Tuberose and other obsessions

I haven’t posted in a while for no other reason than I tend to be shy. I try not to compete with Patty, March or Lee but let’s face it, I don’t have their wit nor their devoted following, so I would be an idiot to try. I honestly wonder why anyone cares what I think about fragrance. I can only offer the fact that I have been collecting for almost two decades and I research the hell out of anything I love. I truly adore scent and I am honored that the Posse includes me.

OK, so here are a few of my favorite things. I am not talking about top ten or the like. That is for later. Here are a few of the fragrances that I reach for over and over again.

It is no secret that tuberose enthralls me. I find myself intoxicated by its beauty. This is where I begin.
Prada Tubereuse: This is part of the boutique exclusives which I believe are all single notes ranging from Iris to the aforementioned. I find its beauty lies in the pungency. Here we have a tuberose that isn’t trying too hard. Much like Ms. Prada’s pret-a-porter (of which I also cannot get enough) it is beautiful in its simplicity. This is a tuberose that stands in her vase, metaphorical hands on hips, smug smile…whispers, “what do you want from me?”
Annick Goutal Tubereuse: I have loved this soliflore since it was available stateside. I purchase this by the gross from the lovely ladies at the Rue Castiglione boutique. I highly recommend them as they are sweet and efficient and generous. OK, this is a heady pure tuberose. I spray my self, my sheets, my hair, my childhood blankie that I still sleep with (shut up). This is what fields of tuberose smell like from miles away. I believe that if God opened up the Gates of Heaven and allowed a few breazes our way before closing them (for now) this scent would move through me, over me. I smell tuberose and I confirm God’s existence.
Carnal Flower: I’ve said enough. Go buy it. You won’t be sorry.
Bruno Bleu: A perfume oil. I don’t usually go for oils. The flowery prose at Luckyscent sucked me in. I bought unsniffed and I just couldn’t help myself. I do love it, but why the hell is it blue?? OK, it is a beauty….very creamy and unapologetic. Not a “rocket science” kind of perfume, but who cares, it has tuberose. Seriously though, it is lovely, if not linear. A bit salty in its warmth. Sexy.
Creed Tubereuse Indiana: I keep it around, but I find it a bit off. I think that the tuberose and ambergris fight a bit for attention. The fight continues without any clear winner, so the whole composition, well, fails. I find it amusing, though. Not enough tuberose for me. I think I have a problem.

I do love tuberose, but I by no means discriminate….too much. Here are a few of my other recent infatuations.
Guerlain Bois d’Armenie: This is beauty divine. This is incense at its most breathtaking. The sweet resiny warmth is achingly gorgeous. I feel as though I’m applying for a position at Luckyscent. I adore it.
Vintage Lanvin RumeurThank you Patty! I find the initial blast, well, vintagey. I wait two minutes and there she is. The fog has lifted and she’s standing in vintage Balanciaga. Pale, with red accents on. Glamorous and gorgeous without boring me with her age. I think she is just as relevant today….think Gesquiere for Balenciaga….timeless with a nod to the past glory. I don’t know what is in this juice but I feel so chic wearing it. I will be trying the other vintage Lanvins soon….like tomorrow if the postman hurries.

And now I must eat a few words. I reviewed Ether de Lilas and simply denounced it. I was warned by Patty (probably twice) that it must be sprayed. So I sprayed. I swooned. I purchased. I love it in this heat. Kansas City is brutal in its extremes. Arctic air in winter, the freakin’ Chergui in summer. I am not kidding… Patty I ‘m sooo sorry. I won’t question the spray thing ever again. I’m a sucker for limited editions too.

So, there you have it. A very brief look at my loves. I do apologize for the lack of eloquence. I tried to be as down to earth as I could be when writing about this beautiful form of art. I also could write pages on others, from Tubereuse Criminelle (I’m on my third bottle) to Muscs Koublai Kahn (bottle three as well). For fun, how about a giveaway. A partial bottle of one of my loves…how about Do Son or something? Just mention you are interested and I’ll randomly draw.

91 Comments
Sally Price July 27, 2007

I have just tried a sample of Do Son--I perfer it to Fracas, at least for summer. I wear Fracas on the days I work from home to please me; but I could wear Do Son anywhere. And it find Do Son lasts longer and blooms more than Chasse. I'd love to be in the drawing for a bottle of Do Son.

