Robert Piguet’s Petit Fracas (2010)

Robert Piguet Petit Fracas © Victor Wong
Robert Piguet Petit Fracas © Victor Wong

Hong Kong in the eighties had only one good English TV channel and they always showed popular American and British sitcoms. I used to watch some Roseanne with my sister, (the Chinese title of Roseanne was “Fat Mama’s Dairy”) and she once said, “I don’t get it, how come the parents are so big and their kids are so skinny?”

Well, my lovely friend Fracas has a daughter and she named her Petit. She has all her mother’s genes, looks almost identical to her mom, but really, not petit. She is almost as big as her mom, but cuter and younger. In their fabulous super-femmed-up home and you will find lovely photos of them enjoying some quality times together: one shows them making chocolate cupcakes together, one shows them spreading chocolate icing on a chocolate cake, and oh, a baby photo of Petit with chocolate pudding all over her face. You really can’t help but notice that Petit Fracas has a serious sweet tooth for chocolate.

If you’ve watched the Youtube footage of Joe Carces, the CEO of Robert Piguet, explaining why he created Petit Fracas, you would know that his daughter in her thirties does not like Fracas. (I can relate to her; It took me some time getting used to it before loving this famously huge tuberose fragrance from the fifties.) To convince her to wear Fracas, he added chocolate and pear notes to make it more romantic and youthful. However, he denied Petit Fracas being a flanker to the original Fracas. And I wanted to tell him that naming it Petit was quite a genius marketing move; it creates an illusion that you are wearing something light but in fact, it is almost as heavy as the original Fracas, and when are sick of chocolate, step up to the real thing.


Author: Victor Wong

A perfume lover - niche, designer, modern, vintage, I love them all. I am also the owner of Zoologist Perfumes, a small Canadian perfume house. Please visit or for more info!

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