Originally Posted by chengfun
Try Crown of Gold, it has a distinct vintage quality.
To me Fracas smells quite modern, unlike Mitsouko which, although elegant, definitely has an old-worldness to it.
So interesting to see how a perfume performs differently and comes off so differently for various people. When I first smelled Fracas, it instantly (and I mean INSTANTLY) reminded me of my grandmother's closet, her clothes, her ways ...and those of other women of her generation (though I am not sure she ever acutally had Fracas but I think she may have...I have vague memories of some black perfume bottles...).
To me it smells clearly like Old Europe - which is really nice on the one hand because I miss my childhood land...but on the other hand, when I try to use it myself, it just plain STINKS on me. And I wanted so badly to be able to pull this one off.
It is extremely heavy in a nauseating kind of way; and I am the type who actually prefers stronger perfumes, I tend to avoid the light and airy. Baghari was much better but still far from achieving that "million dollar" sensation that #5 does it on me. This #5 thing that I had avoided for years by virtue of a completely silly belief (OLP) smells unbelievably on me. I never iamgined this could have been exactly the smell I had been looking for - for years. I could literally bathe in this stuff.
My only problem is that I adore the fragrance so much I cannot help noticing its somewhat moderate strenth, power and sillage. Not the best I've seen in this regard. When I walk around with it, all I want to do is to just TALK to the perfume and tell it to JUST SAY IT LOUDER!!!!
On me, #5 performs very discreetly, it is a stay-close-to-the-body perfume...- very different from the "cloying/strong" smell reported by some. While some people love this quality (the discreet-ness), I prefer more spalsh. If only #5 could talk louder
, like Fracas does, I would be in heaven.
But the fragrance itself is literally UNBEATABLE in terms of distinction and grace.
My goal is to discover all old-fashiony, elegant perfumes that are very, very close to Chanel #5. I would just like to at least know them all...
And speaking of Youth Dew and all other Estee Lauder fragrances. I tried them all once, about a year ago...and I had to conclude that this is a House with perfumes that aspire
to be classy but end up in a mediocre, lowly, drug-store fragrance mess upon drydown. Definitely a house I will always stay away from.