Smothering mega flower in salad dressing – I believe something along those lines was my first inofficial review of this tuberose classic, a few years ago.
The tuberose that all others are compared to, the ultimate diva of fragrances, Fracas leaves an impression on everybody. I believe nobody at all who smells it, stays unaffected in one way or another. Because, love it or hate it, you definitely notice Fracas.
Fracas was created by Germaine Cellier in 1948 and includes notes of bergamot, orange blossom, greens, peach, tuberose, jasmine, violet, iris, lily of the valley, carnation, sandalwood, musk, oakmoss, and cedar.
Fracas is a perfume that says Look at me! like no other and it gets the attention it demands. One would be hard-pressed to ignore it and Fracas and /or its wearer can be bothersome. But this intrusiveness aside (ha, as if!), Fracas is a beauty, a loud, demanding and egotistical beauty, but still…
I usually apply the tiniest drop of the extrait on the back of my hand and this can be considered a full wearing, because Fracas does not joke around. You want to wear it? You will wear it for the rest of the week and your neighbors will know too.
Fracas works best from a distance. When I sit and tap at my keyboard, what wafts up to my nose from that tiny dab is gorgeous. A hot-pink hued bouquet of tuberose with hints of greenery and a fruity-bubblegum-y smile.
Go closer and the headache sets in. When I smell my hand up close, I get harsh carnation and orange blossom, soapy and spicy, a loud and screechy diva, more Joan Collins in Dynasty than Maria Callas on the stage.
I will never be the woman to carry of such a perfume. I get self-conscious and afraid to bother others even when wearing that tiny dab. A 30ml extrait bottle would be a lifetime investment. (One I’m not about to make in the foreseeable future.)
But I can appreciate the artistry of Fracas, the sheer grandeur and scope, the power it holds and bestows on its wearer.
I appreciate it and I even admire it. I heed her imperative to “Look at me!”, I do.
But I do it from a safe distance, I admire Fracas from afar.