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Carnal Flower Frederic Malle for women and men

Carnal Flower Frederic Malle for women and men
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Carnal Flower or forbidden flower is a fragrance with the scent of tuberose. Tuberose is a beautiful and dangerous flower. In some cultures, it is not allowed for young women to feel its intoxicating scent after sunset. Tuberose is a symbol of forbidden pleasure, hiding its passionate, sensual character behind its fresh, white, floral face. Its intoxicating scent seduces many perfumers; Frederic Malle and creator Dominique Ropion tried to repeat this scent in their particular way. Frederic Malle was inspired for Carnal Flower during his visits to California, where everything smells like gardenia and tuberose.

Dominique Ropion worked on development of the formula for more than two years. The perfume contains a larger dose of tuberose absolute than any other perfume. The composition opens with heavy, green notes of citrus leaves and branches. As tuberose develops, the green nuance passes into a note of camphora, which softens the opulent flowers unintrusively. Fruity nuances of melon and coconut add light and slightly gourmet sound to the composition and do not attract attention.

The muse for this perfume was Frederic Malle’s aunt, famous actress Candice Bergen, who acted in the movie Carnal Knowledge with Jack Nicholsonom. The top notes contain: bergamot, melon and eucalyptus. The middle notes include: ylang-ylang, jasmine, tuberose, Salicylates (natural, toxic product of herbal origin, a sort of a herbal feromone which is used by plants as a warning).

The base encompasses: tuberose absolute, orange blossom absolute, coconut and musk.

The perfume was created in 2005.

Fragrance Notes

Eucalyptus Tuberose Orange Blossom Melon Coconut Jasmine Ylang-Ylang Bergamot White Musk

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Carnal Flower Fragrance Reviews

Lexxy
Lexxy

Sometimes I really like this one, others.. Well honestly, it reminds me of air freshener. I prefer the body butter as it melts better into my skin as it warms up the scent and brings out the musk and coconut more. Which I wish the perfume had a little bit more off. I do wish Carnal Flower was a bit more warm, a bit less sharp flowery.. just a tad, so that it was less air freshener and more carnal, more close to the skin. You have to like Tuberose to appreciate this one. And I most definitely cannot imagine a man wearing this, just my honest opinion.

Apr
16
2014
Cassiano
Cassiano

Attention: If you don't like floral scents, then you'd better stop right here. Carnal Flower, on the contrary to what many think, doesn't have this name because of the central note, the Tuberose. The perfume got its name because the perfumer Dominique Ropion (creator of innumerable successes for Cacharel, Calvin Klein, Givenchy, Armani, Boucheron, etc.) was inspired by his niece, the Actress Candice Bergen who, alongside Jack Nicholson starred in the film Carnal Knowledge, in 1971.

The scent has notes of bergamot, melon and eucalyptus essence, in the output; Jasmine, ylang-ylang, tuberose, salycilates (chemical compounds that can be of methyl, benzyl or amyl types), in the heart of the fragrance; tuberose absolute, orange flower absolute, coconut and musk at the base.

But why does the Tuberose is the absolute star of this composition? Because it is said that this fragrance contains the highest concentration of natural Tuberose already used in any perfume created until today. And as in any floral perfume, to balance the notes is essential, since there is a very small limit between the vulgar and the elegant. In this case, it's even worse, because the fragrance was designed to be unisex.

Because of this, the way found to "break" the female aspect of the tuberose, was to use the essence of eucalyptus, letting the fragrance with a camphorated aspect, as soon as it touches the skin. Then, it was necessary to explore the fresh nuance of the flower and, so, the touch of melon. But of course the climax comes when the heart notes emerge. In this part, major changes can happen. In the female skin, some people notice the sensuality of ylang-ylang. On my skin, the jasmine reigned absolutely, as if the fragrance had been conceived about it, not about the Tuberose. And so the scent stayed for hours, without much evolution. Then, hours later, the animalic and creamy side finished the cycle of life of this carnal Flower: white musk was hand in hand with the coconut.

The projection is pretty strong for about 3 hours, softening over time, but always present. When you think that it is no longer alive, it smiles on the skin, tirelessly. And how it took 18 months to get ready, it's in no hurry to leave, which means that remains on the skin in a manner beyond reproach.

Apr
04
2014
darrshan77
darrshan77

review oa DARRSHAN J VORAA

IAM ON MY 5TH BOTTLE .

EXCELLENT TUBEROSE FLORAL SCENT BY DOMNIQUE ROPION A GENIUS IN ALL MEANS

SILLAGE PROJECTION LONGEVITY ALL AWESOME.

A MUST IF U LIKE FLORALS

CARNAL FLOWER IS THE QUEEN OF FLORAL PERFUMES

Apr
02
2014
Upper East Side
Upper East Side

I don't get any coconut. This is a gorgeous frag however. My favorite FM!

Mar
29
2014
kirtylou
kirtylou

Wow this is powerful stuff... the name is very appropriate. ONLY a night-time perfume, it is very green and alive-smelling. I also find it interesting that this is not a very sweet-smelling fragrance despite the very strong tuberose notes. Definitely not for those who enjoy soft, subtle scents, this one will almost knock you over. I have a small decant of this and it will probably last me for years because I can only use it so sparingly. I'm still not so sure how much I LOVE it, but I do think it's an inspired scent, and an intriguing addition to my fragrance collection.

Mar
27
2014
leathermountain
leathermountain

not carnal flower; calone flower

Mar
20
2014
hanson26
hanson26

For the first time ever, this FINALLY worked with my skin chemistry. I always liked this scent, but I never got that "wow" reaction a lot of people seem to be getting. I love tuberose, but it has to have some sort of natural element to it (even if it's loud, I love Fracas) and this definitely does, so I wanted so badly to love it. On a bad day, it's nice, but not incredible. I wanted incredible for the price and hype this stuff has. Well I finally got it, the cold eucalyptus is hiding somewhere in the background, and the gorgeous tuberose is out in full force. I finally get the hype. I do wish this was more consistent on me, but like I said, even on its bad days it's still good. On its good days it's the most perfect tuberose you could ever ask for. It is expensive, but after trying many tuberose fragrances I've noticed a pattern-all the good tuberose perfumes are crazy expensive. I'm not usually in the expensive-is-better camp but with this particular note it's pretty true. A full bottle is on my wish list now.

Mar
10
2014
LB152
LB152

Forgive me...

But this is LUST in a bottle.

Green...sticky...and wet...

This reminds me of uncontrolled spontaneous sex up against a tree in the middle of the rainforest under a rainshower during the wet season.

Upon opening you get a greeness similar to what you experience when you step off the plane onto some tropical island. After, a warm tuberose-coconut-peachy-peppery combo emerges reminiscent of the gourmet native meal and cocktail you would have while dining surrounded by indigenous flowers in the same place.

The sillage is enormous and longevity upwards to 8hrs.

Carnal Flower is younger and more relaxed than Fracas and Beyond Love which are very formal and showy interpretations of tuberose.

Despite the inferences to warmer weather above, Carnal Flower is definitely a multi-seasonal show-stopper that can be used at anytime during the year and certainly worth the price tag.

Feb
20
2014
ThePerfumierWorldTraveler
ThePerfumierWorldTraveler

One of the most unique if not the most unique Tuberose perfume created to perfection, I've tried many private niche, and upscale personal perfumier choices. Only for the fine noses, meant only for the right people. Be aware when people hate on this potion is because something good is going on with this intoxicating jewel. 10/10

Feb
19
2014
calesalad
calesalad

I purchased this fragrance long before the hype seen in all the magazines/blogs and the Frederic Malle brand was just fresh. Unfortunately, this particular scent did not work with my chemistry at all. I smelled like a department store restroom that was recently scrubbed with bleach, chlorine and stocked full of synthetic almond scented hand soap. The tuberose never bloomed completely on me and I think that is why it smells like that funny melange. Not exactly the sexiest scent. However, it sounds quite amazing on others.

Feb
19
2014
Muzoona
Muzoona

Too sexy too charm too hot. Although it’s flowery, it is very masculine. Mostly it’s for play boys. This perfume has a high dosage of sensuality.

Feb
11
2014
Plrowden
Plrowden

Certainly, I can understand why Carnal Flower is owned by so many of you, wanted by many and loved by most! To me Carnal Flower can be compared to an elegant party. There is a very old sing-song that says, "Every party has a pooper, that's why we invited you, party pooper..." At this party the pooper is the eucalyptus. He arrives first in full regalia and boy does he make his presence known! Trailing in his wake is the GORGEOUS and stunning Miss Tuberose. The other white flower guests are beautifully dressed and show up fashionably late, but with all their beauty and splendor, they are forgiven. They try and engage Mr. Eucalyptus and distract him, but his offensive behavior puts them off and they retire quietly into a far corner of the room where they can still be observed, while Mr. Eucalyptus and Miss Tuberose vie for attention. The shy and retiring couple of melon and coconut arrive last, but are completely overshadowed by the two main characters. They recede to join the lovely white flowers. Miss Tuberose stays as long as she can at the party but finally tires and goes home. You guessed it...last man standing is Mr. Eucalyptus.

I feel kind of sorry for him, but I just can't make myself like him! He spoiled my party!

On me sillage is heavy then changes to moderate. For it's initial OOMPH, the longevity lasted on me for only 3-4 hours.

Jan
31
2014
Terpsichore
Terpsichore

White florals are a group I tend to enjoy and also tuberrose. I bought a tester of this blind as I was so curious at the rapturous reviews it garnered.

The only comments I received from men were 'You smell like the toilet on a Virgin Train' (the hand soap)- my best friend so forgiveable and guaranteed honesty.

Another... 'Smells like air freshener'

It didn't blow me away and I hate to say it, I'm inclined to agree with the informal 'reviews' I received. There was something 'industrial' smelling about it, and neither interesting enough to my nose nor pleasant enough to induce me to buy a bottle.

Jan
24
2014
AnaIli35
AnaIli35

I received a sample of Carnal Flower from the lovely pravda48. This is absolutely gorgeous! A tiny dab on each wrist produces a lovely citrusy, green opening intermingling with and brightening the tuberose; the drydown is floral/tropical with the unexpected eucalyptus making it calming, lush and fresh. Too complex and unique for an amateur such as myself to describe it justly. Feminine, full bottle and signature-worthy to a T; I think it would wear beautifully at any time of the year. I will hoard my sample until I can save up for a full bottle of this sensuous, special scent:-)

Jan
21
2014
Srebecca
Srebecca

This is too old for me. I want to love it so much but I just don't... too floral. I wear it on the back of my neck so I don't have to smell it because others love it.

Jan
16
2014
queenofcups
queenofcups

I feel like a princess :) my oh my am wearing it since
One week now ...this is for me on the same wave with vintage amazing perfumes that I love most like guerlain vol de nuit and chanel n 22 this must be the citrus opening? I am not sure what makes the quality and openings identical ( although chanel n22 hat one has more the jasmin presence balanced with the tuberose) Its simply the most beautiful tuberose Fragrance out of all, I love the coconut notes makes Me feel like am in hawai on a summer eve what a tasteful combination along with melon notes
I have tried many many tuberose scents but for me the only ones I truly love are carnal flower and nuit de tubereuse by l'artisan perfumeur I did not enjoy it in other perfumes probably because of other mixtures added to this beautiful flower
Longevity on me is 9/10
Great sillage
This for me is definitely a 10/10
Vive la beaute !

Jan
16
2014
OlMagnolia
OlMagnolia

I've got Carnal Flower on one wrist and Ormond Jayne's Frangipani on the other. I thought the two were almost identical till I put them both on - DIFFERENT. OJ's fragrance is sharper what with all the lime while Carnal Flower is smooth, white and creamy...funny but I had thought that of OJ's until I was comparing them. Both are absolutely beautiful fragrances.

Jan
10
2014
pravda48
pravda48

I apologize for my lack of trained nose, but I get BANANA BOAT entirely up front! The mentholated quality of the eucalyptus plus the banana quality of the ylang ylang and creaminess of coconut? Very creamy green. Banana boat's all I get and can't shake it. Ah, oh well. Not for me. Reminds me of being a kid and my mom trying desperately to get us all ready for the beach ;P


P.S. just to share an odd experience: I scrubbed Carnal Flower (*cringe*, I know, it just bothered my nose) and then wanted another sample to try. So I blind grabbed another from my box and applied that higher up my arm so as not to truly overlap it w/ Carnal. The blind grab ended up being Xerjoff's Oud Stars: Fars. Wow! Talk about an intoxicating scent experience! Between what's left of the Carnal mixing w/ the intensity that is Xerjoff oud, hot damn! It's really exquisite. I bet that's the most expensive smell blending ever but just WOW!! Had to share.

P.P.S. Somehow, oddly, this has grown on me! I find that most high quality scents usually haunt me and some... I even grow to crave. Alright, it's pretty damn good after the shock of the menthol experience! haha

Jan
04
2014
Marli1973
Marli1973

Hooray my sample finally arrived!!
I can now say with confidence that Carnal Flower is Very Much my cup of tea!
It reminds me a little bit of Lys41 from Le Labo but Carnal Flower is much quieter and more creamier.
I am familiar with Tuberose essential oil and I know I have a slightly skin reaction with it.
On spraying Carnal flower I got a tingling sensation on my skin, it proves to me that they indeed use the real stuff.
Definitely on my Want list. For now I will only dream with 100ml bottle of this heavenly nectar. ;-)
10/10
xxx




update: I settled with a 50ml bottle which arrived today! :-)

Dec
24
2013
brickbishop
brickbishop

I think I love Tuberose perfumes the most, and with my enormous New Orleans French nose I feel each of the major players brings something special to the table. Instead of getting into their specific notes, dry-down and sillage, I will assign them Disney Characters.
Just go with it.
Carnal Flower: Snow White.
Fracas: Princess Aurora.
Tubéreuse Criminelle: Malificent(!)
Tuberose Diabolique: Princess Tiana
TokyoMilk Dark- La Vie La Mort No. 90: Princess Fa Mulan.
Trust me on this.

