Monday, April 26, 2010

And liberty she pirouette when I think that I am free...

Andy Tauer Perfumes Reverie au Jardin

It's freezing in Portland right now. Seriously. Our annually schizophrenic April weather is working itself into a tizzy down to the last moments, which means that the tulips have fallen flat to the ground and I can't figure when I can pack up my sweaters. Every time I start to, the heater kicks in again. Despite this, David's students persist in laying out on the lawn in the tiniest clothes, trying to enjoy the summer after months of grey. Here on the hill, we are definitely ready for Summer.

It's also time, once again, for me to sing the praises of one Andy Tauer, perfumer extraordinaire. Come one, come all, and hear the choir sing, for I am far from lonely when it comes to affection for his work. The perfume I'm reviewing today is a fantastic scent for Spring and Summer, and definitely worth giving a try.

Created in 2007, according to the perfumer Reverie au Jardin is
A classical fragrance, twinkling like a star,caresses your journey, through green lands.

Notes: Galbanum, fir balm, lavender, frankincense, ambrette seeds, tonka beans, vetiver.
It reminds me of the smell of trees blooming in spring. Specifically fir trees, which don't blossom but show a lot of new growth in spring, tiny needles of light green sprouting from the tips, making the trees look frosted on the edges, like the way my momma used to do her hair with a frosting cap. The tonka and lavender give it a sweetness that is delightful, and the vetiver adds a dryness I enjoy. It's almost peachy in a strange way like the scent one encounters when fruit, hanging too long on a tree, falls to the ground and begins to spoil. It's a scent that reminds me of how the pears from the pear tree outside our family beach house used to sit until they began to rot in the hot Texas sun because no one stayed there with enough consistency to pick the fruit while it was edible.

Rotting fruit? Sounds bad, right? I'm making it sound bad. That's not what I mean though. My opinion is that really ripe, almost spoiled fruit tends to be the most flavorful and pungent, and that makes that fruit truly delicious, like the way you wait until your bananas are basically overripe to use them for making banana bread. Without that deep ripeness, you'd never get a decent banana flavor in the bread.

Reverie au Jardin is a lovely scent. It's not overly fruity, not overly floral, and not too sweet, and yet is all those things. I think it would make an incredible summer scent. That said, this is my fourth Tauer scent review and the first one I am not giving a full five nods. Let me tell you why: this is a great scent. It's unique. It's lovely. I'd love owning a bottle.

At the same time, though, for me it just doesn't rise the totally mind-blowing artful insanity that I find in Lonestar Memories, L'Air du desert marocain, and Une rose chypree. In all three of those scents, I find myself wondering how any person ever came up with the idea for the scent in the first place. This scent, while a lovely creation and possibly the best at what it does, just isn't that singular to me. That said, it's a heck of a lot more accessible and incredibly wearable in an every day sort of way when compared to L'Air du desert marocain or Une rose chypree and for that reason might make the best of the Tauer Perfumes to gift to someone you aren't sure will enjoy it. It's a great scent; it's the sort of singular scent I've come to expect from Tauer, but I do think that there are very few people who can do scents as well Andy Tauer. To paraphrase Mike Myers in So I Married an Axe Murderer, "I think you're great, Andy Tauer. Everything you do is art."

And that's the truth.

You can buy direct from the perfumer or from Luckyscent in 50ml for $100, as well as a sample. It's worth every penny.

"I had to listen; I had no choice.
I did not believe the information.

I just had to trust imagination.
My heart going 'boom boom boom.'
'Son,' he said, 'Grab your things,
I've come to take you home.'
- "Solsbury Hill," Peter Gabriel (You can see a video of the song being performed here)

Want more reviews? Try...
~ a review from Perfume-Smellin' Things
~ a review from Perfume Shrine
~ a review from Legerdenez
~ a review from The Non-Blonde
~ a review from Savvy Thinker


ScentScelf said...

Well, duh.

That's directed at me, that "duh." For I have loved Reverie au Jardin from the first moment I smelled it, which was WAY early in my perfume journey. I didn't was lavender, alright, but *something* was going on, something challenging, but neato keano...I was happy to roll with it. And as my sensibilities evolved, it kept right up with me.

Galbanum. Bingo. A consistent favorite with me. Appears in so many of my "not easy but love 'em" scents. Did I miss seeing this in a notes list before? Did I not remember, because when I first came across this, I wouldn't have understood anything but the lavender? I don't know. But you just turned the switch on a big light bulb, missy.

Thanks for that. And I'd agree with your evaluation. Except that I might call it artful in the way simplicity, artfully done, can be. Not simplistic; but...pared down. Sort of...'cause this one is not one note...more like a vibe?

Good heavens. Now I'm yammering on your *reviews*, for goodness sake. Nice review.

Diana said...

Pared down is an excellent way to describe this one, I think. It's not simple. It is a complex combination of smells that seem to roll into one another in a delightful way. And I do think the man does everything he does in the best way possible, really. It is a...vibe. More a concept than a string of notes.
It's really beautiful. I do like it. I'd love to own a bottle of it. But I just don't necessarily see it as the kind of scent I'd see in a scent museum.

And thank you for the commentary. I always appreciate it.

Adele said...

Hi, sorry to leave a rather irrelevant comment, but I'm a Fine Art student at college and was just wondering where you got that picture of the painting of rotten fruit? It'd be even better if you knew the artist's name, if not don't worry! Thanks :)