Nuit de Tubéreuse by Bertrand Duchaufour for L`Artisan Parfumeur 2010

Hello Fans of Floral Extravaganza,

Even some of you who hate the BWF, that is the Big White Floral, may take to todays L’Artisan Parfumeur offering. Who knows? Don’t knock it till you try it at least 20 times say I. One of the prettiest L’Artisan bottles with its additional art nouveau inspired bottle paintings on the iconic heptagon bottle that could easily be your one and only.

Nuit de Tubéreuse by Bertrand Duchaufour for L`Artisan Parfumeur 2010

Nuit de Tubereuse L`Artisan Parfumeur FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Clove, pink pepper, mandarin, black pepper, cardamom, citrus
Heart: green mango, tuberose, orange blossom, ylang-ylang, rose,
Base: Broom, musks, vanilla, sandalwood, palisander, benzoin, styrax, angelica

So have different pictures to their notes text so as we all think most of the notes lists are bullshit anyway I’ll just tell you what I smell on me, and I have been in the pool today so you might get s slightly skewed reading.

Well, the Nuit de Tubéreuse rush at first is completely pepper/citrus and there is a sweetness that feels fruity and modern, it has a juniper waft and I am reminded slightly of gin. Pretty, potent and fun are the words that jump into my head. To be completely honest the opening could be an expensive and well thought out celebuscent/designer offering. I digress…

Nuit de Tubereuse L`Artisan Parfumeur Jason Bache FlickrPhoto Stolen Jason Bache  Flickr

The heart of Nuit de Tubéreuse is what makes me love this fragrance so much, the bouquet with a sharp sizzle of unripe fruit and I think this is where we see the herbal cardamom more than the opening and the angelica is a lovely counterpoint through quite a bit of Nuit de Tubéreuse, the whole is so different to anything else I own. The green sappy tuberose and the un-sensual warmth of clean orange blossom and ylang-ylang combine with the rest to create something audacious but wearable. This is not a sexy siren of a scent, there is no come hither and get funky, the flowers are very strictly controlled, cleaned and virginal.  A new interpretation of an old theme, which is what L’Artisaan is so loved for, but done in a way that is accessible to everyone. Some perfumistas find Nuit de Tubéreuse tiresome and boring because it doesn’t push the limits of tuberose but I don’t think that is a necessity, there is definitely room for a softer, more languorous tuberose that doesn’t feel like a confrontation or that you need to get it to have your perfumista stripes.

Nuit de Tubereuse L`Artisan Parfumeur Carolyn Jewel  FlickrPhoto Stolen Carolyn Jewel  Flickr

Above all I think Nuit de Tubéreuse feels clean, fresh and pampered. It is hefty for a L’Artisan and gives good projection and sillage but the lasting power is similar, at 3-5 hours depending, to most others they make. A showstopper? Yes. A devil may care naughty wink with attitude? Not so much.

During my clean out I have found more than one bottle of Nuit de Tubéreuse, I am a NAUGHTY frag addict.

Further reading: Kafkaesque and Now Smell This
Libertine Parfumerie have $188/100ml (Australia)
Parfum1 have$120/50ml
Surrender To Chance start at $5/ml

Have you tried this tricky tuberose? Do you want to?
Loads of good wishes till tomorrow, see you then,
Portia xx

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L’Eau d’Ambre
L’Eau du Navigateur
Passage d’Enfer
Piment Brulant
Premier Figuier Extreme
Safran Troublant
Seville a l’Aube
Tea for Two
Vanille Absolument
Voleur de Roses


18 thoughts on “Nuit de Tubéreuse by Bertrand Duchaufour for L`Artisan Parfumeur 2010

  1. Whaaa…this one floats my boat and rings my bells! I just adore it and find it deliriously sexy and wanton. It’s just so right that I cannot tease out any notes or composition as in Mitsouko or L Heure Bleue. It just takes me back to the cane toad races 4xxxx beer big ole sail boats and silken gentlemen of my misspent youth at Airlie Beach….I find it an absolute masterpiece and part of the family that the artist perfumer has further developed in the Neela Vermeer beauties PS Portia aren’t u freezing ur bits off in Europe xoxo it’s Orstralia,Day here and have been drinking bubbly wine oi,oi oi xoxox


  2. You’ve made me curious. I haven’t tried this but now I think it’s one of the L’Artisan perfumes I need to try. Especially if it’s one of their heftier offerings. I was always under the impression it was lighter for some reason.