Dec
13
2013
aquila_2009
aquila_2009

Hi.

Like a heavenly aphrodisiac.this scent is bound to turn heads.the very essence of white flowers especially tuberose and jasmine,it is unisex but i found it the the most feminine of scents,so i can't imagine a man wear it.CARNAL FLOWER is a sensual woman who loves to take control of the opposite sex with one scent.It is simply wonderful and the scent lasts all day. Enticingly Magnetic, Highly Sophisticated,Emotively Carnal and Absolutely Gorgeous.

It begins as a very hedy floral with tuberose note prominent, jasmine and ylang ylang are beautifully blended.a sensual blend of coconut and white musk in the base leaves a trail of allure and glamour.this mixture provide a unique and definite "signature" perfume and meant for a confident woman who knows her own mind.I must recommend this scent to ladies who love LONG LASTING floral scents that are sensual and intense,without being too prominently clingy to or getting beneath your skin.it makes you feel very elegant in special occasions.

Sillage?Ok.

Longevity?Great on my skin.

7.75/10

Nov
22
2013
woodlandwalk
woodlandwalk

I don't get it!
(and with reference to the comment above, it has nothing to do with the tuberose in this, or a taste for mainstream, or my purse!)

The opening of sharp white floral with a touch of honeysuckle calms after five minutes into pretty tuberose petals - soft, rubbery and buttery. Then after this fairly pleasant stage it's sharp, urinous and with the dusty honey/nectar of apple blossom..

The ingredients list white musk, but clearly there's a complex of musks in this. Or it may also be the eucalyptus too in combination, which makes my head ache and constricts my throat

For me unfortunately this is headache inducing, I'd like to smell it on someone else to see if it's all about chemistry. But I'll be sticking to Diptyque's Do Son for my light tuberose fix.

Later edit: I may have discovered the one perfume I'm mildly allergic to! This perfume mimics the effects of hayfever, very interesting as I definitely got a pollen/apple blossom sort of note. Hayfever sufferers take note, don't buy blind!

Nov
20
2013
blueangel0313
blueangel0313

Sorry ladies. It seems everyone lives this perfume. With my chemistry it does not work. I think this is one of the strongest perfumes I have ever tried. Very sharp flowers. Instant dislike. Bond no 9 saks for her is the bomb.

Nov
19
2013
Sunflower77
Sunflower77

Carnal Flower is a strong floral scent. The top notes are fresh and green. Soon it develops into a very creamy and sweet scent, as if you are walking down a path lined with tuberose and gardenia. I can smell some jasmine as well. The scent of the white flowers is strong, sweet, voluptuous but at the same time fresh and crispy. The coconut note works to add creaminess but is never clearly discernible or overpowering. The silage and projection are great. The longevity on my skin is only average. It is good for all seasons, as it is not overly warm or cool.

I found out the more I wear this fragrance, the more I like it. I heard the seductive reputation of Carnal Flower but I don't feel it is dangerous or as sexy as Portrait of A Lady, which strikes me as a more seductive scent. Carnal Flower is an elegant fragrance with some sensuality. But to me it is not seduction in a bottle as I heard.

Is Carnal Flower unisex? According to Fredric Malle, it was designed for women. But of course, men can wear it, as with any fragrance designed for women.

From FredericMalle.com:
Q: I LOVE YOUR PERFUMES BASED ON WHITE FLOWERS SUCH AS CARNAL FLOWER, LYS MÉDITERRANNÉE, EN PASSANT, ARE THEY EXCLUSIVELY FOR WOMEN OR AS MAN CAN I WEAR THEM?
A: Floral perfumes, and white flower perfumes in particular are generally designed for women. This is probably why we thought of women when working on these. Many men wear them, though, which I am totally comfortable with.

Update: just learned the name Carnal Flower is an homage to the film Carnal Knowledge, which stars Malle’s aunt Candice Bergen. Carnal Flower is not really carnal after all.

Nov
08
2013
Michael1962
Michael1962

I really have changed my opinion of Carnal Flower in a big way from my initial review back in August.Now my nose has come to appreciate the floral masterpiece that this fragrance is.I feel the warmer months have had a bearing on it too as perfumes project differently in different conditions.
The tuberose is still a very solid and intoxicating component of this scent.The eucalyptus,which on its own can be quite pungent and fumey,is brilliantly underplayed here so not to upset the balance of the other notes and adds subtle layers.
Carnal Flower is very green and natural smelling from top to bottom which means its sweet but not sickly sweet
The floral infusion during the midnotes of ylang ylang and jasmine add delightful floral reinforcement to the tuberose.Coconut and subtle musk add backbone and longevity to the drydown.
I feel the florals used here are similar to Tom Fords Shanghai Lily in that they are wet and almost waterlogged and dripping with moisture.
Carnal Flower is truly remarkable,multi layered,creamy and sensual which I feel really opens up and blossoms like a spring garden after a light shower and as a result I have warmed to it too.

Nov
06
2013
ninjaove
ninjaove

Fresh green crisp, like snapping the green steem of a flower. and some water is there to.

Nov
05
2013
mpbrown
mpbrown

If one could have seen the big smile that spread across my face when I first tried Carnal Flower..... that says it all for me. Delicious, gorgeous, lush, and surprisingly fresh. It's the whole tuberose plant in a tropical garden. Amazing! The only downside is the price - whew, is it ever expensive! Maybe I will have to get by with small decants for now until I win the lottery :))

Oct
26
2013
milkyway
milkyway

Hello tuberose bomb!..
*BOOM*- it just explodes on you with all it's tuberose-y sweetness, using coconut to reate little smooth paths for the tuberose queen.
I'm not even sure I smell anything else here- there may be some melon adding the sweet coolness and a little eucalyptus to keep the composition in a category "wearable"..
It's very strong, very sweet and very potent..

Oct
22
2013
kinetisphere
kinetisphere

as a man this one took me back.. it is very strong at first and stays strong. as a floridian and someone who grew up near flowers such as gardenia's and roses or even smelling the orange blossoming this brings back memories of my childhood. i wouldn't say this is a fragrance that should be worn daily but a light hand during spring and you will bring the honey bee's a buzzing your way {a good thing since it smells real}
it truly has a natural aura once it dries down and you get past it's initial strength... around 30-45 minutes in you start to get hint's of coconut and tiny wafts of melon.. very unique and has earned a big thumbs up from me.

* maybe it's my nose or maybe i lost the aspect of musk between the coconuts and melons but i found it hard to decipher a musk note.. kinda good if you are not into musky scents. or you can look at it as it's such a light musk that it blends well with the other notes.. how it may be, you decide ^_^

Oct
18
2013
mocou
mocou

Carnal Flower, but this flower takes her time,
she left me waiting for a little bit, first rough ground, until dry earthliness gets touched by the first green notes, and then she comes -gloriously unfolding,
to the voluptuous flower she promised to be, slowly sweetly faiding.
Apart from the tuberose of course, I sensed the coconut, and it didn't even bother me one bit since usually I do not like coconut in perfume.
I love how this scent plays out, you can tell this is high quality. It smells so natural, a perfectly crafted scent, and this is not something I'd usually wear, but I still enjoy it immensly.

Oct
18
2013
ultracat
ultracat

I've been waiting to sniff this for two years. I'll admit I had preconceptions. Fans said it was the ultimate tuberose - bold, creamy, sweet, forever-lasting. Haters called cloying and obnoxious.

The opening is waay greener than I expected - wonderfully green, like cut flowers, mixed with a creamy intense tuberose. It gets "dirtier", less creamy in the drydown as the green notes fade and the orange blossom is more apparent. For me, that's the note that really differentiates it from Beyond Love or Do Son: the prominent orange note. The coconut is not as prominent as in Beyond Love, and the flowers are much bolder, more vibrant, really knock the socks off your nose.

It's really heady. Very long-lasting, huge sillage. I gave my scent-apathetic boyfriend a whiff and he didn't think it was "too much". (He has previous vetoed "Love" By Kilian as being "way too much perfume".)

All in all, it's not as heavy or cloying as I'd expected. Greener opening, more orange in the drydown than I imagined it would have. It's wonderful, definitely FBW. My only criticism is that I wish it stayed a little creamier.

Oct
15
2013
genny17
genny17

This smells intensely floral, a bit vintage, buttery rich floral, very elegant, very high quality scent.Cant imagine a guy wanting to smell so much like a woman though!?
The floral notes, the tuberose , really take a hold of the fragrance, if you don't like big florals, this won't please you.
I like soft florals. This is well done, but too intensely floral for me. It lacks sexiness and warmth.Malle though created a glorious rich scent.no doubt.
Reminiscent of past eras, of sunny Sundays , of frilly dresses and flowery umbrellas...

Oct
06
2013
darrshan77
darrshan77

REVIEW OF DARRSHAN

Iam on my 3rd bottle and i swear tis is an ultimate queen of florals , sheer quality and richness and sophastication, wenever i wear tis stuff people around me r left spellbound , instatnt positive reaction , even a most egoiste person around u will be forced to open his mouth and giv u a compliment ,tis is carnal flower by great domnique ropion
one my friend has chosen as his wedding perfume tis nov 2013.

yes a perfect wedding scent and also its UNISEX even males can pull it off

Sep
27
2013
Kiku
Kiku

I had never heard of this perfume until a generous Fragrantican sent me a sample. WOW! to the nth power!
I haven't been this excited about a scent in a long time. I am a bit confused about the name though. This doesn't strike me as dangerous. It reminds me of the long, hot, lazy summer afternoons of my Southern childhood. In the opening I smell gardenias and something green and woody(honeysuckle?). Then pure lilac comes in at the heart, clear and a bit sharp. By the drydown Carnal Flower is warm and very sweet but the green and woody notes keep it from being cloying. To me this is not dangerous, it is old-fashioned and ladylike, a throwback to the romantic days of parasols and lace gloves. But then, old-fashioned romance can weave a dangerous spell of it's own, can't it?

Sep
11
2013
sussex2
sussex2

A great week of sampling: Ambre 114, Filles en Aiguilles, Patchouli 24. All three are beautiful - I have a bit of a problem with longevity concerning FeA but still lovely.

My most anticipated sample arrived an hour ago. Finally got my hands on a sample of Carnal Flower. For me, this is certainly a case of saving the best 'til last. Not surprising as tuberose is my favourite perfumery note; apparently CF has the highest tuberose absolute content of any perfume.

I have been comparing CF to my reference tuberose fragrance, HdP's Tubereuse 3. At this point I'm not sure which I like best. They are similar – both close to perfection in terms of scent. They are very loud. I put one spray of CF on my wrist and it instantly filled the room. The hint of eucalyptus is a great touch.

I will have to wear them a few more times before I decide which one to buy a full bottle of. I should probably sell all my other fragrances and buy a bottle of each. That's not going to happen but it does highlight the only downside: the price. Oh well, you only live once – that should be enough justification for a constant supply of CF and T3.

Aug
30
2013
mippymuppett
mippymuppett

Bravo to Monsieur Malle!!! The opening notes were amazing. Eucalyptus and melon softened the initial blow. Mint? Yeah I smelled a mint note too...fleeting but it was there. Right out of the bottle this is pure shock and awe!!! This is BIG, creamy, dripping wet tuberose. Passive aggressive? I think not. This juice is in your face screaming for a woman (or a man) to leave a trail of clothes behind them. Carnal in every way!!!

Aug
29
2013
cecfor
cecfor

Oh, la la la, this is a beauty. It is a totally addicting tuberose with a hint of herbal freshness, preventing it from getting sweet and cloying. It is exciting and solid. It got me to love tuberose. Getting a fb when my testbottle is empty.

Aug
09
2013
lalig
lalig

The most beautiful, realistic white flower perfume. fresh, a little green-( love), and uncloying but at the same time sweet and lush. perfect for any age IMO and any season. 1 spray is all you need. 10/10.

Aug
09
2013
Addict2Perfume
Addict2Perfume

Dominique Ropion’s Carnal Flower is the most gorgeous tuberose I have ever smelled in my entire life! The tuberose starts out very earthy as if you went out in a field of tuberose and picked it yourself. Slowly it develops in to this lush and very fresh tuberose. The eucalyptus has a menthol-like quality where it’s not minty, but has a very soothing scent to it. Creamy coconut and sweet jasmine mix beautifully as a lovely orange flower note makes its self present with just a touch of melon and a sensual musk base. The jasmine gives it more of a beach tone, like a suntan lotion so I can smell the California inspiration in Carnal Flower! This fragrance is so stunning! I definitely can see the comparison to Versace’s Blonde, however Carnal Flower is more natural smelling and of a much higher quality. A few people have mentioned Michael Kors signature scent due to the prominent tuberose in that scent as well, but I have always found it to have a plastic chemical quality to it so I never cared for it. Carnal Flower has a tropical feel to it and tropical scents are surprisingly great to wear in the winter! I absolutely love it!

