Yay! Great first impressions, Genie Jeanie! I was hoping that Capricieuse will be to your liking as it is least tuberose heavy from the three, I think.
Today was spent with the tuberose family, so it's time to gather my notes & ramble!
Tubereuse 1 - Capricieuse
As expected from the description, Capricieuse opened up with leather & iris. Not a bold leather, but more of a soft suede note. The iris is more metallic rather than sweet. There is also an odd sort of note that I can't place. Some sort of spice, but nothing familiar to me. The whole effect is subtle & light.
As the the scent progresses, citrus and other floral notes join the mix. I recognize a hint of Ylang, as it's one of my favorite florals. The tuberose is noticeably present, but more as a component instead of a standout note. (which is just fine with me!)
At dry-down I'm left with a very delicate skinscent. I would describe Capricieuse as more of a leather-tinged floral than a true tuberose scent. For that I am grateful. I actually like it!!
Next up: Tubereuse 2 - Virginale...
Tubereuse 2 - Virginale
Virginale opens up with brighter & sweeter notes than the Capricieuse. It's a fruity floral from the start & reminds me of the tropics with it's exotic flower overtones.
Middle notes bring the creaminess of the tuberose to the forefront, with the addition of woods & musk.
Upon drydown Virginale falls flat & fails to impress. After about an hour the once vibrant notes have all but disappeared & I'm left with a pale musky floral. There was nothing special in this one for me.
And lastly: Tubereuse 3 - Animale
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Tubereuse 3 - Animale
Animale was the biggest surprise of the trio. I have to admit that Cacio's description of it as "...more about the sweetish, decaying aspect of the tuberose" had me wary, as that's the aspect of tuberose I find repugnant. But...
The opening of Animale totally blew me away! Gorgeous, sophisticated scent!! The mix of honeyed tobacco with another "mystery note" captured me from the start. If this is what immortelle smells like it has a new fan.
As the scent developed the tuberose became much more pronounced. This is usually where I take my leave, but the mix was so...I don't know how to express it. Interesting? Inviting? No, it just seemed complete.
In the end I'm loving this scent. Very shocked, but loving it all the while.
Surprisingly, this confirmed tuberose-hater has found 2 out of 3 scents to like. I may even seek a decant or two!
Thank you so very much Whitefluffy for your generosity & for what this pass has given me personally! I've learned that I don't really "hate" tuberose after all. While I may never warm up to Fracas & the like, I don't have to limit myself when I see tuberose as a note. I hope all of the other sniffers will find something to love as well.
PerfumedLady, they're coming your way tomorrow!
Great impressions. Indeed, none of the three is a big in your face tuberose. Immortelle is often described as a curry-honey-caramel. It is most evident in the deep drydown of Animale. However, it is not as big as in other immortelle scents like Eau Noire or Sables.
Totally off topic, but you're in my home town. How has the area weathered the storm?
Things seemed to be normal today. I didn't see any flooding or anything. Offices will be open tomorrow. So more or less we were spared, unlike nyc.
The tuberoses are here! All snug inside their pretty little lavender box, just an adorable presentation! Thank you for sharing these with us, Whitefluffy! I'm so eager to try these tuberoses that made a tuberose lover out of you!
The Mr. and I have a long weekend of bathroom renovation work planned; will wait until next week to begin these when I'm able to focus on them. I'll still be quick enough to pass them along to cn before the week is out. Can't wait to see how this goes!
The nose wants what it wants!
PerfumedLady, there is no rush at all! Please take as much time as you need and I wish all your bathroom renovations to go exactly as you planned .
But I really do hope that at least one will catch your eye (nose) as they are nothing like any tuberose I have encountered so far.
Oh! PerfumedLady, there is no rush on my account! Please take your time. And good luck with the bathroom renovation, too! That can be a really big undertaking!
Wow, Whitefluffy! I am still nearly speechless; this has truly been enlightening for me. Consider my mind blown and my attitude adjusted where tuberose is concerned! I have participated in some of our greatest sample passes and this one is right up there with the most educational, helpful and fun of the bunch! Thank you so much for bringing these to my attention.
Honestly, I had to psyche myself up to try these; wasn't expecting this to be as fun as it was. To my surprise, I like all of these, even love one. Will start with my "likes":
#2 Virginale- fruity floral done right, with intelligence. This one comes closest to what I think of when I think tuberose. But where I often find the flower harsh and brassy, this one is smooth, rich, buttery and golden. I enjoyed the cherry when it first presented, juicy and clear. This one is my least favorite of the trio; not a particular fan of the thick cherry pipe tobacco vibe in the drydown. But still, if this one were to mysteriously appear in my collection, it would be worn occasionally. It's just that well done.
