I know what you’re thinking: this is just some other rose derivative, which it even says in the name! You’re wrong. Entirely wrong. Remember what you were told about never judging a book by its cover? This applies here too. So, forget whatever classic rose you’re thinking about, and prepare to discover tuberose.
David Attenborough would call these bad boys by their botanical name, Polianthes Tuberosa, if he ever visited Central America or India where this exquisite floral strain is known to grow. Bit of an odd name? Yeah, sure. I mean, we could really say that about almost anything. The name actually borrows from the old Latin word tuberosa, which means swollen.
Now while swollen somewhat relates to its bulb-like nature, the most swollen part is the price! We spend some bare dolla here on one of the most expensive ingredients in perfumery. Why? You just need to look at the numbers to hack this one. Making tuberose absolute, the concentrated oil, requires over 1200 KILOS of florals for only a tiny 200 GRAMS! Some scary Big Shaq #QuickMaths. If tuberose were a car, and it consumed fuel like that, it would most certainly be a car that bankrupted you.
Alina sits down with 21G and reveals all her tips and tricks on how to make Tuberose truly yours...
"If you were to see me: a tall, confident man in a perfectly tailored, Italian 3-piece suit, with neatly cropped hair and a confident stride. The illusion of a man that demands respect. A man who captivates".
Look, there are some concerning myths with tuberose, which has long been considered a symbol of dangerous pleasure. I don’t mean the cheeky McDonald’s kind of guilty pleasure, but rather sexual matters that can’t be controlled – to a dangerous extent it would seem. You might even think this to be the common person’s kryptonite with the state of some of these myths…
Back in Victorian England, they stopped young girls from inhaling the scent for fear of having a spontaneous orgasm. Yikes! Just like that and out of nowhere. You wouldn’t want to accidentally inhale some tuberose in the wrong place or time. That could become a very odd situation. As well, in India, a myth has it women were told to stay well clear of tuberose after dark. The danger here is truly the stuff of nightmares, horrific.
Roja Dove coined tuberose to be the “harlot of perfumery”. I’m sure he meant it in a very charming and sweet way. So, something more like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, where we all know she had found her Prince Charming the second that silver sports car screeched to a halt. She tried to be bad, she tried to not fall for him, and he for her, but in the end, they just couldn't escape one another. That's the kind of force brought to the table here.
But it's not all sexual, as tuberose is known to relieve stress and anxiety. That could be an absolute lifesaver when it comes to those stressful exams! You'd just need to take a deep whiff in of tuberose to sort you out. It’s also linked to increased blood flow circulation and helps to reduce inflammation – say goodbye to Ibuprofen!
"If you were to taste me: the cream of a tiramisu – sinful, delectable, and hard to resist. When you taste me, your palate is overwhelmed by the intense coffee and sting of alcohol, but the creamy sweetness keeps you returning again and again...
It all began in Central America, from where Simon de Tovar brought Tuberose to the distant shores of France and Italy. The rest is quite literally history, as it spread everywhere and is now produced all over the world from Morocco to India and Hawaii. Sounds like we have the real Mr Worldwide on our hands here, so back off Pitbull!
Of course, the burning question dangling in your mind from the start: why is rose in the name? There is no relation to a regular rose at all. We just thought it would be funny to mess with you all, so we added rose at the end to make things more confusing. Basically?! It’s just one of those things. However, tuberose is far more similar to its parent plant, the lily, and shares many parallels in terms of its smell. Ignore the rose bit in the name, it’s only there to try and confuse us all.
Expect to be intoxicated by a sensual, voluptuous scent! If you hadn’t already caught on, this exotic smell will encapsulate you with its sweet, creamy, almost velvety, floral grandeur. Remember, it might even wreak havoc with your bodily control as the Indians and British feared!
Usually, it is incredibly concentrated in small amounts inside perfume to give a big bang. It’s small but mighty. No question about it. Like an ant that’s able to lift something five to ten times its own weight! Not even Arnold Schwarzenegger can do that! Its intensity and creaminess are unlike any other white floral. Often compared to gardenia or orange blossom but then distinguished by the camphor facet on top. Simultaneously, there is a deep earthiness present, along with some mild, buttery, notes tucked away deep in the back.
"If you were to feel me: a lace dress – sensual, provocative, confident, yet soft to wear, airy and pleasant against the skin."
Still, be careful, as its combination with amber will weaponise this scent and turn it into a tool of seduction to be used on unsuspecting men… Additionally, tuberose and cedarwood is the perfect combination for those who dare to try!
Even with a hint of tobacco added into the mix, it will make for a killing love potion… It brings that Pretty Woman likeability to the table, and once it enters, there's no going back.