Friday, April 04, 2008

Trueste by Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co. Trueste was created in 1995 by Chanel in-house perfumer Jacques Polge (Allure, Chance, Coco, Coco Mademoiselle, most of Les Exclusifs). He's also composed Yves-Saint Laurent Rive Gauche (with Michael Hy), Emanuel Ungaro Diva and Frederic Fekkai Bouquet de Provence to name a few among his extensive list of creations. Trueste is to me somewhere between the light, citrus-rose freshness of Bouquet de Provence and the peachy-orangy, somewhat heavy rose + vanillic woody-creaminess of Allure. Although Trueste is tuberose-based, it has a classic rose element and a slightly skin cream-like, soft, smooth dry down. It's what I might call an elegant '90s Fruity Floral, along the lines of Caron Fleur de Rocaille (1993 version). It can also remind me of Bulgari Pour Femme but sweeter, fruitier, livelier. Maybe what it reminds me of most is Pecksniff's Natural Floral, a white floral blend with some fruit and a light ambery-sandalwood-vanilla base. To a modernized nose, it will smell classic, perhaps a bit mossy and richly floral. To a classic nose, it'll smell aqueous.

It's a bit more floral than I usually like my Floral Orientals lately, but I still think it's a beautiful choice, and not too well-known that it would be easily recognizable. It's one of those very pretty, gorgeous yet soft, semi-classic white floral bouquets that would be perfect as a wedding day scent. I believe Trueste is discontinued, so buy it now if you're a fan. I also like the alcohol-free Voile Perfume version of Trueste with the clear cap, my favorite presentation of this fragrance.

Notes from Michigan Chronicle, 1995:
Fifth Avenue's most renowned jeweler has unveiled its latest fragrance product. Trueste, Tiffany & Co.'s third original fragrance, is a fruity, floral scent--
Top notes: black currant, apricot, peach, Mirabelle plum
Heart notes: tuberose, orris, Turkish rose, ylang-ylang, Indian jasmine, galbanum
Base notes: sandalwood, cedarwood, oakmoss, Reunion Island vanilla