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A new kind of tuberose: Nacre Blanche by Antonio Alessandria

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With hand on my heart I confess I always had, have and will be in love with the distinct smell of the white queen of flowers – the tuberose, or the “harlot of perfumery”as Roja Dove right calls it. Give me the most challenging scent based on a huge tuberose bouquet and I`ll faint…of pleasure.

My most beloved found treasures are the bold Fracas (my first niche perfume) and it`s Petit sweet modern sister, the transparent La Chasse aux Papillons, the sultry Carnal Flower, the sexy Beyond Love by Kilian or the classic beauty Jardins de Bagatelle Guerlain, but there is always place for one more. Or two, or three…

So here I am sniffing the whole day my sample of Nacre Blache that I picked up because of the promising official presentation and trying to resume in words the mystery of this scent.

The first minutes on my skin it was….ah, weird, but in a positive way I think. I feel a bit out of my comfort zone smelling this perfume, but very curious to explore it further. At the beginning I was overwhelmed by a very herbaceous smell, like from a plant with gigantic thrones that defiance the hostile weather in the desert. Maybe the extract for the bitter green note comes from this plant`s sap.

After a while the tuberose begins to bloom but not big enough, adding a diffuse floral tone, far from über feminine as I prefer it to be, because the flower is wrapped in a heavy woody note. The scent is heavy on woods. At this stage Nacre Blanche reminds me a bit of China White from Nasomatto. It is the only scent I can compare it to although they are made of different accords. Both develop dusty and dry on my skin, but Nacre Blanche is much more intense, well rounded and a little bit sweeter too from the hints of vanilla that comes later in the base.

Even if the tuberose does not make a big solo appearance here, it leaves something memorable behind her. Summarizing everything, Nacre Blanche smells like a beautiful antique wood box inlaid with nacre that preserves inside a dried tuberose, some spices, a pod of vanilla and leaves. The box attracted me like the forbidden fruit and when I opened it the air was filled by a woody-floral smell, very melancholic, dry, intimate. And then I touched the items inside and they transformed themselves instantly in powder…

Hi, my name is Raluca! I am born in Romania and live in Switzerland for many years. I love perfumes since I was a little girl and now I am an avid perfume collector and totally dedicated to the amazing world of essences. I am always looking for something new and interesting to discover and among my personal preferences are the delicate and powdery notes, but also some bold orientals. I admire both clasic and niche fragrances with a special twist in them. A good perfume for me should be able to put me in a special mood, to complete and inspire me…things I need when I paint or do photography, my other two passions.

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