Sunday, April 17, 2011

Mary Chess Tuberose Roman Bath Oil

Mary Chess Roman Bath Oil in Tuberose is the flower in all it's gas-huffing, man-eating, waxy, sultry glory. This was the infamous Lana Turner's signature fragrance, and I absolutely believe the stories that she ordered it by the case and had a baby cow if anyone in her vicinity wore it besides her. Look at her over there--she's about to pull some of your hair out if that's Mary Chess Tuberose she's smelling on you.

Luckily for me, Lana isn't around to snatch the bottle I found at an antique mall recently. I didn't know anything about it, and bought it on the reputation of Mary Chess perfumes having an extremely high percentage of natural oils. And yup, this is uncut, unadulterated tuberose, probably darkened in character (not oxidized, though--the oil is still a viscous buttery yellow) and intensified by age. It's almost unbelievably high-octane, even for this jaded smellophile. Unlike Serge Lutens's Tubéreuse Criminelle, whose gasoline-fume opening eventually settles into pretty, sniff this tuberose and you'll understand what a lady with a shady past would truly wear. Feverish, unsweetened, even a little bit bad-tempered. I highly recommend it if you can find it.

4 comments:

Rose said...

well I will definitely try and find this- it sounds amazing!

Aimée L'Ondée said...

Hey Rose, yeah, it's pretty mind-blowing. For confirmed tuberose-freaks only, though!

museinwoodenshoes said...

Confirmed tuberose freak here, adding another vintage tubey to the "keep an eye out for" list... Thanks!

Aimée L'Ondée said...

It's a good one to try, Mals! I've heard that the Le Galion Tubereuse is awesome, too, if you're a tuberose gal.