Brand Frederic Malle
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 perfume was created in 2005.
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.
Quality and service are always top notch.
Finding a white floral fragrance for men seems quite difficult. Carnal Flower fits the bill, though. It's blended so well and the tuberose does not have that occasional corn chips smell. The opening does have this bitterness with a hint of spice that dissipates relatively quickly.
Pretty good projection.
Not quite sure about longevity. Maybe 5 hours.
Love it or hate it smell.
It very strong and must be used with caution, must be used sparingly. It’s really in your face. It’s loud.
I was searching for a fragrance for my fiancé for our wedding day and looking for something fresh and floral. This scent was not for her and was our least favorite. Nothing against this scent as it is made with quality ingredients however this stuff is super potent. She preferred Illuminum White Gardina Pedals and Creed Love in White. Be forewarned, this stuff is very strong and not subtle at all. Good if you like to be the center of attention. But this scent has huge spillage and was not her style.