I have a hotch potch of similar looking sample tubes and tried a new one yesterday without looking too closely at the label. What I ended up smelling was, I initially thought, Noontide Petals by Andy Tauer, but in fact turned out to be Miriam by Tableau de Parfums.
A few minuets of googling explained why I had been thinking of Noontide Petals. Miriam was created by non other than our old friend Andy Tauer and his trademarks are all over it.
Tableau de Parfums is a collaboration between a filmmaker, (Brian Pera), and a perfumer, (Andy Tauer). With each of the three perfumes in the range comes a DVD and a novella.
Personally, I’m not sure I like the idea, since to me, the fun of perfume is where it takes you in your mind and memory, and this should never be prescriptive. I like to smell a scent, and see where I go. It’s often a different journey and can jog long forgotten memories more effectively than any photograph. However, in this case, the perfume itself is fabulous and has many hallmarks of a Tauer, a brand I regard very highly.
With more Chypre qualities than Noontide Petals, and more Violets, Roses and Ylang, Miriam is indeed closely related to Noontide Petals but holds her own. Miriam has a wonderful vintage feel, as does the bottle, and this was, unsurprisingly Tauer’s plan. In fact there are old fashioned notes in Miriam that make me think of a well used, beautifully polished antique dressing table with a fine layer of face powder and talc and some rosewater spilled onto the wood. There’s a hint of nail varnish, and a general impression of a messy boudoir, with shoes in the floor, and earrings by the side of the bed. However , this is very ladylike, and no messy Worth Courtesan. Miriam keeps her cool with Citrus notes and Lavender, making this wonderful for summer, yet sophisticated enough for dinner at dusk. You can smell the individual ingredients, as if it was made with basic old fashioned methods, rather than today’s overprocessed factory synthetics.
The basenotes go a bit spicy and woody with Amber and Sandalwood providing a softer background for the bright, chic opening. It ends dry and dusty, but still pretty with plenty of femininity left in the faded flowers.
Frankly, it’s gorgeous and I would be more than happy with a full of bottle of ladylike, Miriam and her face powder and her nail polish. This is where it took me. I wonder where it will take you? No two journeys are the same.
PS Does anyone else think Miriam looks like a cross between Anjelica Huston and Carla Bruni?