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Best of 2019: 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.


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


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    January 14, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Sandalwood is one of my fave notes

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    January 14, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    I find the bergamot, sandalwood, and coriander compelling. @velvetwhip

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    Wanda B
    January 14, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    Cedar would be my favourite, for sure, but I love the others, too.

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    Susan T.
    January 14, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Coriander sounds like a really interesting note!

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    Doreen Lamoureux
    January 14, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    I also love the musk —- note.

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    Jo-Anne Pfoh
    January 14, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    @jopfoh jasmine for sure

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    Erin N
    January 14, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Bergamot! @pennapennbenny

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    January 14, 2020 at 11:06 am

    Such a beautiful set and it’s an English brand too!

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    amy garrett
    January 14, 2020 at 10:44 am

    this sounds divine! twitter is @amg1825

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    Soozle (Suzie B)
    January 14, 2020 at 10:01 am

    The warm coriander note appeals to me

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    Denae Boucher
    January 14, 2020 at 9:18 am

    Bergamont! @denae_boucher

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    January 14, 2020 at 8:59 am


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    Linda L
    January 14, 2020 at 6:52 am

    Love the back story of this fragrance. Notes of musk and sandalwood make it so darn appealing. @linlett60

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    Natalie Crossan
    January 14, 2020 at 5:26 am

    i like jasmine the best 🙂

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    patricia caradonna
    January 14, 2020 at 3:28 am

    Jasmine note is my favorite.

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    Anna Z
    January 14, 2020 at 2:55 am

    Coriander is my favorite.

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    liz bowcutt
    January 14, 2020 at 1:58 am

    I would like to try any of them

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    Debbie Beattie
    January 14, 2020 at 12:37 am

    I think jasmine @debbiewbd

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    Jennifer C.
    January 13, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    Bergamot! 🙂

    Twitter: @PumpkinGirl78

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    Mary M Coder
    January 13, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    I love the tale of the black tulip and the notes of tuberose and bergamot.

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    Mary Jo Withrow
    January 13, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    This is so interesting. Sandalwood is an amazing scent.
    Twitter: @maryjowithrow1

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    January 13, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    The bergamot, coriander, and sandalwood all sound divine. @velvetwhip

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    January 13, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    Jasmine is my top note.

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    Diane Wood
    January 13, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    This sounds very interesting, I’m particularly drawn to the jasmine notes

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    Tobias Stevenson
    January 13, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    I’m also interested in tuberose – @Tobias_DHLM

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