First off, hope everyone had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend!
Now, I have a confession: I used to be a tuberose hater (that and leather, lavender, cumin, and so it goes). But thankfully, tastes can change, or at least become more tolerant.
In the past year or two, thanks in part to Carnal Flower,
Diptyque’s Do Son and others, I’ve been coming around to the note.
Eager, even, to explore its many scents.
So when Madonna’s Truth or Dare was launched, I actually wanted to try it, especially after hearing it was less fierce than Fracas. I scooted into Macy’s, in what was probably the first time in about 5 years, wound my way through the very crowded perfume counters, grabbed the white beaded bottle (BTW, what is up with that? I have an antique lamp kinda like that, hobnail, or some such thing) and bravely spritzed.
I didn’t keel over, but sprayed on it was too much and gave me a bit of Fracas’ “rancid butter note” as the Posse’s Tom noted in his review. (My apologies now to the great Madame F. and her devotees — please don’t pull my perfumista card.)
But if there’s one thing I’ve learned from the Posse and other perfumies, if you don’t like a scent, just try, try again.
Not too long after, I got my mitts on a sample, sprayed some juice into a vial and dabbed lightly. And — voila! Much softer, very little of that off-putting note and I even detected a bit of the gourmand notes in the drydown. Most importantly, it made me realize that, sometimes, it’s all in the application.
Of course, there’s the flip side: Some scents just sit there like a bump on a log when they’re dabbed on; they have to be sprayed to really bloom and show their true colors. Not to mention that the body products work better for some people than the bottled juice (looking at you Carnal Flower, though I do love you in both).
Is there a fragrance out there that you don’t really like, but becomes more wearable when you apply it differently?