PG17 Tubereuse Couture by Parfumerie Generale

Hey all you lovely Perfumistas,

Recently my mate Sandra in Vienna was having a clear out and she sent me the list. There were some frags not currently available in Oz and a couple that were on my list to own or back up. Over the next little while I’ll be bringing out some to show you, today’s offering is the first. I don’t know if you ever troll the For Sale Docs on the Facebook frag pages but here are a couple that you might like to try: Facebook Fragrance Friends and PLP Splits & Sales.

PG17 Tubereuse Couture by Parfumerie Generale

PG17 Tubereuse Couture  by Pierre Guillaume

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Fragrantica gives these featured notes in one line:
Orange, green notes, jasmine, ylang-ylang, sugar cane, indian tuberose, benzoin, papyrus

This week seems to be all about the languid, tropical scents that are both alive with the sensual promise of white flowers and sweetened in some way to almost make them edible delights. Today we look at the unhumble tuberose in its sweet and green facets. Loud, pushy, thick, glutinous and a hugely theatrical showstopper Tubereuse Couture is like a neon light burning through the evenings cool. Vivid and stark we are not with the bubblegum sweeties here, this is tuberose for grown ups. A mildly petroleum aurora that is both beautiful and toxic. The green notes resinous, dry, sharp and unsettling. How can something be so desirable, alluring and creamy while maintaining such an unhealthy, fetid glow? Caught on the very fine line between gorgeous and repugnant I think Tubereuse Couture is my new favourite tuberose.

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The first hour is HUGE! Well, maybe not that big but you are heavily fragrant and it is incredible. After that opening hour Tubereuse Couture calms to a lovely sweet white flower bouquet and still maintains excellent sillage and projection for about another hour before going to a softer, wear anywhere, warm yet slightly green amber. Still interesting but not the wild creature it was at all, now Tubereuse Couture is a cuddly, smoochy kitten. I find something delightfully old fashioned about Tubereuse Couture, though it is all of the above there is also something languid and in repose about it that seems poised on the edge of action. It’s like wearing a drowsing tiger or greyhound, the power is there at bay awaiting at a moments notice to spring into swiftly killing action. Tubereuse Couture is thrilling.

Tubereuse Couture is a real heart starter. If you are tuberose or green averse then you’ll probably want to test this on paper or a friend before you put it on your own skin. Having said that I just spritzed it on my BFF Kath and she smells creamy, smooth and deliciously sweet in the next room. A very different ride, or maybe it smells different from afar. Anyway, your mileagae will probably vary from my experience so give Tubereuse Couture a go.

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Further reading: Olfactoria’s Travels and Non Blonde
First In Fragrance has €95/50ml
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $5/ml

How do you like your tuberose?
Portia xx

15 thoughts on “PG17 Tubereuse Couture by Parfumerie Generale

  1. Interesting that your today post is about tuberose. Last night I went out with a girlfriend and I thought to try my decant of Robert Piguet’s Fracas. Assertive does not begin to describe it: sweet, insistent, even pushy and close to overwhelming. I was aware that this was a Big Classic, but for me I felt that the fragrance was wearing Me rather than the other way around. Even after six hours Fracas was still partying on my wrist. I called defeat and gave my remaining decant to the girlfriend, who adored it on me. This morning Fracas was still a fragrant, though subdued present that I drowned with Mitsouko. Reminder to self: avoid Chloe! Strange,as I am a big aldehydes and chypre fan. But tuberose is not my thing.


    • Bernadette Winfield-Gray,
      You chose the biggest, sweetest, loudest tuberose to wear. There are dozens of other options that will calmly accompany you on your travels without announcing you 6 feet ahead. One day your tuiberose will find you.
      Portia xx


  2. Ah, I also have difficulty with tuberose. There IS one that I love, which is Histoires de Parfums’ Tubereuse Capricieuse. There’s a stunning review of it over on The Black Narcissus which encouraged me to try it. I think that some vintage stuff I like has tuberose (can’t think of what right now)but most of the more current stuff is a real fail for me. Oh well, I certainly have a lot of other choices!

    Holly xo


    • Hey Holly,
      Reading Black Narcissus is super dangerous, he makes EVERYTHING read into a lemming. What a writer! Perfume Prose
      Portia xx


  3. For the longest time I really thought there wasn’t a tuberose out there for me. After endless screeching, shrill, waxy and just plain angry white flower assaults I eventually found my tuberose whilst mindlessly going through some old sample vials.

    Histoires de Parfums Tubereuse 3 Animale. Admittedly it’s probably more about dirty tobacco and syrupy immortelle, but damned if it didn’t just knock my socks off. Currently on the hunt for an on-sale bottle 😀


    • Ahhhhh! One of my faves. There is a small bottle with about 85% air in it on my desk. Tubereuse 3 Animale feels like a honey bomb on my skin, love it Aelfrik.
      Are you on the PLP Splits & Sales site? They have some good docs there.
      Portia x


  4. Hey Portia! Lovely review. Tuberose is really one of my favorite notes. It always lifts my mood. I am so glad you like this one. Xo


  5. I hate to be predictable but the tuberose in Mito Extrait is mindblowingly beautiful, as it is in the Voile. Handsdown my favourite. Bussis.


    • You know Val,
      I still have only really worn Rubj EdP. Next time I do a sample order I will definitely pop in some Vero frags. I really felt when I wore Rubj that I had found a fragrant soul mate and bought the bottle then & there.
      Portia xx


  6. Portia I love this tuberose. I think it’s my favourite off the top of my head but I don’t want to think about it too much or I’m sure I’ll contradict myself. It lasts well too. Apparently it sells really well in Russia. I need to try Mito as well though – haven’t done that yet. x x x PS your other post on Perfume Junkies I was going to reply to the PG question and then forgot but he has soooo many good ones. Off the top of my head – L’Ombre Fauve, Musc Maori, Cuir d’Iris, Aomassai, Indochine …. I actually really like most of his work only a few haven’t agreed with me that I’ve tried.


    • Hey there meganinstmaxime,
      Yes, it’s really yummy, I bet you smell 2die4 in it. Something in his taste works well for me too, he has a sweetness that doesn’t feel sticky.
      Portia xx


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