FLORAL

Type
Natural raw material
Parts used
Flowers
Extraction method
Solvent extraction

Very heady, jasmine-like, orange flower-like, fruity, spicy, honey-like, bewitching, erotic, animal.

Heady, intense, and allegedly seductive: tuberose is used in fine perfumery to add a bewitchingly suave note to accords. Its facets are quite the olfactory smorgasbord, with scents of honey and jasmine to facets reminiscent of sweet fruit. Erotic, animalic facets intermingle in a carnal note of sweet excess.

Production

A sun-loving flower, the tuberose is native to Mexico and India. It is an herbaceous plant grown from bulbs, with high floral stems and flowers that grow in fragrant 6-petal clusters. Today, tuberose flowers are mostly grown in India, Egypt, on the Comoro Islands, Morocco, and—to a lesser extent—France. Tuberose begins to bloom at the end of spring and reaches its peak in early August. The corollas are harvested every morning—just as they open. Their scent is gathered through extraction using volatile solvents.
Origin
Egypt, india, comoros, morocco
Iconic perfume
Robert Piguet
FRACAS

Fracas, by couturier Paul Piguet, is a tuberose soliflore. By its success, it marks the end of the war in France, and the return of opulence. It will be worn by many Hollywood stars like Marlene Dietrich, Kim Basinger, Sharon Stone, Madonna and Naomi Campbell.

Robert Piguet

FRACAS

FLORAL

History

Tuberose has been cultivated in Grasse since the 17th century, where its lavish scent was extracted using the enfleurage technique. However, the flower’s true history far precedes its centuries of cultivation in Grasse. In fact, the Aztecs are even thought to have perfumed their chocolate using the dainty flower. In Victorian times, tuberose was thought to symbolize all things sensual and decidedly scandalous—a scent known for its aphrodisiac powers. Young women were warned of the power the flower possesses, and advised against breathing its intoxicating scent after dark.
In parts of India, tuberose is steeped in mysticisms surrounding love, erotica and release. The lavishly fragrant flower is thought to be blessed by the gods, loved by men, and intrinsically linked to the most intimate moments of life. It is offered to divinities and scattered under elephant’s feet during religious processions. Women braid the flower into necklaces and decorations for their hair, as well as long garlands for wedding festivities. The decadent scent of tuberose is denoted as a “night perfume,” and used to decorate a woman’s bridal room during her wedding ceremony. The newlyweds do not see one another during the first three days of the wedding, and then come together finally on the fourth day. That night, the newlyweds consecrate their marriage amid the scent of tuberose—as its fragrance is thought to relieve anxiety and stimulate pleasure. Legend has it that in the regions where it used to grow, it was forbidden for young girls to cross the tuberose fields after dark with their lovers for fear that they would lose their senses!

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