Emotenote July 24, 2007

Hmmmm, I love tuberose but have not smelt many of these, may I be in the drawing if it is not too late?

Theresa July 22, 2007

I haven't tried that many tuberose scents yet, so please enter me in the drawing. I enjoy your contributions to the posse:-)

ering July 20, 2007

Hi Bryan--I enjoy your postings and hope to see more of them in the future. We seem to share many favorites. I am a passionate lover of tuberose in perfume and in person--whenever I am home (Santa Fe), I fill the house with gorgeous stately stalks of tuberose, and their fragrance is so luscious and creamy it seems almost tangible. Alas, in Wisconsin, where I am now, gardenia and jasmine stand a chance, but tuberose? Not so much. There are varieties of hibiscus (!) and magnolia (!) that do grow here (which a dear friend from the South used to call "mutant Yankee Eskimo magnolia"), so I hope to see tuberose growing here someday, perhaps in the hands of a more talented gardener. Thanks again for your posting--as you see, I've found it rather evocative. Please do include me in the drawing. I would love to try your loves!

Christopher July 20, 2007

Hey Bryan. Great posting on that fleshy flower. Check out my tuberose posting from last Friday (the 13th) on Vetivresse.com, and keep writing!

diSola July 20, 2007

Thank you , Brian, for warmly sharing a few of your pets. Throughout the dark ages, I met all white florals with a pinched- face and suspicious mind. I tended dillgently to my leathers and incense. Then one day--in a madcap mood-I wildly spritzed MPG Tubereuse. I girded myself to be knocked over with a bitch slap. My eyes scanned for a nearby washroom. Instead it seduced me. What followed was a hot day on the beach, where Tubereuse bloomed forth in folds both salty and buttery and oh so seductive. I've been obseesed with tuberose ever since. Indeed, I seem to be slowly emerging as a white flower 'ho. Do tell me if you have yet to try Profumum's Tuberosa? My HG. The Easter Bunny this year left a bottle of Ether de Lilas. Smart bunny. It added a sweet-and melancholy- lilt to my spring. Even if I did get mostly guava. I would be thrilled to be entered into the draw. Meanwhile, please do write on!

denisegret July 20, 2007

Bryan: I'd be happy to comment on your post! I like the fact that you're a devotee of all things tuberose - at least you have your perfume priorities straight! Good for you! :d I don't blame you for feeling intimidated by the Great Patty, March and Leopoldo - their posts read like poetry. I still have no idea how they can identify all of those notes in one fragrance. Baffles me, is all. I feel intimidated by the Perfume Posse site in general. I've tried to start conversations in the "Talk about whatever you want" section and lots of people read my posts, but only one or two or maybe three reply. Maybe it's me! Am I breaking some Posse rule or something? I have no idea. I've also tried to swap and sell things in the mercantile exchange with little success. I'm starting to feel like the Posse is way to cool for me and that I don't really belong here because I'm so new. How do I break into this exclusive society? How do I establish "street cred" on this blog? I really don't know and so far, haven't a clue about what to do or say next. So, I can totally understand your feelings about posting with such learned colleagues. You're quite an inspiration for new people like me trying to understand the social structure of a blog devoted to niche perfumes. Thanks for your honesty and your post - I'll be looking for your next one soon! :x

Qwendy July 20, 2007

How fascinating that I tuned in today of all days for such a fascinatingly different nose from mine to read about! It's entirely possible that we are absolutely scent-opposed. Although I overlap considerably with the wonderful Carmencanada, and you do to, just in totally different areas. Perhaps it is in the vintage Lanvin department that we can connect. I haven't sniffed Crescendo, you're so lucky! I do love to surprise myself by newly loving scents I've hated, so once a year when I'm at Serge L's I try TC and MKK, and so far, no luck! So of couse I have to be entered in the draw, so I can see what it's like to sniff in another person's nose!

kyra July 20, 2007

Soft hearted and with the soul of a librarian (as have I), how could I not love to hear from you? Keep up the contributions to the blog, but leave me out of this draw. Tuberose is, I’m afraid, my bete noir.

Lara July 19, 2007

I don't think I've ever smelled a tuberose fragrance (I'm a newbie). Annick Goutal's Tubereuse, Carnal Flower, and Tubereuse Criminelle all intrigue me though. I'd love to be in the drawing.

