FOUR TUBEROSES : : : : LES NOMBRES D’OR TUBEREUSE by MONA DI ORIO (2011) + HONOUR WOMAN by AMOUAGE (2011) + BLU by BRUNO ACAMPORA (1974) + SENSUAL TUBEROSE by BOIS 1920 ART COLLECTION (2013)

The Black Narcissus

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I learned a lot from the real tuberose flowers I encountered last year in Indonesia. Mainly, that the slovenly, skirt-hitched, snow-white she-devils – sloe-eyed, tropical, sultry – tuberose: that classic, buttery tuberose you either love or hate, sickening and stench-breathed to some; voluptuous and heart fluttering to others, is a very loose interpretation of the natural reality of the flowers I regarded and smelled before me, which I found, rather, to be more chaste; green : contained. Quite innocent, almost. Pretty. White. Yes, as I wrote in my piece on those Malang tuberoses, as the day wore on, the flowers did release vague olfactive reminiscences of all those classic tuberoses at different hours of the day; a reality that fascinated me, as I name-checked favourites that I got brief perfume snatches of; but which did nothing, all the same, to detract from the fact that tuberose, despite that lactic…

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