Sending best wishes to Californians given the renewed storms.
The world here is like a constantly wet sponge, but we’re no longer on flood alert. It rains … and rains … and rains. On.Off.On.Off. To say the lawn is gross is an understatement. Yes, things are growing but the grass is patchy and full of moss. It’s tiring just looking at it. I’m think that come summer I’m going to have to rake all the grass up and start again …
Weirdly, within this quagmire, winter and spring bulbs are coming up. But in addition to the ones that have been in the garden for a while, there are ones I have no clue about. Where did that come from? And what exactly is it? Maybe I’ll find out by mid-February.
Anyway, bulbs make me think of tuberoses, which aren’t bulbs (but tubers) but behave like them. I have planted tuberoses in various places in this garden over the years and in the 10 years I’ve been here exactly one (one!) has come up and bloomed. It was small and looked like it had to try really hard to rise up out of the tub where it (and a number of mates) live with the anemones and a couple of other things. See the pic and you’ll see what I mean.
I love tuberoses. Have since I discovered them. When I lived in London, you could sometimes find cut blooms at a flower stand in Covent Garden and less frequently at a now long gone shop in Stoke Newington near where I used to live.
There are so many tuberose fragrances, some of which I love, some not so much. I am partial to l’Artisan’s Nuit de Tubereuse but it lives in the box and I have to remind myself to bring it out.
I currently have a decant from a split and a bottle of it. So, it’s not something I need more of.
This is (was – it was discontinued at some point – which reminds me of discontinuing another Duchaufour, Penhaligon Amaranthine, the disappearance of which sort of made sense) a Bertrand Duchaufour (really, seriously, does he sleep???) from 2010. Notes include pink pepper, cloves, mandarin, tuberose, mango, ylang, rose, angelica, woods, resins and musk (per Fragrantica).
Both of my versions (decant and bottle) are still fine, starting out green and spicy (like cut stems mixed with that clove note) before diving into floral spicy and then drying down to a deeper floral spicy with a resinous undercurrent. It’s not hugely long-lived on me and is not a heavy-duty tuberose (like Malle Carnal Flower, which I own; Piguet Fracas, which I don’t; or Lutens Tubereuse Criminelle, which I hanker after) and it is not really nuit, though I forgive it the name because it feels heady and decadent – just not heavy or unctuous. It is not a diva, which is interesting given that tuberose is such a diva of a flower.
I am very pleased I own this but I won’t feel too sad when the decant and bottle are finally used up.
Both Patty and March blogged about this back when it was released (http://perfumeposse.com/2010/06/01/lartisan-nuit-de-tubereuse-revisited/ and http://perfumeposse.com/2010/06/02/lartisan-nuit-de-tubereuse-pattys-turn/ ) and there seemed to be quite a lot of interest. But I think that fell away fairly quickly. Maybe because it’s not what people think of as a tuberose-centric fragrance.
My initial reaction when that happens tends to be ‘oh, that is too bad’. But actually it’s not. This is lovely. I like wearing it. But it’s not really memorable (which is odd for a Duchaufour) and I’m not surprised it’s not really missed. I am however surprised it’s gone but the weird banana l’Artisan is still available. No accounting for taste.
So, is tuberose one of yours? Which ones? And are you sad this one is gone?