Interesting idea of pungent tuberose combined with green notes, in theory I should love but it put me off balance, just wasn't complementary to my personality. Dry down smells cheap for a perfume that expensive and reminds me of 1980's scrubber Amarige. Not good.
Another Malle I had to give a 5 even though I wouldn't wear it, because it is just state-of-the-art. There is a touch of freshness in the opening, then the purest tuberose. Tuberose lovers have to try this
This smells good - it smells like flowers. I am surprised it is tuberose because I thought I didn't like tuberose. Nevertheless, I'm not picking up on what's so interesting about it. Will keep trying.
edited: I have changed it from 3 to 5. I chose to wear it for my Valentine's Day/Anniversary dinner and it was a good one.
Normally, I only review perfumes that I really like or really hate... This one, however - confuses me. It's not that I detest Carnal Flower, but I just I really wanted to love it. From the reviews on here; it seems like it's a polarizing fragrance - you either love it or hate it. I really wanted to love it, like that confident feeling on your way to the shop, as if it's already yours? I tried this last night and I think it's the tuberose one me. SUUUPER green & bright upon first spray & I wanted to immediately scrub it off. Once it mellowed, it unveiled a creaminess that I thought "hey, this isn't bad", but then it went back to screeching tuberose. Might be worth another try. I would say - for those who like it; it did have MEGA silage. I still smelled it the next morning, after I scrubbed my arm twice in the shower, and slept 8 hours! Too bad - it's always the ones you don't love - that last the longest on you, right? :) Happy sniffing! continued >>
This scent reminds me of the smell of a cheap, off brand dryer sheet that I once used....so this is tuberose? Not For Me.
This interesting though sometimes shrill scent does not smell like tuberoses, at least not what perfume consumers have been trained to recognize as a tuberose note (a warm, buttery, and sweet floral which is a very stylized version of what the flowers actually smell like). What it does smell very strongly of is tuberose absolute, which is the extracted form of tuberose flowers using hexane gas. The hexane changes the smell of the flower so the absolute has its own particular odor that is only somewhat related to actual tuberoses in nature (or in a vase). Perfumers who use this material almost always add other notes to counteract the strange (and to some, off putting) smell of the absolute. In the case of Carnal Flower, the perfumer Dominique Ropion seems to have decided to show off the unique smell of the absolute, an odd choice but apparently quite a popular one given this perfume's selling record. If you get some tuberose absolute from a reputable source, you'll see what i mean. It's green, a tad bitter, stemmy, leafy, not particularly sweet. Carnal Flower smells of that plus a lot of white musk in its sweet, never-ending drydown. It's strange and original and at times beautiful.
I find it so hard to be objective about this fragrance because I love it so much. It begins with a mentholated opening, a bit like Tuberose Criminelle and then gets greener and morphs into a definite white floral tube. The difference is that this tuberose has a warm almost rubbery smell that is so comforting and evocative. Think of winter in the UK, no central heating, freshly washed linen sheets and rubber hot water bottles. Slighty floral scented winter blankets that have been laid aside with herbal sachets. You pull the blankets over your head and inhale warm, scented heaven - magical. There is thankfully no butter in this tuberose, unlike Fracas which can smell greasy to my nose. CF is exquisite.
I recently purchased this fragrance at Barney's. I absolutely love it! It is a beautiful, sexy, classy and timeless scent that I will have in my collection for a long time. It reminds me of the leis in Hawaii. It is very green at the first but the dry down is more of the gorgeous white flowers with a touch of the green note.
I dunno. Maybe this needs heat to bloom and reveal all its intricacies because right now in December, all I'm getting is very realistic crushed green flower stems and full blown tuberose of what seems to be natural sources. Nothing in this smells artificial and it is obviously very high quality. It's intense,long lasting, but somehow dull. I prefer my fragrances to pass through different phases and this one just doesn't. Also got a crashing headache today, hope it wasn't this. I'm a seasoned fragrance wearer and lean towards bold and challenging scents, but so far in the Malle line I've tried this, Un Fleur de Cassie and Parfum de Therese and I'm finding them overly sweet and rather linear. There is no doubt that the ingredients scream quality, but these three are sweet and dull. Sorry. I feel like I've painted a moustache on the Mona Lisa, but I have to call it like I smell it. Wish I was wrong . . .