Sunday, 5 January 2014

Carnal Flower Review

Dominique Ropion's take on a tuberose soliflore opens green and camphorous. Exaggerated yet avoiding all-out caricature, the cooling top notes contrapose the heavy, complex heart that, faithful to tuberose's character, has jasmine-, lily- and orange blossom-like facets. Sweet, coconuty lactones meanwhile, lend the bouquet its characteristic creaminess and contribute to an overall tropical vibe. More sultry than carnal, it is nevertheless a glorious example of perfumery in the grand style.

Nose: Dominique Ropion
House: Editions de Parfum Frédéric Malle
Release date: 2005
Notes (per Fragrantica): bergamot, melon, eucalyptus; ylang-ylang, jasmine, tuberose, salicylates; tuberose absolute, orange blossom absolute, coconut, musk.

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