An Airy, Soapy, Dynamone-infused Tuberose
Prada INFUSION DE TUBEREUSE may be the tuberose perfume for people who hate tuberose. It's really a very odd fragrance in that it offers an airy, transparent interpretation of tuberose which is completely at odds with most other tuberose perfumes. Basically this is the antithesis of FRACAS or BLONDE.
There is a curious cast to INFUSION DE TUBEROSE, imparted, it seems, by dynamone, an aromachemical which is listed on the box among the other salient notes: tuberose, petit grain, and blood orange. The fact that a house would actually list an aromachemical as a major component--in fact highlight it--is the first clue that this is going to be something out of the ordinary. It is also an advisory warning: do not overapply, or you may suffer a headache.
I like this composition in its own right, but also because it fits in with the series of INFUSIONS. It has a bit of soapiness, and it is light and airy while still offering a tuberose impression. I understand why some reviewers have complained that this doesn't smell like tuberose, because it does not have that thick, opaque, density which we normally find in tuberose perfumes. It almost seems contradictory to have a light and airy tuberose, so when dynamone and a soapy quality are thrown into the mix, some people are just going to deny that this is a tuberose perfume at all. Of course, some people also deny that INFUSION D'IRIS is an iris perfume.
What Prada has done is to create a governing aesthetic which covers the entire series. As a result, people who like one of these creations are likely to appreciate others as well. On the other hand, people who dislike the general aesthetic being expressed here will dislike it in all of the other INFUSIONS as well.
I fall into pro-camp, and to my nose not only is INFUSION DE TUBEROSE a tuberose perfume, it is also a unique one. I like it, I do.