TRUTH OR DARE is another one dimensional white floral blend of gardenia and tuberose. These two scent notes are so strong that, apart from a whisper of neroli, nothing else is distinguishable from the jumble the perfume quickly becomes.
White florals aren't my thing, but at first I did appreciate the blend... until the jumble of scent notes develops fully on my skin - then TRUTH OR DARE becomes a real no-no. There is something in the jumble that smells overly synthetic and sickly - the vanilla and musk combining with everything maybe? I can't describe this synthetic note in any detail, but it's horribly heavy on me.
I retested TRUTH OR DARE again today when I saw a tester in a store, and my Mum took one sniff of my wrist and she honestly backed away from me, saying the fragrance was too heavy and would give her a migraine if she came too close to me.
Scent notes: gardenia, creamy tuberose, neroli, jasmine, benzoin, white lily, vanilla, caramelized amber and sensual musk.
I wouldn't recommend TRUTH OR DARE and wouldn't know when to wear it; it is too strong for casual or work wear and it smells like many, many other white floral blends, so I don't think that it is unique enough for evening wear or or any other special occasions.
The fragrance does not suit it's edgy name and bottle design, as it is so generic. TRUTH OR DARE does NOT remind me of Fracas [the only white floral that I like], but instead Kim Kardashian's debut fragrance.
The description of Truth or Dare sounded so promising and unique. When I read the notes I imagined a cross between the hypnotic beauty Fracas (a dark yet fresh, complex tuberose classic) with Creed's pretty, bewitching Tubereuse Indiana (a floral with hints of amber and vanilla). What it actually smells like is a drop of Fracas in a swimming pool of ethyl maltol, the aroma chemical that perfumers use for a 'cotton candy' note. Overwhelmingly sickly sweet and cheap smelling, like a synthetic cloud of vanilla, marshmallow, and cupcake. After several hours, it's more bearable but still far too syrupy for anyone over the age of 6 to wear. Beautiful ad campaign, and I LOVE Madonna. But this scent is a disaster for those of us who were expecting an elegant gardenia-tuberose scent. My guess is Madonna wanted gardenia-tuberose (often said to be her favorite) and Coty wanted vanilla cupcake (it's what sells today), so they compromised and did both.
Was excited to read that Madonna's Truth Or Dare was "Fracas light," so I test drove it today at Macy's. Really wanted to like it. I'm a fan of Madonna and her music and an even bigger fan of swoon-worthy Fracas. But, sorry, this juice is harsh and cheap smelling. What an insult to Robert Piguet's masterpiece. (See my five-star review for my beloved Fracas.) I'm interested to see how long Truth Or Dare will stay in production.
Better than it should be given that it is a celebrity fragrance and not expensive. Basically you have a tuberose/gardenia bouquet with a sweet musky drydown. I didn't like it when I first smelt it and I don't think it will be a staple but that said, I would buy it again for a tuberose fix. I have read Fracas comparisons and they are probably unfair as TOD is much less expensive and probably had a smaller budget. The buttery note I get in Fracas, which I find sickly, is thankfully missing and the staying power is excellent, especially for a cheaper fragrance. My favourite tuberose will always be Carnal Flower or Tuberose Criminelle, as I love the camphor note. But this one is not half bad. one of the best celeb scents I have encountered and I freely acknowlege that my initial findings were unfair. Note from Basenotes are:
Gardenia, Tuberose, Neroli
Jasmine, Benzoin tears, White lily petals
Vanilla absolute, Caramelized amber, Sensual musk aura
If you loverich white floral tuberose- gardenia fragrances you must try this one. it realy remind me of Fracas but milder and creamier.
Oh, I've been reading reviews all over the internet and don't remember a perfume to be this controversial since infamous Ford's brilliantly composed Black Orchid.
And something quite interesting happened....All the reviews that called this perfume a ''cheap Fracas knockoff'', ''cheaper Michael'', or '' vulgar, sweet not-gourmandy gourmand'' were just-wrong!
This isn't Fracas, or Michael, or K.Kardashian, or Tubereuse Criminelle, or Tuberose Gardenia, or Mahora, or Blonde.......(continue by all means..)
Just because a perfume contains combo of tuberose and gardenia really doesn't give a reviewer a ''right'' to put it into the same basket as all mentioned above. And THESE kind of reviews I usually skip and don't believe....And there was a majority of reviewers who very concisely, rafinedly, with ''no-fuss'' attitude talked about ToD...so it seemed to me that most of the harsh critics were made by people who simply-can't stand the sight of that woman!
Truth to be told-I don' t like her either.Nor her music, her bitchy attitude, her way of making herself presentable in her (very) mature age....I don't like Madonna.period.But as a perfume collector and (khm...) conoisseur, I have to say that this one is pretty unique...
It is a perfume with so many facettes that talking about a resemblance to ANY of the tuberose/gardenia laden perfume is practicly-a sin.
It opens up with a very chrystal-like, and kinda trippy jasmine which has very sharp indolic base, and you immediately feel like you've been forced to enter a lysergine world of hippy hallucinations, and bare the road which has been allready chosen for you. You don't pick this perfume, it picks you!
