A tuberose treat: Hiram Green Moon Bloom

Moon BloomBefore we get too far into the fall, let’s look at a branch of the tuberose family tree that I’ve been ruminating over for a while. So here goes: If Fracas and Carnal Flower had a love child, with Tubereuse Criminelle lurking somewhere nearby among the relatives (perhaps a grandmother?), Hiram Green Moon Bloom could very well be it.

It’s got a dab of the buttery, rubber-y note of Fracas, but not so much as to scare you off, lightened as it is by its charms echoing Carnal Flower. Also in its genes resides a small hit of the menthol-camphory pop that CF shares lightly with TC’s medicinal opening.

Moon Bloom straddles the tuberose fence nicely: On the days when more oomph than the elegant Carnal Flower is needed, but not quite as much firepower as Fracas provides, it creates a good balance. The tuberose starts off strikingly with a hint of menthol, then see-saws with a lovely jasmine, a bit of green, and a hint of coconut to top things off beautifully, lending a playful whisper as it does so well in CF, Ysatis, By Kilian Beyond Love, and others.

I just wish it lasted longer. Granted, my original go at Moon Bloom was via a dab sample vial. So I made haste to get a little spray decant of it to experience it in a bigger way. However, even that didn’t seem to last as long as I thought it should have. But then again, I usually only spray once. So perhaps what’s needed is what several Posse writers (Tom? March?) have said on the Posse: “Drench your poitrine until your socks are wet.”

So let me give that a go and see what turns up. Two sprays on one wrist (sorry, folks, I just can’t bring myself to do more) not surprisingly, resulted in a bigger medicinal whoosh, followed by a more intense unfolding of the other characters. Longer lasting most definitely and still quite enjoyable, and gives the menthol stripe a far longer ride.

BTW, I think this would be nice in a body cream or shower gel as well, not to mention extrait.

Notes from Fragrantica: tuberose absolute, jasmine absolute, ylang-ylang, coconut, greens, tropical spices and resins.

Have any of you tried Hiram Green Moon Bloom? If so, what did you think of it? Or what tuberose scents are you loving now?

34 Comments
Suzanne September 29, 2014

Hey Miss Ann, I love your description of Moon Bloom! You're spot on! (I know this because an uberly-wonderful friend put a little sample in my birthday package and it was love at first sniff.) ;) <3

Jennifer Counts September 29, 2014

I haven't tried this one yet, but I've been wanting to. I suspect I will like it. Tuberose and I generally get along. Carnal Flower is gorgeous but I found the lasting power slightly disappointing. I have tried Fracas once or twice, and I remember liking it, though I've never really given it a full wearing. And Tubereuse Criminelle.. once I get past the initial wintergreen blast I like it, but that initial bit can be a little trying, and a little nauseating if I'm not really prepared for it.

einsof September 29, 2014

hiram and i have been playing hide and seek. he moved to amsterdam right after i left. i went on a tuberose binge and her refused to have samples in stock. a friend went to amsterdam and i sent along directions, funds and camera for the mission- her trip got cut short and hiram waved goodbye from schiphol. very cagey this hiram. Moon Bloom sounds devastatingly beautiful! and i understand a natural perfume? i couldn't ask for more. one day i will pounce upon hiram from behind a stroopwaffel stand or something. of course i am talking about the perfume, not the man. i have never literally jumped on a perfumer.... yet. ;)

Kandice September 29, 2014

I've had this on my list to try for awhile now. Your review has spurred me to order a sample today!

malsnano86 September 29, 2014

Between you and Kafka, I now have this one on my to-test list. I can't do Tubby Criminal because of that rotting-meat thing in the opening (the menthol/camphor never bothers me), and Fracas is a bit like wearing tuberose-scented cold cream because of the crap-ton of OB in it... love CF with its cold green opening. Finefinefine. I will just go ahead and order the Moon Bloom sample - a spray one if I can find it. I sometimes have trouble with staying power with regards to naturals, though I note that Vamp a NY sticks around a good six hours and the plain tuberose EO I have lasts about four, so we'll see how Moon Bloom does.

poodle September 29, 2014

I love white florals so this has been on the list to try for a while. Haven't gotten to it yet though. Actually I've heard so much positive stuff about it I'm almost afraid I'll be disappointed when I do smell it.

eldarwen22 September 29, 2014

Tuberose and I still aren't playing nice. Well, tuberose isn't and I should love tuberose because I love orange blossom and jasmine.

FeralJasmine September 29, 2014

I am utterly crazy about Moon Bloom, and as soon as my husband smelled it, he bought me the bottle and the travel spray. He doesn't usually react quite like that. On me it lasts a full four hours and is gorgeous the whole time. I have already written to Hiram Green begging them never to discontinue it. I still love my Fracas parfum, but this one is uniquely beautiful.

Caroline September 29, 2014

Hi Ann--have the Moon Bloom 5 ml travel spray. I find it to be quite long-lived--more so than CF, even. It lasts far longer on me than most naturals. I think MB skews a bit spicier than CF, though I enjoy both. Fracas edp smells very peachy to me, so all I have is a sample. Curious to try it in the parfum.

Linda W. September 28, 2014

Goutal`s now dropped tuber is sooooo pretty!!! Grab a decant if unsure > FB`s still on Ebay :-) I miss original Chloe something fierce - open my bottles of that just to whiff!

Anne Berbling September 28, 2014

I love, love, love, tuberose...but so far, only the real ones (so many in my garden, planted in memory of my Grandma, who loved them), and EL Private Garden Tuberose Gardenia. Have read about the others you named here, but haven't tried (except Carnal Flower), as the other notes (medicinal, rubbery...) kind of scare me off! Wish I had a good place close, to spray and sniff...local Macy's and Sephora are it for me...

Ellen September 28, 2014

I have never tried it, but it sounds interesting . I love tuberose in my garden, so......I'd be on board to try.