As all of us know, tuberose is a perfume note that causes either adoration or loathing.
It is carnal, sensual, earthy, creamy and has many crawling back for more or others sprinting away in horror. I fall into the previous category where I cannot get enough tuberose in my life. It is categorically the one note that I wear all summer long. In my opinion, tuberose needs heat to truly bring out its beautiful aroma which is why I only wear it during the summer months, cold winters don’t do this flower justice.
Perhaps I should note that tuberose has been an important part of my olfactory awareness since Giorgio by Giorgio Beverly Hills came out in the 80s. I have loved many tuberose perfumes – even at a very young age. My first love was Diva by Ungaro which does have some tuberose. Thankfully my mother did not take issue with this note – she finds offense with my more gourmand taste. Funnily enough I was speaking to a woman in her 40s who declared that tuberose is only for the mature women and men. Nonsense! If you love it, wear it – no matter how old or young you are.
One of my all time favorite tuberose perfumes is Parfumerie Generale’s No. 17 Tubéreuse Couture. It gets heavy use here in the summer months and I find myself finally looking at my bottle and considering a backup or two of this gem. I never, and I mean never, use up a bottle of perfume that quickly. The rest of my precious bottle will carry me through this summer only.
Tubéreuse Couture was created by Pierre Guillaume and includes notes of kalamanzi oil, green jasmin shoots, ylang-ylang, sugar cane, indian tuberose, sumatra benzoin and papyrus.
Upon applying, it opens up bright, green and citrusy and if you know the calamansi fruit you will be able to distinguish it. The tuberose comes in quite quickly and the perfume lingers for hours on my skin. Tubéreuse Couture is much more green with a hint of sweetness rather than overwhelmingly sweet and cloying. Yes, the sugar cane is there, which is unique, but Monsieur Guillaume used such a deft hand in my opinion that it just softens the whole composition. The perfume is not as animalistic as Malle’s Carnal Flower. For me it is a somewhat energizing perfume what with the citrusy green beginning. It invites music and dance after a stressful day.
The tuberose plant is thought to have originated in Mexico. It is an exotic plant and I have yet to be able to find any bulbs for sale here in Vienna. But when I think of the waxy white flowers and the scent that they exude, tuberose plants fit so much better in tropical climates full of sunshine and heat. Tuberose needs the rhythmic music of Latin America. When I listen to Latin music I instantly grin, instinctively moving along to the rhythm. The drums start and are soon joined by the rest of the percussion and when the beautiful vocals come in the music carries me back home to Argentina!
This is life – singing and dancing with the scent of tuberose all around me.
On a side note, if you can get your hands on some calamansi vinegar give it a try if you have not already. I use calamansi vinegar drizzled on a salad or over sauteed chicken which is divine and actually gets the men in my household to eat more greens.