The thing is- this is the most beautiful GARDENIA smell. Yes, gardenia, not a tuberose whose creaminess slightly resembles Fracas, but only as a thin, quiet shadow...
After a couple of minutes, you can (and I honestly felt it) feel the gravitation pulling you down, because the feeling of this perfume starting to develop, makes the whole composition very much earthy, raw,dark and creamy...
It is a marvelous gardenia, vanilla,benzoin,jasmine,tuberose,amber concoction which is beautifully caressing your skin if it is a good PH canvas for such big firework-y white flowers...the most interesting part of it is this obviousely gourmand touch which kinda flatters all these flowers, remaining clean,sweet and neat to the very end where caramel, vanilla and amber have their menage a trois:))
It is fleshy, it is hot, it is everything you need to be safely yet intrigueingly perfumed....so,if you're looking for Fracas-go and buy yourself Fracas!...but if you're looking for a creamy, feminine,a bit loud but sophisticated tropical jasmine, with loud neroli, wrapped in vanilla-buy ToD...
Sillage is great, and it lasts amazingly long,a bottle is great- elegant and corky, it doesn't look like most of the people wanted or expected to look (retro, feminine,blah...)..and the thing is I'm in loooove with the cap (lipsticks for example) that goes ''click'' when I put it back on the product...
That ''click'' is very sexy:PP....
sorry for being weird, but I got myself a great perfume!!!
haha, this smells like cheap candy. Would never wear this
My mother, sister and I were making our way through Selfridges in London, vaguely glancing over at the latest fragrance being plugged in the prime position of the beauty floor. Usually it’s just the latest cheap-smelling, fruity, celeb-endorsed mess (sorry Burberry Body I’m looking at you) but I got a little excited upon seeing that it was Madonna’s new frag – although I could have easily walked on by if not for my mother insisting we try it. Well, I bought it on the spot. I was immediately wrapped up in a warm, soft blanket of creamy, soapy tuberose, gardenia and vanilla; it felt like I was taking a walk in a sun-drenched garden full of blooming white floral bouquets. The scent is simply pervading... and I'm very fussy with scent: love white florals but find Michael Kors a little too beachy and somehow aquatic; Fracas too reckless and animalic; Van Cleef’s Gardenia Petale too bland and shampoo-reminiscent and Estee Lauder’s Tuberose Gardenia too screechy and plasticy. I feel like I’m having a Goldilocks moment in saying “this one, is juuust right”. Regarding comparison, although it's missing the prominent Tuberose note, I find Kenzo's Amour very similar to this. They are both those kinds of scents you could spritz just before bed because the scent is so relaxing and dreamy - you feel enveloped in a beautiful cloud. Truth or Dare is an EDP and the lasting power is amazing: I can still smell this by the end of the night after applying when getting ready in the evening. I feel like I used to be constantly on the lookout for my “perfect gourmand” (found it in the form of Angel, Flowerbomb, Coco Mademoiselle and Pink Sugar) then I moved on to the search for the “perfect white floral” which I have now found in Truth or Dare! I am a very visual person and when I wear TorD I picture white linen sheets, lazy walks on St Barts beaches and summer strolls through leafy parts of south west London. The kind of scent I love to smell being carried in the breeze. That said, it will work in colder months too; it will complement hot cocoa by the fire in St Moritz and cozy cashmere knits. I think this is due to the vanilla notes coming through at the base that stop it from being too floral and ‘cold’. The colour combo of the bottle suits so well: white and gold are cetainly the colours of this scent. Neutral but distinctive. Well done, Madonna.
I didn't buy this fragrance. I sampled it today at London Drugs. The only celeb fragrance I have ever purchased and repurchased was Britney Spears' Fantasy, because it really smells great on me and I love the bottle.
I really respect Madonna's fame and longevity. I love the milky-white bottle with gold cap that makes me instantly think of Holy Water. The fragrance suits the bottle and the artist. I really don't smell her "Italian roots". I'm first generation Italian American and 10 years younger than Madonna. What I do smell is recycled Jovan's [Coty] Island Gardenia (tuberose-y) with a shot of neroli on a light amber musk base. (I really like Island Gardenia.) I must say though that I hate, hate, HATE the name! "Truth or Dare"... really? Why name this fragrance using marketing from 20 years ago? It's been done to death. It loses one lippy just for the stupid name. Did I mention I hate the name? Not that you asked, but I would rename it simply "Madonna" or "Lady". I really like this fragrance but since I already own Island Gardenia I can't justify paying $65-75 for this. I will however buy a 100mL bottle the second it hits the discount market... just for the bottle. :) continued >>
I didn't buy the fragrance, I just tested it. Bottle is nice but sprayer is waaaay too strong, I ended up with a huge blob of wet on my wrist trying to spray just a small amount to try, very overpowering. It immediately reminded me of something I couldn't place right away. I wore it for several hours and continued to be stuck by remembering something else. It finally sank in, it reminds me of my beloved Tom Ford's Black Orchid (at least on me). Not quite the same after a few hours, but still reminiscent. I wouldn't buy for that reason, it reminds me so much of black orchid that when I want that scent, I'll just wear the orginal that I love.