WHAT I SMELL: Tubereuse opens with a sweetened peach like, cinnamon peppered tuberose. It’s heady without having the thickened rubberized consistency you can sometimes find with the note. Instead, the tuberose is mentholated without being cloying or heavy. The fruit behind the tuberose is not rich, juicy or dominant. Instead, it’s as if it has been dried or dehydrated. As the perfume wears, a lovely powder blankets the composition along with the addition of a spiced jasmine. Tubereuse is not dirty at all and not indolic, but instead is a wash of exquisite powdered herbal and lightly mentholated floral highlighted by the tuberose that’s full of life, but tinged with bits of melancholy. Like all of the Caron parfum extraits, Tubereuse is slow to transform. After quite some time, the florals become sharpened and aloof, but they never are removed from the protected cover of the powder. And as more time passes, the mentholated herbal quality begins to meld gracefully into the floral mix as if a dance between the two has ended as one. Finally, in the end, the perfume softens to a gentle powdered swath of a floral dream.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE TUBEREUSE: sophisticated, self-assured, mature
BOTTOM LINE: Tubereuse is an underutilized perfume in my collection. It doesn’t get the attention from me that it deserves and every time I wear it I wonder why I don’t wear it more often. Maybe because its a bit formal and I have a penchant for wearing t-shirts and shorts. Whatever the reason, it’s a perfume that deserves more attention from me and others.