September 7, 2009

When a Rose Is Not a Rose

While walking through a field of wild flowers has always been an aesthetically pleasant experience, it's never been appealing in liquid form captured in a spray bottle. I've become more of a citrus or fresh scent gal because most floral fragrances smell clawing and suffocating on me. I make an exception with roses. In fact, I've gone through many bottles of Jo Malone's Red Roses over the years. Despite the "grandmother's perfume" rap that rose-based fragrances sometimes get, this particular version is light, airy and incredibly sexy. I call it "young love in a bottle". The man in my life asks for it by name. Enough said.
But since I'm always searching for the next new scent and constantly tryin
g to find that one fragrance that can become my signature, I became intrigued by the exotic Tuberose, a night blooming flower that originated in Mexico and contrary to its name, is not in the Rose family. Perfumers often use this intense scent as a middle note in blends but when I first discovered the lusciousness in its singular complexity in Tubereuse by Annick Goutal (above left), I knew I may have found nirvana for my nose. It happened again when I was given a bottle of the exotic Velvet Tuberose by Bath and Bodyworks (above right). Deep, rich and heady, this one's slightly dangerous. Wear with caution! And since my dresser is already filled with fabulous Eau de Toilettes from Jo Malone, adding her fresh version of Tuberose to my collection was a no-brainer.

This fall, I'm going to enjoy wearing Tuberose as the perfect accessory for the season's long cardigans, leather pants and suede boots. The rose that's not a rose is still quite "scent-sational" to me.

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