Tubereuse 1 is capricieuse by name and capricious by nature. It’s wonderfully unexpected.
Created by Gérald Ghislain and released in 2009, Tubereuse 1 Capricieuse is part of the Tuberose Trilogy collection.
According to the Histoires de Parfums website, Tubereuse 1 has the following pyramid structure:
Top notes: Tuberose, bergamot and saffron
Heart notes: Tuberose, iris and ylang ylang
Base notes: Tuberose, suede and cocoa
First off, despite what you see on the note list it’s not a tuberose heavy fragrance at all. It’s essentially a beguiling iris suede with saffron and hints of tuberose. It’s not nearly as straight forward as that though.
Tubereuse 1 is striking from the initial spray. The effect to start with is that of slightly sweet dust on leather.
The iris is powdery and grey, sprinkled with saffron and set against thick pile suede or a dusty antique leather-bound book.
There’s a rubbery note lurking in there too which is weird but not at all overwhelming. It’s like the faint smell of latex or perhaps it’s just tuberose in rubber mode.
Tubereuse 1 has a lived-in quality from the beginning which I find extremely attractive. It feels mussed-up and broken down, like its been rolling around on the attic floor. It’s the scent of battered ballet shoes dipped in powder.
Unlike a lot of iris-centric perfumes, it feels warm thanks to the protective covering of suede.
In the heart I catch glimpses of bright white tuberose. Flashes of lightly indolic lushness that stand out against the grainy backdrop of iris, dust, saffron and suede.
The drydown is a musky iris suede with a fine layer of cosmetic powder and chocolate. Again, there’s also a lingering floralcy.
I think either gender could wear Tubereuse 1 well because it contains both masculine and feminine elements. It has a nice level of projection and good longevity.
As much I love it, I’m not sure I could wear it for long because sadly I find it heady after a while. My tolerance to even small amounts of tuberose is still low, but Tubereuse 1 is highly compelling. It’s my favourite so far from the Histoires de Parfums line.
It catches your eye, not caring that it isn’t conventionally beautiful. Flirting and sashaying in a shy. yet self-possessed way.
Often perfumes are boringly predictable, so I love how offbeat it is. It takes time to fully get to know and appreciate its individual charms.
Tubereuse 1 is a woman who doesn’t give away all her secrets on first try; she likes to tease. Not unlike burlesque icon Sally Rand and her famous feather fan routine, she smiles sweetly as she exposes herself a little at a time.
If you want a fragrance that will keep your attention, draw you in and keep you intrigued then I’d highly recommend getting to know Tubereuse 1 Capricieuse.
Have you tried Tubereuse 1? Do you love it too or would you have liked more tuberose?