From the outset Beyond Love looked like a challenge to me. Tuberose – well, the most I could say about that note until recently is, I am glad when it doesn’t bother me, I am glad when I don’t smell it in an accord, or when it is only extremely subtle. Tuberose, in most cases, is just not to my taste.
But my taste is expandable and my persistence, when I want to try somehing, is impressive, if I may say so myself. And this dogged re-sniffing has poven very beneficial in the past, I have broadened my horizon considerably and have found love or at least appreciation where I never sought it in the first place or where I never thought it would hide.
Beyond Love is a tuberose soliflore and a great one at that, so much is clear from the start. Awarded four stars by Luca Turin and several loving reviews on the blogs, I knew if I wanted to love a tuberose fragrance this was a good place to start.
Created by Calice Becker, Beyond Love includes notes of coconut accord, Egyptian jasmine absolute, tuberose concrete, tuberose absolute, green tuberose, tuberose petals accord, ambergris and tonkin musk.
The first few times I wore this, I just did not see what the fuss was all about. Why do so many people love tuberose? To me it was a sickly sweet, somewhat plasticky bubblegum smell, that above all, screamed “I am pink!” at me and did not possess any restraint, subtlety or even a hint of the alleged sexiness.
Then I wore Beyond Love as a sleep scent. I slept like a baby and the first thing that came into my waking consiousness the next morning was that wonderful smell. The drydown of Beyond Love nudged me gently awake and induced a quiet happiness, almost a smugness at my great smelling night shirt and wrists.
Beyond Love opens with a strong coconut-jasmine-tuberose accord and develops into a lush tuberose that stays for hours and hours. I love the late drydown best, when the tuberose is subdued and the gently musky amber base is apparent in all its smooth and soft glory.
Beyond Love or tuberose in general will not ever be what I crave before all else, but I have used my mini vial several times now and delight in the fact that it is so new and different from all else for me, since I don’t normally wear white flowers, let alone tuberose soliflores.
It is a good thing that an infatuation with a certain brand often leads me to investigate all there is fromt he line, leads me down roads less olfactorily traveled and thus enables me to find unexpected gems.
It is less of a good thing that I can never stop at one perfume from a line, I need to try them all. :)
Another tuberose I can recommend to the tuberose-skeptic is Mona di Orio’s Tubéreuse.