Tubereuse 3 Animale by Gérald Ghislain for Histoires de Parfums 2010

Hey Hey APJ,

Not long ago I bought this 15ml travel size off one of the FaceBook pages. It’s been sitting here awaiting my attention ever since. I think a few things arrived that day and it got shunted aside. Lately I have been searching out some skank and the word animal when applied to fragrance is a high def pointer for me too, add that to tuberose and……..

Tubereuse 3 Animale by Histoires de Parfums 2010

Tubereuse 3 Animale by Gérald Ghislain

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Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Kumquat, Neroli, Tuberose
Heart: Herbs, Plum, Tuberose
Base: Immortelle, Blond tobacco, Tuberose

How come the notes list for Tubereuse 3 Animale doesn’t say honey? What I am hit with immediately is an incredibly rich honeyed tobacco that sits like a big ole can of molasses in the same room as a vase of tuberose. Front and centre is this rich viscous scent that is absolutely beautiful, mesmerisingly so. It’s hard to focus myself to write this piece and not get caught up in the magic. Citrus I get none, maybe a little way in I get some sweetish fruit but it’s only a very soft side dish. I get the feeling of thick, hot, molten amber-glass before it gets made into stuff.

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Later I get a lovely dry whiff of immortelle, that strangely dry green sapless dessicated scent that is both raspy and smooth, like the point where sandpaper scours pebbles into smooth, shiny, cool nuggets. Tubereuse 3 Animale also has a furry something that is what I think of as a perfumers version of a very old mink coat, dry and dusty but still with the faintest whiff of the poor creature it was stolen from.

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This is what I imagine the screen sirens of yesteryear would have LOVED to smell like and I can see some of the more famous 21st century cougars getting a thrill from the overt sensuality that Tubereuse 3 Animale displays. What I did not expect was the general size of Tubereuse 3 Animale, it is a sillage and projection monster compared to most other modern offerings and it has a sweetness bordering on urinous, definately skirting the edges of downwind from junkie alley.

Who would and when could Tubereuse 3 Animale be worn? Well let’s just say straight up that for most work situations it is completely over the top, especially for the first hour or two. I think you would have to be careful to use a light hand if food is involved or confined spaces. Personally, I will wear it to my Turbo Trivia work and definitely for my own selfish pleasure at home, it may even get a spritz for the grocery shopping.

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Further reading: Smelly Thoughts and Perfume Polytechnic
Parfum1 has $36/15ml
Posh Peasant has samples starting at $4.75/ml

Do you DO tuberose? What about tobacco? Are there fragrances with these lovelies that you wear? Share.
Portia xx

10 thoughts on “Tubereuse 3 Animale by Gérald Ghislain for Histoires de Parfums 2010

  1. I just started to write about how I never really cared for tuberose scents but like to buy them as gifts because women always love them, and then I got up to check my 2012 Frederic Malle coffret and sprayed a bit of Carnal Flower on me. It seems like my tastes have changed over the past few years. There’s something so exuberant about it! Now I feel like I need to pull out the HdP Tubereuse sample sprays as well…


    • Ha ha Ha! Isn’t this the way we perfumistas work. A life of constant fave scent flux. Enjoy this time with the tuberose till the next note bites you.
      Portia xx


  2. this post brings bad sad memory of losing such a low-priced auction of this bottle…i didnt check the auction at the last minute because i mistakenly assumed all perfumes from this brand sell for high price but the auction ended with such a low winning bid 😦


    • Fazal! Bummer. Well hopefully next time you’ll have better luck. Now you are forewarned.
      Portia xx


      • well lady luck did shine later when I got Noir Patchouli from this line for $60 for 120ml bottle…some say noir patch. reminds them of L’Arte Gucci which I am sure you must have smelled


  3. I might have to get a sample of this as I love both honey and tobacco in things, or honeyed tobacco. Tobacco is a note I follow around like smoke – obsessively. And tuberose. So I could enjoy them together. Lucky few scents maintain sillage on me (usually iris which is something I can not really wear wel) so … hmm.


    • Heya Anne,
      Tubereuse 3 reads like it’s made with you in mond. What are your fave honeyed tobacco scents?
      Portia xx


      • I find Fumerie Turque burns all honey tobacco on me all the time and it is the one I wear all the most, especially good in summer on me (I know, it should suffocate, but it just gets sweet). Phaedon tabac rouge and Diptyque volutes are good. By Kilian Back to B is… something I don’t like about the honey. Alas I can’t do Chergui as the hay smells like fly spray to me (which would be okay really, but it gives me a headache) and Traversée du Bosphore is wayyyyy to sweet. Sometimes I get some honey from TF tobacco vanille.

        I outright love SL Bois de miel. … sans tobacco and all. 🙂 Have to be careful wearing it outside though as I attract bees … which I am allergic to (the irony, she is strong).


  4. I went to Colorado this week and bought DSH Perfumes’ limited edition Love Perfume. It’s sheer heaven for me. I also love Maai by Bogue. It’s animalic Tuberose at its best on me.


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