Beyond Love is Killian Hennessy’s entry in the tuberose sweepstakes, opulent and ostentatious as only tuberose can be. In style it is dense, sweet, unapologetically heady, and hence closer to Fracas and Giorgio than to the more recent Tubéreuse Criminelle or Carnal Flower. The central tuberose accord emphasizes the blossom’s creamy, indulgent, and indolent character, rather than its potential for nocturnal mystery. The accord is just indolic enough to decadent, but not raunchy, sensuous but not debauched.
Beyond Love serves up plenty of tropical fruit with its tuberose, which in concert with the creamy floral texture yields overtones of coconut-banana custard. While indole, aldehydes, and a discreet musk base note ultimately keep it clear of the dessert tray, Beyond Love may just be the sweetest tuberose fragrance I’ve encountered. Its sugar quotient is certainly higher than Fracas, Tubéreuse Criminelle, Carnal Flower, or Amarige. It’s also both linear and staggeringly potent – not a fragrance you’d want to wear if you’re trying to keep a low profile.
If you enjoy a generous helping of fruit and syrup with your florals, Beyond Love could be the tuberose for you. I happen to prefer both the ethereal green radiance of Carnal Flower and the camphoraceous bizarrerie of Tubéreuse Criminelle. Stylistic preferences aside, Beyond Love is a very well-crafted and appropriately luxurious tuberose perfume. The final sticking point for me is that at a mere fraction of the cost, a bottle of Fracas will do roughly the same job. Not that the two are identical, but I do wonder whether any difference in their quality justifies the disparity in price. I suggest you give Fracas a wearing and judge for yourself before shelling out for Beyond Love.
Tuberose-a-go-go with bells on.
The opening takes a short while to settle – there are puffs of green to give space to the white floral richness and something of the quality of overripe fruit. But once Beyond Love has got into its stride it is more or less pure, vivid tuberose, which depending on your tolerance for this blossom will determine what you think of it. For me it is pretty Unlovable, but that’s a personal prejudice – I have to recognize the craft and deftness of the perfumer in keeping the fresher aspects of the tuberose odour profile alongside the languorous, heavier ones. Few tuberose soliflores manage that; here’s a living, breathing composition.
Big white tuberose "statement" fragrance
Those who love strong white florals should like this one, but I'm getting lost in all those flowery notes. This one opens darkly and keeps that moody tone going throughout, so it's not a casual or "easy" fragrance. The notes listed come out all at once, not in layers, so your nose is hit with amber, jasmine, coconut, tuberrose and musk. Sensory overload! The coconut note annoyed me--unless I'm eating it in cake form, I'd rather avoid it outright.
Huge sillage and longevity; 10 hours now and no sign of stopping. I think I need a shower.
Could be a good unisex if you have the right body chemistry but may be too much for most men. Very much a "look at me" sort of fragrance that wears the person on its lapel.
Pros: Unapologetic, potent, great longevity
Cons: Can overpower the nose"
Lush, sweet tuberose
This interpretation of tuberose created by Calice Becker is a silken, polished thing. It goes on bright, creamy, straightforward, and eases into other florals with an amber musk anchoring the base.
For me, it doesn't have the wow factor of Carnal Flower or Fracas, with their buttery delectable goodness, or the interesting weirdness of the camphorous Tubereuse Criminelle. But it is beautiful.
Pros: Good strength
Cons: Falls just short of unique, high price point"
What if Fracas is an old rich lady and Beyond Love and Carnal Flower her daughters?
In my opinion beyond love is related to carnal flower really closely but yet so different. As an example of what I'm trying to say is like Fracas had two daughters, the naughty crazy and loud Carnal Flower and the cute smiling red cheeks Beyond Love. Beyond love is obviously related to her mom Fracas and for some reasons to her sister Carnal Flower, but where the latter one is all about loudness and "to your face" strenght and personality, Beyond Love manage to be as prominent as her sister but with a pure approach, a sensitive yet sensible intimacy that she keeps secret as long as she wants. So where carnal flower with her crazyness never really reveals what she's all about, Beyond Love with her innocent touch takes you pretty close to reveal clearly what she's all about, a minimal yet luxurious soliflore.
Pros: Longevity and sillage, inspirarations behind this project
Cons: Too "hold back" on the use of tropical facets