I have been working up to this perfume for some time. Tuberose – a note previously shunned has made itself a comfortable spot in my heart by now, by way of several beautiful perfumes, like Mona di Orio Tubéreuse, Aftelier Cepes&Tuberose and By Kilian Beyond Love.
But in my mind the one tuberose to beat them all (that does not include Serge Lutens Tubéreuse Criminelle, which is just not on my wishlist and probably won’t be any time soon), was Carnal Flower by Dominic Ropion for Frederic Malle. Reportedly including the highest dosage of tuberose ever included in a perfume, it has always made me curious, but also not a little afraid to try it.
The name of this perfume contributed to my being afraid of it, but I must say, to me Carnal Flower is not very carnal at all. It stays firmly in a delightfully naturalistic floral arena that is beautiful and highly wearable for me, but does not conjure up any kind of carnal associations. (Any psychological discussion of possible blind spots on my side, is obviously verboten. 😉 )
I had a very wrong impression of Carnal Flower. There was no need to be afraid, it is a very wearable, elegant, beautiful and almost understated floral. It evokes feelings of well being and contentment in me. Tuberose has this knack of seeming like internal sunshine to me. As soon as I wear Carnal Flower it is as if a lamp has been switched on inside.
The opening is strong and sillage above average, but Carnal Flower calms considerably after the first half hour and then starts to be really enjoyable for me. Longevity is excellent.
I feel lush and pretty, very feminine and somehow “round” as in complete, when I wear it. Carnal Flower gives me a glow. Sounds cheesy, probably is, but that is how it feels. You can always try it for yourself…