I've never worn or even thought of wearing a tuberose based perfume because I've never seen myself as a floral person and they tend to be the kind of perfumes which bother me eventually. There is something a little remarkable about this one.
According to my best open minded opinion, Nuit De Tubereuse opens with an initial blast of floriental tuberose (as one would expect), but almost instantaneously I caught something round and denser like tonka bean. There was a note perhaps more powerful than anything else that I couldn't put my finger on till about mid day when I was so certain there was a gourmand element hidden...well not so much hidden....lemongrass! Maybe not what L'Artisan had in mind, but it's sure very present to me. It's really what makes the scent for me too. I sat in my Art History lecture staring at Fragonard's "The Secret Meeting". Two procelaine like figures, lovers, convening as the day grew thin in a dreamlike landscape of swollen pale pink blossoms. It seemed like maybe a conincidence, but I feel like that painting was embodying a little bit of Nuit de Tubereuse and even more a coincidence that we immediatly went on to talk about Chinoiserie.
Here I think is the best way I can describe Nuit de Tubereuse. One who is familiar with Chinoiserie will know that it usually specifically pertains to oriental artwork and porcelaine craft adopted by Western society (particularly France). The two realms combine to create something inherently exotic but also elevated by ornate Rococo flourishes and European elegance. I've always been fascinated by Orientalism because of my roots as a half asian half european mix. The concept seemed like the embodiment of my own personal culture.
Nuit de Tubereuse takes the raw, elemental, exotic energies of tuberose and lemongrass, and adds a significant touch of tonka bean, an animalic musk, clove, cardamom, with a strong backdrop of tobacco to elevate two realms of scent that are, to me, both equally present in the perfume. It's curious, seductive, and very likeable at the same time. Soemthing primal, something sophisticated. In addition, I think this is one of those scents which plays upon the psyche a little. I began to notice the animalic musk around the same moments when I was drifiting into my reverie about two lovers in a secret meeting...perhaps it was really only then that the scent saw its full potential. I think some of the best perfumes do this to us, and I'm hoping I'm not the only one.
Most descriptions of the perfume boast of orange blossom and black and pink peppers but I could smell none to speak of today. Perhaps another day?
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An inward but intriguing fragrance that has a small but sunny smile on its serious face. Nuit de Tubereuse mesmerizes me for a good couple of hours when I use it, but strangely I don't miss it much on other days. Its tuberose has a very very sheer tone, like some essence thinned and polished until it reached a beautiful level of transparency and a darkish glow. This makes me think of a tuberose plant rather than a big fat coconutty flower. On my skin, Nuit de Tubereuse bows to aesthetics of an organic nature with its vegetal, slightly mushroomy - but never musty- and miraculously clear character. On top of it, it is decorated with a sunny lemon and mango. These show their fruitiness especially right after the shower, when my body heat is higher. Multiple spritzes give me a brighter lemon and an industrial pine note but even that does not suffocate the semi-darkness of the floral body. I love this fruity, candy air about it and enjoy small whiffs of it until the drydown when the fragrance becomes considerably darker, drier and even slightly bitter. There is something in it that makes me think of two other Duchaufour fragrances: Dzongkha, which does similar things in a different order on my skin and is considerably more demure with the incense, and Penghalion's Verveine which possesses a similar candy note in the midst of aromatic greenness. Altogether this is the second Tubereuse I have fallen for in my life, but I don't love it enough to call it a staple in my collection.
EDIT: the more I wear it the more it sparkles, maybe because it's the winter and I'm in warm clothes all the time. love
I just don't see wht this fragrance has so many poor reviews. I for one love it. I think it's fantastic. I ordered a bottle at first sniff of my sample. I agree that it's not a full on Tubereuse scent. It's no Fracas, La Chasse or Nassomatto's Narcotic Venus. But I think L'Artisan wanted to creature a different take on Tubereuse. And I do smell Tubereuse, it's just not full on like the others. It's there, it's just quiet and lets all the other's shine.
No tuberose detected. This smelled of dirt and aftershave, and unfortunately lasted until the next day on my arm. To me this was an insult to the gorgeous tuberose, coming off as a musty, masculine scent. Scrubber!
My hopes for this were high and they were not even sort of met! Gorgeous packaging though!
There is barely a hint of tuberose in this and there is lots of outdoorsy mushroomy damp forest, foliage, and dirt. I almost preordered this and am $175 thankful I didn't! My dh despises this to the point of calling it the worst perfume he's ever smelled. A disappointment for me BUT perfect for other people and I look forward to smelling this on someone who loves it! The beauty in diversity is there's something for everyone... and isn't that wonderful!!!
It starts off smelling like a true flowering plant, and then goes into the flower itself....slightly oily, slightly narcotic. And the persistence is great too...12 hrs later I can still smell it on my skin. L'Artisan, you amaze me. I really did not think I would like this.
Nuit de Tubereuse is a revelation. Even dh grabbed it, swooning, and spritzed himself, exclaiming with glee "it smells like candy!" - which is does, in a way, in the opening - if you've ever been in a candy factory (which I have) when the air is hot, and the candy is pouring and there's this sort of sultry sweetness in the air - I don't find it to be like juicy fruit, but like delicious tropical mango candy. I like dried sweetened mango, and this is the impression I got of that same smell - or more, the smell matched my sensory memory of the taste, if that makes sense - it hit the same pleasure receptors in my brain. This quickly burns off and opens to this beautiful floral that seems to levitate off the skin and reminds me, in passing, of that tender floral mix of La Chasse. There is the spicy bite of the pink pepper and the green rootiness - and it is all so breathtaking that I truly think that my mouth fell open. There came a brief few minutes when I felt certain something at the bottom reminded me of that same peppery, cozy base of Barbara Bui - not the whole scent, but just those bottom comfort notes. It keeps evolving and changing and if I could write a love letter to Bertrand Duchafour I would. I'm completely smitten - First Al Oudh, which I have obsessively been putting on before bed because it is like the very smell of ease and rest and sleepy, warmed skin - and now this miraculous little gem. I am already plotting a plan to save for a backup, so in love am I. Well, right after I get Al Oudh.
I was not sure what to expect. But this new release from L'artisan is simply amazing.
Sheer (not too heavy at all) fruity floral. sophisticated and beautiful.
Nuit de Tubereuse is a very well composed, SHEER tuberose. If you are looking for something along the lines of traditional tuberose scents like Fracas, be warned this is very different, Die-hard tuberose fans will still like this, I would imagine, but it is a much less dense and more--what shall I call this--"musky?"--version as opposed to a true rendition. The first thing I thought when I sprayed it was "Love's Musky Jasmine Flower", from back in the 70's. It's got that kind of feel to it. However, this is very much a quality fragrance with a true tuberose note dominating. Some may find its sheerness "watered down". I think it is very tastefully done and perfect for those like myself who admire tuberose from afar but find it too overpowering to wear. Beautiful!