October 1, 2011

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CREED Tubereuse Indiana

Fragrance Profile
It was one of THOSE Autumn days in Cleveland. If you live anywhere near Northeast Ohio I know that you know the type; cold, rainy, windy and really very gray. No amount of chili spiced hot chocolate was warming me up nor were my usual Irish sweaters and boots. I still wanted it to be summer, or at the very least show a glimpse of the Indian summer that we’re usually enjoying at this time of year but to no avail. The winds started to blow from Canada all across Lake Erie and I knew that today was just going to be one of those chilly fall days that was going to require a bottle of very good red wine and a long steamy bath.  Not bad things exactly but I’m just not ready for snow. I needed to run a few errands and a couple of those led me to the nearest Saks Fifth Avenue.

Because I write about perfume with a passion that borderlines on obsession, most of the sales assistants know me well.  Looking to be warmed and cheered up I went straight to the perfume counter.  All of the usual suspects were there, but as always the gorgeous display from Creed caught my eye.  I can always count on Creed perfumes to delight me. Their newest fragrance, a sultry masterpiece called Royal Oud is magnificent and my husband has worn their sensual Royal English Leather for years. 

Today though I was looking for something different. I wanted to be whisked away to someplace warm and wet, where I could kick back with a Kaffir lime gin fizz and waste the day away with a wonderful bit of Hemingway and perhaps a bite or two of crumbly butter cake, dragging my toes through some very hot sands.  I looked woefully at the woman behind the counter.  “I want a trip to Savannah in a bottle or maybe even Bermuda,” I said.  She smiled, told me to shut my eyes and hold out my hand. She sprayed my wrist lightly and as I held it up to smell I could do nothing but smile. I was instantly warmed from my head to my toes.  The perfume was Creed Tubereuse Indiana and it is possibly the loveliest white floral that I’ve ever smelled. You must trust me, as the self proclaimed White Floral Queen I have been enchanted by many! This is a completely different and terribly special white floral with a fleshy seductive charm like no other.

Creed's Tubereuse Indiana is unusual in that it’s laced with petals of cool sweet bergamot and the exotic Indian tuberose itself is different than any of the usual suspects. It’s rich, creamy and laced with a piquant note that reminds me of the beautiful Carolina spicebush that bloomed in my father’s garden. Tubereuse Indiana is filled with vanilla and a rare ambergris infusion that lends this scent  a honeyed musky sweetness and I can imagine wearing this forever. It’s not cloying nor is it overtly sexual. Tubereuse Indiana is unabashedly colorful, like a silk sari or a sarong on a sunny beach or a henna tattoo.

This is a purely mystical perfume that is filled with enchanting possibilities. It’s not ladylike but then again neither am I  which is probably why I love it.  It’s a very womanly perfume and all it needs is the warmth of your skin to blossom into something that is totally uniquely sweet and completely original to you. 

Beth Schreibman Gehring

By Beth Schreibman Gehring