#3 Animale- do like the blond tobacco here. Immortelle is not as heavy or sweet as in some immortelle scents I've tried and makes a striking and curious blend with the at times rubbery tuberose. Don't usually like that aspect but here I do. I could see this becoming quite animalic on me in the hot weather. Absolutely love the honeyed, woody, leathery drydown. Could not stop sniffing this one.
And finally, the one that surprised me the most- and I surprised myself by buying!:
#1 Capricieuse- powdery iris tuberose heaven! What an amazing work of art. Don't pick out the saffron, unless it's the elementary school "tub o' paste" note darkdreams referred to. I get that, too and strongly. Sounds weird and up close, it is a bit strange. It's in the sillage that this shows it's true beauty. Sampled this on a very active day and glad I did, body heat puffs out the most incredible wafts of vaguely spicy, iris tinged tuberose and lightly cocoa dusted suede. Iris here is excellent quality; at times doughy, at others make-upy and powdery. Tuberose is plenty prominent to my nose and I love it. I think cn and jujy will like this; also made me think of Foustie. And even though Mimi can do some whopping white florals, I think this could impress her as well. I can see this becoming a BN darling if enough people try it. So, totally out of character for me to jump so soon but yes, I ordered a bottle! On its way now. No guilt, either; this is unlike any scent I own and now I have something for those days that perfume-wise, I have "nothing to wear". When I need to step out of my box, Capricieuse will be there for me.
These are all so masterful! Unique compositions to be sure, I've never smelled anything quite like them. Never dreamed I'd own a scent called Tubereuse Anything. These are all just so unbelievably good!
These eye-openers are on the way to cn (and I owe you a nice, chatty message over the weekend; please forgive me!) and I can't wait to see what she thinks! I'm eager for all the rest of the group to get these; this is shaping up to be quite a sample pass! Whitefluffy, you have my undying love for enticing me to try these!
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The nose wants what it wants!
Yay!! Perfumedlady, I'm so glad that you liked them too! I have to admit that I had to take a deep breath before testing these. Like it was going to be my last bit of fresh air for a while. I was also very pleasantly surprised by them.
Whitefluffy! Looks like you're making converts out of all the "tuberose challenged" people. Maybe we should make kalli try them too. Wouldn't that be a coup!!
Oh, exactly, Genie Jeanie! Because I know Whitefluffy's tastes very well and share a lot of loves with her, I was super curious. But because it was tuberose, I was also super terrified! However, I did just this year sample two others with tuberose I just loved- Parfums MDCI Enlevement au Serail and jujy's gorgeous but discontinued (and impossible to find) Mollie Parnis. Maybe sample the MDCI if you haven't; it's similar in its tuberose-but-not-A-tuberose style.
We'd have to put Kalli in restraints to get this stuff on her. I'm for it; I'd love to hear what she has to say about these! Watch out, Kalli!
The nose wants what it wants!
I am so happy (and laughing) that I can hardly speak (type). I knew, I knew, I KNEW (!!!!) that our dearest PerfumedLady will be enchanted with Capricieuse, but I had NO IDEA that you will buy a FB right away! WOW!!!! May I ask what size did you get?
I am so glad that you appreciated Virginale as it is my darling, though Capricieuse is my fave. It is indeed well done for a very white white floral; and so innocent smelling despite all voluptuous ingredients. And Animale is quite something else - so rich, dark, unique, but at the same time, it's very comforting and well behaved.
Genie Jeanie, this was the whole point to convert "tuberose challenged," to borrow your phrase, folk. I was always fascinated with tuberose; but like many of us, I was suffocated and nauseated by it's buttery, rubbery aspects. I am so glad to share my appreciation of these severely underhyped scents, especially with "tuberose challenged" ones, as I am one myself.
I did invite Kalli, but she politely declined. There is still spot for her if you darling gels manage to convince her .
Lol, I'm still laughing, too W.! I had a blast shelling out for this bottle; was fun to be so unlike myself! Capricieuse just makes me so happy, it's a bombshell of a scent but a refined and approachable one. Not the loud drunken one who announces herself obnoxiously. And how could an iris lover resist such high quality materials? I went for the 2 oz. bottle and hoping I'll have the good sense to make it last. But I was tempted to get the big one with the cool travel atomizer.
