I have a complicated relationship with tuberose (Agave amica). I love the flowers, and summer is not summer without tuberose blossoming in my garden. My husband loves tuberose, too — in the garden and on his person (he wears Frédéric Malle Carnal Flower). If I had my druthers, a vase full of fresh tuberose flowers would scent my house at all times. Tuberose soap? Yes, please! The "complicated" part of my tuberose relationship is: I don't like to wear tuberose-rich fragrances! Most tuberose-centered perfumes turn dainty on me or the tuberose element is combined with glaring white florals to produce a shrill glamazon vibe. Tuberose scents I've worn with pleasure include original-formula Serge Lutens Tubéreuse Criminelle, Naomi Goodsir Nuit de Bakélite and Olfactive Studio Ombre Indigo. I'll now add Flos Mortis* to this list.
Flower of Death (Flos Mortis) perfume may not sound festive (or fit for the holidays) but its tuberose punch will keep you very much alive, and lively...even at a dull office party. Flos Mortis is a powerful and long-lasting tuberose scent, natural smelling and, to my nose and sensibility, unisex.
Rogue Perfumery is based in Whittier, California, and run by Manuel Cross, who has a love for vintage fragrances — and natural materials that make IFRA frown (tree moss, bergamot and the like). Rogue's slogan is "Bureaucracy destroys art!"
Flos Mortis’ tuberose emerges from a mentholated liniment rub-down and throws on a rough leather coat (that was stored with moth balls in all pockets). As the leather and camphor-like notes subside, tuberose is joined by a balmy floral note, sprightly/fruity jasmine and a silky “corn meal” background scent (unusual and spooky). Flos Mortis’ base smells of creamy tuberose and jasmine, with a mild "mint" edge. I enjoy all phases of Flos Mortis, as did my tuberose-loving partner. If you’re a tuberose devotee, do try it. (Rogue offers generous, well-packaged samples for purchase at its Etsy site.)
On this happy note of discovery (of a new perfume house and a new tuberose perfume), I'll close out 2019 on Now Smell This. I wish all NST readers a happy and safe holiday season! I hope we'll 'meet' again in 2020.
*Listed fragrance notes of tuberose absolute, Indian jasmine, osmanthus, red currant, leather, musk.
Note: top images of Tuberose at Night [altered] via Wikimedia Commons.