(As always, please forgive the lack of diacritical marks.) I’m not yet bored with tuberose in general, but some of these things are starting to smell alike. L’Artisan’s Tubereuse bored the pants off me.
Perfume Review: L’Artisan Tubereuse
Date released: 1978
Perfumer: none listed
Sample provenance: sample from swap, labeled as originally coming from The Perfumed Court
Subcategory: Typical buttery tuberose soliflore
Sadly for me, all these tuberose scents are starting to blend into one another. According to the notes, I should be smelling tuberose, orange blossom, jasmine, and coconut. Um, no. What tuberose I smell bounces back and forth between buttery and chemical. In fact, Tubereuse smells somewhat like somebody lifted a chunk out of Amarige’s formula and just bottled it. It’s a disappointing offering from the niche house that brought us Premier Figuier and Dzing!
Tubereuse has been around for awhile but rumors suggest it may be discontinued. Elena at Perfume Shrine hints that L’Artisan is planning to release a new tuberose scent in the spring of 2010. She speculates that the new scent, composed by Bertrand Duchaufour, will replace the rather simple Tubereuse much in the same way that the new L’A vanilla scent, Havana Vanille, “replaced” the older Vanilia.
Whenever I have a really negative response to a particular scent, I try to wear it several more times if possible, particularly if the scent has some rabid fans (Tubereuse Criminelle comes to mind). I might have missed something the first or second time around – for reviews, I always test twice at a minimum. It took me four wearings to fall hard for Alahine, for example, and Ivoire de Balmain had to grow on me in the right weather. However, both times I wore Tubereuse I found myself waiting impatiently for it to wear off so I could put something interesting on, and when I checked other reviews, they tended to be weighted towards either “I don’t like it” or “There are better tuberoses out there,” with only the occasional “I like this, it smells like tropical flowers.” My theory on Tubereuse is that it came into being at about the time that Fracas was a bit down on its luck and smelling thin, and if not for that fact, it would have disappeared quickly. There is absolutely no reason for it to continue existing.
Quality C. Smells like a mix of synthetic and natural tuberose; unimaginative composition.
Grab-scale score 3 In its favor, it does smell like tuberose. But it put me to sleep, and not in a comforting way.
Short description Boring tuberose.
Cost $$$ More expensive than it ought to be.
Earns compliments: Those polled were noncommittal.
Scent presence Moderate. Moderate sillage. Lasts 4-5 hours.