Fragrance Review: Cepes & Tuberose by Aftelier Perfumes: A Grounded and Lovely Tuberose

Cepes & Tuberose Review
Perfumer: Mandy Aftel
Year: 2006

Top: bois de rose

Middle: tuberose, Moroccan rose.

Base: cepes absolute, benzoin

Oh Tuberose, Oh Tuberose. How much do I love thee? Tuberose is a hard note to like, not to mention love. It can be very polarizing, green, camphorous and just weird and funky smelling to put it mildly. But there is one fragrance that has made Tuberose for mild at heart. I have never smelled a better tuberose fragrance.

Tuberose in bloom Source

Tuberose in bloom Source

In nature, tuberose has two aspects to its nature. First it is creamy rich and sweet. It can take on sweaty skin, some people  liken it to sweaty skin after coitus. Second, it has a green mentholated aroma reminiscent of hot petrol fumes. Very different scent profiles. Some people may even say rotting flowers or sour water that the flowers been setting in with the massive amount of indoles.

Mandy has put her spin on this polarizing flower and has made it accessible to the masses. Smooth and very grounded fragrance that is easy to wear. One doesn’t have to worry if they smell like sweaty skin after coitus.

The tuberose used is grounded by the addition of cepes mushroom. Who would have thought to add such an ingredient to a tuberose fragrance? This is absolutely brilliant. It goes to show that Mandy Aftel is a true professional at composing fragrances.

Porcini mushroom on the forest floor  Source

Porcini mushroom on the forest floor Source

Cepes & Tuberose is not heavily floral and wears more amber like and earthy so guys can definitely wear it. It is truly unisex in every sense of the word.

The fragrance wears close to the skin and has
average longevity, which is great for a natural perfume.

Longevity: 4-6 hours (may vary on your skin)

Sometimes, different is good, and in the case of Cepes & Tuberose, this has put it on top. A grounded tuberose, with a lot of flair. Easy to wear and easy on the nose.

Cepes & Tuberose can be purchased at Both the extrait ¼ oz and the 30ml edp are $170. Samples(1ml) are also available for $6.

The focus of this review was for the edp concentration

Sample provided by Mandy Aftel

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8 Responses to Fragrance Review: Cepes & Tuberose by Aftelier Perfumes: A Grounded and Lovely Tuberose

  1. Laurels says:

    I’ve yet to find a tuberose perfume to love, but alas, I dislike mushrooms in both food and perfume. I’ll have to keep looking.

    • dkchocoman says:

      @Laurels This is worth sampling. You might change your mind about tuberose and those mushrooms. What tuberose scents have you tried? This is the only tuberose-centric scent I have tried so far. I take that back. I have tried Serge Lutens’ scent, Tuberuese Criminelle, which is a deconstructed tuberose per se, but its not the same, very different. Fracas is also a tuberose bomshell, although I haven’t smelled it yet. I think natural perfumes capture the inherent beauty of tuberose straight from the garden. Pure, beautiful and unhindered. Thank for stopping by!

  2. Med says:

    I can’t imagine its smell, do you have some perfume that reminds you to this one? I am really curious.

    • dkchocoman says:

      @med To me there is no comparison to Mandy’s scent. I guess it is somewhat similar to Serge lutens’ Tuberuese Criminelle with the petrol fumes dialed down, minus the earthy mossy feel and undercurrent slight honey sweetness of Mandy’s composition.

  3. therapeutate says:

    Mandy is a master craftsman, I’ve smelled the fragrance before it’s a brilliantly conceive perfume.

  4. Sorry I’m so late to this. GREAT review buddy. That Mandy Aftel is a wonderful perfumer, and you’ve picked one of my faves.
    Portia xx

  5. pollytechnic says:

    This sounds like a fascinating combination! I also love Tubereuse 1 and 3 by Histoires de Parfums. They both use tuberose in a way that is so well blended and interesting, that it’s never the star of the show, never screechy or even indolic.

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