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Despite it's name, Tuberose is no relation to the mighty rose. Tuberose is a night-blooming white flower distinguished by its swollen, tuberous roots. An ingredient for off-beat perfumes, tuberose is also used as wedding or funeral flowers in many cultures.
When Maeva chose Tuberose for its wedding collection, we heard some skeptical voices as weddings flowers are usually roses, tulips lillis or peonys! Also what's a tuberose ? (It is rajnigandha in Hindi.) We stuck to our guns and went ahead as we simply loved the complex lush, cool almost exotic note that when put into emotions is sweet, heady and seductive. And you our beloved customers have proved us right by buying so much of it to make tuberose the fragrance of the month.
Intrigue and Mystery
Thomas Moore writes in his oriental poem 'Lalla Rookh'
The Tube-rose with her silvery light,
That is in the gardens of Malay
Is called The Mistress of the Night
So like a bride, scented and bright
She comes out when the sun's away.
The tuberose has been a symbol of love and lust since ages past despite not having the visual appeal of orchids or roses. Described as heady, even narcotic, the famed perfumer Roja Dove called tuberose the 'harlot of perfumery.' It is also said that the Victorians forbade young girls to inhale the odour of tuberose for fear they might have get lured to give into passions!
It's all in their chemistry
The flower contains high qualities of 'lactones' buttery-smelling molecules which is also produced by our scalp. They also contain 'indole' which is the smell associated with human bodies and human intimacy. All these components explain why the smell of the tuberose flower seem familiar to us; flowers are the reproductive product of plants, so of course we would be attracted by human similarities to the composition of these flowers.
Florals are ubiquitous
Everyone loves a good floral scent whether it is in perfumes, air fresheners, soap, candles and more. We're sure that people will continue to love florals for as long as they exist but it is also true that people like to be surprised. Tuberose is the answer to those looking to veer beyond the floral scents as it isn't sweet and cloying but is clear and sharp that gives it more of an edge. So for those who dislike florals-tuberose is the way to go.
As astounding as this fragrance is, human beings are visual creatures first and this is where we spend days picking out, experimenting, discarding and developing! Befitting the scent of the tuberose, Maeva has breath-taking cloches, silvery crackled mercury glasses, intricately designed bell jars, eye-catching silver lacquer pillars and delicate glass jars to present you the perfect wedding candle. A delight to look at and to smell, our vintage cloches, big tins and jar candles are wedding gifts begging to be given while our silver pillars and tea light holders are just beautiful to add to the decor of magical weddings.
As we said before, our Mr and Mrs wedding candles are flying off our virtual shelves! Head over to https://www.themaevastore.com/collections/wedding to get this sultry beauty to you today.
Giving wedding gifts has always been an important event which is looked forward to by the newly married couple. This is a chance for family and friends to show their love, happiness and support towards the newlyweds.There are some fascinating stories behind the origin of this practice.
Marrying for love and romance hasn’t been around nearly as long as the 700 year old tradition of bride gifts. Before marrying for love and romance came into the picture, the primary reason why a couple married was economic. Centuries ago society existed without government or social welfare programs so it was upon the groom and his future in-laws to create economic security for the bride. And if unfortunately she became widowed, the bride could draw on these wedding gifts as financial assets and be financially secure.
Fast forward a couple thousand years to the age of Renaissance where a bride would be bid goodbye with ornate marriage chests, traditionally made of wood and decorated as richly according to their means to show it off as a status symbol when the bride arrived at her new home. Across the Middle East, where houses were traditionally sparsely furnished, such a chest would be placed in the woman’s area, where it could quietly continue to announce its status.These chests held all the bride's future wife goods, which she would need to embark on married life.
Red paint under brass studs and appliqué plates of this 19th-century “Zanzibar” chest
This marriage chest turned into something more symbolic and it was common for American brides to be gifted a leather key basket. It would contain keys to chests, cupboard and in her new house reflecting her new status as 'mistress' of the house.
In Indian customs, wedding gifts developed from the idea of 'Shagun' which is a kind of wedding gift given to the bride and groom as part traditional rituals. And this is generally in the form of cash where the amount ends in the number 1 as '0' signifies the end while '1' signifies the beginning.
With the changing social customs and the decrease in financial motivations to marriages, today's wedding presents vary from kitchenware, cash, gift cards, household items to impersonal photo frames, flowers and more. This wedding season why not gift the newlyweds personal and memorable gifts they'll actually use? Choose from Maeva's wedding collection of candles aptly called 'Mr & Mrs' which are designed in soft shades of silver and turquoise, scented with sweet 'White Tuberose' and made gifting deeply emotional and beautiful again!