JenniferR July 19, 2007

I confess, I'm semi-de-lurking (I post occasionally, so it's only semi-:)) in part to be entered in the drawing. But I particularly want in the drawing because this post has combined with a few adventuresome forays I've recently made into the world of white flowers in general, and tuberose in particular, that just may be taking me in a new direction. I began with my inability to wear Fracas (although there's a story there for another day), but things have been shifting lately. Most notably, I'm working with Carnal Flower! And on another note (teehee), Bois d'Armenie is something I've been meaning to try for a while now. Incense, now, that's something I do in a heartbeat! And you've also reminded me of Ether de Lilas, which somehow managed to drop off my radar screen for a while. I feel another order coming on ...

parisa July 19, 2007

Great post! Have you tried Parfumerie Generale's Tubereuse Couture? It's one of the most elegant tubereuse scents that I've come across and I think you might be pleasantly surprised how many bottles you may go through:)

Robin July 19, 2007

Great post about one of my favorite floral notes, thanks. And I really need to try Bois d'Armenie again. Don't know why it didn't grab me the first time, and wondering if I didn't give it a fair shot.

Ina July 19, 2007

Bryan, I love your posts! And I love most of the scents you're listing. Had no idea Prada had a Tuberose. When Marina and I came to the Prada shop this past wknd, we were told the exclusives got pulled off the shelves due to poor sales. Bummer!

skippy July 19, 2007

Enter me in your drawing. Your love of tuberose shines through and that is eloquence enough. I remember driving down into the valley of Oaxaca when I was a teenager and being overwhelmed by this new scent. There was tuberose all over the markets. I am happily taken back whenever I smell it.

dleep July 19, 2007

Lovely post. Thank you. For some reason I am now obsessed with Tuberose when I couldn't stand it a few years ago. Go figure!! Carnal Flower is a favorite. Would love to be entered into your drawing.

Twibbet July 19, 2007

Very nice discussion of tuberose! I love the sweet, heavy skank of fresh jasmine and gardenia flowers (there's a gardenia blooming in my kitchen right now - woof!) but I don't have much experience with tuberose. I've smelled Fracas, and I own Amoureuse which has some tuberose fighting it out with the jasmine and the honey, but I have yet to smell TC or Carnal Flower, alas. Please add me to the drawing! And I second the request for any good perfumey places to go in KC.

CH July 19, 2007

Wow, Bryan, that's the best way to get a following - give something away! Woohooo! Include me, please, in the drawing. You have provided a wonderful reference for some tuberose scents. I share your fondness for Tuberose Criminelle. I like tuberose; I just think it is misused and mixed with other scents where it does not belong (I'd never mix it with fruit!). I even have a tiny bottle of the actual absolute. I dilute it and use it as a room spray!

sybil July 19, 2007

Don't apologize for your voice or your blankie! You did a great job of convincing me to try more tuberose, which I'm not sure yet I like in large doses...

Teri July 19, 2007

awwwww.....How could we NOT adore a fella who swoons for tuberose? As even Dorothy Parker would tell you were she alive to do so, there is a time for sharpness and wit and there is a time for gentle affection and heartfelt pleasure and you absolutely provide the latter in spades. Please write more often. And by the way, although I no longer have my baby blanket, I DO still have my very first stuffed animal. And sometimes when my world is tumbling down around my ears, I get him out and give him a cuddle ;) ps - would you please be so kind as to enter me in your drawing? Thank you. :)

Kim July 19, 2007

Delightful writing and great post - gives me lots to try. Please enter me in the draw and please keep posting!

Marina July 19, 2007

Bryan, I love your posts, please write more often! I also love most of the scents you listed. And I wish I knew Prada Tuberose, it sounds fantastic!

