Amouage Love Tuberose costs a small fortune (probably about £1 per wear...), but it's worth every penny, if you can afford to treat yourself (or someone else!), for the sheer quality of the ingredients and the heavy, well made bottle, alone.
Vintage fans know this is the kind of quality designer fragrances used to be of in the early '80s and before (before "luxury lost its lustre") and costs about what they would cost now, allowing for true, like-for-like inflation, if they were still of the same quality they were back then.
Beautiful, slightly creamy (single cream, rather than double), honeyed, slightly nutty, vanilla tuberose.
Simple, but still satisfying.
It's not a full gourmand, thankfully - it's a hybrid, white floral, semi-gourmand.
A handmade vanilla custard slice, with a few roasted flaked almonds (or some other, slightly savoury, flaked roasted nut - hazelnuts?) sprinkled on top, in a traditional, high end hotel, filled with waxed, darkwood antique furniture and giant, white floral displays.
Also, after two or three hours, it often smells a little like cream soda tastes (as do certain other vanilla and sandalwood fragrances, after the flowers begin to give way, I find).
So, cream soda, in a crystal vase, on a waxed mahogany table, with a bouquet of tuberose sitting in it.
Not green tuberose, by the way - full blown, pinkish blooms, like the ones on the box.
Delicious, sensual, sophisticated, mildly sexy even; but, the vanilla and cream mean it still remains somewhat innocent and naive.
Love Tuberose references the usual, beautiful, traditional Middle Eastern Amouage scent signature - I think those in the know would definitely recognise it as Amouage.
However, it is probably slightly less challenging and therefore, more accessible to the European/US market than some of their more complex fragrances.
It's slightly cooler, lighter, less spicy, and less intensely rich than most of the Amouage fragrances I have tried previously.
That's not to say it's cool, light and bland - it's not thankfully - it's just slightly more so than their other fragrances.
I would probably describe it as lying somewhere between a Middle Eastern type fragrance and a more typically European, or American, type one.
It sits in an extremely delicious middle ground between the two, in my opinion.
Sillage is nice and big (again, thankfully), but not what I would call enormous.
It might drift as far as the edges of a medium sized room, but it's unlikely to clear a restaurant. :D
I gave it a generous 7 - but, depending on how much you use, it could be an 8.
On me, the tuberose normally lasts for about six hours, but the vanilla and woods just go on and on...
For, potentially, a good 24 hours, at least and the good quality, slightly nutty, woods mean you never end up smelling like a saw mill.
The packaging is, obviously, great too.
Very heavy, Amouage signature, high quality, fairly simply shaped, opaque bottle, in a pale ivory colour with the tiniest (almost imperceptible) hint of pink, like the glass itself was made from crushed tuberose petals, with a heavy chrome magnetic cap.
Gorgeous (again, heavy) fitted gift box, with pinkish tuberoses all over it.
This is a 10/10 for me - a potential signature fragrance, in fact.
I gave it a 9/10, previously, from a sample bottle - but, maybe it wasn't the best sample, for some reason, as the fragrance from the full bottle is far more consistent and a definite 10.