Product Review: Histoires De Parfums Tubereuse 3 Animal

histoires de parfums tubereuse 3 animal

Name: Tubereuse 3 Animal
Brand: Histoires De Parfums
Size: 60ml
Price: $125.00

What I liked:
– unusual tuberose scent
– strong sillage and excellent staying power
– sleek bottle

What I didn’t like:
– doesn’t smell animalic and there’s not much tuberose in it
– smells indistinct and old-fashioned

Regular readers of this blog may be excused for believing that I dislike floral scents. But that’s not true at all. It’s too sweet and indistinct compositions that I can’t stand. Instead, I like my flowers to be edgy, powerful, and have a lot of personality.

So, when I stumbled on Histoires De Parfums Tubereuse 3 Animal, described as a floral leathery concoction where “plum, herbs and dry grass bring a singular, unique and strong smell,” while “blond tobacco and immortelle flower surround tuberose in a captivating note”, I was instantly intrigued. But when I tried it, I was in for a surprise. And I still can’t figure out if it’s a good or a bad one.

You see, Tuberose 3 Animal doesn’t smell animalic at all and there isn’t much tuberose in it either. Immortelle drowns it in its maple-syrup sweetness until, tired of the fight, it lets it bloom for a little while in the final stages of the scent. But let’s go back to the beginning.

The scent opens with an indistinct burst of honeyed fruits intertwined with fresh citrusy notes of neroli and bergamot sprinkled with a dab of spices. It smells powdery, a tad musky, and very old-fashioned, like the dressing room of a famous actress or popular singer of the late 19th century.

Soon, dried grass, herbs, tobacco and woods make their appearance. All these notes help immortelle, recently arrived on the stage too, to keep tuberose in the background. The white floral only provides a subtle crisp floral feel to the composition that seems, however, to glue all its other notes together. Tuberose is generic and indistinguishable here, and yet the scent wouldn’t work quite so well without it.

The drydown was a bit of a let down. Tuberose, which is finally allowed to glow, is joined by dry woods and sweet leather that is supposed to give an animalic edge to the composition but sadly fails to do so. Vanilla is the last note to make its entrance. Its delicious whiffs are cozy and comforting, but common and predictable.

Tubereuse 3 Animal is a lovely vintage scent that provides a different take on this white flower. But it also smells old and is just not original enough. It’s one of those fragrances that will disappoint you for failing to live up to its name, and yet the result is quite pleasant. Unless you’re into sweet and dainty luminous floral blends, in which case this may smell too dark and heavy for you.

Tubereuse 3 Animal should be used lightly. The scent has very good sillage and may leave a bothersome trail behind if you’re not careful with application. It is also very tenacious. Spritz it on in the morning and it will keep you company till well into the evening.

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Histoires De Parfums Tubereuse 3 Animal is an usual floral oriental scent laden with immortelle. Although the scent is very pleasant, it smells indistinct and somewhat old-fashioned. However, it has impressive sillage and staying power.

Rating: 3.5/5

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  1. says

    Oh! Although I don’t think this fragrance would be my cup of tea, it does sound interesting and I love your actress’ dressing room analogy. I guess this is why I’m intrigued. I’m not sure we have this brand here but if I do come across it I’ll make sure to stop and smell. :)
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Icaria, do sniff it if you have the chance. It’s an intriguing scent as it has this vintage vibe that you rarely encounter these days. I haven’t determined whether it’s my cup of tea too yet, but it does deserve at least a sniff.

  2. Janessa says

    ‘allowed to glow’, ‘delicious whiffs’, your writing is so brilliant. It’s so straightforward yet not blunt but creative! I wouldn’t like this scent based on your review since it smells old fashioned and ordinary. I like my florals to have edge to it as well, which is why I don’t (usually) wear Flowerbomb on its own. I’ve been layering my pumpkin butters and perfume as of late and love the different scents I can create!

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Janessa, aww thank you. I appreciate that, because of its vintage vibe, this scent isn’t your usual sweet floral concoction, but it lacks that edge that makes a perfume memorable.

      Layering scents is really fun, isn’t it?

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