Aug
07
2013
Michael1962
Michael1962

I really wanted to like Carnal Flower but the tuberose is so overpowering in the first few hours.Enquiring second and third opinions in various shops of females shop assistants confirmed my suspicions that this is indeed not a unisex fragrance as its way too floral.

Aug
03
2013
Caramelle
Caramelle

Pure unadulterated tuberose at its best!
It is strong; parfum strength,but never too sweet or cloying.It has just the right amount of greenness and campherous notes to cut through the floral sweetness.

The longer I have it, the more versatile it seems to be.
However I love to wear it most on really hot summer days when it melts into the skin or on really crisp,sunny winter days when it seems to sparkle in the sun.

A very sophisticated white floral in my opinion.

Aug
03
2013
williamvargas
williamvargas

beautiful fragrance, full of life..would smell wonderful on a man or but better on a woman,...VAROOM!.. just hang on to your heart..
a head turner of a fragrance.. stunning.

Jul
23
2013
black_orchid
black_orchid

Dominique Ropion is a genius perfumer. He tamed tuberose and gave the most beatiful form. Carnal Flower a Love and touch of divine. The embodiment of men and women..

Jul
21
2013
Sofreshandsoclean
Sofreshandsoclean

Makes me want to have fun. What a happy creation. Makes me smile, and remind me of what a wonderfull world I am in. This makes me happy like no other fragrance. It is fresh, it is sweet, it has a little bite to it. I get the lifting eucalyptus, the sweet coconut and the creamy tuberose. But it really doesn't tell you anything about this perfume it is most of all a feeling.... like music for me. The same feeling this song gives me

"That's all they really want
Some fun
When the working day is done
Girls - they want to have fun
Oh girls just want to have fun"

I NEED a big bottle, love this pure legal happy-drug. I did not know perfume could be like this.

Jul
12
2013
pookerella
pookerella

If you read some of my reviews, you would think me a hater of white flowers. That's not really true, but sometimes combining all 3 heavy hitters (jasmine, tuberose, gardenia) all together in one perfume, blasting away with nothing to temper it makes me ask, WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?

I didn't have to ask anything about Carnal Flower. I tried to hate this perfume--but I couldn't. If you could find a way to mellow out tuberose, removing the "bite" without making it sweeter still, this is what you get. Minty, then creamy, playfully weaving through different phases, taking you on a scent rollercoaster. It is a masterpiece created by a master.

I like perfumes that warm as they linger and this one surely does. You fall more for it as it dries down. Seriously, it makes you love it! Very addicting, and very different than anything you have EVER experienced. Very expensive smell, $2.70 per ML. but it's worth every penny. The purity of this perfume is undeniable. Even as I write this, I can't believe I am plugging a really expensive white flower perfume, but this is what you get when the perfumer doesn't give you the "same old same old." There was a working brain and heart behind this and his name is Dominique Ropion. Bravo.

Jun
08
2013
dbrii24
dbrii24

Oh how I adore Carnal Flower! This is truly a majestic and gorgeous tuberose. Carnal Flower manages to capture the true essence of tuberose. Upon application I'm immediately hit with a blast of the greenest/freshest tuberose I've ever inhaled. Soon after tuberose is accompanied by eucalyptus and coconut; creating a sensual, tropical vibe. As time passes the fragrance deepens and each of the notes blend into one. The result is a sensational floral ruled by queen tuberose. There is an exotic flair to this composition and it's downright heavenly. This fragrance is a goddess with a strong voice. Vivacious and lovely! I bought a bottle after several tests because this fragrance is pricey. It's very well made and worth every penny in my opinion. I'm no psychic but something tells me that Carnal Flower will forever be special to me. A++++

May
30
2013
paul2010
paul2010

If Musc Ravageur is "sex in a bottle" for the winter, then this is for sure its correspondent for the hot summer days (and evenings). Amazing !

May
27
2013
claudiad13
claudiad13

I love this perfume. Initially, very powerful tuberose but settles into s flowery smell.

Apr
26
2013
cumulnimbus
cumulnimbus

There aren't enough words to describe the pleasure of wearing this marvelous creation. Thank you Monsieur Ropion for this master piece of contemporary perfume art.

Sure I'm a tuberose lover but I felt the new face of this note which was opened by Carnal Flower, was as crossing a door to a new olfactory dimension of my favourite white flower. I can't stop admiring the perfect way it merges with fresh eucalyptus creating a new kind of depth. I just love the inner battle in the blend, how the overdosed multilayered tuberose is combined with a high flower trio of jasmine, orange blossom and ylang-ylang without becoming unbearable. I celebrate the non over sugary character and precise mastery use of fruit notes in the groups of top and base notes, exact dose to make the perfume work without ruining its revolutionary proposition. Extra value for the non prominent background position of the musk note.

One in a million million scents. So interesting, so special, so enjoyable and intelligent. High value, worths its cost. You can smell it is a long worked piece, it is a statement. If I had to choose just a scent for the rest of my lifetime it could well be Carnal Flower. I curtsy in your honour, my queen of scents.

PD. Very nice review nopasho!!!

Apr
23
2013
oscar alvarado
oscar alvarado

yo en lo particular veo muy buenos comentarios de esta fragancia, estoy de acuerdo que ha de ser impresionante pero el precio es mas aun, sera que en otros lugares se encuentren ofertas, digo o algo similar.

particularly as I see very good reviews of this fragrance, I agree to be impressive but the price is more so, will that deals are elsewhere, say or something similar

Apr
18
2013
Dschlitz
Dschlitz

Worth every penny! Wow!

Apr
18
2013
Kiera79
Kiera79

Oh my god, this is gorgeous. A very realistic scent. I like florals but not usually tuberose, however this has changed my mind completely!

Unfortunately, it only lasts a couple of hours on me. Not worth it for the price :(

Apr
03
2013
Lady Love
Lady Love

Mother Nature will be very jealous about this creation. A floral fragrance at its best.It's almost perfect! This is not just one flower, this is the whole Damn Garden! Dominique Ropion will never cease to amaze me.
Carnal Flower is a perfume that makes you close your eyes when you breath it in, so well made, with expensive raw materials. Don't take the list of "fragrance notes" too seriously, just enjoy this beauty.

Mar
21
2013
darrshan77
darrshan77

REVIEW OF DARRSHAN

After using my 30 ml i have ordered the 50 ml bottle with 30 ml musc ravager , carnal flower is out of this world unbelieveble. and even musc ravager is growing on me well before i didnt like on my first certain trials butnow i just love both .

Mar
13
2013
ranchorita
ranchorita

A symphony of tuberose, which is not to say the symphony is simply one note, though it is a very beautiful note.

This is a gorgeous blossom of a fragrance and the jasmine and ylang ylang complement the tuberose beautifully. Other elements of the fragrance are subtle and allow the tuberose shine without broadening into a brassy blast of scent. When I woke up the next morning, my wrist still smelled beautifully of tuberose. For my chemistry, this is a bold yet beautiful and lasting tuberose.

Mar
09
2013
alberto1964
alberto1964

The air of heaven, endless fields of flowers .... I love it...absolutely one of the best perfumes ever tried. Unique and incomparabile...10/10

Mar
08
2013
hbomb9410
hbomb9410

Carnal Flower started out dry and peppery on me, tickling my nose like an oncoming sneeze. I think this must have been the bergamot. I didn't get any eucalyptus.

After the drydown, I was left with a demure white floral; sweeter and creamier than Marc Jacobs, not as woody or spicy as Michael Michael Kors. None of my friends or coworkers seemed to notice my fragrance, so I waved my wrist in their faces and demanded they give their opinions. "It smells nice." "Pretty." "Fancy."

Within 5-6 hours, all that remained was an innocuous powdery floral. Without a bolder, more masculine base to weigh it down, there was nothing "carnal" about this flower for me. Might be nice for blending, though.

Feb
27
2013
wallywinthrop
wallywinthrop

MENTHOLATED SEX. I love Carnal Flower. I loved it for five whole years before I finally purchased it in the wake of a momentous breakup. Carnal Flower was there with me while I gained my sense of self and learned how to be an independent woman at the age of 24, and at 25 I still take it with me on any excursion I feel will require its steely yet seductive qualities.

Carnal Flower is a big whoosh of tuberose that is amplified by the menthol at the top. Do not be put off - the menthol adds a necessary kick, one that I feel is strangely evocative of the 'classiness' of a scent that otherwise would be all purr and growl. Lately, my skin has been playing up the white musk of the drydown more and more, which is a shame since I love those big white top notes, but this is a relationship not a purchase, and therefore I will stick with it. I still love it no matter what. And I advise ladies to take it out on the first date as a litmus test of the taste of your potential partner. Men who don't salivate at this are not to be trusted.

Feb
27
2013
antfarm
antfarm

The first time I tried it, I was like: "Meh, smells like Sand and Sables in the dry down," and I kind of dismissed it as being all hype due to the high priced brand name. But after trying it again, I must say, it has grown on me, and I've gone through several samples. It's not as heady on me as it is on some people, and after about a half hour, I can't really smell it on me unless I sniff my skin or my shirt collar. But when I do smell it, it makes me close my eyes and sigh. It's what I hoped Fracas would be--a creamy, yet green tuberose. It has a distinctive note of coconut that isn't overwhelming enough (thankfully!) to take the fragrance over into the "fake Hawaii/Love Boat/Gilligan's Island" category on my skin, because it stays pretty green and very, very tuberosey. I'd love a full bottle, but the little angel on my shoulder keeps frowning at me, and telling me to save money.

Feb
19
2013
scorpiosheep
scorpiosheep

Thank you Carestinus for the chance to sample Carnal Flower, which I had long been curious to try. I do have to say that tuberose is not really my thing, but in this I can appreciate such a beautifully put-together fragrance. I can smell the coconut in the base notes, but absolutely no hint of eucalyptus (and I live in the Australian bush so I know that smell VERY well). I think from the name I expected more animalic notes and less huge floral, and for that reason I feel a little let down about this, but my curiosity is satisfied. It's a warm, tropical,sun-tan lotion-y, tuberose and wonderful in its own way.

Feb
10
2013
darrshan77
darrshan77

Review of Darrshan

Just got my 5 ml vial and from the first spray I started getting compliments , a lovely fresh lush green and floral but smooth and beautiful lively scent , I have ordered 30 ml and waiting for it ,, amazing tuberose the best in the market

Feb
05
2013
silagelover
silagelover

This scent is amazing after spraying it on I could detect some lush green citrus floral notes, followed by massive tuberose, jasmine coconut and eucalyptus to balance out the sweetness. It reminds me of walking initially it reminds me of the smell you get when you walk into a florist, then it turns into a sexy tropical rich floral scent. This smells a lot like Carol's Daughter monoi hair product line (which I looove and looked for ages for a similar scent) but more complex. The sillage is pretty massive and the lasting power is great. Its a potent scent but fresh and feminine enough to wear during the day but rich and deep enough to be an evening scent as well. I will definitely be buying a bottle of this once my sample runs out.

Jan
24
2013
Pbeschi
Pbeschi

I just got my first sample of Carnal Flower. It's wonderful guys! Not only it smells like heaven, but it's warm and green, sweet and sour, opulent and simple. GREAT PERFUME and of course, like any, not for everyone.

Jan
15
2013
joplinbaby
joplinbaby

great opening, really loud,love it but after 1 hour it starts to fade away, after 3 hours there's nothing to smell.

Jan
13
2013
darrshan77
darrshan77

Review of Darrshan

after trying some very famous tuberose frag like fracas by piguet then by kilian and some other stuff this carnal flower is a perfect well balanced real tuberose scent , and even a male can pull it of , its a very realistic tuberose scent u feel the scent and its sillage projection and longevity is awesome , now it starts feminine but after an hour it becomes a masculine to a certain level, its a unisex scent and worth the price frm the malle collection , try if u like florals. AWESOME PERFUME.

Jan
12
2013
bacall
bacall

In short, this stuff is just soooo dam good! Many compliments!! Powerful stuff - One blast lasts & lasts.....Loving the eucalyptus element too! Quality stuff! Drives my boyfriend crazy ;)

Jan
07
2013
tubereuse
tubereuse

Love, love, love. Smells exactly like the walk in cooler at the floral supply (when I am there to pick up my weekly fresh tuberose)!!!

Jan
06
2013
KasKas
KasKas

I'm not going to talk about the notes, many people have done that already.
For some people it works, for others it doesn't. As for me, I just need to say one word: SCENTGASM!!

Dec
28
2012
virga
virga

It seems like everyone enjoys this fragrance except me no matter how hard I try. For me it lacks harmony and despite being strong and intense it’s kind of boring: the axe of the composition is the collision between green note (eucaliptus probably, which smells like freshly cut grass – green and bitter) and the sweet creamy milky gardenia. CF starts with a burst of green, then gardenia/coconut takes over and it goes like this forever – no matter how milky and creamy and sweet gardenia gets, there is always this green bitterness comming to take over. Imagine a big garden: gardenias are in full bloom, the grass is freshly cut. And that’s all. In conclusion, Carnal Flower is too “realistic” and lacks the complexity and mystery. I guess I am a Fracas girl after all.

Dec
28
2012
astor818
astor818

I had to be convinced by the SA at Barney's as this is a departure for me. I'm now hooked and feel extremely confident when I wear this. I wear anything I feel like to work, winter spring, summer or fall. I choose what I like. I love bold and sophisticated fragrances. This meets the standard.

