Jungle Gardenia

Bold, sharp, and very loud, Jungle Gardenia by Tuvaché rivals any 80’s powerhouse floral even though it arrived 50 years before (Tuvaché 1933).  It’s sugary, powdery and honestly, the gardenia smells a bit fake.  This is not a fragrance for casual use and certainly not for anyone seeking a light, fresh floral scent.  It is,…

Tuvara

Balsamic, spicy and a tiny bit green (to my nose), Tuvara (Tuvaché 1948) is a warm, exotic vintage beauty.   The incense, patchouli, aldehydes and chamomile seem strongest at first.  Eventually, sandalwood, myrrh, vetiver, musk and oakmoss reign supreme. Tuvara reminds me of the other fragrance by Tuvaché I own, Sumatra.  While Sumatra is a bit…

Sumatra

When I first smelled Sumatra by Tuvache (Tuvache 1942), it was in my early days of really discovering perfume.  I had certainly been enjoying wearing various fragrances for years, but I hadn’t been exposed to that many scents really, especially old fragrances with notes that haven’t been widely used in years (and in some cases…