These are all exactly as you described to me! I do have great appreciation for your pretty Virginale and Animale is another I'd gladly wear and often, I think. And of course, Capriceuse is the star of the collection to me but others will have different faves, I'm sure. I couldn't argue with anyone about which is best of the trio; they all have their own merits.
This is off topic but so funny- just as I was typing, the Big T brought in the mail and I have yet another Whitefluffy package! Eerie. I know there are good things here, going to tear into it now!
The nose wants what it wants!
That;s one fine sample pass, very happy for you all, ladies.
Twolf Thanks for dropping in!
Twolf, thank you! It's nice knowing you're peeking in on us. Have you tried these already? I'm pretty sure I know where you can get some Capriceuse if you're interested!
Thank you, too, lucasai! I have a hunch #1 will also be your favorite. RHM or quixoticcynic, please let me know if Capriceuse runs too low toward the end of the group and I'll send more along before the package leaves for Poland. Really no need for our samplers to be sparing with this one now!
The nose wants what it wants!
PerfumedLady, thanks so much for offering to share some more, it's very generous of you! . Per your suggestions, I was wondering if Foustie have tried this one, it sure smells like something she might like very much. Lucasai could you ship to UK if Foustie decides to join our pass? I can cover shipping costs from Poland to UK.
Hope you don't mind my butting in but this is an interesting pass you have going and it inspired me to give #1 Capricieuse a run as my SOD, with the other two dabbed on my arm for comparison. I'd really like to share with you all my preference if I may.
Of the three I'd give the nod to #1 Capricieuse's leather/iris combo and of which I find also has the most prominent tuberose note. That said these are all ''tuberose at thirty paces' compared to Tubereuse Criminelle which I happily wear around the house.
A close second runs #3 Animale. I can see your comparison with 1740 Whitefluffy, most notably in the drydown though as to my nose they start in very different places. For me #3 Animale slides along a scale somewhere between Parfum de Nicolai's Vie de Chateau Intense and 1740. Vie de Chateau Intense has a cut grass, hay, tobacco thing going on which I get somewhat form Animale initially, but Animale is certainly closer to its' stable mate by the end.
Capricieuse and Animale are both very impressive but I have to say I found #2 Virginale pretty underwhelming. It is a rather sweet, fruity and clearly the most feminine of the three. This one suffers the most from the restrained use of tuberose as it feels hamstrung by not having enough buttery goodness and little else happening to make it interesting.
Welcome, Ozjon701! Nice to have you join in & add your experiences. I enjoyed the read. I think it's great when others test right along with us. Having lots of different opinions just adds to the fun for everyone!
Looks like the ladies had a busy afternoon without me today! I'm afraid I can't top PerfumedLady's FB purchase of the Capricieuse, but I did order decants of Capricieuse and Animale!!! As some here know, I much prefer my flowers with some color to them; pink, red, yellow & especially purple. But white?? I usually hide with Kalli! So this was quite a step for me. Well, actually a baby step, but at least I picked my foot up! It's a start, right??
Considering all the damage my wallet suffered during and after the Annick Goutal pass, it is with trepidation I look forward to this one. I am very much tuberose challenged. It mostly smells like gasoline on me. Yep, you heard me, gasoline.
We shall see what happens.
Again with the "Buahahahaha"-ing!
We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men. ~Herman Melville
I feel your pain. I have 2 Goutals on order, & now 2 decants from this pass!! Passes are evil temptations!
It seems that Capricieuse is a crowd favorite with the Animale close second. No love for poor Virginale? Anyone? It's OK, more for me . I agree with you Ozjon701 that it not as original as its two sisters, but I find it charming and bridal almost in feel. I do like it quite a bit .
I see this pass claimed another victim - Genie Jeanie. All is going according to plan...Buahahahaha, indeed...
RHM Unfortunately, I can do little to reassure you. You just might like something despite yourself. But the wonderful thing is are those 14 ml bottles for$36 that will get you going until you are ready for a big purchase.
Just a quick note to say that a *fabulous* package from the lovely and generous PerfumedLady arrived at my door today!
Whitefluffy, what an adorable presentation of samples! I read through PL's excellent and enjoyable reviews of each, and I am afraid-- very afraid-- that I may wind up loving all three of these... I am going to try to harden my heart (nose?) before I start sniffing! lol!