Tom Ford Tubereuse Nue is the latest to join the Private Collection line. This brand has been hit and miss for me. I didn’t hate the foray into the fruits – loved Lost Cherry, just lukewarm on Bitter Peach. I think it was a lot of the things in between his initial stuff and now that have just left me mostly unmoved.
It’s like this for most brands, I think, but the completely over the top-ness of Tom Ford’s early perfumes were at times hilarious and at other times awe-inspiring, but they were never shy.
Thinking about my much beloved Velvet Gardenia that is now discontinued. I hated it so much at first, but now I can’t think how disappointed I’ll be when I can no longer find some out there. Luckily, most people hated it, so there seems to be random bottles available for quite a long time!
Tom Ford Tubereuse Nue took me back to that place, where he made things that were unafraid. Tubereuse Nue is some weird place blended out of Serge Lutens Tubereuse Criminelle and Piguet Fracas. It opens in that mentholated spot with enough of the big floral of Fracas to amp this up to a thick, chewy tuberose. Not green like Carnal Flower It stays pretty linear. It’s like old school tuberose perfume with a modern take on it.
What I think I like most about this is this feels very Velvet Gardenia. Velvet Gardenia was was very much Jungle Gardenia with a modern sensibility, more pungent and real. It was big and unapologetic. Tom Ford Tubereuse Nue is the same – big and unapologetic.
If this is a move for Ford back to his big, over the top perfumes, I am here for it. Yes, the pricing, but I think I’m becoming immune to it. I guess it’s been like 12 years ago that I thought $200 for a very large Chanel bottle would be the most I’d pay. Welp, here we are.
Haven’t done a giveaway in a long while. But I’ll give away two samples of this to commenters drawn at random. Just leave a comment to be entered!