Brief reviews of two recent-ish indie / niche fragrances: Tauerville Tuberose Flash and Vilhelm Parfumerie Purple Fig.
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Tauerville Tuberose Flash
When I reviewed Tauer's Sotto La Luna Tuberose, I said "it smells to me like tuberose right away, and it goes on smelling like tuberose straight through, and more so than usual, a blow-by-blow of the proceedings seems pointless". I could say the same of Tuberose Flash, and in fact they do have several things in common besides the starring note: they're both spicy, they both emphasize the mentholated facet of tuberose in the opening, and they both wear basically like soliflores. Tuberose Flash, though, smells brighter and less mysterious, with a milder, paler base that allows more of the floral sweetness to shine through, and makes the jasmine and orange blossom in the heart more obvious (other notes include citrus, patchouli, amber and benzoin). It feels easier to wear — in keeping with the names, Tuberose Flash could be the day time version. I said not to order Sotto La Luna unsniffed, but Tuberose Flash seems a safer bet so long as you're sure you like tuberose.
As with the others in the Flash series, layering experiments are irresistible. Tuberose Flash plays nicely with a very light dab of Incense Flash, if you are so inclined, and it was also lovely over a light layer of Rose Delight body oil.
Tauerville Tuberose Flash is $63 for 30 ml Eau de Parfum; for buying information, see the listing for Tauer Perfumes under Perfume Houses.
Vilhelm Parfumerie Purple Fig
For some notes, like iris and vetiver, my interest is apparently infinite, or nearly so. Others, like fig, maybe not so much. I love fig, but I can't see owning 10 or 20 fig perfumes, in fact, if I could have none other than Diptyque Philosykos, I could live a fine and happy life. Purple Fig, however, would be a definite addition to my small collection were it not for the size (too big) and the price (too much). It's just fun: an overdose of tart lemon, a goodly amount of cassis mingling with the fig, a dry woody base (other notes include angelica seeds, cyclamen, galbanum, cedar and cypress). It's supposed to be about a "lone fig tree on a side street of Cité du Figuier, in Paris, near Rue Oberkampf". I have no relevant experience to share on that subject, but I'd place it on a warm, sunny day somewhere beautiful (and peaceful) on the water, which is pretty much where a fig fragrance ought to take you. Right away I pegged it as the more-fig slash less-effusive-but-still-quite-cheerful second cousin of Byredo Pulp, and I am pretty sure perfumer Jérôme Epinette did both of them (I know he did this one).
Very much worth a try for fig fans, and I will be reaching for my sample frequently to brighten up the dark, dreary winter days ahead.