Tuberose Series 7: Bath and Body Works Velvet Tuberose

Chiefly remembered by me as the unlikely gateway drug to my new addiction, as in, “Boy, this stuff is great! I’d forgotten how much I used to like perfume… Now that we’re not pinching every dime, wonder what else is out there?” Finding out What Else Is Out There led me to Now Smell This, and I was hooked.

Perfume Review: Bath and Body Works Velvet Tuberose
Release date: 2007
Perfumer: Who Nose?
Sample provenance: my 50ml bottle, purchased in August 2008 from BBW store (it cost me all of $13.75 on sale, and if your tastes are decidedly upscale, you might decide you’ve read all you need to know). I think the packaging has changed for this scent, although the new tester bottle I smelled a few weeks ago smelled like my own bottle, which looks like the one pictured above.

Subcategory: Gentle white floral with tuberose

Okay, okay, okay… by now, you’ve probably figured out that I’m a cheapskate perfumista, if there can be such a thing. I really struggle with the price schedule of certain houses I’d otherwise like to try (Amouage, MDCI, By Kilian) and simply cross other houses completely off my list because they seem like poor value to me (too many to enumerate). I have never paid full retail price for a bottle of anything. Online discounters are my friends. And of course I’m a suckah for eBay.

It wasn’t always this way. Used to be, I’d scrape together babysitting money, or pizza money when I was in college, and troll the drugstore aisles for sent-bons. I discovered Bath and Body Works at about the time I started dating The CEO, and was devoted to their old Freesia body products. (NB: I miss Freesia, by the way. Sheer Freesia is what they’re selling now, and it’s not at all the same; it’s missing something – I think a muguet note.)

True Story Digression: The CEO used to call up the company where I worked, using the pseudonym “Scott Preston, of Preston Enterprises in Charlotte, NC,” and ask to speak to Miss Muse in Accounting, an amusing little subterfuge that probably fooled no one.

In any case, in August of 2008, I made my way to the B&BW at the mall to pick up some Lavender Vanilla lotion from the Aromatherapy line for my sister’s birthday. While I was there, I wandered around desultorily sniffing things, and came across VT. Before I knew it, I had bought a bottle. I wore it almost exclusively for several months… and aprés Velvet Tuberose, le déluge.

It is a rather sheer tuberose. I know, I know, “sheer tuberose” is something of an oxymoron. But still. If you’re expecting some big creamy huge floral thing, you’ll be disappointed in its light weight.

Notes for VT:
T: Magnolia, apricot, citrus, ylang
H: freesia, cyclamen, tuberose, gardenia, fig leaf, jasmine, orchid
B: sandalwood, amber, spice, musk, cashmere woods

The scent opens with just a few minutes’ worth of tangy fruits and creamy but nondescript florals – and don’t worry about that apricot note, it’s barely there. Very quickly, you’re down into the heart of the thing, which blends some fresh florals (freesia, cyclamen, and orchid) with a traditional white floral mix. I’m pleased to say I’ve never noticed that fig leaf, as fig leaf is pretty much a dealbreaker for me, ugh. After a few hours of tuberose-floral blend, VT dries down to a cheap-but-pleasant base of Cashmeran and musk. Amber and spice? No. Sandalwood? Not really, but you can’t expect much from under $15, can you? Turns out, though, I actually like Cashmeran.

In fact, I like VT better than tuberose-centric mainstream scents like Michael Kors, Juicy Couture, and Christina Aguilera Inspire, all of which cost considerably more than VT. It’s another one of those office-friendly tuberose scents: quiet, pleasant, pretty without overpowering the noses of all in the general vicinity. It stays fairly close to my skin, and can be detected within hug range. I still like to put on a spray or two just before bed, and sometimes wear it to work, when I don’t want to have to think about what scent I’m wearing.

The Bottom Line :
Quality        C  Clearly cheap materials, but nicely blended
Grab-scale score:     6.5
Short description:    Tuberose Floral.
Cost:      $
Earns compliments:     Yes, in surprising numbers.
Scent presence:       Slightly better than average (2 spritzes last 5 hours), mild sillage. Will not get you lynched at the office.

Review Report:   Bois de Jasmin (brief mention)

Top image is Velvet Tuberose… by Robert Hughes at flickr.  Lower image is White tuberose by buttersweet at flickr.

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5 thoughts on “Tuberose Series 7: Bath and Body Works Velvet Tuberose”

  1. A young lady at work loved this on me so much I gave it to her. BTW, I like that you review things like this – I am really sad that they got rid of Sandalwood Rose.

  2. Tuberose– when knocked down and kept in balance– is a pretty amazing thing. I know I mentioned Apothia "If" yesterday– I'm mentioning it again (I'm doing a write-up as we speak…) Tuberose +grapefruit rind+ musk– and in an oil base so you have to lean down to get to it rather than the other way around– I just ADORE it. I never thought that tuberose could be an office scent– I'll have to try the B&B line, too, when I'm in there.

  3. I like the lotion in this scent – I bought it when they had a Buy 1, Get 2 promotion or something ridiculous like that. I have a few other edts from B&BW that I bought at the outlet for $4, but I don't wear them too much – simply because I have so much other stuff. What I do use them for is either after my shower (I'm a night showerer) because I know that they'll be gone by the morning, leaving me with a clean slate, and as a linen/ironing spray. You have to be careful with using it on clothes though – it can end up clashing with the SOTD if you aren't careful. All of which is the long way of saying – hmm… I have a gift certificate to BBW and might need to pick some of this up at the outlet. You know what else I've noticed at BBW? The opening of White Citrus smells just like the opening of Cristalle Eau Verte – so I use the White Citrus lotion under my Eau Verte to try and make it last longer on me.

  4. Frida, I don't remember Sandalwood Rose, which puzzles me. It was the Aromatherapy line, wasn't it? Surely, *surely* I would have smelled that at some point. It's not as if I have a lot of choices for bath products – B&BW is pretty much it. Sandalwood Rose is remembered fondly by several people, though…LCN, I haven't smelled any Apothia at all – but I love quiet tuberose scents. I think my favorite officey tube is still Voile de Fleur.Cynthia, hi! I like how many of the B&BW lotions layer well with various things. Orange Ginger is terrific under anything orange-spicy (Mauboussin, Org Ind, Theorema), and Moonlight Path is very No. 5-ish. I think I liked White Citrus on the sniff strip… but Cristalle in whatever permutation does nothing at all for me. (I'm okay with that. How much trouble would I be in if I loved everything??)

  5. I have some of the Moonlight Path lotion – I think that I received it as a gift. I'll have to try it with No. 5. I've never tried the Orange Ginger, so I'll have to keep an eye out for it the next time that I'm in BBW – of course, they change scents so often, who knows if it's still there?

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