Carnel Flower is widely regarded as a very sexy, powerhouse of a fragrance, regardless of its name. It’s become a cult favorite, in the ranks with Fracas, and infamous at that. People tend to love it or hate it.
CF reads as a fairly linear, tuberose soliflore perfume. Even though it has a few crazy notes in the composition like eucalyptus and coconut, these notes merely serve the tuberose in order to give it that true-to-life, green tuberose, scent.
Though I have yet to smell a live tuberose in person, I have smelled tuberose absolute, as well as many perfumes showcasing the flower but it is definitely on my to-do list. I’m sure I will have to come back with edits and updates once I do.
This is some potent perfume and can easily become cloying if oversprayed. A light hand is required on application or you might just choke a few people out.
It has tremendous projection, heavy sillage, and lasts a very long time. It apparently has the highest concentration of tuberose absolute of any fragrance on the market and the price definitely reflects just that. It’s one of the most expensive in the FM line.
CF boldly sits in my top 10 favorite fragrances, though I only dare wear it on certain occasions and mostly evenings. It’s a very seductive perfume and blooms beautifully in warm weather.
I recently acquired a small decant of vintage Fracas and just had to compare the two side by side, as Fracas was Queen of the Tuberose for many years. However, CF made Fracas seem almost like a body spray, even though Fracas is quite strong. CF is just that much stronger. CF is a bit more medicinal with the eucalyptus where Fracas is a bit more rounded and creamy. But CF was still going very strong long after Fracas had dried and died away and is the big winner, hands down, in my book.
Notes: Bergamot, Tuberose, Eucalyptus, Coconut, Melon, Orange Blosson, Ylang, Musk, Jasmine