Beauty Without Fuss

Sunday 24 July 2011

Project Perfume - Andy Tauer Pentachords

I always think of Tauer perfumes as lush and somewhat baroque creations, so discovering that his latest collection - available in the UK from October - is an exercise in minimalism was fascinating.  Each of the three initial fragrances in the series, which are named White, Auburn and Verdant, is made of 5 notes, and each of those notes is created from a single (synthetic) molecule.

Very interesting.  I spoke to Andy last year and I know he's actually an advocate of using (some) synthetics in perfumes, in that they allow a stability in ingredient quality.  Quality in natural botanical essences can be variable, and supplementing with the occasional synthetic can be a boon to a perfumer. 

The scents are described as follows:
White: violet blossom, orris root, bourbon vanilla, amber gris, warm wood
Auburn: citrus blossom, warm cinnamon, fruity tobacco, dry amber, creamy sandalwood
Verdant: dewy leaves, suave leather, brown tobacco, sweet earth, vibrant amber

These are a massive departure for Andy, and after having an initial play with the samples I was sent recently by the ever-wonderful Ronny at Scent and Sensibility ( who have long been my favourite UK-based perfume supplier) I'm intrigued and fascinated by the fragrances.  So much so that I'd like to write a joint review of the perfumes with one of my readers, I think they'll benefit from a set of opinions, rather than just my thoughts on this occasion.

I have a second set of samples here, and I'm going to send them to one of my readers in exchange for a review I can post here on Get Lippie.  If you're willing to trial and test, then write about the scents, please either leave a comment on this post explaining why you're the best person for the job, or alternatively, send an email to doing the same.  I'll pick a writing partner next Sunday, 31st July.

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  1. Why would I be the best person for the job?

    Well, I have started my own blog recently and I enjoy writing about all of this perfume malarky. I've also been co-writing for Fragrant Reviews over the last year so I do have lots of experience.

    Oh, and if I don't get to try White soon I may throw a bit of a tantrum :P

  2. I'm pretty sure my scent reviews would consist of, 'Yeah, this smells...uh...well good. Well, you can't smell it. But it's lush. Smells like flowers. And fruit. Fruity flowers.'

    So I'll pass :P I'll retweet though.

  3. I was all for volunteering myself until I went to the blog of the first commenter. I love his writing! Can I use my vote on him?

    xoxox Bunny

  4. Why would I be the best person for the job?

    Because I'm a writer before I'm nearly anything else. Because I have my own perfume blog, and July 31st marks its first anniversary, so how could that possibly be a bad omen?

    Because perfume forces my purple prose to hitherto unknown heights and flexes my writing muscle to achieve what I never thought I could - all to describe the ephemeral, non-verbal, ethereal art of - perfume.

    Because I think Andy Tauer is a genius! Because I've only reviewed one of his perfumes, and that is a crime against perfumanity!

    Because I think the consequences might be fatal if I don't! ;) And maybe, just maybe...

    Because I think I can! ;)

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  6. Hmmm stiff competition already I see.
    Well I don't have a perfume blog or an expert nose but I do always see a holiday as an excuse to 'sniff things' in Duty Free.
    I always have a list of perfumes I have heard about and want to try and find it very difficult to leave without something. Even the odd mistake.
    I pick the perfume I wear each day by my mood so although I have favourites I don't have a signature scent.
    I am just an ordinary girl who loves perfume :)


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