Dec
02
2012
EnPassant
EnPassant

Let me be clear at first: I really don't believe that fragrances should be classified by gender - male / female - I do believe that if you like a fragrance go on and wear it! Having said that, I confess:
This is the most beautiful and wonderful tuberose scent on earth! I simply love this perfume... I'm in my second bottle... And I'm sure it will be there among my favorites from 50 years by now!

All in all; wonderful, extremely long lasting and luxurious... Getting stronger and richer by the minute!

Favourite masterpiece!
Thanks Mr. Ropion!

Dec
01
2012
Iglisten
Iglisten

I only have a sample c/o fellow Bnoter Lisa, thanks Lisa. Carnal Flower is lovely. It reminds me of Pique and my Grandmother.

Nov
22
2012
kflinta
kflinta

I'm the one out of a hundred who does not care for this fragrance. It's way too flowery for me.

Nov
20
2012
darrshan77
darrshan77

Review of Darrshan

One of the best outstanding tuberose scent , first sniff and I was bowled over by it , I just feel heavenly when I smelled tis, looking forward to buy as its very expensive,

Nov
07
2012
kxnaiades
kxnaiades

This is my favourite tuberose scent after Fracas. Estee Lauder had to take a spot down to 3rd place after I met Carnal flower and began a much publicized affair which I hope will last forever. Frederic Malle spares no expense in production and although I am left picking up the bill, I am most grateful for the quality that is so vividly apparent. A lush musky white floral bouquet with the body of Laetitia Casta( I previously put Jessica Simpson pre-pregnancy) and so unmistakeably classy, I find myself sitting ramrod straight and behaving with more decorum, although (in my imagination at least), under my chic knee-length pencil skirt suit that fits like a dream, my French lace and satin lingerie set complete with suspender belt and seamed stockings belie the wantoness underneath. This is actually what the scent brings to my mind at least- god knows what other people around me are thinking but nobody seems to be clutching their heads in pain or wrinkling noses in displeasure at least. Warning: I am an oversprayer even with Angel but with Carnal Flower, 2 squirts was more than adequate to produce a cloud of warm gold that is keeping up with me on my day. Don't overspray! I could go on forever but I will leave you with a song, predictably Nina Simone crooning "I'll put a spell on you".

Nov
02
2012
judyk
judyk

First wearing - and I have to say Carnal Flower just makes me laugh! It's so In-Your-Face SMELL ME!!

The sort of perfume you really shouldn't wear in public, but you do anyway, 'coz you're in the mood for extravagance, and if it knocks out those who come within 10 feet of you, tough. ;-)

I thought I didn't care for tuberose but I suspect it had more to do with it often overpowering the rest of the notes in an otherwise nice perfume. Here, where it's meant to shine, it dazzles!

{giggle, giggle...}

Oct
06
2012
aromaminx
aromaminx

this is ,simply put,outstanding.

Sep
19
2012
sweetnspicey
sweetnspicey

Side note: I can't believe anyone could compare Carnal Flower to Mimosa by Christiane Celle. Mimosa was my signature throughout college. It's green and sweet and delicate. Mimosa is nothing like the loud, bold, exotic tuberose! Carnal Flower is not only tuberose, it's highlighted by the tropical note of coconut. Comparing those two is like saying lily of the valley and rose are similar. I am only pointing this out because I feel the comparison is awfully misleading.

As for the review, I am not super excited about this interpretation of tuberose. It's much more of a soliflore than I was expecting. I guess if you're a die-hard tuberose lover, this could be a real winner. But I for one was hoping for more depth, more coconut, more something. Smelling this takes me right back to tuberose perfume oils from Hawaii again, and I am bored with that.

For more sensory interest I prefer Daphne by CdG or Nuit de Tuberose by L'Artisan.

Sep
15
2012
Matt Oldham
Matt Oldham

When I was a small child the drug store where my aunt was a pharmacist had something that smelled like this. Carnal Flower is very much like great scents from the late 50s and early 60s. My mother used to have something like this and it's one of those intense time-regained sort of experiences, same as I had with Dior Homme. I wouln't say it's anything like a soliflore, although obviously it's a tuberose scent. The jasmine and coconut are very much there and not entirely subsumed. I much prefer to Fracas, which I didn't expect to say. I know a woman who grows tuberose and they don't smell like this in bloom but much prettier and less challenging...apparently the absolute is made from flowers starting when in bud and continuing until they've turned brown. I just read that here on Fragrantica yesterday, so now I know why the real flowers I smelled were so normal. But anyway, one of the very best. An amazing choice if you're dying to take the tube plunge.

Sep
14
2012
lanags
lanags

very linear and true tuberose - expected more structure as it can get anoyingly predictable for hours - likable but the tuberose oil would do the same

Aug
29
2012
jgirgar
jgirgar

So I like to try a new fragrance each Saturday if I can. This past weekend I tried Carnal Flower after all the amazing reviews and the opening is amazing and I wish it stayed that way till the end. The tuberose is light and beautiful and you get the balance of the coconut. On me the drydown is jasmine, which in the end reminds me of my Creed Jasmal. The jasmine note seems to play a key roll in the drydown which lasts for some time - a great skin scent. Too light for my taste but could be a nice delicate scent for someone with a softer side. JG 082812

Rating: 7/10

Aug
28
2012
Czarette
Czarette

Straight up Tuberose w a hint of coconut. Amazing, lasting, great sillage. Was destined to be my signature scent.

Unfortunately it makes me break out. But only in the sun. Apparently its a photoreaction. It looks like a chemical burn. For the longest time I couldn't figure out what it was. It looked like I had been burned with blisters all up the insides of my arms and I would be fine all day at work and then in the car I would start to scratch. Started in the Spring as the sun got more powerful and would hit just so as I drove home. And on the weekend when I would sit outside.

Contacted Malle and they said that everything in it conformed to the new regs and they had no idea what it could be. I had a similar thing happen wearing of all things, L'eau D'Issey about 5 years ago.

In both cases it made me very sad. I can put the Carnal Flower on clothes and I'm fine but it doesn't smell nearly so wonderful as it does on warm skin.

:(

Has anyone else had this happen?

Aug
05
2012
zosoroxy
zosoroxy

I bought into all the hype, & just had to have a sample upon initial release. At that time, I didn't know a note from a street sign... And, specifically, I didn't know that tuberose was so evil- In Fracas, it sent me into an 8 day migraine: Bedridden & vomiting, with all the extra's that I'll spare mention of.

Sooo... Tuberose is prominent here, thus I do not care for it, and even further, cannot tolerate it. Fortunately, I was able to send the remainder of the sample (5 ml, I think? It was quite costly!) to my best friend from HS, who appreciated the sample.

This was years ago, but I shudder to recall this nauseating fragrance. (Sorry! It's not meant as a personal insult to anyone!)

Tuberose intolerants, beware :(

Aug
05
2012
pb0330
pb0330

i got a sample a few days ago. i wanted to love it, but thought it was ok. never having smelled a tuberose flower in real life, i imagine this is very close to the true smell of it, it seems very natural. i think i just have to face the facts that i am not a floral scent wearer, i will stick with my more fruity/gourmand, musky scents from now on. for anyone who lovers floral scents, this would be perfect.

Aug
03
2012
darrshan77
darrshan77

Review of Darrshan

I got a sample few days back and on the1st whif I was transported to heaven , it's just Georgeous scent, a really quality scent, I hav to try more to test its longevity and sillage and projection , but at first sniff I was blown away, my latest fav, looking forward to buy in future as its too expensive, but a worth as for personal smelling frag, rich tuberose scent,

Jul
31
2012
lisa o
lisa o

radiates like the sun, even if applied in atomic doses (paper smells for weeks!!)...wow..indeed very terrene & carnal...the almoust medicinal eucalyptus is a really good compagnon for the tuberose (jungle:-)...I often find tuberose in perfumes stinky, anaesthetic...this one is marvelous

Jul
27
2012
French Boudoir Doll
French Boudoir Doll

This will be a short review as there are so many here that are very great. I only want to add my two "scents" I have to say for the first 30-45 minutes this fragrance is one of my all time favorites...very intoxicatingly delightful!
***But then... the flower completely wilted! It turned into a cheap scent that I had fallin for hard once upon a time...but then into disgust of a waste of money... in the dry down here it smells just like VICTORIA'S SECRET LACE Boring, flat...and just the sweet orange blossoms... I recomend a baby could wear this scent...OUCH!!! I am so sad...because I wanted to love carnal flower....as I adore many other wonderful Dominique Ropion potions.... Sorry for the not so great review, just wondering if others share my opinion...

Jul
19
2012
merlinarbor
merlinarbor

I had such high hopes for Carnal Flower, but it immediately turned sour and flat on my skin. A total dud.

Jul
04
2012
nofixedstars
nofixedstars

Carnal Flower...hmmm. Another reviewer stated that to her, it didn't smell especially carnal; rather, she said it was the smell of love. I couldn't agree more!

Having said that, it is also a really lovely perfume. It's on my "must acquire full bottle" list. Sometimes I'm in the mood for a certain type of floral-- specifically, a floral that is white flower-based, with a true, realistic green feeling also, not really sweet, not boring, not sticky. A perfume that truly smells of the flower(s) referenced by title or composition. There are two perfumes I reach for when this mood strikes: Gold by Donna Karan, with its amazing fresh lily smell, and Carnal Flower, with its lyrical tuberose. CF manages to be both crisp and unctuous, accurately capturing the character of fresh tuberose. It''s green yet heady. It does, in fact, manage to be simultaneously pure and deeply sensual. If this scent had a face from ancient lore, it would perhaps be Persephone/Kore, before she was dragged away by Dis/Pluto...A knowing sort of innocence, or an innocent sort of knowing. Riper than hyacinths, calme et volupte...

Intoxicating, in a very special way. Recommended!

Jul
04
2012
cassiodvinhal
cassiodvinhal

Beautiful, almost real flower abstraction. Ropion has identified precise components from tuberose absolute. He abstracted a rich and almost linear flower. The sweetness from coconut is present like in the expensive absolute. Elegantly accompanied with eucalyptus this sweetness can be weared by guys and girls. Some would argue it is slightly feminine, but I found it absolutely unisex. Projection is great (be carefull !) and you'll notice people trying to find out from where the smell comes. So, 1 spray is enough for guys, 2 sprays for girls and 3 for outer space aliens.

Jun
23
2012
Redpula
Redpula

Floral, powerful floral and Linear indeed. But a linear goddess.
A very potent tuberose fragrance that will make heads turn.
Here is my short story. During my lunch break, I decided to check my p.o. box and there they are from
Posh Peasant, in less than two weeks, my order samples of Carnal Flower, Mandragore Pourpre, Monk, Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles, Hermes Jardin Sur Le Nil.

I sniff Mandragore Pourpre and I was happy. Quality is there. My long lost desire.

Then after work, I decided to two sprays this Carnal Flower on my neck and oh my macaroni, it was a monster, sillage and fragrance.

Very potent feminine blast of floral and spice blends but after 14 minutes, tuberose is up and this is the front runner. I can smell a hint of coconut, supporting it.

I went to a french cafe to eat poutine and women customers are looking at me, smiling, they have sensed a wonderful aroma. After 1 1/2 hours, the tuberose is still the dominant seductress in this perfume.

Projection is still loud and very pleasant. Non cloying, refined though linear.
Try, Buy or Pass? For perfume collectors, it's a Must to own at least a sample. For others, Try first on your skin if tuberose will work for you.

Here is my take on Carnal Flower:

Scent: 9/10
Projection: 10/10
Longevity : This I'm sure is long lasting.

Weather : Great for Spring and Fall, Ok for
summer for 1 perfect spray only.
Gender : A definite female fragrance (floral),
a very confident and adventurous male
can wear this, light spray on formal
event especially on cloudy days and
colder evenings.

Jun
22
2012
scratchnsniff
scratchnsniff

Received my sample today; on a wet and windy British June. I'm not a massive fan of overly floral girly scents, but this was, at first spray, intriguing to say the least. I got all the mown grass smell people have been talking about....then WHAM! TUBEROSE...'Oh Lord help me', I thought this is gonna kill me. Not at all suitable for a cool British climate. I definately saw it on someone living in a hot exotic part of the world. But soon enough everything calmed down, and the coconut came out to play and stayed too long....POOF the entire scent was gone.

I thought I hadn't put enough on, so added more. The same thing, POOF! The sample came from a reputable supplier, so it's not that. I must have the weirdest skin, as no one else has had the same problem.


TWO DAYS LATER....

I thought I'd give this another chance on a warm beautiful day. Oh my, what a difference. It stayed on my skin and wafted etherally around me all day. I can't exlain the difference, only that, as I said earlier, I think this scent would be appreciated more in a very warm climate.

If I lived in Miami or Brazil I would be running out the door to get it. This exotic beauty is not for the northern hemisphere I'm afraid.

Jun
22
2012
ssmehdi
ssmehdi

This smells pretty linear on my skin, which I like. Smells like a tuberose garden from beginning to end. This can be worn by men, if applied lightly, 1 spray.

I have a 10ml decant for sale, $39 shipped within US. PM me if interested.

Jun
12
2012
tln2004
tln2004

This is just a beautiful floral with a hint of sweetness from the coconut which makes it wearable for a guy. Though unisex, I would say it is slightly bent on the feminine side, but still very wearable for a guy and absolutely sexy as heck on a women. Projection and sillage is an absolute beast on this, be careful with the trigger, 1 spray is enough, 2 sprays should be the max as 3 sprays would clear the room.

May
02
2012
arnela
arnela

this perfume is my first perfume desire.

again I do not have anything to add, since all nopasho said.

