Almost countdown. A bit over a week till move. I don’t think the electricians remembered to put in the thermostats … I mailed the builder about this. Fingers crossed.
(Just to say straight off, apologies for the cheesy pics today. I lack picture search motivation.)
We are well and truly in autumn now: colder, wetter, darker, gales-ier. When it is sunny you can sense the applause from everyone everywhere. When it’s not, people huddle up into themselves and hurry from X to Y. Dogs don’t seem much bothered except the little and very skinny ones, who all seems to have coats.
One lovely thing about this time of year is that the village smells of woodsmoke – varieties of woodsmoke. This ranges from people burning stuff they’ve cleared out of a garden or field to whatever is being burned in fireplaces and wood stoves…
… which can range in smell from simply a woody burning scent through nutty and fruity to lush and brandy-tinged. Really really lovely — all of it.
Woodsmoke is a favourite smell, along with creosote, the wood preservative (yes, really – think it might be associated with good memories of hiking in New England during teenager-hood and the smell of the wooden shelters we stayed in which were treated to keep critters from munching on them).
To my mind, no one does woodsmoke and wood preservative smell better than Andy Tauer of Tauer Perfumes.
Two of his earliest releases, L’Air du Desert Marocain and Lonestar Memories are perfection within this perfume genre.
I remember smelling L’Air for the first time maybe 14 years ago (from a sample I bought from the Tauer website) and just being in that nose-to-wrist zone for a long time. Weird, beautiful, rugged, refined – a glory of contradictions in a bottle.
Lonestar is more appreciation from afar. I adore it in the bottle and on other people. It’s good on me if I layer it with a floral of some sort. Straight up, it’s too much.
Notes lists for both. L’Air: coriander, cumin, rock rose, jasmine, cedar, vetiver and ambergris. Lonestar: geranium, carrot seed, clary sage, leather, cistus, jasmine, myrrh, vetiver, sandalwood and tonka bean.
To my nose, L’Air leans more resinous, and sweet in the drydown; Lonestar more heavy smoke and birch tar. They are numbers 2 and 3 of the Tauer releases, from 2005 and 2006, respectively.
One of the things I am very much looking forward to unpacking once back in the house is a Tauer L’Air candle, which I bought last Christmas time. I went on a candle binge last winter.
It is slightly different from the perfume, but close enough to be instantly recognisable. And it is sooo perfect on a cold, dark night. It will definitely be used … once I find it. And it’s likely to come out a lot during the holidays.
So, what are your feelings about woodsmoke? Are you a Tauer lover and if yes which ones?