An Homage to Mexican aromatics
The tuberose flower has always captivated me. When nighttime comes, and the fragrance billows out into the night air, few can remain stoic in its presence. The alluring beauty of the strong, spicy scent can draw people to it like moths to a flame.
A native of Mexico, the tuberose has spread across the world, thriving in many climates, from the tropics to the coldest termperate zones, so many know its beauty. In Mexico, they also know its flavor, because they have used it in sweet treats for recorded history. I first became aware of its use in ice cream from an 18th Century book Encarnación's Kitchen: Mexican Recipes from Nineteenth-Century California, and further research showed its use in other sweet desserts.
My perfume musings got me to thinking, well, let's see how it would pair with vanilla and chocolate, two other tasty and fragrant offerings from Mexico. All I can say is that the yummy-ness of these wonderful aromatics is synergy in action. The star doesn't need to shine - the tuberose is happy to play the part of the seamless unctuous heart of the confection - er, perfume. So strong and assertive are these beauties that they can be detected even through the tickling opening notes of bitter almond and lemon. Stir in some maple flavor, and you have yourself a delightful and enjoyable perfume that will bring a smile to your face.
But listen - it's not all girly girly and frothy sweetness. There is a silken, sexy ribbon of warmth and more than a hint of animalic hormones at play in StarFlower. After all, this perfume contains many of the scents on a sort of 'forbidden' list - tuberoses were believed to make virtuous girls go bad, and well, chocolate and vanilla play a part in many seductive desserts.
I'll post some recipes for tuberose soon, but don't be mistaken, I'm not the "happy hands in the kitchen" type of perfumer - I want my perfumes to seduce and bewitch on their own, to take your mind to the hidden memories and engrammes you have about these olfactory delights, translating the connection between the tongue and the nose to your heart.
Photo from my private collection, taken about four years ago, now the splash page on my website.