Tuberose. Love it or hate it, it cannot be denied its place in the Pantheon of Flowers. Tuberose is a Beautiful Beast. Consider Colette’s sublime essay (from Flowers & Fruit, one of my favorite Winter bed-books), titled The Gardenia’s Monologue, wherein Mme Gardenia dismisses the charms of jasmine, nicotiana (!) and other scented beauties, save one:
“I put up with all of these humbler bearers of nocturnal balms, certain that I have no rivals, save one, I confess . . . before whom at times I do worse than confess: I abdicate.
“On certain meridional nights heavy with the promise of rain, certain afternoons rumbling with casual thunder, then my ineffable rival need only show herself, and for all the gardenia in me, I weaken, I bow down before the tuberose.”
In Love Tuberose, Christopher Chong has created a subtly gourmand tuberose that has all the couture restraint of my beloved Beloved … but don’t be fooled by her outward demeanor; Love Tuberose is the Mrs Peel of ladylike tuberoses – she’s got it and she knows it – but there’s no flaunting – if you want to experience her charms you will have to give this beauty the respect she deserves and demands. And we are happy to do it!
Wow! Am I projecting or what!? Let’s get back to the actual perfume!
It’s SO beautiful. There’s no denying this is a tuberose perfume but it has just a hint of the tubey indoles. It is a soft (but not weak) tuberose, with a hint of warmth similar to …well, if I had to describe it (and I guess I do, right?) I would say ‘clotted cream’. Not as heavily buttery as Fracas, it has a warm vanilla undertone to it. Now. Let me tell you why I love this: when I first got the sample I was thinking ‘hmm…why am I craving whipped cream all of a sudden’ (sweatergawd, I really did think that). Love Tuberose has a sweet, skin-scent vibe that isn’t quite a gourmand – and that’s good, because I’m not a fan of heavy gourmand scents – instead it drifts nicely across the skin, as if you’d rolled around in a bed strewn with tuberose flowers on a hot Summer’s Day. With Idris Elba. Yes. I said it. And I mean it. It has a sensual, rather than sexy, feel to it, very indolent. In creating this Christopher Chong referenced classical Russian arts – and while he is not Russian Idris is classical, right? Classical Fabulous (and I can imagine a chaste-ish slow dance, with him suddenly leaning in to sniff my neck, saying ‘omg, you smell incredible! What are you wearing!?) Right?
So…anyway (sorry, the whole Idris Elba thing made my mind go blank for a second), when I got the notes I saw that one of them is Chantilly Cream! Yum! So. I am NOT delusional. Here are the simple, gorgeous notes:
Top: Tuberose, Gardenia, Jasmine
Heart: Chantilly Cream, Vanilla
Base: Cedarwood, Sandalwood (the base is like a spicy wooden bowl, holding the flowers and cream – really well done)
It’s available at Bergdorf and Saks and, of course, at amouage.com – and the only thing that could make me happier is if Amouage comes out with a body cream of this beauty. A skin-scent tuberose in a product for your skin? Yes, please.
I know this is an exceedingly inelegant review of what, in my opinion, is an exceedingly elegant perfume. But it is gorgeous!
Btw – I grow tuberose for the Autumn & Winter months. During the day, it’s like ‘eh, what’s the big deal’. But when the sun goes down….oh, baby! And…let there be a warm rain? You have to leave the room to keep from swooning.
Okay! I am wearing the jeebs out of this one (like, DAILY) – but I am a generous soul and would like to share. Who wants to sample this? To be entered in the draw, tell me how you feel about tuberose! The Girl will do a spin on random.org and we’ll pull a winner or two. I am actually getting things out to folks in TIMELY FASHION! so strike while the iron is hot!