I'm continuing my tuberose fascination and wearing Diptyque Do Son, which smells like Fracas. Except not quite. It smells like fracas, all lowercase and maybe a point-size smaller.
Diptyque has always seemed like a line for suburban housewives (maybe it's because of all the candles), but the three I've tried, Do Son, Philosykos and Tam Dao, are all basic but nice. I guess that isn't a screaming endorsement, but we've both been called worse things.
Earlier I was wearing biehl parfumkunstwerke mb01, which to my utter surprise is a tuberose. And it smells exactly like you'd imagine a Mark Buxton tuberose smelling. mb01 somehow manages to be a transparent tuberose. Tuberose-light. I smell like I've just shagged a woman who was wearing Fracas. (I steal from you constantly. I'm nothing without you, Katie Puckrik.)
My first thought on mb01 was that mb must've put the wrong perfume in there. It was too feminine for a Buxton, who seems to only do postmodern woody things. But I looked it up and there was the tuberose.
None of the mb's seem necessary. There are better tuberoses than mb01, mb02 smells a good deal like Buxton's Comme des Garçons 3 (it's essentially CdG 3 with violet), and mb03 is probably the best of the three but it's an awful lot like CdG Avignon. A little lighter and easier to wear, maybe. You liked mb03, right?
Yes, I own and love mb03, and find it completely necessary. I suppose it's my "summer Avignon". When I discovered the Scent Bar a few years back, it was one of the first four perfumes I bought: boom (Josef Statkus) boom (mb03) boom (Keiko Mecheri Oliban) boom (Satellite Padparascha). All incenses. Like I was starved for incense.
I've tried Tam Dao lots of times, and always have the same reaction: “Oh!” And then later, lower case, smaller point size, “oh”. Because it's that nice warm woody sandalwood, but then it's relentless in its bulldozing monotony.
I’ve got my tuberose bases covered with Frédéric Malle Carnal Flower, even though I can never bring myself to apply more than half a feeble spritz from my sample vial.
Your Tam Dao experience is my experience with every Diptyque. I have a sample of Jardin Clos, too. And it feels the same way: bulldozing monotony. And yet, not terrible. It's almost like the perfumes were inspired by the candles and not the other way around.
I think part of the problem with Diptyque is the company uses no synthetics. And while that impacts longevity, I bet it also impacts complexity.
But is Carnal Flower really too strong for you? You who wears Malle's Musc Ravageur? Is Fracas too strong for you? Can you believe your YouTube commenter kissy7fur wears Fracas every day? That's like eating stuffed duck every day.
Yes, Carnal Flower is too big and THERE for my comfortable non-stop wearing. But it's GORGEOUS. And I think I could grow into it.
And Fracas is also a bit "much" -- just too thick’n’sticky for me.
And like I keep telling ya, I don't wear the Musc Ravageur edp -- I wear the oil, which is nowhere near the "NOW HEAR THIS" level of the edp. I know you ridicule my fondness for ancillary products, but the MR oil justifies my love.
It doesn’t pussyfoot around with the lavender and cinnamon of the edp, which distract me from the main event: animal butt. Well, maybe it's more like cartoon animal butt. Like Bambi's.