Dusan July 19, 2007

No reason to be shy, Bry. And don't be silly, we love your scented stories! Hopefully you won't make this long a hiatus again... Can't say that I've smelled many tuberose fragrances (Fracas and CF are on my 'to-try list'), but the ones I did (TC, La Chasse, Tubereuse Couture, Ysatis) made me realize I love its hot, sensual scent, almost solid in texture, if that makes any sense. I wish Kurkdjian would do a masculine tuberose, if that's at all possible :-) Did you smell his (well, Gaultier's) Fleur du Male? Orange Blossom Heaven! Kurkdjian also did a tuberose fragrance for Gaultier, Fragile, but you probably knew that already ;-) A reluctant confession: I haven't met the (in)famous Koublai Khan (while you are on your third bottle no less, sheesh!). Ditto on BdA and well, pretty much everything you listed. *simpers*

Patty July 19, 2007

Bryan, doll, you are way too humble, and I also wish you would write more! You are genuine and passionate, and that always comes through. Ha-ha! Told you on the LIlas, didn't I? :)

delizt July 19, 2007

Great post and I always love to hear other's thoughts, you write well. I have yet to overcome my fears and try me some tuberose, so this is a helpful post. Pease put me in the drawing...

donanicola July 19, 2007

Bryan - I think, judging from the above, you most certainly DO have a devoted following! And why not? You write from the heart. Am coming around to Tuberose. Back in my scared of white flowers past I backed away from Tuberose as if it was garlic and I a vampire. But I LOVE jasmine now (Nuit Noire today - its moving up my list of to buys with alarming speed) and frangipane and lilies and gardenia don't horrify me so Tuberose might well slay me next. To be honest I'd like to smell the SL first as I have a feeling that's the one for me. In meantime, please enter me in the drawing for Do Sun which I have sniffed and do like very much.

AimeeinAustin July 19, 2007

As a recent convert to Fracas and thereby tuberose, I was excited to read your post. I'm always delighted to read posts that compare a variety of juices that emphasize the same note, since there isn't a lot of sniffapalooza-ing to be had where I live. So your post was great! Thanks! Oh, and by the way, count me in on the Do Son draw, please!

Christine July 19, 2007

No need to be shy! I think the reason we all keep coming back is because we love to hear about perfumes and what people have to say about them, whether it be love, hate or apathy. Plus, you've added to my ever expanding list of things that *must* be tried. And do enter me in the drawing! Welcome!

rosarita July 19, 2007

Well, you've convinced me to venture further in exploring tuberose scents. Fracas (and others) smell so fab in the bottle but like cheap air freshener on my skin, so I have kind of avoided tuberose heavy scents. I love other white flowers though, and heavier scents in general, so it seems as though tuberose and me would get along if I found the right one. Please enter me in the drawing! And - I always appreciate how your knowledge & love of fragrance comes through in your reviews (causing me to add ever more items to that endless to try list - Bois d'Armenie is calling my name...)

pitbull friend July 19, 2007

Oh, Bryan, your overstated modesty has been well addressed, so I will proceed on to ask you an embarrassingly stupid question. How does one pronounce "tuberose?" Is it "toob-erose," or "toober-ohse?" Or something else? I did try to research this (thanks, Maria!) but couldn't find a pronunciation guide. I don't think it's a tuber, and I don't think it's a rose, so neither makes instinctive sense. So far, I dislike tuberose intensely, but am open to change. Also, looks like I will be in KC for a rushed couple of days in September. Now that I see you live there, is there some smellarific place I shouldn't miss? Thanks, dear heart! --Ellen

Louise July 19, 2007

Awww, any guy with his blankie can post anytime-and you do write well. As I gaze at my beloved stuffies, I must admit that tuberose and I have a confusing relationship. I repeatedly avow that I don't care for it, then realize that it is in many fragrances I love. And Fracas-I've loved it for years! Maybe I just need to mature a little.

Judith July 19, 2007

What a great post! I do love Carnal Flower and Tubereuse Crim--but what about Caron Tubereuse? A beautiful, creamy fragrance! If you haven't tried it, you should! I just bought a bottle of MKK in Paris, and I am so happy to have it!! I was thinking getting a TC bell as well, but decided on a back-up of my beloved FT (which is almost gone) instead (I had limited myself to 2 at the Salons). Decisions, decisions!! I'd love to be in the drawing!

Kathy July 19, 2007

Hi Bryan, Great post! As another poster said, it's nice to read the different styles that everyone brings to the discussion. Your love for fragrance comes through clearly. I hope that you will write more often. I'd love to be included in your drawing please.

Lee July 19, 2007

Bryan: 1) No need to be shy 2) It ain't a competition, though you easily beat me on a whole host of stuff, most especially knowledge 3) Away with the modesty 4) Great post! 5) I still need to learn to love flowers a little more...

