Tubereuse by Richard Fraysse for Caron 2003


Post by Madeleine


Hello fragrant friends!

One of the joys of this hobby is rediscovering a long-lost love. Sometimes, I will rummage around in my (highly disorganised) sample drawer, find a forgotten gem and fall head over heels all over again.

This week, that honour belonged to the gorgeous Caron Tubereuse. Such is the depth of its beauty that I am sitting here and scratching my head as to why I haven’t worn it for so long and moreover, why I haven’t replaced my full bottle.

Tubereuse by Caron 2003

Tubereuse Caron FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Tuberose, narcissus, citruses
Heart: Tuberose, freesia, jasmine, apricot, peach
Base: Vanilla

Caron’s Tubereuse doesn’t get a whole lot of share of the tuberose chatter on the blogosphere given the omnipotence of the trinity of Tubereuse Criminelle, Carnal Flower and Fracas, but in my opinion, it has a whole lot to add to the conversation.

What it adds is this: a totally different take on the narcotic white flower. If the aforementioned trio are like listening to a bold and beautiful coloratura, then Caron’s Tubereuse is like listening to Mozart being played by a string quartet. Tubereuse is a refined, elegant and almost fragile take on the flower more known as a “take-no-prisoners” diva. It’s tuberose in muted pastel shades; the flower taken in soft focus.

Tubereuse Caron MorgueFilePhoto Stolen MorgueFile

Tubereuse opens like a ray of sunshine on a cold spring day. The tuberose here is slightly heady, clear and warm: a radiant glowing yellow. After a while, subtle jasmine lends the composition a sweet, musky vibe, tempering the buttery richness of the tuberose and giving the perfume its well-mannered feel. It is sweet and full, but remains refined and soft and somewhat innocent. Caron’s signature base lends a dark, almost melancholic quality to the scent in the drydown. It adds a rich, velvety feel to the brightness of the tuberose and jasmine.

If Fracas, Tubereuse Criminelle and Carnal Flower are like your best friends at a party – the ones who you crack a joke and have a few laughs with over a couple of glasses of wine – Caron’s Tubereuse is the elegant lady standing in the corner. She’s unassuming, dressed in a simple champagne sheath, hair pulled back with a lick of mascara and lipstick and drinking a gin and tonic. She may be in the background, but you just can’t help but notice her. You’ll have to make sure to go over to talk to her before you leave. She may be quiet, but she is an enigma.


As my Mum always told me, “You have to watch the quiet ones.” Caron’s Tubereuse may not be as loud as her contemporaries, but she is certainly well worth watching.

Further reading: Bois De Jasmin and Pink Manhattan
LuckyScent has the EDP for $130/50ml and the parfum extrait for $150/15ml.
Surrender to Chance has samples of the parfum starting at $5/.5ml

Have you tried Caron’s Tubereuse? Are there any other underrated tuberoses in your opinion? Is there a long lost love that you’ve recently rediscovered?
With much love till next time!

M xx

15 comments on “Tubereuse by Richard Fraysse for Caron 2003

  1. FeralJasmine says:

    Thanks for this lovely review. I’m a devotee of all things tuberose, but haven’t tried this one for some reason. I’ll have to track down a sample. I’m not out to avoid the more voluptuous and narcotic aspects of the flower; my memory of a bedroom in Mexico with a big bouquet of tuberoses is one of my favorites, a sort of floral heaven. But a tuberose that I could wear to work would be nice. Have you tried the By Kilian Beyond Love? I hear that’s a nice tuberose, relatively well behaved.

    • Madeleine says:

      Hi Feraljasmine,
      Yes you must get a sample. It’s so lovely! I did try Beyond Love a while ago and wasn’t moved, but I must seek it out again. The other stunning tubey that’s not talked about much is PG Tubereuse Couture… another gorgeous one to try if you haven’t.
      M x

  2. Dearest Madeleine
    You are so right that this is indeed a fragile, faun-like tuberose, which when one thinks of how this note is normally handled is quite an achievement in itself.
    Yet there is a swirling depth, like darkness beyound pale eyes, behins the core accord that means this scent is no flyaway white floral.
    So pleased to see this semi-precious gem get some of the attention it deserves.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

  3. poodle says:

    I haven’t tried this but I’m glad to see that there are some softer tuberose scents out there. I think some of the heavy hitters like Tubereuse Criminelle and Fracas sometimes frighten people away from the note. Would you say this might be a good tuberose scent for people who don’t think they like tuberose?

    • Madeleine says:

      Hi Poodle,

      It definitely is! I would say, and bear in mind this is my skin and I love TC, Fracas and Carnal Flower, that this is the one of the softest I’ve tried. Others to consider are Beyond Love and La chasse aux papillons by L’artisan.

      M x

  4. RuthF says:

    Nice review Madelaine, I’ve only tried one or two Caron fragrances but you’ve made me want to try this one!

  5. I think this is the best tuberose out there. So light, yet creamy and dreamy….If I were going to buy a Caron, rather than a sad reformulation of one of the old classics, I would rather have this any day.

    • Madeleine says:

      Hi ginzaintherain,

      Glad there are other devotees out there! Yes other Carons are a pale shadow of their former selves but this is a treasure.


  6. laniersmith says:

    I loved reading your take on this perfume Madeline. The elegant lady in the corner was what got me and caught me. Your mother was right about the quite ones in the corner. Now I am on the hunt for Tuberose by Caron thanks to your seductive turn on this one.

  7. Ines says:

    I have a sample of this beauty that I’m treasuring. It’s a wonderful tuberose that doesn’t get that much notice.

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