Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose and Gardenia


I first tried Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose and Gardenia (Phew!, can we call it ELPCTG instead?) about a year ago when I wasn’t close friends with Tuberose. I found it too creamy and cloying and dismissed it as Not My Thing.

However, the last year of blogging and discovery has been an education for me and now that I appreciate both Tuberose and Gardenia, I regard this fragrance as something of a modern masterpiece.

It sounds simple enough: just those two leading stars named in the title, but this is so much more than a double act.

First off, Jasmine plays a part in the immediate radiance, but Lilac opens with a solo.  There is a dawn-like morning petal feeling to the bright opening and it’s only after that little showcase that the Tuberose and Gardenia step in and do their number. The genius of this is in the blending.  Gardenia never seems to hang about long, but the Tuberose seems to anchor it.  Tuberose on its own can be creamy and rich, almost to the point of smelling medicinal, but the Gardenia brings out the best in it and calms it down, like a kind friend with a loud drunk.

This not only has big sillage, but is radiant from the first squoosh. Longevity is excellent. It’s still on my arm six hours later and quite comfortably too, in no danger of fading fast. In Perfumes The Guide, Luca Turin, a big fan of ELPCTG, says that both Gardenia and Tuberose are “better sprayed on fabric” and judging by the incredibly lovely scent coming from my coat sleeve, he is right. It’s great on skin, but lasts and lingers on fabric like a dream.

This is a modern classic.  It’s widely available: I found today’s bottle in my local House of Fraser, but as far as High Street perfumes go, this knocks spots off the rest of them. The price is a little steeper than average, but considering the sillage, quality, longevity and the fact that a little goes a very long way, I still call it good value at under £60 for 30ml.  Even a small bottle would last me a very long time. Impossibly pretty, this would make a great wedding day perfume or even an anniversary present*.

*(if you’re reading this darling, it’s only three weeks away, hint, hint).

13 thoughts on “Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose and Gardenia”

  1. Iscent, true this one is truly lovely. Tuberose & Gardenia are my favorite flowers . I had grown 4 Gardenias around my Gazebo in Miami.I got a big bottle as V’s new year gift . Before opening it, I dashed to the EL counter & sprayed some on me. I loved it but it instantly reminded me of a lady who is not bad actually but behaves like a bipolar, now good & then unimaginable. I returned the bottle immediately but still struggling to come to terms with the return. I really want to over come that feeling & buy it again, V got unhappy but I took a rain check & can’t decide which one to get. Chanel Noir , Versace Bright Crystal or may be to overkill The flower bomb !

    1. Hi Cilantro and thanks for dropping in! I would dearly love to grow Gardenia as you do, but I fear the Welsh climate would have other plans. Lucky you to have that Miami sun!

      Isn’t it annoying when a single person or memory can ruin a good scent for you? I have the same problem with Samsara. An awful woman that i once knew used to drench herself in it instead of washing, thus ruining it forever for me!.

      I would go for the Chanel or some playful bright Crystal in your shoes. Something about having a Chanel bottle on your dresser. It is a thing of beauty!

      Warm wishes

  2. Dearest Iscent
    The Dandy does agree, this is a modern classic albeit in a minor key. Though, there’s nothing minor about the sillage: more brass band than string quartet. Then again I guess that’s staying true to the heritage of Estee!
    Great review, so glad you can appreciate this now.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    1. Dear Mr Dandy

      You are so right about the sillage, it certainly is a brass band! One spray is enough until Twilight I feel, which makes it such excellent value.

      Your friend

    1. Hi Gail and thanks for dropping by. Fracas is hard core Tuberose and I do know how you feel. I like Tuberose now but once upon a time I found it far too cloying. Try ELPCTG and I’m sure you won’t be sorry!

  3. I fell in love with L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Nuit de Tubereuse a few years ago, when I tried it first in their Covent Garden shop. I loved it so much, I finally shelled out for a bottle to celebrate a personal milestone (1000th sale of a particular book) and I use it when i am feeling low and when my self confidence is ebbing away. Very much an evening scent, though and unlike my usual choices of woody (Mechant Loup and others) or oriental/exotic.

    1. Hello Viv,

      Ooh what book? Do feel free to plug it on here. You deserve that treat for reaching a milestone. I find L’Artisan doesn’t last long on me, or maybe it does and my nose just gets accustomed. What did you think of Timbuktu and Passage D’Enfer? I love those two. Warmest wishes Sam

      1. Hi Sam,
        I think the nose does get used to it, but also, I have that feeling that if a perfume is really *you* it tends to last and last, because it’s somehow in tune with your body chemistry. It also tends to make people suddenly ask, “What’s that perfume?”. I bought my daughter a perfume called Pink Sugar (not the *real* one, but a perfume oil from a company I’ve bought from before) and everywhere she goes when she wears it, she gets people asking, because it suits her so well.
        Timbuktu I like, but it doesn’t last, nor does Passage D’Enfer. They used to do a Vanille Absoluement, which I have and adore, and which does last a long time. I was also very lucky and won a Mure et Musc from their Fb page: love it, but it’s gone too quickly. It’s so hit and miss, isn’t it?
        The book in question is this: and I think I’ve more or less lost count of the numbers now, and it still does well. I usually try to make book milestones by indulging in perfume of one sort or another. I’m also looking for a really good, true Jasmine, but despite trying quite a number, none have ever matched up to the one that Culpeper did. Both company and perfume are long gone, but it used a high quality absolute and was simply divine. The heroine of another novel (Square Peg) loves jasmine, and wears an unnamed jasmine perfume, but the reasons for her love of it are down to a vigorous flowering jasmine in her grandmother’s garden and the connection to what is buried beneath it. In another novel (The Bet) the main female character wears Poison and it makes the hero ill every time he smells it.
        Many thanks for letting me have a wee treat!

      2. Hi Viv,

        I cyber stalked your books- they look fab. I’ll be downloading one soon. My kindle app means I can read in the dark without glasses. I love that you use scent in your writing. My former English teacher always said to me that good writing covers all the senses and she was right.

        As far as Jasmine goes, have you tried Yves Rocher Tendre Jasmin? It’s excellent. Also Fragonard Jasmine is just Jasmine and beautifully light. I find Jasmine quite complicated as it can smell so very different depending on what its teamed with or how its been used. For example, in Lush Sikkim Girls, Jasmine Absolute was used and I couldn’t bear it! But on the other hand the two I listed above smell amazing. The world of fragrance is a funny old place!

        best wishes

      3. Oooh! Thank you.
        I have tried the Yves Rocher jasmine this year somewhere in Normandy (long story, but my job takes me into France and Germany so I sometimes get to shop; this time I found an Yves Rocher to stock up various favourites of shower gels etc) but didn’t buy any because I couldn’t make up my mind between that and the amber one they do.
        I utterly loathed Sikkim Girls, which upset me as I love their stuff. One of my ambitions is to get to the Fragonard Perfume Museum in Paris, and have mentioned it to my boss in the hopes that one day I’ll have a group who might want to go there. I might try and get some online, or perhaps if as I gather, M&S are now stocking Fragonard, I might be lucky and find it there to try.
        I use pure essential oil mixed with jojoba too, which is lovely, especially rubbed into my hair as that seems to deepen the scent.
        Have a lovely, fragrant Christmas xxx

      4. Viv, you really know what you’re talking about when it comes to Jasmine. I did have a sample of Fragonard Jasmine but I think it’s gone now, otherwise I would have sent it to you. Let me know if there is a ever a sample you can’t get hold of- you never know! a very happy Christmas and new Year to you xxx

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