Amarie July 19, 2007

Lovely reviews Bryan. I admire all of you who write because I know when I put fingertips to keyboard all my words come out so stilted and stumped. I hated white florals but persistence is changing my mind- there are some beautiful tuberose out there. Please put my name in the hat:x

Tina July 19, 2007

hi, longtime lurker/reader/admirer here, but first-time poster :"> . I love all the writers on Perfume Posse and Brian, I completely understand your infatuation with tuberose (and Serge, too ;)). I own quite some tuberose perfumes (Carnal Flower, Fracas, La Chasse, Blonde), but I'd of course love to get my hands on some of Do Son, because it's beautiful, summery and I don't have any amount of it yet. so can I please be included in the draw :d ? and I hope to read about your top 10 soon!

katy July 19, 2007

Hi Brian, I enjoy your posts too. Don't be shy... I keep my childhood blankie too (hidden from my husband) and I spray one unexpensive white flowers EDT, because reminds me my mother and I miss her so much... I love tubereuse too. And I love Fracas. Please count me in the drawn, if it is possible... And I hope we can hear from you soon !

Jo July 19, 2007

I really enjoyed reading your post and am working on my next FF order! That Vintage Lanvin is calling my name. Would you include me in your drawing?

Maria July 19, 2007

Bryan, stop putting yourself down! I won't hear of it! [-x You write delightful, vivid descriptions of fragrance. I wish I'd had a baby blankie. We have something very important in common: "I research the hell out of anything I love." That's me, bro. I suspect Ellen, the best friend a pitbull ever had, is like that too. I too kept wondering what you think of Fracas. Mmmm. That Germaine Cellier, what a gal. Vintage Rumeur is such a chypre beauty. Maybe she's in a leather Balenciaga? I predict you'll enjoy Lanvin Crescendo. Lovely incense. Bois d'Armenie, I agree, is gorgeous. You have excellent taste. I had a great steak in Kansas City once.

carmencanada July 19, 2007

Bryan, you sure know how to speak to a woman's heart... Another tuberose fan -- no, addict -- here (I'm on my 2nd bottle of Tubéreuse Criminelle, and of MKK for that matter). I think Lutens does beautiful unspeakable things to white flowers, and they do sing out in the heat, don't they? As for being shy, don't: the best thing about perfumeland is that we're all dead curious about each other's choices/impressions! Please count me in the draw. I don't own Do Son yet!

Gina July 19, 2007

I really enjoy your posts. I love that each of you guys have your own unique voice. Absolutely no doubt you do belong on Perfume Posse, you have a great way of saying things in a way I can truly relate to. I LOVE Tubereuse Criminelle, I DO! From the first blast of vicks to the the creamy sultriness that I get a bit later. It's heaven, and I'm going to put some on right now. Carnal Flower is blatant sex on me, I love it, but we don't always get along. I don't know enough about scent to tell you what it is that doesn't always work. Thanks to the Frip, I now have Bois d'Armenie, and damn, it's genius. I'm nuts over anything incense, so you can imagine I'm in love with it. The others you mentioned I've yet to try, but you've inspired me. Thank you. An aside - have you ever tried any of Ava Luxe's perfumes? She has some great incense scents. Also, Les Nez has one called "Let Me Play The Lion" that I absolutely had to have a full bottle of. If you haven't tried it, I'd be happy to send you a bit.

Alica July 19, 2007

Since tubereuse is my lifelong love, I would be vey pleased if you entered me in the drawing. Thx. Bryan.

noyna July 19, 2007

Yes, Bryan, please don't feel shy or uncertain! Your love and knowledge of perfumes makes your posts delightful... I'd love to hear your opinion on what tuberoses would be good for the stifling heat of Bangkok. I'm still a bit skeered of white florals, I feel like I'm being smothered in heaving cleavage... Also, I'd like to hear your thoughts on gardenia perfumes. A friend of mine adores the scent of gardenia -- are there any perfumes you like that strongly feature this note? Would love to be in the drawing. I sense you'll help shepherd me past my white-floral phobia...

tmp00 July 19, 2007

First of all, shuut uhhhp! We all love to hear from you and wish you'd write more. The fact that you have your childhood bankie makes you adorable, the fact that you spray it with tuberose makes me want to bake you something. So what do you think of Fracas? Tubereuse Criminelle? Spill, darlin! :d