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Tuberose, or Polianthes tuberosa, isn’t a rose at all, but a fragrant, waxy, night blooming white floral. Though it smells like orange blossom and gardenia, it has definite phases – a camphourous aspect as it opens, a mushroomy, earthy facet as it blooms and a rotting, bloody meat aspect when it browns.  Opulent, erotic and carnal, tuberose is the flower of seduction and I especially love the way it’s treated in Tubéreuse 3 Animale.
Tubéreuse 3 Animale is part of the ‘An Ode to Tuberose’ from French niche house Histoires de Parfums. The names are fairly descriptive: Tubéreuse 1 Capricieuse,  Tubéreuse 2 Virginale and Tubéreuse 3 Animale. Each fragrance in the trio has its place, but Tubéreuse 3 Animale has a place in my heart.

It opens with tuberose and citrusy, floral note neroli, along with sweet, lemony kumquat. The neroli and the kumquat bring out the camphourous aspect of tuberose that morphs into a note of rubber – it is simply sublime. As it blooms, tuberose stays at the heart while aromatic herbs and dry grass give it an earthiness, a sweatiness that is offset with succulent, lush, note of plum. Tuberose stays through to the base, where notes of blond tobacco and immortelle warm, sweeten and soften the tuberose so that the drydown is rich, animalic and deeply erotic.

Tuberose is a big girl with a big voice that can get screechy, but tempered by masculine notes of herbs, blond tobacco and immortelle, she moans making Tubéreuse 3 Animale perfect for women.

Notes: tuberose, neroli, kumquat, herbs, dry grass, plum, blond tobacco, immortelle.

Type: EdP

Parfumeur: Gérald Ghislain    

Price: $6.00