I disagree with people who say tulips don’t smell. Tulips have a wonderful unique flavor and there is nothing more beautiful than to plunge your nose into a tulip head. Currently, I always have a bouquet on my desk – preferably parrot tulips, because I love the fringy petals and the irregular coloring.
I was very curious about Byredo’s new perfume and now I have it here in front of me. The Swedish manufacture is part of the Intertrade Europe Group.
La Tulipe starts with some rhubarb and a very intense freesia note – as if they are right in front of my nose; and freesias have a very intense smell anyway. There is a sudden chilly sweetness. At the same time the scent has something moist like morning dew on a flower. This is really a coincidence because a friend of mine asked me to find a freesia perfume for her – I have finally found it! But what I cannot discover is the typical tulip smell, nor the flavor of freshly cut green stems, which some of you might associate with a typical tulip flavor and which Christopher Brosius managed to create perfectly with his scent To see a flower.
However La Tulipe is a beautiful spring floral, that has some woody, earthy notes towards the drydown and which makes me longing to walk barefoot over moist green grass.
Perfumer: Ben Gorham
Notes: rhubarb, cyclamen, freesia, tulip, woods, vetiver