet Fracas Eau de Parfum
Member Name: pink_glitter
Robert Piguet Fracas Eau de Parfum
Advantages: pleasant enough floral scent, long lasting
Disadvantages: too floral for me, a little old fashioned, expensive and not widely available
I received Robert Piguet's Fracas eau de parfum as a sample, alongside two other Robert Piguet samples. I will admit to never having heard the name and I really didn't know what to expect from either the scent or the brand.
The description of Fracas, from the card that came with it, is 'Tuberose combines with jasmine, gardenia, lily of the valley and iris in a lavish profusion of fragile white flowers.' To be completely truthful, that description does not really appeal to me all that much. I prefer fruity scents, so I would never have been tempted to try this based on the description alone.
Although I do not have the full size, only a sample vial, I should give the bottle a mention. Again, this is not something which would have caught my attention or tempted me to try the fragrance. It is housed in a black bottle with crystal lid and the overall look to me is rather masculine. I prefer something a little more feminine and this bottle is not really my taste.
Top notes of Fracas are bergamot and mandarin. On application I noticed that there was a rather sharp alcohol fragrance which took a little while to dissipate. The initial fragrance reminded me a lot of the Lush Orange Blossom perfume, although more muted. As well as orange blossom there is a sort of grassiness to the scent. I could not really smell mandarin in it at all. My initial thoughts when I first applied this were that it was too floral and I simply didn't like it. It wasn't the sort of thing I would choose to wear myself and it felt rather old fashioned.
The middle (or heart) notes of the fragrance are jasmine, tuberose and gardenia. Once the perfume has settled on my skin, I find the fragrance so much more favourable. The tuberose comes out the most, but there is a faint spiciness to it which I think comes from the jasmine. It's quite feminine and a world away from the overpowering floral fragrance you are met with when the perfume is first applied.
Base notes of Fracas are musk and sandalwood. I don't find this scent to smell musky in the least, but I do notice once the scent is fading there is a rather creamy woodiness about it, yet that hint of tuberose lingers right up until the end, so the fragrance never loses its femininity.
On the whole, I think Fracas is a nice enough scent, but it's certainly not a favourite of mine - although that could just be because I'm not a huge fan of floral fragrances. I have worn this perfume a few times now and my fiancé has commented that he didn't like it, (which is something he normally never dares to do!) so it apparently doesn't get the male vote.
In terms of which age group this would suit, I'm 27 and think this would perhaps be suited to someone older. I feel like it's something my grandmother would like, but I feel it's a bit too floral for me. My mother and aunts are in their fifties and I couldn't imagine them wearing it either. That said, fragrance is a personal thing - if you like it, wear it, don't let my opinion put you off!
I've only ever worn this in the house or to the local shops for a loaf of bread or whatever, it's not one I would consider wearing for work as it's reasonably strong and certainly not one I'd choose on special occasions. I think it's one I'd prefer to wear in the evenings and the floral notes make it quite summery rather than one for colder weather.
The staying power of the fragrance is rather good and it's one that I can actually smell on my skin when I'm wearing. There are so many fragrances that don't seem to last, so this is definitely a positive thing in my opinion.
**Price and Availability**
It seems the fragrance is available in 50ml and 100ml sizes. It does not appear to be very widely available - even online there are limited stockists. In the shops, Selfridges stock it, but I haven't found anywhere else that does. Prices vary depending on where you shop, but some I have found online are below:
50ml - £45.21 FragranceX.com
100ml - £58.13 FragranceX.com / £95.00 Selfridges
As you can see, quite a variation in price there.
If you're a fan of floral fragrance, then you may like this, particularly if you like tuberose and jasmine. Personally, whilst I find this scent to be nice, it's certainly not a favourite and I would not be tempted to buy it in full size as it's not my taste. So, if you like floral fragrances then by all means give this a try, but if you're like me and not keen, then go for something else.
Summary: OK, but not my cup of tea