Tom Ford Tubereuse Nue Review

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!

  • Jon says:

    Enter me in your draw!

  • Marc says:

    As a lover of the original Private Blend line (Azure Lime is my favourite scent in my collection) I have been a little disappointed by the recent additions. I thought Fucking Fabulous in particular was a disaster of a scent, however I am looking forward to trying this new perfume so fingers crossed I’m lucky enough to win one of the samples!

  • Nicole says:

    I’ve never found a Tom Ford I loved (maybe I just haven’t tried the right one?), but tuberose is one of my favorite notes. I love SL Tubereuse Criminelle and FM Carnal Flower, so I imagine I’d like this. I like Fracas too, though not enough to purchase a bottle. I’d love to try it!

  • Anna Egeria says:

    I would love to try TF’s big tuberose fragrance! I was one of the winners of your MFK giveaway, and I never received my prize. I hope it wasn’t lost in the mail. Thank you for this one.

  • Cinnamon says:

    Actually have not sampled any TFs. At all. I have however seen his film A Single Man, which is awesome.

  • Jennifer S says:

    The one and only full bottle of Tom Ford which I own and was willing to overlook the price of because I fell in love with it is Shanghai Lily. Plum Japonaise is also very nice but I’m happy with just a decant.
    Thanks for the draw!

  • Dina C. says:

    I avoid the Tom Ford line in general just cause the prices are so high, but I love tuberose, so I’d love to sniff this one. In fact, today I’m wearing AdP Iris Nobile edp, which is iris and tuberose together. So lush and beautiful. It’s a note I’ve always been attracted to. Thanks for the drawing Patty.

  • Musette says:

    well…. thanks for NUTHIN’! Now you have me wanting so very, very much to try this – and …… well, dang. Okay, at least I can wear Carnal F today, to tide me over. DNEM, obvs – just wanted to shriek at you 😉 xoxoxo

  • Kathleen says:

    My favorite TF are Amber Absolute and Plum Japonais. I’m not familiar with Velvet Gardenia but had the opportunity to sniff Tuvache Jungle Gardenia, it was beautiful. I like big and unapologetic perfumes!

  • filomena813 says:

    I have a lot of Tom Ford’s older scents but none of the latest ones. I was interested in the cherry one but his prices are now over the top and above $300 for 1.7 pls, so I don’t even try to sample them. I am also interested in this new tuberose’, but yet again, that one is also very expensive. I would like to sample the newer ones but have not been able to. The prices asked for these new perfumes are ridiculous, especially when most of the scents don’t even compare to the original stuff. I have a very old one of Tom Ford called Japon Noir and it is great. He doesn’t make them like that any more, but then again no one does.

  • Laurie Rasor says:

    Have A Great Day

  • Tara C says:

    I don’t need another tuberose scent (not my favourite note to start with), but I did love Lost Cherry enough to purchase. The other recent ones haven’t excited me. I think my last TF purchase before Lost Cherry was Vert d’Encens and Jasmin Rouge.

  • taxi says:

    I miss Jungle Gardenia so much! I love Violet Blonde & Jasmin Rouge. The new tuberose sounds yummy.

  • Suzy Harris says:

    I really love the Oud one from years ago and some of the Portofino’s but not much else. Would love to try this one – I’ve been thinking about white flowers a lot lately.

  • MMKinPA says:

    I haven’t sniffed the newest TF perfumes – I think FF was the last one I encountered in the wild. (I’m not fond of the names but the prices and availability near me are a bigger barrier.) this one sounds intriguing though and without the juvenile name. Thx for the giveaway!

  • shiva-woman says:

    I have to say I’m still a TF fan. I hate the prices, but almost everything niche/indie etc., and now “mainstream” is off the charts. I can’t find something I would buy “under 180.00.” In fact I really appreciate it when they offer “travel sizes” since I have enough ‘fume to last 10 lifetimes. But, about TF. I really liked Lost Cherry once I figured out how to wear it and why so many people lose track of the scent. And many of his earlier scents are just amazing (I still have Sahara Noir, and, a back-up to it–eyes-rolling-back great). I have various Noirs and his Tobacco one (can’t remember the name). I have yet to try the Peach. I’m already disappointed by the reviews because with a name like “Bitter Peach” it needs to be out in the stratosphere, not in the loo, and it seems to be somewhere between air-freshener and shampoo for many review. Sigh. So sad. I love peach well-done in a scent (Coco Chanel–ahhh). While I’m not a big “White Flower” lover save for the “real deal”–night-blooming jasmine, a lovely gardenia scenting the evening air–I’m in on this one. I have a few big white flowers, Fracas being one of them, and sometimes on a super-hot day I go big! I would like to try this–SL Criminelle took me three wearings to get the hang of but , “Wow!” Thank for the giveaway!