Passover, but ... well ... you nopasho....

with his sexual comments and excellent taste for leading me into sin. ekhhhmmm primal sin ... if ... blush.if I could blush.... but never blush.

Apr
18
2012
daniela3
daniela3

To Nopasho:

Long, intriguing and passionate review - as usual - but, here is what I'm quoting from your script:

"This is a one kind of a fragrance, that with the right marketing could have been as successful as ‘Alien’"

I'm not of your same opinion, if I can say, because costs make always (unfortunately) some differences. It's not only a question of marketing operations, wether to be done it 'discretely' or 'loudly' ..... but Carnal Flower and F. Mall's creations are sold only in few shops (may be the presence or not of a fridge in the shop can be relevant also) I'm not aware of the cost of a bottle of Alien (I'm sure that it's not a cheap frag anyway) whereas I know C.F. and some other Malle's frags prices. In the second case we have also an handcraft and therefore a minor production, so that the frags could not be available for everybody, not to say that C.F. is a complex fragrance and not one to be liked so soon. According to me, obviously!

Moreover I sadly recognize that it was the Fiat industry to buy the Ferrari one, but not the contrary....

Take care!

D.3 ; )

Apr
15
2012
nopasho
nopasho

Yep! It’s a long one. Again. And a positive one. Again. Celeb frags and linear fruity florals I can dissect in ten lines, don’t worry. But why? Everybody know how they smell. The same. But I like the more complex ones, girlies. The different ones. The special ones. Not scented water to impress your bf, but perfume masterpieces that can trigger memories, bring you in a certain mood and have the power to make your life more beautiful and inspire you to love, hope and cherish.

So, it is again an intricate masterpiece of fragrance. But less well known than the Coco’s and Cartier's. As good but more radical. A bit like the no compromises ‘Kenzo’s ‘L’Eléphant’. This is a scent that does not dilute itself to get mainstream or conquer a bigger segment of the maket. Not so with this 'Carnal Flower'. It is not niche, I think it is in the same category as 'Lolita Lempicka', but a bit more daring and pushing the boundaries. It is no freak scent à la 'Etat Libre', but it is also not mainstream. It is too willfull and unique for that. I would put it in the same category of wearability like Kenzo's 'L'Eléphant' or Lutens 'Tubereuse Criminelle'. And the fragrance heat is turned up here not to eleven, but to 12. This is some serious, dense juice, alright! After all, this is literally and figuratively speaking a 'Sex Bomb', this is ‘Carnal Flower’ aka ‘Sex Flower’. 'Carnal' means: ‘erotic, sensual, bodily, fleshly, genital, lascivious, lecherous, lewd, libidinous, lustful, salacious, sensual, voluptuous…’ So all the threads on Fragrantica about ‘Sex in a bottle’ and ‘What is the most sexy fragrance?’ Well, the answer is here.
‘Carnal Flower’… Hmmm let the name roll on your tongue… Isn’t that a great name for a fragrance? Sure, but if the fragrance would be a scrubber, what are you with a fantasy inducing name? I mean ‘Radiance’. Great, but what if it radiates a mediocre generic fume? ‘Reveal’? What if is reveals a vile stench? ‘Believe’ Sure I want to believe, but not in a concoction that combines guava, tangerine and praline. Yes, read again, you’re not hallucinating. And some people give money for it too! At least with ‘Lollipop Bling Bling ‘ you know it is a joke of a fragrance right away. But to each it’s own.

‘Carnal Flower’ by Frédéric Malle. ‘Erotic Lascivious, Libidinous Sensual Flower’. Wow! Typical’ libertine’ French name. Sensuality and flowers. If you know the erotic close up photo's of flowers by Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki, you know that sex and flowers have a lot in common. Not only visually but also 'fragrantically'. Flowers and sex: a marriage made in heaven. Of course if married the right way. It could also end in a quickie divorce. But that’s not the case here. This 'Sex Flower' is a truely intoxicating grand white flower composition in the opulent tradition of Robert Piguet’s ‘Fracas’, Andy Tauer’s elusive masterpieces, the more known Guerlain’s ‘Shalimar' and ‘Mitsouko’, Tom Fords ‘Black Orchid’ and yes, Michael Kors’ ‘Michael’ which is not a bad fragrance at all. I mean this is not a shy wallflower but a fragrance with presence and personality. But without being gaudy or white trashy. Smoldering, bewitching, femme fatale. 'C’est une discète’, like Shalimar. I mean apply with moderation. And then you reach indeed a flowery sensual nirvana.

The ‘Sensual Flower’ in question is the great tuberose. First of all the fantastic and yes, sensual, tuberose has been the inspiration for great fragrances from mainstream to niche and back. From Avon’s ‘Candid’ and Bath and Body Works ‘Velvet Tuberose’ over Tommy Hillfiger’s ‘Dreaming Pearl’ passing by Caron’s ‘Tubereuse’, Dior’s ‘J’Adore’ over Killian’s ‘By Love’ to Serge Lutens ‘Tubereuse Criminelle’. I deliberately omit Clive Christians obscenely expensive ‘C for women’. No fragrance, even if it is liquid gold sprinkled with diamonds and sapphires and rubies and emeralds can be worth as much IMHO. I mean tuberose is one powerful and loved fragrance note that produces powerful and opulent, rich, ‘Here I Am’ fragrances. No wonder tuberose is considered since many centuries as an aphrodisiac and has been used for ages by ladies to seduce men. With a 99% success rate, I might add. I am a man. And if I would smell a woman wearing Malle's 'Carnal Flower', my heartbeat would certainly start racing. The tuberose smell is at the time sweet, earthy, intoxicating, strong, creamy, a bit indolic (‘dirty’ meaning musky-flowery version ), heady… It has without a doubt the strongest white floral smell of all. Stronger than jasmine and all the rest. Tuberose is the Queen Bee of Flower Power. Of course, this also means that this Queen Bee has the inclination to dominate everything and to eat every other fragrance note in the near and far distance up and spit it out in a heartbeat. It has to be a strong combo that keeps the tuberose from devouring every other fragrance note and bring her unique character in moderation to the surface, when she smells best. Too much tuberose is overkill. So it is quite a challenge to build a fragrance around the mighty Queen Bee Tuberose.

Luckily we see that the nose behind the 'Libidinous Flower' is none other than Dominique Ropion. Together with Annick Menardo, the best nose for the moment IMHO. Ropion has already an impressive CV. Some of his work: Mugler’s‘ Alien’, Viktor and Rolf's ‘Flowerbomb’, Ralph Lauren's legendary ‘Safari’, Givenchy’s ‘Amarige’, Dior’s ‘Pure Poison’, Calvin Klein’s ‘Euphoria’, Vivienne Westwood’s ‘Anglomania’… I mean, the man is no nameless celebrity frag lab technician, but a full blown artist and maitre parfumeur. And no snob at that because he also made Jennifer Lopez’ ‘Live’, one of the few celeb frags with an own face, Cacharel's legenadary 'Amor Amor'... and some Escada’s. So the man is an all round flexible master perfumer. But what you see in all his creations is that Ropion is the undisputed master of high quality flowery fragrances: jasmine in ‘Alien’ and ‘Pure Poison’, all the flowers in yes… Flowerbomb, peony in J Lo’s 'Live', narcissus and hyacinth in Ralph Laurens Safari, rose in Westwood’s ‘Anglomania’, orchid in ‘Euphoria’… Where Menardo is the undisputed modern master of mixing original fragrance notes and spices, Ropion is the undisputed master of high quality flower-perfumes. And Frédéric Malle’s ‘Carnal Flower’ is one of his less known but finest works. I have long had the wish to write a review, but was too damn scared, because taking on the Mighty Tuberose in a review is daunting. Especially in a fragrance named after her: 'Libidinous Flower'. The Queen Bee has no mercy, but I hope you do with this review.

Top: Bergamot, melon, eucalyptus, (!)
Middle: Tuberose, ylang ylang, jasmine, salicylates(!!)
Base: Tuberose absolute, Orange Blossom absolute, coconut (!!!) Musk,

Very, very strange and intriguing!
First of all something about the three ‘strange’ notes. The tuberose and orange blossom ‘absolutes’ in the base, 'salicylates' in the middle and 'eucalyptus' in the top.
Flower ‘absolutes’ is another name for the essential oil of a flower, so the concentrated form of the flower smell with a much more concentrated, deep and strong fragrance intensity because it is more concentrated and there are much more flower fragrance molecules in it. They are concentrated, highly-aromatic, oily mixtures extracted from plants. Totally natural. Contrary to the floral artificial extracts 'Made in China' in the celeb fruity florals. So natural flower smell of the strongest smelling flowers on steroids. Super strong. And here we have the turbo version of the strongest flower fragrance in existence: tuberose, and the pungent orange blossom on dope. Wow! That is gonna be one hell of a flowerfest! When I write this, I can’t stop thinking: what were those caricature of perfumer-dutchies Viktor and Rolf thinking when they called their much too expensive frag ‘Flowerbomb’? I mean, look at this. Is this a real flowerbomb, or what? Anyway: salicylates in the middle.
Salicylates are one of the magic tricks of modern perfumers, much like ‘aldehydes’ were in the age that Chanel 5 was created (1921). They are molecules that give a natural present flowery smell an extra boost, a solar, warming, open, bright effect. It gives a certain ‘grandiose’, royal, blooming, rounded, very pleasing effect. Ropion probably used methyl salicylate here. It is found naturally in birch and rhododendrons. And in, you never guessed it… tuberose, jasmine, ylang ylang. And it is described as sometimes having an ‘eucalyptus’ peppermint-y smell, and it is used much in medicine to give certain foul reeking pills and concoctions a palatable fragrance and smell to swallow more easily. So you see already a pattern.
And that brings us to the last ‘strange ingredient’: eucalyptus. It is best known as the ‘cough syrup’ smell. It comes from the eucalyptus three in oil form. The smell is medicinal, menthol, fresh clean, minty, dry but also sexy, powerful and herbal. And it is strong! Ha! Would that be one of the secret weapons of nose Ropion to prevent tuberose overkill?

First of all the danger of ‘death by flowers’ in 'Carnal Flower' is very real here. In base and flowers in middle, Ropion means serious flower business. A big heavy dose of an already big heavy flower. In conenctrated and less conetrated form. See for yourself. In the base and in absolute (‘extra strong’) form: orange blossom and tuberose, already in itself the strongest smelling flower of them all. And then in the middle Ropion keeps heaping the flowers up: another dose of tuberose, the strong ylang ylang, the equally powerful jasmine. And if it is not ‘bad’ enough, he fortifies this already massive flower smell by giving it an extra polish and boost with the salicylates, which give a en extra gloss and opulence to the flowers. As if the needed it, you would think.

At this point you could rightfully say: I surrender and I flee. I like flowers but this is simply too much! It is ‘death by flowers’. You are suffocated in tuberose and ylang ylang and their sisters. You can be suffocated in a relationship by too much affection, you can be strangled by too much love. And then you divorce. So at this point for me it is: bye bye my sweet flowers, but your attentions, your love, your affections just suffocate me. I want to break free! Only Ropion manages to kick the flowers back hard and in their place. And prevent flower overkill. Admitted: it is not with some breezy faint fragrance note that he does it. It is with the heavy artillery. First in the base we get a dose of coconut. Coconut is almost as dominant as tuberose, has the ability to emasculate or absorb the strength of other smells, to make them less dominant while keeping their distinct fragrance. Only instead of volume 12, coconut brings the 'flower smell volume' down to an acceptable 8. Coconut pushes the too ardent affection of the Queen Bee tuberose and her cronies orange blossom, jasmine, ylang ylang back hard. Then comes the eucalyptus to give the donkey punch. Impossible to ignore. Strong as a codeïne-infused cough syrup. The combination coconut-eucalyptus nips the potential flower overkill stongly and mercilessly and thankfully in the bud. I mean think about it: coconut neutralizes a part of the flower dead knell and another part is simply beat into their place by the strong eucalyptus. To round things off, we get some melon in the top. Normally I run away like on fire from every fragrance that lists ‘melon’ and 'watermelon' in it. But for once, I agree with putting this in. It is absolutely necessary to water the flowers and the counter forces of coconut-eucalyptus, down. To prevent and extinguish a disharmonious, grating olfactory clash between the female flowers, the neutral coconut and the masculine eucalyptus. Again: the sign of a great maitre parfumeur: bringing yin (female flowers) in balance with the yang (male eucalyptus) side of a fragrance. And he does that with the soothing non descript melon. No need for another strong fragrance note. The bergamot brings a zesty freshness into the whole and the musk a spicy deepness. Done deal!

Ropion comes on strong. It seems to become an Alien at first sight with tuberose instead of the Alien-jasmine. I mean tuberose absolute in base and again tuberose in the middle. It threatens to be flower overkill and olfactory premature ejaculation because of the too massive flower sensations. Potentially unpalatable. But he balances these muscular flower side out with an even muscular other (male) side of eucalyptus and coconut. The coconut also has as effect that it takes out the sharp ‘medical’ edge of the eucalyptus. The result is again a truly original, very powerful fragrance. It is a more discreet ‘Alien’. And because of Malle’s less than gargantuan-ego like Thierry Mugler has, and more modest pr budget, ‘Carnal Flower’ is a hidden gem. Every inch as good as ‘Alien’, but less radical, more rounded, more creamy, more balanced. But, don’t be fooled, it is still a very strong fragrance with sillage that can knock passers-by off their socks, a longevity that means that you can scrub for 12 hours but you’ll still be a ‘Sensual Flowers’. So don’t use it for a blind date, unless you are sure it will be a success. The smell of ‘Carnal Flower’ and the memories of a good or bad date will stay with you for the rest of the night and part of the next day. Super sillage comparabel to Lutens and Ofocourse it is well balanced and mixed impeccably.

