Only a few fragrant notes ignite intellectual curiosity and passionate emotions with the highest intensity, and tuberose is one of them. That is why it has been a favourite choice of perfumers for centuries when it comes to concoctions that invite lust, unbridled enjoyment, and indulgence in the primordial forces of Eros. Note to reader: be careful when choosing a perfume that contains this sensual and intoxicating flower, because of its ability to arouse erotic desires on a subconscious level which has even been scientifically proven.
Polianthes tuberosa, known as tuberose, is a decorative plant whose flower resembles a lily. It’s extremely beautiful scent is most often used in the perfume industry, but it’s also used as an ornamental plant. Known as the “corporeal flower,” many also call it the “harlot of perfumery.” Tuberose flowers are so powerful that only a few stems can fill the room, releasing their intoxicating scent for days and days.
In the Victorian era, tuberose symbolized “dangerous pleasure” and lust, which is why perfumers gladly used it. Due to the intoxicating scent that this plant releases after dusk, tuberose was a mandatory part of the Moon Garden, a collection of white or pastel flowers trendy at the time.
It was one of the most favourite perfumes of the French Queen Marie Antoinette, who was the first to recognise the tuberose specific smell. It was Sillage de la Reine (Parfum de Trianon), a fragrance that, in addition to tuberose, also contained orange blossom, sandalwood, jasmine, iris, and cedar.
The oil and the absolute are obtained from the flower buds. Pure absolute is considered one of the most expensive flower oils in modern perfumery and is used mainly in oriental and floral perfume compositions, while essential oil and flower water are used in aromatherapy.
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