Diamondflame is quite right - it's best to find an actual tuberose!
This is how I first fell in love with the fragrance.
Given that Colorado is much too chilly for them, the best place to look is a florist. If they don't have some in, most should be able to order some in, and having tuberose as a cut flower is a joy to have around - for a week, they can completely fill a house with a most beautiful scent. Unlike roses, their scent has remained largely intact in the florists' trade.
When I think of the fragrances out there, I think Carnal Flower
is the best bet for a very vivid and true tuberose note. That being said, it's not an entirely "pure" tuberose, with a sharp, cool green quality in the top notes, and musk, coconut, and jasmine increasingly predominating in the drydown.Fracas
is often considered the classic tuberose, but it's more of a fragrance with tuberose than a tuberose fragrance; orange flower, gardenia, and host of big "pink" flowery notes making it more of a blend than anything. I enjoy it, but it's quite possible to love tuberose and hate Fracas!
Fracas is quite widely imitated, however, and you'll find a good number of tuberose fragrance take it as a model.Beyond Love
is, to my nose, kind of a modernized Fracas, a more natural tuberose, but still blended with other flowers, and in this case, a very warm, lactonic peach and musk accord. It's exceedingly pretty, but like the Venus de Milo, when you compare it to the real thing you notice it's missing a few parts.Tubereuse Criminelle
is quite fun but has much more going on that just tuberose. There's a slight cool, tingly quality in the flower that's exaggerated to the extreme, giving this tuberose a very bright wintergreen top note. The drydown is strongly tuberose, but again not just tuberose, a very creamy vanilla and musk giving a soft landing after a harsh entrance.Tuberuse Couture
is lovely but more of a mixed floral to my nose, ylang-ylang, wintergreen, and a unique sugar cane note playing a big part. It has a nice tuberose, but tuberose is a team player here.
Ajne's Fleur Blanche
is my favorite all-natural tuberose so far ( not meaning the most natural smelling, just that it's made from all-natural ingredients ). It shows off a certain grainy quality tuberose absolute has quite well, while remaining lush and floral, and a very true tuberose in the drydown.
I've heard great things about L'Artisan's Nuit de Tubereuse
and Caron's Tubereuse
, but I've yet to try either. Here's hoping - soon!