There are countless scents that are used as perfume ingredients. From roses to lavender, from cinnamon to vanilla, we can go on for hours. Most people recognize fragrance notes like these: you know in which fragrance family the ingredient belongs (flowers, spices, etc.) and what it smells like. In addition to these well-known notes, there are also many perfume ingredients that are less obvious. You've heard of it, but what it smells like is a mystery. The name doesn't say much and you also do not know exactly where the note comes from. Think of ozonic, musk, benzoin... In the series 'Vague Perfume Ingredients' we explain vague perfume ingredients one by one.
What is tuberose?
Tuberose is a beautiful flower that smells very strong and specific. The elegant and feminine white flower is loved by many for its powerful floral properties. The special scent is a real 'love or hate' issue; you love it or you simply don't. Yet tuberose is one of the world's most populair perfume ingredients. The tuberose, which is by the way not related to the rose, is native to India and Mexico. In the 17th century the flower was imported from India to Europe. The mistress of the King Louis XIV at the French Court, Madame de la Vallière, was a real lover of tuberose. At the time, the tuberose was introduced as a perfume ingredient and today the white flower is still a big part of the modern perfume industry.
How is tuberose converted into a perfume ingredient?
The tuberose blooms at night. Only in the dark does it open its sparkling, white leaves. That is why the tuberose is picked by hand before the sun rises, when the dew drops are still hanging on its leaves. As soon as the tuberose has been picked, it prefers to be processed immediately. The oil is obtained by extraction. Tuberose is a very precious perfume ingredient. For 100 grams of tuberose absolute you need no less than 600 kilograms of flower buds.
What does tuberose smell like?
In nature you often see that white flowers smell stronger than colored ones. Since they cannot attract the bees with their color, the flowers are extra fragrant. Likewise the tuberose. Tuberose smells voluptuous and heavily floral. The flower has an exotic, gardenia-like edge and a lush, full and sometimes green character. The scent can be reminiscent of a luxurious cream or honey. Some people even think it has an animalistic accent, which may be due to the high concentration of indole (a strongly scented substance present in the flower). Perfumes with tuberose smell very seductive, elegant and a little theatrical.
Perfumes with tuberose