This is made for strong women to wear. It fits perfectly with a woman who knows what she wants, is sure about her sexual power ('The Carnal Flower') and seductive potential, is not threatened by the radiation of a perfume that will lure men like moths to a flame. She doesn’t really care what her boyfriend or husband thinks about her fragrance. She wears it for her own pleasure. Not his. As should be IMHO. If men like it, it is a plus, but it is not the most important thing, it is not necessary. 'Carnal Flower' women wear this spectacular deep fragrance for themselves. If you don't like it, too bad for you! A ‘Carnal Flower’-woman is like 50’s iconic and most-beautiful-actress-ever Gene Tierney in her great films noirs: smoldering, unbelievably beautiful, yet with a hint that there are deep, maybe even disturbing secrets in this woman’s mind, that this woman has something to hide. Mysterious but intoxicating. A woman who doesn’t wear cheap emotions on her sleeve, who isn’t prone to hysterical attacks or public ‘actes d’amour’, but who has an intricate, deep emotional life under the beautiful surface. The lucky man who succeeds in piercing through the cool outer layer of a 'Carnal Flower'-woman, has struck gold. This woman is endlessly fascinating intoxicating, enchanting. She has a highly developed sense of beauty, sensuality and all things beautiful in life. Like ‘Carnal Flower’ by Frédéric Malle.

This is a one kind of a fragrance, that with the right marketing could have been as successful as ‘Alien’. But I think that nose Ropion and the house of Malle prefer a bit more discretion instead of the loud (but don’t get me wrong) also great and exceptional ‘Alien’. It is a strong flowery-woody-velvety fragrance. It has the power to seduce, to elevate the women who wear it to powerful love goddesses and the men who smell it to longing, accommodating, silly putty in her hands. And isn’t that every woman’s dream? Don’t thank me. Thank Frédéric Malle. And especially nose Dominique Ropion. The man who succeeded in transforming an epic battle between diabolically strong female flowers on steroids and male cough syrup eucalytus and tropical cocount with the celeb fume note melon thrown in as reconciler and helped by the most modern perfume tehcniques (salicylates), into a mind bending fragrance.

So readers of all the Fragrantica ‘What is the most sexy scent for women?’ Here’s the answer: the one and only ‘Sensual, Libidinous, Lewd, Fleshy’ Flower, the ‘Carnal Flower’! Your bf, mate or husband and yourself, should be prepared for some serious action when you get this into your boudoir, ladies… Oh yes, the young girlies better stick with the Britney-esque fumes. This is simply too ‘carnal’ for virgins. Sorry!

Apr
15
2012
hnyc
hnyc

I haven't loved a floral perfume since I used to douse myself in Amarige back in high school. I decided to try a sample of this on a whim.

As soon as i sprayed this i was transported to a field of fresh cut grass, tons of white flowers and tuberose, morning dew and bright sun. i can't remember the last time a fragrance took me away like that. it's truly beautiful.

This is not a "sexy" fragrance. This is what love smells like.

Mar
30
2012
lucisamomo
lucisamomo

can't get tired of this smell. extremely beautiful. very clean tuberose.
i sprayed a little on my pillow and wrist and still can smell it when i wake up.
it is the most beautiful fragrance in the world!! The portrait of lady is also extremely beautiful as well

Mar
27
2012
Katzamis
Katzamis

When I reached out for a groceries bag the other day, the guy at the counter caught a whiff of Carnal Flower, looked out at the door to see if it was a smell of vegetation from outside and said, "It smells like spring". In some way, wearing it is like carrying around a bouquet of flowers, but I'm not tired of it yet:)
Fortunately, loud florals here are balanced by coconut as the scent unfolds. Also, it has an interesting drydown (at least on my skin) - a bit like clothes that have just been ironed.

Mar
25
2012
Czarette
Czarette

For months I have been collecting samples and hunting for my Holy Grail Perfume. The other morning I attended an event on the South Lawn of the White House along with 4000 other people and we were all crammed together trying to get a view of the festivities and this intern next to me says to her boyfriend, "Do you think that's someone's perfume or does it really just smell like flowers here?" The only flowers in evidence anywhere were daffodils on the balcony and tulip trees about 20 yards away, so I'm pretty darn sure she was smelling me. I was wearing the dregs of a 5 ml decant of Carnal Flower.

On me after a few minutes all I get is the much spoken of vegetal quality. Like carrots just yanked from the garden on a humid morning. In the course of my search, I ordered the tuberose sampler from Perfumed Court and compared to all 17 things they had in their pack which included well knows like Annick Goutals Passion, Creed Tuberose Indiana, Fracas, and Tubereuse Criminelle. Carnal Flower was the stand out.

I am hoping it is rare enough to keep as a signature scent. Anyone could do worse than smell like a young woman's idea of what the White House grounds in Spring even if they only smell that way when I'm there.

I'm not saying its my Holy Grail, but I did spring for a 50ml bottle.

Mar
18
2012
rod7elfo
rod7elfo

Maybe is because i smell this on one of the sexiest women in the world, i cant imagine how can CF is a male one too...
Every time this amazing women ( my wife) wears this, i just cant control my self. My mind, my body, my senses, my passion becomes ready to love.
Maybe i'm a tuberose on my wife fan, but the same effect appers when she wear aqua fiorentina... Well this effect happens always no matter what...
...
I hope she wears this today!!!

Mar
02
2012
missk
missk

I hear the name Carnal Flower bandied around the fragrance forums quite often, and there's always good things said about it. Up until this point I hadn't found the opportunity to explore Frederic Malle's perfumes in great depth, so Carnal Flower was one of those mysterious fragrances on my 'for test' list.

I was expecting a beautiful, heady white floral, so you can imagine my initial shock when the scent I applied to the card was a blast of earthiness. For the first few seconds I was channelling a review along the lines of, 'dirt meets tuberose', when the composition settled into a somewhat green, natural and heavy interpretation of tuberose and jasmine.

Towards the heart, the tuberose becomes warmer and a touch creamier. The coconut in Carnal Flower is either a love it or hate it. It adds a strange milkiness to the composition, also introducing a somewhat beachy feel, not far removed from suntan lotion. It's at this point that Carnal Flower gets a little wild.

This fragrance is not your typical white floral, nor is it particularly carnal or arousing. Naughty perhaps, like a kid playing in mud knowing full well that their mother just gave them a bath.

I find the melon accord a little off-putting, but that's due to my own personal tastes. Thankfully the note isn't too strong. I have come to the conclusion that Carnal Flower is a heady white floral that I admire, and one where I can revel in its complexity, yet somehow I can't find that strong desire to wear it.

The sillage is so intense, that if over applied, Carnal Flower could indeed become very cloying, so please proceed with caution. It also has the tendency to feel rather sticky on the skin. Personally I find this fragrance much too heavy for the warmer weather, so I suggest that wearing Carnal Flower during Spring and Summer may be pushing a boundary.

Mar
01
2012
Fábio Condé
Fábio Condé

Dominique Ropion did something that was supposed to be extravagant, vulgar, becoming especially rich, luxurious and elegant. Merged flowers like tuberose, jasmine, ylang ylang so exquisite, bringing together the coconut, making a work of art, because I expected something that would not match me or not please me, but I was charmed.

Feb
25
2012
Uca
Uca

Carnal Flower is my favorite and I always get compliments on it. Too bad it's so expensive but I think it's worth the money.

Feb
16
2012
Mr. Doody
Mr. Doody

This is one of my new favorites. This is a serious scent with which you will make a statement - regardless of whether you wish to!

FM calls it a unisex scent. I agree, but you boys out there should know a few things. When it calms down it's definitely more unisex than when you initially spray it. The tuberose et. al. positively beat you with a bat upon application. This is a heady, heady, flowery juice. You will smell like flowers, and you'll need to be comfy with that! I definitely would NOT buy this without testing it first. And probably testing it a few times, at that!

I think it's fantastic stuff. Powerful. Distinct. Pushy. Gorgeous.

Feb
08
2012
Jellybean
Jellybean

wow, this blew me away. what a nice surprise. by looking at the notes it seemed promising, and yes it is. Lots of my fav ingredient tuberose, then jasmine, soft musk and creamy ylang-ylang. This perfume is more of a lady fume, then unisex. Suitable name, it most definitely is all about flowers. Simply another amazing fragrance! Everlasting too:)

Feb
08
2012
Scarlette
Scarlette

Thank you for your input Tovah!

I don't want to make enemies, but I am quite certain that I won't try it again. I am of the "utterly disturbing" camp. This was the second time, with the first being 1 month ago. It seemed even worse this time! it makes me feel like I need to run away! Very hard to scrub off too.

Lasting power is PHENOMENAL. it is listed in Luca Turin's Top 10 Best Loud Fragrances for a reason....I thought it might smell similar to Poison, but better....Nope.

Jan
27
2012
Tovah
Tovah

Incredible presence, outstanding longevity, wildly unusual..

Scarlette - just read your review - Carnal Flower is a strange, strange scent. It's extremely camphorous and (to me anyways) it's one of those fragrances that can be strikingly beautiful, or utterly disturbing. I've owned it, and even though I love it deeply, I won't repurchase, probably, because it's so unpredictable. This one will haunt you, and you'll try it again and think it's amazing. Then you'll wear it again, and it will creep you out...and that's Carnal Flower.

Jan
26
2012
Scarlette
Scarlette

I think the sample I rec'd has gone bad. SO strong, so rubbery, Smells like blood and rubber and something else just nauseating. I see that nearly no one has disliked it, so maybe I should try another sample??

No coconut, jasmine or orange blossom. I was SO SURE I would LOVE this!

Very Cloying and Bitter & Coppery & Plasticy. SO Bitter.
Sorry all of you lovers, and I mean almost no one dislikes this one but me!

Obviously there is something wrong with me...

Jan
26
2012
Heverton
Heverton

It is official, I simply love tuberose. Such a yummy and softly note which express such a delicate idea.
Right after the first spray I gotta a very evident jasmine note combined with a smooth and almost velvety
tuberose note, but here in the opening this note is more like a vegetable(?) one if I may say, different from the creamy coconut vibe present since the begnning in By Kilian Beyond Love (which I adore, by the way).

Through time the coconut note appears decreasing a little of that vegetable aspect of the tuberose in here and giving to this fragrance the creamy aspect that I love in Beyond love altough there are some differences between these two fragrances (but just a few ones).

Anyway, a solid well crafted fragrance that deserves praise! But will I consider a bottle of it? Maybe not since for me Beyond Love does a better job.

Dec
29
2011
tri3pod
tri3pod

One spray on my arm...

my mind immediately drifted "flashback" to my grandfather's funeral when I was a kid. I hold two stems of tuberose, then I picked one by one the flowers from the stems ... then I scatter the flowers over my grandpa's tomb. At that moment I could smell the tuberose all over the funeral and it was a beautiful smell.

Oh My God! the tuberose note in Carnal flower smell exactly like the real tuberose in my grandpa's funeral. Well done Mr. Ropion, You have brought back my old memories of my "sacred" tuberose.

Dec
11
2011
yabadu
yabadu

Amazing scent.. you can feel the layers of different components throughout the whole development...

Dry-down is excellent.

Only problem for me, as a man, is that it's more feminine than masculine. Too feminine in my opinion.

Nov
15
2011
Marilie
Marilie

If I had to choose one tuberose scent it would be Carnal Flower.

Fracas may be the classical diva-tuberose and Beyond Love by Kilian the best soliflore tuberose scent on the market but Carnal Flower beats them all!

There is something magical in this perfume and I don't know what it is. The notes have already been discussed (tuberose of course, coconut, eucalyptus and melon for the exotic touch) but this creamy, green, floral beguiling scent is simply amazing!

It is one of the few Frederic Malles that I do not only admire from afar but have to own a bottle of.

Nov
13
2011
Mellyhelly
Mellyhelly

Carnal Flower is totally enveloping and enticing into branches of vegetal ripe plants and tuberose. A magical scent! The first time I smelled it I went head over heels and kept sniffing myself like a wild cat for hours! Never bought it anyway. It seemed never to be the right moment for such a big purchase (around 130 euro here and I can only find it in a shop)
I kept going back to that only place for a few times, then I got bored of them or them of me.
But Carnal Flower hit my brains so strongly that I still feel excited only by thinking about it!
I generally love tuberose scents, unless they are too buttery. I loved Poison, Amarige (from Mr.Ropion, too!), old Chloe, Jardins de Bagatelle, epic strong intoxicating By Kilian Beyond Love (another crazy priced one) and even the scaring Nasomatto Narcotic Venus. Amarige was my ready to buy-and-wear before a suspected re-formulation, but Carnal Flower takes tuberose to the highest realms of perfume and deep pleasure from it!
It's not buttery at all. Indeed it's a very green tuberose with a strong initial vegetal edge that fades gradually. It stays quite the same along all evolution and while wearing it I was constantly reminded of its presence with small lovely green-powdery whiffs. It's very longlasting, but never invading, especially if worn with sense.
Great scent!

