I’ve changed my mind – if I’m reincarnated, I don’t want to come back as my dog, who spends an hour a day eating things he isn’t supposed to and the other 23 asleep. Instead, want to come back as Andy Tauer, who’s funny and thoughtful and who – whenever I pester him with a scented question via email – responds from yet another travel spot in Europe. The impetus for last week’s email was the arrival of an unexpected, rain-damp package containing samples of … Tauer Perfumes’ new scent, Zeta!
Here is a list of notes, compiled from his info sheet – lemon, bergamot, a sweet orange note, ylang, orange blossom absolute, steam distilled neroli, linden blossom, honey, rose (this may be a honey-sweet rose), orris, Mysore sandalwood, vanilla.
Zeta is “a linden blossom theme” – illustrated by a haiku:
Linden shade in June—
Sweet rose petals and the light
Zeta’s part of Andy’s new Collectibles series: “low volume perfumery without any compromise, limited by the availability of raw materials that may change from year to year.” Andy emailed me about the raw materials and cost – apparently the natural materials in Zeta are both pricey, regarding the materials I’m going to quote him:
You know, March, this is difficult to communicate as many perfume loving friends never had the chance to smell real Neroli, real linden blossom extract, real vanilla CO2 extract (although this they might know from the vanilla pods). They never had chance to smell real Sandalwood from Mysore and what happens when you bring the Sandalum alba and the double distilled Sandalwood from Australia, Sandalum spicatum, together…
It’s very soft and diffuse – it’s not the huge incense, rose, orris, etc. of some of the line. Also, it seems to be minus that amber-y Tauer-ade base that frequently turns up. It’s perfect for our April showers – a quirky floral done by/for someone who’s not interested in smelling like a strawberry, a kiwi, a drunken cherry, or some nice fresh laundry musk. There’s quite a bit of citrus at the top, and the neroli… okay, that part feels like Andy.
The linden’s lovely. I may as well confess here that I’ve never smelled an actual linden tree in bloom, and my idea of what linden smells like is based on linden scents like d’Orsay Tilleul, Provence Sante Tilleul (the French word for linden blossom), I think Pre de Provence made a linden scent too? Anyhow, to me, linden is the crossroads of hay, lemon, beeswax and honeysuckle. It’s there in abundance in Zeta. The sandalwood’s relatively subtle, giving the scent more dimension and a woody-sandpaper-velvet texture in the base, rather than beating me over the head. It is less tenacious than some Tauers (Marocain, anyone?) but still lasts all day.
I have three sample sprays of this, courtesy of Andy, to give away, please leave a comment naming your favorite Tauer (if you have one) to be in the draw, just because I’m curious; all comments are in the draw; winners chosen at random. Comments are closed; I’ll announce winners next week.
Never tried any Tauers? I love his discovery set – that little metal case is cute as a bug’s ear, as my Oklahoma-born daddy says…