Robert Piguet FRACAS (EDP): Remarkable simplicity.


 Fracas has been around since 1948 and was relaunched in 1998. It has been popular since its conception by the great Germaine Cellier (who I love just for making my beloved Balmain Jolie Madame).

Famous fans are rumoured to include  Supermodel Iman, Madonna, the late Edie Sedgewick,  the late, great Isabella Blow, and Joanna “Lovely”Lumley to name but a few (I left out Ivana Trump).

Fracas has inspired other perfumes too: Madonna’s Truth or Dare is said to be a homage to Fracas since it was her late Mother’s favourite scent. Karl Lagerfeld’s Chloe Original is a massive Tuberose, and not at all dissimilar.

I have been wearing Fracas today and could not help but admire it. It’s longevity is excellent, bordering on the clingy, like a guest that just won’t leave, but that’s no bad thing in a perfume.

I was surprised to see on Fragrantica that as many as 25 notes were listed for Fracas. After the admittedly fruity citrus top note, which smells similar to freshly sprayed Joy by Jean Patou, I got only one note in the drydwon. Tuberose. In spades, and shovels and with bows on. Tuberose has that unmistakable floral creaminess, rich and cloying, almost to the point of smelling medicinal, in the ways that Lilies can. I am growing to like Tuberose rather than love it, even though it has my great respect already.

I remember some years ago buying a 30ml bottle of KL Chloe Original, and passing it on after about a month of not getting on with it all. What I thought at the time were overly sweet flowers, was in fact a huge Tuberose note, so if you like Fracas, you might want to try Chloe Original. It’s usually not much more than around 15GBP for 30ml these days. Madonna’s Truth or Dare is even less, and not bad at all: surprisingly traditional and ladylike for one whose crotch seems so familiar to me.

Whilst I understand that Tuberose is very beautiful and greatly esteemed, I think it’s going to be something I grow into. At the moment I am not enamoured, although I do quite like its clean soapiness. Fracas is impossibly feminine and beautiful, and even though I’m not in love with it, it has certainly held my interest all day and I can’t stop sniffing it. I wish more people would wear it. I can certainly handle it on them, if not myself.

Classic and sophisticated, wear with a light hand, but do try it.

PS I have included a link to The Celebrity Fragrance GuideA fascinating list of celebrities’ favourite perfumes. I can’t vouch for its authenticity, but I went into a trance whilst reading it- utterly compulsive and fascinating.


7 thoughts on “Robert Piguet FRACAS (EDP): Remarkable simplicity.”

  1. Utterly compulsive and fascinating? Like your blogs, ma cher. I have been hungrily imbibing them since the discovery of your blog a few days ago. And now, another perfume has been added to my ever-expanding wish list. Jean Patou! What have you done to me? 😉

    A x

    1. Atreyu,

      Your kind words are making me blush. I am so very grateful for your interest and your comments. I’m truly glad that you are enjoying my humble ramblings.

      Thank you so much

  2. Dearest Iscent
    Now ain’t that odd, but I do get a whole bouquet with Fracas not just the booming tuberose.
    To me this is yet another scent that lives up to its name impeccably, there is something discernibly troublesome in a cheeky, naughty but not-really-bad-after-all sort of a way about this one.
    I’m wondering whether Do Son might change your mind about this particular bloom, it’s tuberose, but not as we know it….
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    1. Dear Mr Dandy,

      I shall accept your words of wisdom and look out for some Do Son. Fracas blinded me with Tuberose, but it was not unpleasant, more of a creamy miasma.

      Your friend

  3. I was mildly obsessed with Fracas a few years ago – not wearing it, but simply finding it and trying it. It had been the chosen scent of a heroine in a book I was reading, and I figured it sounded perfect to be my new signature scent. I eventually found it at Selfridges and had several squirts over a few days (and still do, occasionally) but, alas, I couldn’t grow to love it.

    1. Hi Gail; I love it when perfumes are mentioned in books! It gives me a sort of 4D reading experience. If it’s any help, it took me three years to like tuberose and I’m still on the fence about iris! Sam xx

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