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Best of 2019: Tobias S won our Atkinsons’ Luxe Tulipe Noire Fragrance Giveaway

Atkinsons tulipe noire
Atkinsons tulipe noire
Atkinsons Tulipe Noire
Atkinsons Tulipe Noire

This month, I’m revisiting and celebrating some of my favourite fragrance and beauty launches of 2019. In a year packed with limited edition collections, celeb collaborations and some truly off-the-wall products, there were a handful of truly special launches that flew under the radar. Cosmetics and fragrance are two of the most competitive industries in the world. Competition for space, social media coverage and sales is fierce. And sometimes, great products and brands don’t get the attention they justifiably deserve. London-based niche perfumer Atkinsons is one of them.

Backstory: James Atkinson opened his soap and perfumes shop in 1799 in London, England, blending aromatic and intriguing scents often using flowers and ingredients found in the U.K. . His creations became so popular that he was appointed the official perfumer of the Royal Court of England in 1826. The perfumer was soon blending exquisite scents for the most aristocratic and exclusive clientele throughout Europe.

One of James’ most-beloved scents debuted in May 1929 as an homage to a compelling novel. French author, Alexandre Dumas had written a sprawling love story under the name “La Tulipe Noire”.

An extraordinary tale: The novel’s main character, Cornelius Van Baerle, is a young, passionate tulip-lover whose highest ambition in life is to cultivate a black tulip, an idea thought impossible at the time. After years of research and meticulous study, he succeeds. However, just as he is about to enjoy his success, a bitter rival falsely accuses him of high treason. Cornelius is condemned to life prison.

Atkinsons tulipe noire
Atkinsons tulipe noire

It is in prison that he meets the jailer’s beautiful daughter, Rosa, with whom he falls in love. In a desperate bid to preserve the precious black tulip, the young man bestows its bulbs to Rosa, who, true to her word, keeps the black tulip’s heritage alive by growing the magnificent flower in secret.

Brand: Atkinsons

City: London

Insider scent: Tulipe Noire (Black Tulip)

Launch date: May 1929

A symbol: Black tulip is a symbol for justice and tolerance in the U.K. But it is also a symbol for the most perfect and divine love between two people. The original fragrance was a tribute to French author, Alexandre Dumas’ compelling novel ‘La Tulipe Noire’.

Atkinsons Tulipe Noire
Atkinsons Tulipe Noire

Scent style: an alluring woody-floral with a sense of mystery

Notes: bergamot, coridander, tuberose, jasmine, ambrox, musk, cedar, sandalwood

A fresh blend: notes of spicy, warm coriander and sparkling, fresh bergamot intertwine with a voluptuous white floral heart to dazzling effect.

Atkinsons Tulipe Noire
Atkinsons Tulipe Noire
Atkinsons Tulipe Noire
Atkinsons Tulipe Noire

Here’s a direct link for more details on Atkinsons’ Black Tulip fragrance.

The bottle: the flacon is designed faithfully along the signature lines of the house’s original fragrance bottle. It’s engraved, gilded and stamped. The glass flask is an authoritative icon of neo-traditional design.

Big congrats to Tobias S. We drew his name for this giveaway. More to come!! Good luck to all!

Atkinsons tulipe noire
Atkinsons tulipe noire

Atkinsons Tulipe Noire eau de parfum, 100 ml, $225 (at Holt Renfrew)

  • Elisse
    January 9, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    The most intriguing notes for me are the Bergamot and Coriander… @elkhorninn

  • arsenal
    January 9, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Hola 😉 the bergamot note must be a delight !! thxxx a lot !!
    happy 2020!!

  • Nuria Macías
    January 9, 2020 at 12:33 pm


  • Susan T.
    January 9, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    The ambrox which I’m assuming is similar to amber or maybe it is amber, I don’t know but I do love amber! Lol!

  • Felina P
    January 9, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    tuberose mixed with sandalwood @FJPence

  • Alexis Doyle
    January 9, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    Bergamot is such an alluring scent! This sounds like it will be amazing!

  • Angela Walker
    January 9, 2020 at 11:46 am

    Cedar for me. @walk1961

  • Lilia A.
    January 9, 2020 at 11:44 am

    Coriander sounds so unusual for a fragrance, very excited to try!

  • DebP
    January 9, 2020 at 11:44 am

    I do like the cedar and sandalwood notes

  • Gabrielle
    January 9, 2020 at 11:41 am

    I love the bergamot and sandalwood notes! @velvetwhip

  • Sophie Marsolais
    January 9, 2020 at 11:37 am

    Love the tuberose note, as well as the bergamot.

    • Loraine
      January 9, 2020 at 11:51 am

      Musk is my fave note

  • Cristina Amoasii
    January 9, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Bergamot 🙂 (I’ve never been so excited to try a fragrance! It sounds divine😍)

    • Emma Shetler
      January 9, 2020 at 12:02 pm

      I love the Bergamot!

  • Jill
    January 9, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Jasmine is always so lovely @jgordon_23

  • Luc Lafreniere
    January 9, 2020 at 11:31 am

    The Bergamot

  • Sylvie Carpentier
    January 9, 2020 at 11:30 am


  • Kirsten
    January 9, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Twitter miriama59 Bergamot!

  • Trisha Currey-Porter
    January 9, 2020 at 11:25 am

    You had me at BERGAMOT Dave!

  • Janene Gutierrez
    January 9, 2020 at 11:23 am

    Sounds Devine, I’d love try it.

  • LisaM
    January 9, 2020 at 11:19 am

    Oh I am intrigued by the coridander notes! @lisamtoronto

  • Terri
    January 9, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Bergamot is one of my favorite notes. @tigerlily636

  • marie cisewicz
    January 9, 2020 at 11:17 am

    🌟🌹🌷💋 Awesome perfume 🌟🌹🌷💋Thank you 🌟

  • Tanya
    January 9, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Just loving the sandalwood note 💖

  • Shirley Boyle
    January 9, 2020 at 11:13 am

    This looks wonderful @scootiebobo

  • Samantha Lee
    January 9, 2020 at 11:10 am

    So pretty

    • Zaleena Karim
      January 9, 2020 at 12:08 pm

      Love the jasmine and burgermot note @daddyprincess09

  • Nikhita Mendonca
    January 9, 2020 at 11:01 am

    Love the tuberose note 😍

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