Known as one of the most fragrant flowers grown in the world, Tuberose is the symbol of wild passion and pleasure.
The mistress of Louis XIV, Madame de La Vallière, placed tuberose flowers in her room to prove that she was not pregnant. At the time, tuberose was considered unbearable for pregnant women. In Italy, young girls were prohibited from evening walks in the gardens. The tuberose flowers that were there would have led them to temptation.
Originated from Mexico, the botanical plant Agave amica commonly known as Tuberose, is taking her name from the Latin “Tuberosa” or from the French ” Tubereuse” both meaning swollen.
The bloom usually open during nighttime spreading around a delicious fragrance, overwhelming in all ways.
This iconic flower is being used in perfumery for hundreds of years and in the 17th century, Queen Marie Antoinette ordered a perfume dedicated to this magical flower, its secret love weapon: “Sillage de la Reine”.
To avoid the deterioration of the tuberose smell, harvesting is done by hand. Steam distillation is not used for tuberose due to the flower fragility. It is now the solvent extraction method used in perfumery for tuberose.
The extraction process for tuberose named: “enfleurage” is an ancient, very costly process and it was used to extract the absolute of tuberose in ancient times, even now when this costly process is affordable.
Tuberose absolute is intended for the manufacture of prestige fragrances with an oriental and floral character such as Tubereuse trio of Histoires de Parfums:
Tubereuse 1 capricious: citrusy, fresh more to the green, day side of tubereuse
Tubereuse 2: Virginale that side of tuberose with a more fruity smell of frangipani and mandarin, evoking the smell of this guilty flower in the afternoon
Tubereuse 3: animale is the potion of guilty pleasures; the intoxicating, carnal smell of tuberose in the night, with hints of immortele, tobacco and mysterious, passionate resins.