Truth or Dare by Madonna is one of my favorite celebrity scents and I (love to) wear it. The opening is rather generic with billowy white floral and a dash of aldehydes, but the rapid transition to animalic white floral adds a brilliant and modern twist. The tuberose, so loud in the opening, fades to the background and exposes a hefty dose of orange blossom and lily. Several reviewers describe the dry down as caramel or amber, but to me, ToD is all about the buttered popcorn. Compared to Fracas, ToD is almost “gourmand” and is stripped of most of the shrill green jasmine. The peach and oakmoss accords have been removed and the white florals are creamy instead of soapy. To me, ToD is a substantial departure from its inspiration and I would not consider one a replacement for the other.
The way Stephen Nilsen handled the relatively inexpensive ingredients deserves some recognition—to me ToD smells like it was plucked out of an ELDO lineup. I wonder if an ELDO collaboration would have produced a truly ground-breaking perfume or if Madonna is simply doing what she does best—repackaging, rebranding, and repurposing.
This is not, I repeat, not a Fracas dupe. Not even close. For a celebrity scent, it's very complex and has the sillage of a much more expensive perfume. I can appreciate the effort but on me, this smells saccharin. I like the smell on paper, but on my skin it starts out all caramel popcorn mixed with a little gardenia. But it's the drydown that kills this for me: think cake batter, carmel icing, and lemon scented Playdoh. It's weird. Soooo sweet. Not for me.
I mostly got a big blast of white florals, which is not my favorite thing. I couldn't detect the vanilla or caramel at all, sadly. A pass for me, though not a bad fragrance. I just don't see the point of yet another Big White Floral that doesn't distinquish itself from the hundreds (if not thousands) out there. An okay fragrance and worth a try if you like these notes or BWF is your go-to. Otherwise, eh.
When I first smelled Truth or Dare, I was put off by it but I ended up buying it anyway for $25 cause I am a massive Madonna fan. The scent really grew on me as I actually wore it for a day and I really love it. To me it smells like candy and it's sweet, but it doesn't smell like the generic celebrity branded perfume since this one isn't aimed at a younger audience. The scent also lasted all day on me and I could smell it strongly with just a couple squirts of it on myself. I would definitely repurchase, it's become one of my favourites!
Love it! I have a number of more expensive fragrances such as D&G, Chanel and Lancome but, considering this is a lot cheaper, by Coty, its gorgeous! I have tried other fragrances from Coty, such as Lady Gaga, and beyonce, which were gifts but they were weak and didnt last on the skin. This is fantastic, it lingers for hours, i smell it on my bedding; my clothes, even my hair brush smells of it! I know it is an interpretation of her mother's perfume, Fracas, which i would buy if this was ever discontinued; Coty please keep producing this stuff as it is now my signature perfume!
I was expecting this one to be STRONG STRONG STRONG, as I remember being a bit turned off by the strength when it was first released a few years ago. I had thought to myself I'd never wear such a sillage monster, and figured it would be headache inducing.
Fast forward to now...I managed to find the large bottle of this for $7 at Marshall's and figured What the Heck, I'll give it a go. I have loved Madonna for about 32 years now, I really had to buy it for no other reason than that.
So I got up the nerve to wear it today, and started with one big spritz and dabbed my wrists together, and then went about getting ready for work.
The intoxicating opening blast of gardenia is almost immediately softened by the creamy tuberose--they compliment each other so well! I get no neroli AT ALL, but as it dries down I do get the benzoin and it softens into a creamy, sweet, almost tropical vanilla floral on me by the drydown.
About 20 minutes after that first spritz, I loved it so much that I went back and spritzed 5 more times around my body...I LOVE THIS ONE. Even now, 3 hours later, I am mostly just getting whiffs of it now and then and it is sitting pretty close to my skin. On MY skin, NOT a sillage monster.
My recommendation is...if you like the rich tropical feel of gardenia, and the creamy sweetness of tuberose, this is a definite winner. I am only sorry that I waited so long for this one!
I am pretty sure if I see it again for so cheap at Marshalls or Ross, I'll buy a backup bottle!!
Madonna Truth or Dare is a big white floral. Gradenia, tuberose and jasmine in the initial notes tempered eventually by amber and vanilla in the dry down. Vanilla is interesting to me as a note, because it is so beholden to whatever it is paired with. Here, it serves to balance the fragrance and add a touch of the gourmand, although I would in no way characterize Truth or Dare as a gourmand. This is a white flower scent, big and bold but elegant and fairly wearable for day (although I probably am going to wear this to a nice luncheon in a skirt and heels, not to the office).
This smells just like Kim Kardashian. Straight up nasty tuberose. This is truly vile. Will not repurchase.
Like many reviewers, I am not a huge Madonna fan. I'm also hesitant to buy celebrity fragrances. I'd rather buy a fragrance from a company/house devoted to its craft.
When I smelled the original Truth or Dare in the white bottle for the first time, it reminded me that even a celebrity fragrance can be interesting. And this one is.
I knew Madonna was a fan of fragrances. I don't know if the gardenia story about her mother is true. It really doesn't matter if it's true. I do think this fragrance was carefully made.
The tuberose is prominent for me. I had a friend who wore Fracas, and yes, this does remind me of it. As others have pointed out, it has the staying power of a perfume concentrate/extrait/pure parfum. Very potent.
I am not a floral fan. Power florals, like Red Door, make me want to pass out.
T or D is not that kind of floral. It is an edgy, milky, and intense bouquet of white florals that leaves very little room for the vanilla/amber to emerge.
It has made me curious about gardenia, as I've had little experience with that note.
I will definitely keep this full bottle I purchased at TJ Maxx. I feel like it was a good deal, as this doesn't smell or feel cheap at all. The bottle is royal-looking (in a Clive Christian way).
I was just going through a love affair with my Paloma Picasso EDT. That is, until I sprayed T or D for the first time. I will keep it close to me for a while.
It's made quite a first impression and opened me up to something new.
Update: Madonna Truth or Dare original also reminds me of White Shoulders, at least in the way the tuberose/gardenia/jasmine combination opens and lingers. I just acquired a large 4 oz. EDC splash of WS.
Purchased this on the weekend and really love this fragrance. I enjoy Tuberose scents very much so if you are a fan of scents like Fracas etc, you will enjoy this very much.
Great sillage/lasting power...highly recommend.