Secretions Magnifiques is the Answer

The internet is covered the world over in trolls. But some of the best trolls are ones that love making fun of perfume. They seem to come in a few varieties. My favorites are the ones that suggest “someone” in this big smelly would should make a perfume that smells like any manner of unpleasantness. Most often it’s one bodily secretion or another. Which is where I come in with the fragrance I’ve come to refer to as the Troll of the Perfume Industry; Secretions Magnifiques.

Someone thinking they’re clever in suggesting a perfume that smells unwashed? Secretions Magnifiques.

They think a perfume should smell like blood or old blood? Secretions Magnifiques.

They want to smell like vomit? Well, how about something vomit inducing? Secretions Magnifiques.

I don’t like how the stuff smells. But it is a brilliant gimmick.

Not an Ingredients List

Funny enough that just a month after publishing my review for Twisted Peppermint, I come to realize how synthetic it smells. This upsets me quite a bit as I’ve realized the more vanillas I smell and pay attention to, the less I can tolerate synthetic vanilla. Something in Twisted Peppermint really tips off my radar now. I used to love this stuff, now I can only smell it in small doses. I know it’s just fun and still good but leave it on me for a little while and I feel like it gets too sweet for my tastes. Ah, fickle nose.

Anyway, the real reason for this post is my frustration over people who still think a notes list for perfume is a list of ingredients–it’s not. I don’t know if it ever was when it comes to commercial perfume but when someone asks, “Hey, what are the ingredients in my perfume?” Someone else inevitably tells them to go look up its notes online and see. One particular woman the other day held up a list of notes that she insisted was a bonafide list of ingredients for Marc Jacobs Daisy. She seemed very proud of herself too like she’d uncovered a lost treasure.

We all know there’s legislation in the works that’ll force fragrance manufacturers to disclose all the ingredients in their fragrance and there’s been widespread fear amongst perfumistas that this will drive small perfumers out of business while larger perfumers will start packaging their fragrances with a book of ingredients that no one in their right mind will ever want to read or reference.

I’m not all for the legislation as I think it’s  highly unnecessary and incredibly alarmist, but I would like it very much if people stopped claiming a list of notes is a list of ingredients.

Prada Infusion de Tubereuse

Being a big fan of a couple of Prada’s other infusions (d’Iris and d’Homme), I went out looking for the newest releases. Infusion de Tubereuse looking forward to a light, airy tuberose treatment and Prada delivers yet again.  Infusion de Tubereuse

In Bottle: Very faint, light tuberose, green and almost fresh and clean like tuberose that’s been run under some water and scrubbed for presentation’s sake.

Applied: The infusion of this tuberose are a bit heavier and more literal than what I experienced in d’Iris. Infusion de Tubereuse puts a very gentle, very mild note in there that’s hard not to like. It’s an easy tuberose to wear, as it’s very clean and soft. It’s practically the polar opposite of most tuberose scents that tend to capitalize on the flower’s ability to dominate a perfume. There’s a slight sweetness and crispness lingering around in this scent to further clean it up as Infusion de Tubereuse rounds itself off with a dry down that’s green and only a touch bitter.

Extra: Tuberose is a perennial flower with a juicy, sweet, heady floral scent that some people equate to smelling like rubber. Tuberose is most often used as a middle note in perfumery.

Design: Infusion de Tubereuse is bottled similarly to d’Iris and d’Homme. There’s a little more detail going into the packaging with a design focusing on the purple fragrance rather than just solid colors. The simplicity of the Infusions’ packaging is fantastic and I’d love to line them all up in a row.

Fragrance Family: Soliflore

Notes: Indian tuberose, petitgrain bigarade, blood orange, dynamone.

Petitgrain bigarade’s an interesting note because it’s one of the most prominent scents in this fragrance. It is, essentially, the green leaves of a bitter orange tree. I guess that explains it.

Reviewed in This Post: Infusion de Tubereuse, 2010, Eau de Parfum.