I love the morning. At noon I'm always somehow tired, the morning and afternoon are dominated by work, in the evening I relax and take a gourmet walk - but the morning is everything for me. The earlier, the better, especially in the warmer season. It basically starts as soon as it is light early in the morning - then I love to get up and get out. Whether it's just with a coffee on the balcony, or with breakfast in the garden or with the dog in the nature - it doesn't matter.
I love to see the fog rising over the river and the vineyards in the shade, only a few areas being bathed in sunlight. I love the absolute silence, interrupted only by the chirping of birds. But most of all I love the crystal-clear cold air on an early, sunny morning in spring. This clarity, this purity, the sun that is still too weak to warm the air so that with every breath I take I deeply suck in this diamond air - that is the metaphor for a new beginning. Whenever I get the chance for such a morning walk in the sunny cold, I reset life and start over. Plans, intentions, goals - all of this suddenly seems feasible, achievable. In the crystal-clear morning the geometry of my life opens up to me in a completely logical structure - and I draw all the hope I can get.
On mornings like these, there are only two spring scents for me that reflect this perfect purity and clarity - one of them is La Tulipe by Byredo. It was through this fragrance that I became aware of the niche segment in the first place. When I first smelled La Tulipe, it was like a revelation for me, and I expected a lot from Byredo - an expectation that has unfortunately not been fulfilled for me with the brand's other fragrances. They often seem to me to be synthetic and constructed in a way that bypasses nature. La Tulipe is quite different: the very first moment, the top note, is so perfect, so clear, so pure, so harmonious, so round. The perfect fragrance, crystal clear like fresh, cold spring water, flowery and deeply nuanced, without sweetness, without hardness. A perfectly soft, pure floral fragrance, symbol of growth, symbol of the moment when the blossom presents itself in all its delicate beauty. Alpine violet and above all freesia are responsible for the absolute freshness. I know this tone from other spring scents as a carrier of freshness. However, the freshness does not give the impression of fresh laundry to me, I cannot detect the slightest, tiniest resemblance to Blanche by Byredo. While Blanche really smells like the starch in my freshly ironed bed linen, La Tulipe is the freshness of pure spring water in the mountains. If the tulip then joins in the heart note, I can only agree with the previous speakers: a real tulip is relatively odourless and cannot achieve the effect here. I too perceive a hint of lilac, but in a very moderate form and not to be compared with the sweet heaviness that is in the air on summer evenings from the lilac in my garden. Here at La Tulipe, the tulip is above all a symbol of the materialised spring, of clarity, new beginnings and purity. It is a very beautiful, round scent, by no means synthetic in any way, which is only absorbed very late, after many hours, by slightly tart, woody notes. The perfectly simple bottle, the white label and the colorless transparency of the fragrance are a perfect match for this experience.
In this respect, I personally consider La Tulipe to be the real, underrated masterpiece of Byredo, which no other fragrance of the brand can match. How could it? No other fragrance symbolises pure, fresh water like La Tulipe.