ah yes, fracas. what can one say that hasn't yet been said? fracas to me is cyndi lauper. she gets into the wrestling ring in her hilariously excentric costumes but when she steps uo to the mike she sings softly, sweetly, with soul. question: everywhere i read that the relaunch in 1996 was a reformulation by pierre negrin. if that is so, how close to the original is this fracas, is there a difference between fracas in a black-stoppered bottle and a clear one, (i believe i also have a frosted clear bottle rattling around somewhere) and how do they stack up against the two-ounce 60th anniversary limited edition edp?
Fracas by Robert Piguet, 1948
Finally got to experience the grand 'ole dame of tuberose - FRACAS. And what a heady experience it was! The tuberose is unmistakable - front and center, with fresh mentholated hints of muguet in the fringes - an aspect isolated and amplified by Serge Lutens in Tubereuse Criminelle. More interestingly is the wavering degrees of tension in the undercurrents between the cleaner green floral facets and the tuberose's more musky sensual underpinnings. Unfortunately what ruins it for me is a distinctly tropical coconut oil vibe that I don't particularly enjoy. It is this very feature I found objectionable in Versace Blonde and one that interferes with my enjoyment of this otherwise bold 1948 tuberose classic. Still I cannot deny it a well-deserved respect-worthy 'thumbs up'.
Not much to add. This can be the reference, holy grail tuberose. What a bomb.
I finally tried Fracas, and although it isnt the type of fragrance that I typically wear, it was everything I hoped it would be: intense and visceral. There are already several fantastic reviews describing Fracas, so I really do not have anything to add, except I can only imagine what it was like to sniff this in 1948. It must have been mind blowing, like hearing the Stooges I Wanna Be Your Dog for the first time in 1969, although Fracas doesnt evoke same sense of self-loathing. Today, contemporary music uses new technology unavailable to Brian Eno during the 1960s and 70s. In perfumery, we have Carnal Flower, an excellent tuberose update; however, the 2005 iteration can only aspire to evoke the same magic (cultural relevance) created by the initial composition. 5/5 Hard-hitting: three chords and the truth.
Absolutely feminine and classy, the best tuberose perfume along with Carnal Flower. A masterpiece.
Hi. My review of Fracas: when I first opened the bottle and smelt it it was like smelling Arabic perfume oils, quite potent but nothing special. Then after applying quite a few dabs on my neck and wrists I waited. A few minutes later there was an explosion of scent so powerful it made my head spin! I really loved the smell although it was for a few minutes almost overwhelmingly potent. Later it settled down to a warm, fragrant, almost musty smell and eight hours later is still on me. I don't think I'll ever forget that initial explosion! Wow.
Fracas' reputation precedes its character. The reality of this perfume whose name means "noisy brawl" is one of depth, comfort, and owning the room but with elegance. No, this is not a quiet perfume, but what does one expect? No need for a noisy brawl, Fracas wins a fight with a dismissive one liner. "There's the door, what's your hurry?" Fracas is the spirit of wit and a certain air quotes femininity of the woman who wears bright lipstick during a "natural look" season. She knows better than to let anyone dictate her pleasure or mess with her irrepressable self-made beauty. Fracas is a rumored favorite of many complicated, uniquely beautiful, and stylish people, not to name-drop, but these give an idea of the this perfume's personality--uncompromising: Iman, Stevie Nicks, Courtney Love, Martha Stewart, Madonna, Edie Sedgwick, Isabella Blow, rebellious debutantes, and some perfumista men (shoutout to the late, great Robert White <3). The current version is blended into a single entity, sui generis--you'll smell only of Fracas: butter-rich, kinetic, self-assured. Some say a tuberose soliflore, but the jasmine, amber, greens, and other florals are remarkable too. Upon falling for Fracas I thought that meant tuberose feeding frenzy. It turns out Fracas' tuberose is one of the most refined and least assaultive out there. And though loud fragrances are too often wrongly dismissed, many tuberose bombs wear the wearer out, great perfumes all but hard to get right: Poison, Amarige, Byzance, Carnal Flower, yes even Giorgio and the prank of the bunch: Tubereuse Criminelle ... these aren't as forgiving as Fracas. Fracas is not just a sprayed out bit of alcohol settling into your skin; it's a song or movie playing out all around you and drawing you in. The concept of Germaine Cellier's original creation retained in today's version is a distillation of what a woman knows other women might like to be: present but alluring, complicated but unfussy, elegant but unapologetic. Fracas does last, but more into undulation and trajectory than a correlate of time. Some days it's only strong enough for two hours, other times it graces me with its presence all day. The most striking thing about Fracas is how much the fragrance moves: its sillage is a sort of veil dance. The name would suggest getting picked up (cops, John, cab at 4 AM), but really this is an anytime pick-me-up.
This is a great big ballsy tuberose with teeth. I absolutely love this fragrance, but every time I wore it somebody asked, "Are you wearing Sand and Sable?" which I hate. I also agree with the "Jungle Gardenia" reference. To me, this is very tropic and white, and definitely should be worn with a light touch. This is a fragrance everybody should try at least once. This is the Queen of Tuberose.
Top note: tuberose middle note: tuberose base note: tuberose Honestly, I'm not getting the rest. Fortunately I love tuberose. Strongly resembles Jungle Gardenia by Tuvaché to my nose.
I am very lucky to own this scent. It is an honour to wear it. I've used Fracas for years and it still manages to surprise me every time. Sometimes I even smell hints of coffee and coconut. The moment I spray it I feel an incredible sense of tranquility and sereneness. I close my eyes and think of white linen shirts, white flowers, white houses in Santorini, light, unlimited vacation, unlimited budget, going back in time, getting younger...
Fracas by Robert Piguet, 1948
By: Robert Piguet
|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|
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