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Neroli or Tuberose fragrance? (Mary Helen T told us & won)

Do you love neroli or tuberose fragrances best?

Bvlgari Man Wood Neroli & Bvlgari Splendida Tubereuse Mystique fragrances
Bvlgari Man Wood Neroli & Bvlgari Splendida Tubereuse Mystique fragrances

Two of the biggest fragrance trends for autumn 2019 come from tiny white blooms with big personalities. Neroli, the scent from the bitter orange tree and tuberose are appearing in numerous luxe fragrance launches this season. And that is good news for those who love white florals with character. Here’s a little backstory on the trend.

scent trend: neroli
scent trend: neroli

Neroli has been used in perfumery for centuries. It’s the essential oil of the bitter orange tree flower which is extracted through a process of steam distillation. It’s scent is sweet and honeyed with a little kick of spice and green notes. The ingredient, while a favourite of perfumers, is said to be the secret ingredient in Coca Cola.) The blossoms are handpicked in late April to early May when the blossoms are most fragrant. You’ll find the largest bitter orange tree orchards in Tunisia and Morocco. Southern Italy is also a big producer. (Here’s a link to read more about neroli.)

Bvlgari Man Wood Neroli
Bvlgari Man Wood Neroli

Italian jewelry brand Bvlgari is introducing an elegant neroli-inspired fragrance this season called “Wood Neroli”. It’s a fresh woody-floral with notes of bergamot, neroli, salt crystals accord, cypress, white cedar wood, orange blossom absolute, musks, ambrox and mineral amber accord. I’ve found it smells beautiful on men and women. The scent was actually inspired by the clear Mediterranean light.

Like the bitter orange tree flower, tuberose is a tiny white floral with a bold character. (Think of it as the Celine Dion of flowers.) It has a creamy , velvety floral scent that was popular in the 1970s and is now enjoying a renaissance. This happens when one or two master perfumers use it in a perfume that becomes a global success. Other brands look at the success and suddenly ask for scents with that note. Ralph Lauren Woman used strong tuberose ingredients and sold very well as did Givenchy L’Interdit. During Victorian times, young girls were forbade smelling this flower as it was considered too sexy.

tuberose flower
tuberose flower

It’s interesting to note that Polianthes tuberosa doesn’t have any botancial relation to roses, despite the name. It has more in common with jasmine or gardenia than rose. A single bouquet of tuberose can scent a large room for several days – that is how powerful they are. The flowers are picked while still in bud so that they can give off their most alluring scent as the flowers wilt.

Bvlgari Splendida Tubereuse Mystique
Bvlgari Splendida Tubereuse Mystique

Bvlgari has taken a unique approach to the tuberose trend by picking the buds in the evening. Flowers give off slightly different fragrances throughout the day – something that perfumers discovered. Tuberose has a more alluring and sensual character at night. So this became the inspiration for Splendida Tubereuse Mystique. It’s a seductive white floral with notes of Davana essence, blackcurrant buds, Twilight Tuberose, vanilla and myrrh resin. The bottle is inky blue to represent twilight.

THE GIVEAWAY: I gave away this set of Bvlgari Wood Neroli and Splendida Tubereuse Mystique to one lucky reader. To enter, I asked readers to tell me in a blog comment below which fragrance appeals to them most. Mary Helen T told use and we drew her name at random. Congrats Mary Helen!

Bvlgari Wood Neroli & Splendida Tubereuse Mystique
Bvlgari Wood Neroli & Splendida Tubereuse Mystique

Here is the direct link to check out Bvlgari Wood Neroli at Hudson’s Bay.

Here is the direct link to check out Bvlgari Splendida Tubereuse Mystique at Hudson’s Bay.

  • Patricia Avery
    August 12, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    I love the sound of Bvlgari Splendida Tubereuse Mystique fragrance. It sounds quite special like my man! . On Friday we went to the church where we were married 50 years ago and renewed our wedding vows. A very emotional and meaningful day for both of us.

  • Rhonda
    August 12, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Bvlgari Wood Neroli.

  • Katerina Kyrgianni
    August 12, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    I would love to try the Bvlgari Splendida Tubereuse Mystique @KATKYRG

  • Sheerie Franks
    August 12, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    How interesting Dave, this was so full of information that I’d never heard of. Love learning about fragrances from you! 🥰
    Love the sound of Bvlgari Splendida Tubereuse Mystique 😍

  • Sylvia Reddom
    August 12, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    would love to try the Bvlgari Splendida Tubereuse Mystique for sure! Thanks! @TGrl2010

  • wendy hutton
    August 12, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Bvlgari Wood Neroli @wghutton

    • Angel Mendez
      August 12, 2019 at 4:57 pm

      Bvlgari Splendida Tuberose Mystique would love to win

  • Susie Wilkinson
    August 12, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Bvlgari Splendida Tubereuse Mystique

  • Christina F
    August 12, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    I love the idea of a sensual sexy smell! Bvlgari Splendida Tubereuse Mystique, the tuberose sounds wonderful!

  • Sammie
    August 12, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Bvlgari Splendida Tubereuse Mystique is my fave for my man, I’m sure he’d love it.

  • Robyn Boettcher
    August 12, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Wood Neroli would smell so good on my dear hubby!

  • Amanda
    August 12, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    They are just both so lovely! The neroli just reminds me of pure love and happiness. Almost like something out of childhood!


  • Pat B
    August 12, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Wood Neroli sounds good to me @bcgirll

  • Lady_ingenue
    August 12, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    They both sound fantastic. I do love Tuberose so perhaps the Splendida Tubereuse Mystique wins out ever so slightly.

    • Melek
      August 12, 2019 at 4:06 pm


  • Alison Braidwood
    August 12, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    I think the Splendida Tubereuse Mystique sounds rather fantastic. Go big, or go home, I say. @Boomergirlz

  • Lerato Lebaka
    August 12, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    I wouldn’t mind trying both but if I really had to choose, I’d go for Bvlgari Splendida Tubereuse Mystique! @Lxrato

  • Natalie
    August 12, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    I would love to try Splendida Tubereuse Mystique! @yarbr012

  • Cheryl Krangle
    August 12, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Both of these fragrances sound delightful. I’d love to try Bvlgari Splendida Tubereuse Mystique because the way you described the Tubereuse sounds exquisite. Similar to both jasmine and gardenia while paired with vanilla and other fantastic scents is music for our senses. @cherann3

  • Eleni Genitsaridi
    August 12, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Splendida Tubereuse Mystique

  • Janene Gutierrez
    August 12, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    The Bvlgari Splendida Tubereuse Mystique sounds most appealing to me but it all sounds Devine!!!

  • Oscar Rosas
    August 12, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Bvlgari Man Wood Neroli!

  • Margaret Imecs
    August 12, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    I’m excited to try both Bvlgari Wood Neroli and Splendida Tubereuse Mystique. I’m a gardener and I love all the beautiful flowers!

  • Vivi B.
    August 12, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    I’d love to try the Splendida Tubereuse Mystique! @xmasbabe2b

    • Claire
      August 12, 2019 at 3:32 pm

      Would love to try the Bvlgari as I love Neroli scents and maybe I could keep it for myself if it smells good on women too 😊

  • Jen
    August 12, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    The neroli appeals to me most. I work in a health food store and neroli essential oil is promoted for good mood, I sniff it all day long 😉 in fact I’m diffusing it with lime as I type. Thanks for the chance! @loudlippy

  • ellie sheely
    August 12, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Splendida Tubereuse Mystique

  • Karen
    August 12, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    Neroli @papercoral

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