Nov
08
2011
missymary
missymary

I have tried a lot of tuberose classics including Fracas then I got a sample of Carnal Flower. Vegetal/animal magical sumptuous juice. Tuberose to die for. Sublime, astonishing, the Holy Grail. AHHHH! (Sigh of near utter content). I only wish that it was not almost impossible to get in the UK.

Added note
Thanks so much Migotka for posting me about Les Senteurs. Eurika. They only have in stock 100ml size and it costs an arm and a leg, but its so damn good that I have to have it.

Nov
06
2011
chickenpotpie
chickenpotpie

Have you ever had a perfume that you thought was just ridiculously good. Well this is that perfume.

Went to Barney's yesterday and got a sample of this. Love the SAs there as they're quite accommodating. I will certainly be back to buy this one.

Ok so back to the review;

Its so amazingly fresh! Not like fresh as in shower fresh but in realistic floral fresh. In all the perfumes I've ever owned this is the ONLY one that smells identical to a real bouquet of flowers.

When I first sprayed I smelled this kind of cold smell, and then salt. I don't know where the salt came from but I got salt. Then as it warmed to my body I got wispy florals. I could smell and identify the jasmine right away

Then you get the most amazing tuberose. I personally adore tuberose in all its facets. This is yet another that is so enjoyable and though fleshy, not heady...at least not right away!

About 4 hours in I get this really fun fruit thing going on. Its really lovely! The scent isn't linear but all the changes are subtle enough that you kind of have to pay attention to whats going on.
I got some eucalyptus but it was very much in the background. It didn't overpower ever.

In the gym the sillage was really out there but, it wasn't offputting nor was it loud. I did have a lot of women ask what I was wearing (I had 2 guys ask the same lol) and they all said that it was amazing to smell.

Its been now 8 hours. Even after a hard workout this scent hasn't faded at all though it intensified when I was working out, it never got screechy or just died. I still get the most amazing smells from this which I'm just vibing with.

This is a perfume for someone who really enjoys florals and say its a must try even if you're not sure you like them!

But I also say err on the side of caution when applying this as it can go wrong really quickly if you apply too much. The 2 half sprays I used were perfect on me. I sprayed low on the body and covered that up with a hell of a lot of fabric!!

I really can't see a man wearing this tbh, but I can see why he would give it a shot.

Nov
05
2011
periplos
periplos

Fantastico profumo che costa un botto. Per chi ama i profumi sono soldi spesi ottimamente.

Non sono un amante delle note di testa e qui ne ho la conferma. E' un attacco esagerato! Tuberosa prima di tutto, eucalipto e molto di esotico, il tutto quasi in eccesso. Per fortuna dopo pochi minuti il vortice si assesta e rimane una tuberosa pulita, dolce, vibrante, direi pure balsamica; queste note te le porti dietro sino al fondo. Fantastiche la persistenza e la coerenza del prodotto. Incapace peraltro di annoiare. Mi dichiaro dipendente da questo profumo a tal punto che scambierei buona parte di quelli precedentemente acquistati: facciamo 3 profumi per un 100 ml di carnal flower.

Socialmente è vincente, più persone mi hanno chiesto "ma sei tu che hai questo profumo? E' buonissimo". Una ragazza recentemente mi ha detto "ma io lo voglio..". Eggià, è molto buono, intimo e ispira.. voluttà, che al momento mi sembra il termine più centrato.

Ottimo per donna con le palle e per uomo, magari in quantità più misurata: ok, è un floreale ma non è dolce allo svenimento, è più un'aurea carnale che ottunde l'olfatto, ti fa desiderare di averlo.

Da avere più che da provare.

Nov
05
2011
pippab
pippab

I guess I'm much more of an oriental lover than floral. Carnal flower left me non-plussed as Fracas did - they're almost identical. Huge projection. OK lasting power. I'm obviously in the minority and sorry, but it's not one that I'd fork out the huge bucks for. To those of you who love it - enjoy!

Oct
11
2011
Coutureguru
Coutureguru

How typical of me?!?!?!?!?!? I have fallen madly in love with this fragrance, given to me as a birthday gift by a dear friend who knows I am a Tuberose addict! Far from it being available on the continent I live on, the price is pretty hefty too ... but OH!!! ... the smell! I have found my new signature fragance after searching for at least the last 20 years. Any words I have to say about it would be superflous ... this is paradise in a bottle!!!

Oct
07
2011
rod7elfo
rod7elfo

This one is the very sexiest perfum ever. Every time my love use it... Wow. One of my best presents.
Tu piel es aun mas deliciosa con ese increible aroma a tuberose.
The real aphrodisiac one.
Use it

Sep
30
2011
al.to
al.to

Very well done a fresh tuberose with a strong vegetal note or green aromatic note.
Salty and exotic smell.
Aggressive but not annoying ..
Very wearable like all malle's scents
sensual almost unisex but a little bit more feminine.

Sep
28
2011
Luka822
Luka822

I don't know what's wrong with me but I really disliked this scent. It made me feel nauseous actually.

Sep
22
2011
mymlan
mymlan

I'm so totally impressed by Carnal Flower.

But at first I wasn't. What landed on my wrist was something herbal, almost dry. I was looking for something similar to Fracas or Blonde, but instead the topnotes smelt of something like a dash of citrus with dried herbs or hay? Having sampled Kiehls musk oil on my other arm I mainly focused on that one and thought that I would keep Blonde as my alltime tuberose.

Half an hour later I found myself surrounded by the most seductive aura I ever smelt. Carnal Flower was now warmed up by my skin, and the impact was equally rousing and enchanting.

The tuberose is really blooming like in an indian night. It's sultry, seductive and very dangerous. It has a dash of fruityness that makes it a little moist and even more desirable. The herbal note has now altered to a sprinkle of fresh eucalyptus that brightens the almost too overpowering notes. Silky sweetness from the coconut softens possible acridness.

This is a real quality fragrance: The projection and duration are more than you could wish for, and the drydown is lovley. You will not need to replenish and If you wear it be prepared for compliments from both men and women ;)

Sep
07
2011
silfra
silfra

Strange, the first time I smell it on my wrist I hate it, perhaps due to the coconut and because of the strong tuberouse. bUT Today I dare and I put it directly to my chest and I find it gorgeous as it develops. It needs space , don' t smell it too near. Then, I'm considering to buy it!!

Aug
13
2011
The Collection
The Collection

Carnal Flower.....
I dont know....lol..I honestly dont know how to describe it. It smells....really intense, like really intense almost to the point where the tip of my nose feels like it kinda burning but its a nice sensation.
The tuberose bursts onto my skin and the coconut is a nice layer of sweetness and freshness. This scent makes me want to go for a surf or play volleyball with my mates til sunset. Its not sporty and its not masculine, its very feminnine but it has these animalistic moments where it seems quite dominant and alluring, very sexual i think but not in the sense of Agent Provocateur...this is classy and very expensive. I feel stuck with this fragrance...I sit here and smell myself and all I do is smile...Im happy my nose is happy...what more can i ask for?

Jul
29
2011
Fizzy
Fizzy

I was very curious about this scent because of reading a lot of good reviews and of the high price of this fragrance.
When I first sniffed on it, it reminded me on Fracas and Blonde. I discovered, how artificially and crotchy Fracas and Blonde smells in comparison with CF. CF smells like truly tuberoses, very natural. It smells fresh, but not aldehydic soapy, but flowery. I can smell only tuberose in it. When I smell this fragrance, I see a young, blonde girl in a warm climate. The lasting power is O.K., longer than Blonde (Versace) and shorter than Fracas.
I was so sad, that I did not fall in love with it immediately, maybe my nose forgot the nice smell of truly flower, because of a ocean of aldehydic shit we have everywhere.

Jul
20
2011
angel6
angel6

I just got a huge bottle today from my husband that arive from San francisco and I'm over the moon.
This is dreamy I also have PCtuberose Gardenia by Estee Lauder but I believe I'm a coconut lover because I can smell a lot o coconut in Carnal Flower and I love better than PCTG. I gave PCTG to my mommy in Brazil and they don't stock Estee Lauder there, but everywhere she goes people ask what is this gourgeous perfume she is wearing. Ilove PCTG but it's second to Carnal Flower for me.

Jun
20
2011
HappyShopper123
HappyShopper123

There was one word that repeatedly sprang to mind when I tried Carnal Flower - "Wow!". I avoided sampling this for a long time, thinking that I was somehow being disloyal to Le Labo's Jasmin 17, a floral fragrance that I love to death. Now that I have sampled Carnal Flower I can safely say that there is room in my wardrobe for two knock-out floral scents! Carnal Flower is bright, rich and unique. Tuberose scents can sometimes be a little strong on me, but this is perfectly balanced and seems to develop over time into a heady sexy fume. There is real substance to this, it doesn't fade into nothingness but almost matures like a fine wine. Good sillage and long lasting, I can't stop sniffing my wrist and smiling to myself. Perfection!

Jun
11
2011
LOVERS
LOVERS

Carnal Flower is indeed a very sexual fragrance but unlike others in its "sexual group" such as Agent Provocateur and Black Orchid- Carnal Flower is Beautiful in its composition and its drydown which lead me to believe that unlike the images of cheap sex which i get from Agent and Black Orchid. I get images of High Class and Expensive Escorts when I smell Carnal Flower. Carnal Flower costs AU$490.00 here in Australia and its probably one of the best fragrance investments i've made in a long time because this is everything you could want from a fragrance, if you can handle its very aggressive opening where it literally sinks its nails into your skin and covers every inch of your body then you'll enjoy what this fragrance has to offer you. I love Tuberose and Ylang Ylang and they work perfectly together creating something very earthy and refined. Lasting power is fantastic. A billion stars for Carnal Flower!

Jun
08
2011
angel6
angel6

I think NJDEB review is everything I would like to say about Carnal Flower, but I would like to add that I have a bottle of Fracas for about 10 years and I never manage to like it. It sufocate me can't understand how so many people can like fracas. Carnal Flower is a classic. I adore it.

May
18
2011
divadornia
divadornia

I recently put it out in the universe to fellow perfume lovers that I was in search of a new scent that was as alluring and dangerously sexy as it was classy and welcoming. Thats a hard one...three out of four women told me of this scent and i ordered a sample....
Hands down this is it! After months of searching perfume stores department stores, and head shops, I feel like I am back in my own skin!
Its pricey...and worth it! It is a delicious intermingling of innocence and appetition!

May
07
2011
Mokokos
Mokokos

Oh yes this works! To quote a woman at a restaurant: "you smell divine, what do you have on?" she wrote it down. In the beginning I would say yes, a woman should wear it, but I really like the scent. My wife thinks it smells like a flower in the garden with melon and coconut mixed in. I said you have picked up some of the notes that are in the formula, very good. It is a strong formula, but it is very special. The tuberose is the shining star in the fragrance, it is so well done, that you think that you picked off a flower and put it on your lapel. It is unique and yes, a man can wear it and pull it off. So men, if you like it buy it, but try before you buy.

Apr
26
2011
alfarom
alfarom

Someone says "money don't make the difference", but sometimes they really make it and Carnal Flower is here to confirm it. This is the most evident result of how expensive raw materials can do in perfumery: really good. A luxurious, rich and straight in the face tuberose / floral compisition for people who like to show off and know how to do it with class. This is a very dangerous territory that can easly cross the border of vulgarity, but Mr. Ropion has magistrally balanced Carnal Flower to become a sublime blast of opulence. Solid and beautiful.

Rating: 8.5/10

Apr
09
2011
Migotka
Migotka

I wonder whether my quiet voice will get through the masses of praise and oh!'s and ah!'s and what have you not.

And hard as it might seem to believe it, Carnal Flower actually did not work miracles for me. It did not throw me on my knees, it did not make me want to glue my nose to my wrist, it did not actually do a lot of things it did to other people, or so it seems.

What it did however was to incapacitate my nose for good 10 minutes with a huge and powerful punch of tuberose and ylang-ylang. It is a big scent, big in white florals and eucaliptus. There is something unpleasant to it, something sharp and powdery. The closest image from real life it gave to me was getting my finger cut by a page of a very old book from the library. It does not make me think of anything particularly pleasant.

Maybe because I am not particularly fond of any of the ingredients, but out of all FM perfumes, this is one of the ones I like the least.

Feb
20
2011
armchair sailor
armchair sailor

I don't have much to add to what other reviewers brilliantly said... it's a wonderful exercise in style, exactly in the middle of perfection, so to speak.
I've tried it on and it's gorgeous, but too feminine for me. I can hardly imagine a man wearing this.
That's why I'm posting this review: to remind me in the future that I like this perfume, but I shouldn't buy it for myself :)

EDIT: I've slowly come to understand that there is no such thing as a "male" or "female" fragrance. So now I can imagine a man wearing this :)
Still, I think it's a little bit too heavy. I love wearing florals, provided that they're not too sweet or orientalists or heavy, so I won't buy Carnal Flower anyway. But I recommend it to everyone: try it, or you'll miss something great.

Feb
15
2011
oona noir
oona noir

Carnal Flower is just such a beautifully crafted perfume. If the notes appeal to you, you must try it!!! For me, the orange blossom, jasmine and eucalyptus take me back to southern California, where I grew up. I find the perfume a little too coy for my tastes, but it is only a matter of taste, not the quality of the scent itself. 5 stars, without doubt.

Jan
13
2011
sherapop
sherapop

So many people have written about their throes of ecstasy in encountering Frederic Malle CARNAL FLOWER that I have actually been a bit hesitant to dip into my sample vial, which has been in my queue for quite some time now. What if perchance a single sniff might destroy the entire epic erotic myth swirling about this mysterious elixir?

