Tuberose, and white florals in general, are a turn-off for me. They do not smell sexy in the least. It’s not that they actually smell bad, or off, it’s just that the whole genre smells to me of little girls playing dress-up. When people say that Fracas smells sexy, I think of pedophiles. How could anyone find a second-grader sexy?
I think that this perfume trend, the candy-coated-hooker (! yes, I just said that!) is representative of an overall trend with women—though I can really only comment on American woman—refusing to age gracefully. Our culture is obsessed with youth, to the point that mature women still refer to themselves as “girls” and dress and act like girls. Emotional development has come to a stand-still for so many women, that they seem to think that hair-dye, candy-flavored perfume, and apparel fit only for women under 20, will trick observers into thinking that they are younger than they are. This whole trend offends me…
For me, tuberose fragrances epitomize this idea.
Anne-Marie poised this question recently:
Is it skin chemistry or perception makes the difference? I’d love to do a few experiments. You and I daub on some _______* and smell it on each other to see if we feel it smells the same or different. As a bonus, we get a third person to smell each of us, and tell us what they think. I accept that chemistry may play, but I also think that the way our brains process smell information may vary.
I don’t have an answer to this. It amazes me how differently we perceive smells.
My question for you is, can we teach our noses to overcome our native dislikes or preferences?
A few caveats:
I do like Nuit de Tuberose, but I’ve been informed that NdT is, to borrow a phrase from my friend Birgit, who borrowed it from Luca Turin, “Not Tuberose.” Additionally, Memoir Woman lists “white flowers” in the notes, and I do detect them. However, in this instance, they create the tiniest dissonance; just the right amount of discord which makes the perfume taken as a whole utterly perfect (for me)
*Fragrance identity kept private, because we can 😉