It’s hard for me to pick a favourite Tauer: it changes day by day. However, if a cruel person made me only choose one, it would be Incense Rose.
I have been looking at a lot of rose perfumes recently but this one makes the rose smell so unique, whilst keeping its characteristics.
It opens with a blast of sparkling aldehydes. If Rose and Bergamot were made into sparkling lemonade this is what it would smell like. The opening phase lasts and lasts and then starts to change and move into ecclesiastical territory- which is fine by me as I am huge fan of Comme Des Garcons Series 3 Avignon and I do love a bit of church. The incense here is High Church and High quality. I have sat through enough High Masses to vouch for this.
The incense is rich and resinous and makes me think of ancient stone walls and that particular hushed atmosphere of a cathedral. The rose is still there, but it’s not a pretty rose with frills and lace. It is the peppery, paper like rose petals that you would find in a good pot pourri. The leaves are faded and fragile, but the scent of rose is there- spicy and dry.
The third phase would please any fan of Andy Tauer’s L’Air Du Desert Marocain (or LADDM to fans). The scent has now become smoky and dry, like the desert mentioned, but still the rose lingers. What started as a light, zingy aldehyde has matured as the day has worn on, and become a Grand Dame of aged smoky Rose petals. I love a perfume that tells a story and changes as my day changes. It begins with light optimism and energy and ends as a smoky, sandy sunset with the prickles of petals fading as the scent finally gives up after a fourteen hour day.
As usual with Tauers, ingredients are top quality and longevity is unbeatable. Wear this and bloom.
If you are in the UK, you can buy both 2ml Tauer samples and full bottles from Les Senteurs. In Europe, try the Tauer website, and in the USA, try LuckyScent and even Amazon.com for a slection of Tauer fragrances.