CARNAL FLOWER smells luscious indeed to this tuberose lover, and lies somewhere in my memory bank of perfumes between FRACAS and BLONDE, the latter of which strikes me as quite a bit more carnal than this creation. BLONDE is darker and sweeter and features civet where CF appears to contain...plant pheromones? (Hmmm... not sure who/what that's supposed to turn on...) But I do know that the undulating loveliness of CF is a pleasure to behold.

FRACAS remains the big bodacious diva tuberose for me. I like CARNAL FLOWER a lot, but no one who loves tuberose can fail to, since this, the manufacturer's card boasts: "is undoubtedly the single fragrance featuring the largest amount of natural Tuberose absolute". Of course, that's a huge red flag to some: only tuberose lovers need apply!(and perhaps also venus flytraps?)

Was this the definitive, transformative olfactory event of my life? Have I been forever changed? No. I'm still here, fully in tact, pretty much the same as I was before, and though I do not own a bottle of CF, I still feel whole. My tuberose needs will continue to be amply filled by FRACAS and BLONDE. But I'll cherish the rest of my CF sample spray vial as well, and who knows, by the time the last drop is gone, perhaps I will be a new woman. On verra bien...

Nov
13
2010
mocha43
mocha43

I was able to obtain a 10 ml sample from a very reliable e-bay source so did not have to break the bank. On to the perfume-tuberose, thy name is carnal flower! I have tested this for 3 weeks on my skin and on a cotton pad and it is so sophisticated that it has taken me this long to explore its depth. First the tuberose then the tuberose with notes of crushed orange blossom, melon and jasmine, all surrounded with the caress of tuberose. It lasts several hours on my skin and on the cotton, over 2 days. Now I will have to sample Fracas just for the experience. Fracas is much more affordable, that being said Carnal Flower is divine!

Sep
30
2010
Contessa01
Contessa01

Well after a year of wanting to try it I finally ordered a sample of this. Actually I nearly blind bought it though I am glad I didnt. So yes it is nice but not at all what I expected. It is very similar to Fracas however has more of grassy green note. I dont personally think its worth the cost. If you wore fracas and a floral green you would probably get a very similar experience.

Sep
29
2010
jellybeantree
jellybeantree

I just got a sample of this again and unfortunately it doesn't work with my skin. I had the same problem with Fracas and now I think tuberose doesn't work with my skin chemistry. I will have to appreciate this on someone else.....

Aug
28
2010
Maki
Maki

Oh...I have to be so careful when smelling a perfume like this! I always love the opening of flower-scents in which Tuberose is the prominent one, but I know myself: Once I buy it and spray it on me, I'm experiencing an overdose..even when used sparingly.
So I really love this scent, but not on my skin unfortunately...

Aug
08
2010
njdeb
njdeb

Love at first sniff. This is the best tuberose ever - rich yet fresh, creamy and so seductive. This may be the perfect special night-out scent for me – much more wearable than Fracas, which I find too heavy and almost suffocating.

Interesting addition of Eucalypus (who would ever think to add that!), which I really can't identify, but must be what adds the special green radiance that I love. Carnal Flower's list of notes is literally like a list of my very favorite notes. Of course this doesn't always translate into a good perfume, but in this case it translates into heaven for me.

So seamlessly well-blended - this could be the first niche full bottle I will buy.

Floral nirvana.

Jul
27
2010
adrienn99
adrienn99

this is a very unique perfume. if you are a floral fan, you def need to have it!

Jul
17
2010
lialu
lialu

What can I say; I'm a sucker for tuberose! Carnal Flower is amazing if not quite up there with Fracas. A bit less "in your face" than Fracas, but still a total star! More blended, more sophisticated.

Jun
08
2010
adele l
adele l

How i anticipated this one after reading all the rapturous praise..to be honest it didn't blow my mind at first. Reminded me of an inexpensive soap or bath product from my childhood(80s), and my bf said it reminded him of something too! That said it snuck up on me later when my sister asked me what glorious perfume was I wearing? The sillage is really the best part of Carnal Flower, the coconut notes really elevate it. Fracas, for instance, can have a soapy edge and be too heady if overapplied..this will never occur with CF. A tuberose you could bathe in without offending others -yay!

Apr
11
2010
lucifera
lucifera

on me its a bit similair to SL Fleur d Oranger, only a bit sweeter bc of the other notes..love it and how could i not love this, its made by the fabolous nose dominic ropion! thumbs up!
awesome strenght too

Mar
20
2010
Dark Curls
Dark Curls

i was so blown away by my sample of this exquisite, lush, bouquet of a fragrance, I had to order a 10 ml bottle. :)

Mar
04
2010
Dark Curls
Dark Curls

MMMMMM this smells soooo gooooood!!! I love the green & tuberose!!! It is potent but in a very sexy way. I must have a full bottle of this!!

Mar
04
2010
guest_AngieR
guest_AngieR

Omg, this stuff is addictive!! Nowhere have I smelled anything this good. And I HATE big white florals like Fracas and Estee Lauder Tuberose Gardenia. I get a bit of coppertone scent but it smells goooo-ooood. The coconut and melon keep it tame. The jasmine is not in your face. Everything about it is just right. Unfortunately the price is another thing but I've mananged to get some awesome deals on ebay.

Feb
14
2010
teddito
teddito

I do not like tuberose-based scents , but this one is really good.The coconut, melon and ylang ylang make it soft and smooth.
Wonderful!

Feb
07
2010
kastehelmi
kastehelmi

When I wear this, I imagine myself in a flower and fruit market in open air in the Mediterranean during the summer, bumping into a freshly showered beautiful voluptuous woman by accident, while trying to pick out the right flowers for an anticipated gathering....

And in my imaginings, I am a man.

But I open my eyes, and I am the fresh shapely demigoddess! Or that's how Carnal Flower makes me feel....
I concur that this is more mysterious and bewildering than most any oriental or spicy or woody fragrance I've ever smelled-and I usually prefer oriental woody and spicy.

You have to be daring to wear this-this is not for anyone with even a trace of the shrinking violet or wallflower to the personality...

Ah, I must have this!!!

It would be my pleasure to make a fragrant faux pas by wearing Carnal Flower everywhere, feeling like a dainty pixie and a feisty demoness all at once!

PS I smell coconut more on the drydown of Carnal Flower-the drydown is even better, considering this is heady and wild...soft, sweet, warm, sinuous like waves of cream-coloured silk.....What an unparelleled masterpiece- may it always be produced!

Dec
26
2009
jellybeantree
jellybeantree

My top wish list item! It is fresh and beautiful and like nothing I have ever smelt before! The price is another story, but worthy!

Dec
16
2009
libertybelle
libertybelle

I loved the first rich impression and enjoyed the dry down. But it's too strong of tuberose and after a half hour of wear, I had a headache. And I usually enjoy more heady fragrances. I appreciate the coconut element and really do like the general feel of this perfume and how it involks somewhere tropical and sexy. I can see it being a great night perfume but I barely applied any so I don't really see how I can go lighter in application so to wear more often.

Dec
16
2009
ellenef
ellenef

Carnal Flower was an impulse purchase. I was at a trade show where a vender was selling product at a discount. It was one fragrance I had never smelled before I purchased it. At first I was not thrilled with the top note, but the dry down is great! The fragrance last all day and is a nice lift to your day when it is activated by your body heat.

Sep
16
2009
rikari
rikari

Many people do not like the tuberose because of his robustness, but believes it about him rather if somebody smells this, that soft, cool, and mysterious. I did not feel the intoxicating fragrance of the tuberose in my life in tall concentration like this yet. I admit it this is more difficult for me already the at a lot. The components set off because of the complicated, continuously, longer time is needed for it in order for us to manage to reach away Malle dream so. The launch of the fragrance like that, as if the stem of a green plant his fibres would have smashed. The citrous decorating the edge of the green letters notes bergamot, and the handkerchief of the tartness waving eucalyptus comes into the foreground firstly, which camphoric entrance which can be felt hardly gives as a present to it using. The culmination of the fragrance it, when a white jasmine is rolling in on a coach the sweet cantaloupe, that ylang-ylang rushes. The ornate car the sexy orange blossoms receive who he detains with a cool cocktail offered in a coconut rejoicing, the famously good hospitable white musk.

Sep
15
2009
Lou lou blue
Lou lou blue

The single most exquisite perfume I have ever tried....makes me want to kiss myself. Aaaahhhh.

Sep
14
2009
jeca
jeca

They ships worldwide, you can purchase it from their site. If you click on the eBay link under the picture you may find two or three items of it, 30ml I suppose.

Jul
20
2009
Mellyhelly
Mellyhelly

God... and Goddess! This is what I mean when I mean being completely drown to something, feeling that you would like to fall into that thing and die there, happy. That thing is Carnal Flower. Never scent has been so intense floral and so intensely erotical. None of my beloved oriental, sultry, sweet notes here to conjure up sensual imagery, still eroticism is there in the pure form of flowers. I know only one place in my city where I can spray it and I don't mean spraying liberally. I'm not allowed there to have feisty behaviours and drooling at a scent in olfactive orgasm. Moreover I cannot afford buying it and I'm not even sure that I would. I only want to smell Carnal Flower and drool like a dog in love. They can't understand my excitement in a place where people get in and buy 2 or 3 scents (Creed and the alikes), don't mind which ones as far as they are expensive and me poor little craving woman with my hands on the window...

May
07
2009
eljayebee
eljayebee

The only thing wrong with this fragrance is the drydown,IMHO. If only it stayed as sensual and erotic as the beginning all the way through. That said, I do still love it . . .

Apr
21
2009
tessture
tessture

Very strong, very realistic white flowers. Dense, tropic, lush. If white flowers are your thing, you must sample this. It is somehow ordinary and at the same time different, with just enough unidentifiable oomph behind the usual white florals to make it modern without making it weird. The word 'timeless' springs to mind, but you MUST like white flowers to like this.

Apr
11
2009
veruska
veruska

A seamless perfectly blended floral carnival, smooth a bit tropical with soft green highlights.Sweet and cool, as heady as it should be , with a honeyed tempting drydown!Yum!

Jan
05
2009
Malegria
Malegria

A killer tuberose! this fragrance is indeed carnal, and this tuberosal exposure is simply indecent! Warm, moist, carnivorous flower, and not some watercolor painted one! This one`s been painted with rich, dark colors, without sparing the brush and paint.The eucalyptis is a very unusual - it brightens all other notes and connects them in a perfect set of petals.I kept sniffing my wrist, enjoying the delicious coconut and ylang, and of course it all is veiled with tuberose...But I am afraid I won`t have guts to wear it nowhere else but at home.

Dec
30
2009
PR
PR

It seems like I'm the only one here who's not in love with it..too sharp, dry and bitter for me..

Dec
26
2008
Robert White
Robert White

Please, God, let me be able to afford this stuff one day. I stretched out my sample from Barney's for a month(f.malle's samples are nice and big and come in a sprayer, hoorah!), spraying it on my hand and huddling over the rising scent like some sort of depraved solvent abuser, waiting for that tuberose to smack me on one side of the head, the getting smacked on the other by the green, crushed stem and jasmine note, then the tuberose, and back and forth until I was dizzy. Fracas is great(and cheaper), but this stuff is amazing. Frighteningly sexy. If I can manage to afford some for my sweetie(I may have to have it first), she may have to carry a big stick to keep me from ripping off her clothes every time she wears it. Not normally a man's scent in any way shape or form, but it's so amazing, I can't resist. Go ahead boys, call me a fairy. I don't care; smelling this good renders me impervious to criticism, kind of like a few stiff drinks. Five million stars.

Dec
12
2008
Scent lover
Scent lover

I have a sample of it and it is a gorgeous fragrance. A pure and greenish tuberose scent :) I would like to have a full bottle of this one day.

Sep
27
2008
rebella
rebella

I am not usually the white flower type of girl (woman that is, but girl sounded better in a way!). But Carnal Flower med me to it. It is an addictive kind of floral... the opening start with some sharp and right up in your face (nose) kind of notes, as jeca writes. It is a michmach of bitter green, overly sweet flowers and something fruty as well, a flower that attacks you, beware! It makes me feel like a naugthy kid steeling the most beutiful flowers from the grumpy old neighbors garden, and is about to get a rush from them. Ooh, and I like it.

After that part I am finding my self in a hothouse or a flowershop. Surrounded by steaming, humid air and all sorts of different flowers. Heady, rich and creamy... i can smell something sweet almost honeylike and eucalyptus, something herbal, and everything is surrounded by the most beutiful flower fragrance.

It isn´t a simple fragrance, it got a lot of edge in it, but keep the balance all the way. The drydown is soft, caressing with a bit mild musk and vanilla. One can think this to be a headacheinducing fragrance, but I think it is not... it is very well blended and on me always on the right side of "to much"...

A most try, even if you aren´t in to flower fragrances, it is a good chanse it will catch you anyway.

Stayingpower is resonable, but not terrific... about 4-5 hours, even tough the smell says wonderfully on your clothes for much longer.

I will shurly miss it when my small samples is gone, maybe later on it will be a big bottle of this or at least more of it.

Aug
05
2008
jeca
jeca

Carnal flower is the right name for the fragrance! The beginning is sharp and aggressive, with green aromatic notes.
The fragrance is flowery sweet and intensive.

Mar
14
2008

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Carnal Flower by Frederic Malle 4.27 out of 5 based on 752 ratings and 168 user reviews

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