Let me begin with a description from Perfume Spot.com: "She makes her presence known with an overture of fresh, illuminating musks. She surprises and provokes with the voluptuous and suggestive floral notes of the barringtonia flower from Madagascar. She leaves a lasting presence with decadent cedar wood and sandalwood engrained with vanilla. So chic. So suggestive."
Well here we have a provocative name intended to cause a commotion for an otherwise fairly nice fruity floral. Admittedly one of the better ones, yet far from suggestive and decadent, as the some of the descriptions suggest. The most provocative thing about this fragrance is the name.
Perhaps the reason I find it to be one of the better ones though, is a personal choice because of my love of bergamot as an opening and my love of amber and sandalwood as a base. I find most fragrances with those notes to be very wearable. This one opens with a cool bergamot blast that slightly mellows but hangs around through the middle stages, keeping the composition fresh and cool. At the mid stage some soft cedar notes evolve, and the sandalwood begins to warm. I get a touch of patchouli here too, although it is not listed. It has a very nice, soft drydown, is fairly long lasting with decent sillage if applied liberally. Overall a very nice fruity floral with marks above the rest.
Introduced in 1993 the notes are:
Top: Bergamot, Muguet, Water Iris
Middle: Barringtonia flower from Madasgascar, peony, jasmine, violet
Bottom: Golden amber, musk, cedarwood, sandalwood
Just so the men don't feel left out, there is FCUK Him.
"FCUK for him is edgy, intoxicating, and seductive. Top notes include sangria, basil rosemary and lavender. Middle notes include hemp, new mexican black sage, green peppercorns and tea. Bottom notes include black suede, CO2 Vanilla, ebony wood and patchouli."
Actually I read somewhere recently that French Connection is dropping the FCUK logo and going by just - French Connection. Definitely more palatable to some of the stauncher more conservative backers and advertisers. So I guess they had their fun. I know my co-worker came back from their Las Vegas boutique with a FCUK T-shirt. She was quite proud of herself at the time.