The first time I smelt Fracas was in New York around 10 years ago when a friend of mine made me march all the way up Fifth Avenue to Bergdorf Goodman to purchase a tiny bottle of the pure perfume for around $100. Fracas was originally launched in 1948 by perfume house Robert Piguet. Then it was reformulated and re launched in 1996. This is a heavy white floral scent – predominately Tuberose with notes of Jasmin, Gardenia and Lily of the Valley. It is a strong scent that will herald your arrival and linger long after you have left. Worn by Marlene Dietrich and the late Isabella Blow – this is no scent for the faint hearted. For me this is a cold day or evening perfume – it’s a film noir, archly feminine aroma – too heavy for heat but a perfume classic for grown up woman with a view to a kill.