Almost strangled by tuberose: L’Artisan Tubereuse

The title might sound as if I didn’t like what I smelled and that would be very wrong. But it isn’t that simple.

I wonder what tuberose fans think of this one? I only dabbed it on my wrist and I got hit by a tuberose wall (for a lack of better description).

Notes: tuberose, ylang-ylang, coconut milk.

As you can see, there aren’t really that many notes to decipher but I still didn’t smell coconut milk. πŸ™‚ It’s camouflaged in all the tuberose.

Anyway, my nose was almost glued to my wrist after putting it on – it actually smelled narcotic to me. And I think this is the first time that my mind instantly associated tuberose with smelling tropical. The smell is actually so strong and saturated that I could feel the imagined tuberose jungle lianas winding around me while I stand there dazed and keep smelling it.

And although I really enjoyed smelling it, I’m not sure I would be able to wear it. I just can’t imagine smelling like that (not that that might not happen, who knows what will be my favourite note year from now?).

I guess I did smell ylang-ylang because I got the feeling of tropical lushness. This is the first scent for which I can say that it grabs you by the neck and doesn’t let go with its intensity. I’m sure if you’re not careful with applying, you are definitely going to give yourself a headache. But you will probably be drugged by the smell, so you might not care. πŸ™‚

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18 thoughts on “Almost strangled by tuberose: L’Artisan Tubereuse

  1. flittersniffer February 5, 2010 at 19:47 Reply

    I haven't tried this one, though it sounds hardcore as tuberose scents go!


  2. Ines February 5, 2010 at 19:59 Reply

    Oh yes it is. At least, I find it so – I really haven't checked what other people think about it. But it's definitely worth a try. :)I just read your spiky and fluffy list and realized I haven't smelled almost any of those you listed. Ooops. πŸ™‚


  3. ChickenFreak February 5, 2010 at 20:52 Reply

    Yum. Sounds like a great test for my Tuberose Tolerance Level.


  4. The Left Coast Nose February 6, 2010 at 17:16 Reply

    This is the only soliflore tuberose that I *truly* love– milky, tropical, creamy– Your description of it is so perfect, Ines!!I just makes me swoon!! It's just waaaaay too strong for me to wear on my skin, though. I have to smell it from afar…


  5. Suzanne February 6, 2010 at 19:39 Reply

    Ines, I have never sampled this but now I must! Your wonderful review has me in a swoon for another narcotic tuberose.


  6. Ines February 7, 2010 at 11:58 Reply

    CF, definitely. I wonder what you will think of it. πŸ™‚ I haven't gotten so enraptured in a fragrance in a long time.


  7. Ines February 7, 2010 at 11:59 Reply

    LCN, exactly! Swoon is an apt description of how this makes you feel. Slightly weak at the knees and at its mercy. πŸ˜‰


  8. Ines February 7, 2010 at 12:01 Reply

    Suzanne, I'm glad to hear you got interested in smelling this. I keep wondering though, how can one wear it? It smells wonderful but as LCN said, I just can't imagine wearing it. But then, if I wanted someone to smell me and swoon, hmmm, there's potential there. πŸ˜‰


  9. Thanks so much for the introduction, I could use a bit of the tropics here in cold Canada so next time I'm at the perfume counter I'll be sure to try it.Warm regards and a lovely weekend my dear.


  10. Mals86 February 8, 2010 at 02:37 Reply

    Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear… I just posted a review on this one the other day, in which I said it was, I quote, boring.Yeah, I said it: boring. I might feel differently about it if I a) didn't already love tuberose and b) hadn't first tried Fracas, Beyond Love, Tuberose Couture, and Carnal Flower. What did you think of those?New blog address, by the way: http://museinwoodenshoes.wordpress.comNow I'm going to go hunting all over your blog for tuberose reviews…


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  12. Abigail February 8, 2010 at 09:52 Reply

    I'm so glad Mals86 said it first – as far as tuberose scents go – I think the L'Artisan is boring, too.Other similar Tubes to try: AG Tubereuse, MPG Tubereuse, DSH Tubereuse (I love the DSH) and the new Histoires de Parfums Tubereuse Trilogy. You probably know to skip the Jo Malone Tube – it's a snore.I used to luv luv luv tuberose fragrances but the past year or so they've all gone wonky on me. Now I can only wear tuberose-orientals. Divine edp is a nummy one.


  13. Ines February 8, 2010 at 10:55 Reply

    Simone, thank you – I did have a lovely weekend (restful). :)Let me know what you think of it once you try it.


  14. Ines February 8, 2010 at 10:59 Reply

    Hey Mals, well, I haven't had much experience with tuberose up to now, it just didn't strike me as something I might wear so I didn't give it much thought. Now I have to hunt down yours and Abigail's suggestions. πŸ™‚ Maybe I'll find one of them more wearable than this.I'll go see what you wrote about it. πŸ™‚


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  16. Ines February 8, 2010 at 11:03 Reply

    Abigail, I love DSH as well so I will definitely order her tuberose to try. I wonder, do you find it boring because there aren't many facest to it? And if there are much better tuberoses out there, how am I going to survive them? πŸ˜‰


  17. Anonymous March 8, 2010 at 07:05 Reply

    Oh, you just made my day by writing this. I have this one too and you described it to the T. Makes me laugh…


  18. Ines March 15, 2010 at 14:20 Reply

    Thanks Anon! πŸ™‚ So if you own a bottle, do you wear it? And how does it work for you – do you apply very sparingly? πŸ™‚


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