lundi 13 mars 2023

Tuberosa 1974 by Betty Busse/ Dominique Ropion (2021) for Chloé: Nubile Tuberose


If it was a color? You could call it “cuisse de nymphe émue”, an 18th-century color which could translate as “thigh of a blushing nymph”. Or “tip of a young breast”, after the piquant metaphor vamped up by Colette to describe the budding tuberose… Refreshed by the cool sheen of aldehydes, sprinkled with cinnamon like a freckled cheek, the fragrance, as softly rounded as a peach set on a bed of moss, was called Chloé when it was launched in 1974 by Parfums Lagerfeld. Renamed Tuberosa 1974 for its reedition in Chloé’s L’Atelier des fleurs collection, the fragrance offers a rarely seen interpretation of the flower that inspired it. Here, it is more tender than criminal, and more playful than carnal. A vision of tuberose that would soon be elbowed off the shelves by the linebacker-shouldered divas of the bling decade, from Giorgio to Amarige by way of Poison… Is it because it has been forgotten that it seems so youthful today?

Tuberosa 1974 was originally composed by Betty Busse. The current reedition has been reorchestrated by Dominique Ropion. If anyone has compared the two I'd love to hear back from you. I wore Chloé briefly back when T-Rex strutted onstage, but the new version, which I adore, doesn't ring a bell.

Illustration: The Birth of Venus by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, because no one ever painted did a blushing nymph thigh better than the Grassois master.

7 commentaires:

  1. It’s nice but like you said, quite different. There are echoes in the middle but it’s not Lagerfeld’s Chloé!

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  3. From the moment I sprayed Tuberosa 1974, I was transported to a blooming garden filled with sensuous white flowers. The tuberose note takes center stage, exuding its intoxicating aroma that is both creamy and seductive. It's as if the fragrance captures the essence of a young tuberose in full bloom, radiating a fresh and youthful energy.

    What I love about Tuberosa 1974 is its perfect balance between richness and delicacy. The initial burst of tuberose is softened by hints of jasmine and orange blossom, creating a harmonious blend that is both captivating and elegant. The floral bouquet is further enhanced by a subtle touch of warm vanilla and creamy sandalwood, adding depth and sensuality to the composition.

    The longevity of this fragrance is commendable. Even after hours of wear, Tuberosa 1974 lingers on my skin, enveloping me in its mesmerizing aura. It's a scent that demands attention without being overpowering, making it suitable for both daytime and evening wear. I can't help but feel confident and alluring whenever I wear it.

    The bottle design is also worth mentioning. Chloé has always excelled in creating beautiful packaging, and Tuberosa 1974 is no exception. The sleek, minimalist bottle with its soft pink hue perfectly complements the fragrance within, exuding a sense of femininity and sophistication.

    In conclusion, Tuberosa 1974 by Betty Busse and Dominique Ropion for Chloé is a must-try for tuberose lovers. Its captivating blend of creamy tuberose, floral accords, and warm base notes create a fragrance that is both youthful and alluring. I highly recommend adding this gem to your collection and experiencing the intoxicating allure of a nubile tuberose firsthand.

    Kazi Mainuddin Anik