Aftelier Cepes and Tuberose is a tuberose soliflore but it’s not sweet or candied, nor is it “mentholated”. And it’s not “tropical”. It’s a tuberose grounded by earth. After sampling this, I realize that there aren’t many tuberoses that fit into the category of “earthy”.
Cepes and Tuberose opens with sharp rosewood and hay. After this settles, it’s a big floral with blooming tuberose and dewy rose. It’s slightly sweet and lactonic but not too sweet or lactonic. It’s balanced by a savory saltiness. Think of it as the chocolate dipped pretzel of perfumes or even better yet, a peanut butter cup – a perfect balance of sweet and salty. The dry-down is an earthy yet sweet vanilla-benzoin. On my skin, the mushroom is rather faint. In fact, it is more like the animalic richness that is naturally present in “overripe” white florals. And because of this, Cepes and Tuberose is a rather sultry fragrance.
Notes listed include bois de rose, tuberose, Moroccan rose, cepes absolute and benzoin. PERFUMER – Mandy Aftel
Projection and longevity are below average but this is average for all-natural perfumes.
The 1 oz EDP retails for $170 at Aftelier. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Heady, deep tuberose – a perfect balance of sweet and savory. If you love white florals or tuberose, you’re going to want to try Aftelier’s take on this timeless floral.
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