  3. I wanted to love this one, but sadly, a bitter, strident note emerged after 20 minutes or so. It got louder and louder until I ran screaming for the soap and water! But I couldn’t get it off, lasted more than a day. I have no idea which aromachemical caused such a brouhaha, but I note on the reviews on Makeupalley and other sites that a minority of people had the same thing happen. My skin chemistry betrayed me on this one! And such a pretty bottle, too….


      • I tried it several times from several batches, same result every time! I finally gave most of it to the lovely March of Perfume Posse and another perfumista, and both wore it beautifully and loved it. Just an annoying chemistry thing, bah! But Serge Lutens Bas de Soie is a sweet-fest on me, and others say that it is bitter to them. Maybe I’m just a contrary sort of gal??


  4. Love this one in the heat. But this is so big and loud and almost dirty on me that I have to be quite careful and not overspray.


  5. Hi Portia!

    I love tuberose but haven’t tried this one yet! Looks like yet another addition is about to happen around here. The place is so overcrowded with bottles I’m finding them tucked away everywhere but, as B says, “whatever is worth doing is worth overdoing”.

    I also love riding on trains in the snow! Lucky Portia!

    Azar xx


  6. You know Portia it is because of you that I have my love for the tuberose. I think it all started with Amarige if I am not mistaken. Anyway thank you for opening that BWF door for me. I need to try this one too! OMG I am fortunes fool of full blown big white flowers.


  7. Hey P,

    I’ve been slightly scared of tuberose as I’m not a big white floral (BWF) kinda gal. But I’m also not one to shy away from a scent investigation, so I got a sample of Nuit de Tubéreuse a few months back. The silly thing is I’m now learning more about my nose than I am about the perfume…. What I like has changed from season to season. It is weird, I wasn’t expecting it. Totally right that if you’re not sure of something, that it shouldn’t be written off completely and perhaps try it again another time. I think I chose correctly with Nuit de Tubéreuse as a first investigation, first try was a bit rough, but I am wearing it this am again based on this review and it is quite lovely on a cool summer morning. More importantly, I think I’ve also discovered that what may be putting me off is not the scents, but I think my reaction to benzoin and in other cases aldehydes (in other fragrances). I’ve probably washed off a few perfumes too early due to this reaction.

    Did you know there is a meet up this week that Catherine is organising, testing “Ten Terrific Tuberoses”? I’m going along to that to try and find out more about whether I can incorporate tuberose into my scent library.

    Stay warm. xx


  8. Greetings from the ATL as deep freeze #2 comes in tomorrow!! lol – I need to buy a proper, carded sample (where???), and you just reminded yt again!! Been a tuberose FAN all my life – there`s a collection of original Chloe bottles, jars, and satin items here for proof!! Thank you for another live-ly post!!


  9. Hi Portia, hope you are enjoying the views from the train and staying warm. Shame about the AUD, definitely will be curtailing my spending this year and have decided to focus on a small list of things that I definitely need/want in my collection and the rest will have to be deemed as unnecessary, unless I set a very high bar my finances will really suffer! Speaking of Tuberosities – Tubeureuse edp by Caron, is on that list, but having tried Nuit de Tubeureuse a few times, is not, the floral heart is gorgeous, but as it only lasts about an hour on me and so I give it a thumbs down. Last year I bought Histoires de Parfums Tubeureuse Trilogy #1 and my tastes seem to have totally shifted away from a former favourite, Ava Luxe’s Tubereuse Diabolique, (she never did write back by the way), now preferring a rich, long-lasting yet straightforward soliflore tuberose such Hd P #1. I think I will be very happy with this and the Caron masterpiece. Enjoy your trip! x


  10. This is so sexy the first time I tried it it made my eyes roll back in my head. Held my wrist out for the boss to smell (he loves my perfumes) and he said, That makes me think bad thoughts…
    Love love love it! My top 3 BWFs are Tubereuse Criminelle, Carnal Flower and Nuit de Tubereuse. Can’t wait to wear it again this summer (right now it is -11 with howling winds and snow).


    • Hiya TaraC,
      I am so glad that you think it rocks. He He He, I don’t need perfume for dirty thoughts.
      You love your HARD CORE BWFs. Did you ever try Blonde by Versace?
      Portia xx


      • Chuckle – I need to order the perfume flacon in that – thanks for the reminder!! :-)IT`S SNOWING here in the ATL!!! LOL!!!


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