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Nose-to-nose: Sniffing out news with Esther

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New in niche

Andy Tauer is one of niche perfumery’s darlings, a self-taught perfumer whose popularity was fuelled both by his own use of the internet (his popular blog is a daily stop for many fans) and by the rave reviews his perfumes garnered on the blogs of others. When I started sniffing perfumes seriously a couple of years ago, his perfumes were unlike anything else I’d ever caught a whiff of, intense and with longevity that seemed to last for days. So it’s no surprise that a new scent from Tauer is likely to catch my eye: this spring he’s adding an aldehyde-based frag to his Classics line. Called Noontide Petals, the scent will feature aldehydes, bergamot, bourbon geranium (that sounds yummy!), rose, ylang, tuberose, jasmine, patchouli, vanilla, sandalwood, frankincense, iris, styrax and vetiver. You can read about the perfume’s development in Tauer’s blog posts tagged “Noontide Petals” here. And check out Elena’s review of the fragrance on Perfume Shrine

Interested in Tauer’s perfumes? Gwen and Kay have a number of them on offer. 

Vintage appeal

Speaking of Andy Tauer, he is also the nose behind the vintage-inspired fragrance Miriam, a perfume created in conjunction with the film episodes of Woman’s Picture. The fragrance, available on Luckyscent, is one of a recent handful of “modern” releases with vintage influences. MDCI’s Chypre Palatin has been described as having vintage-style lushness, Nasamotto’s Pardon is said to have been inspired by 19th-century dandies, and M. Micallef’s Royal Vintage is an ode to timeless masculine sophistication. I guess everything old is new again…

Gwen and Kay have Chypre Palatin on offer, if you’d care to sample its vintage charms!

Deals, deals, deals

Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez give it 4 stars and describe it as having a gin and tonic opening and a rum and coke chaser. If you’re looking for a boozy bargain, check out Ralph Lauren’s Notorious. It’s a steal at online discounters such as Fragrancenet.com for around $30 for 1.7 ounces of the edp.

Nosing around

Interested in hearing from Andy Tauer himself? Check out this video in which he discusses Loretta, another release in the Tableau de Parfums series. 

Makes me want to try it

I’m a chypre fan, so when I read Victoria’s review of Jean-Louis Scherrer Original, I knew I’d want to hunt it down. Check out her post here where she discusses both the vintage and current incarnations of the scent. And yes, another lemming is born!

Just because

Usually this is the spot for something non-perfume-related, but this week, I want to mention again (because Gwen and Kay already gave it a nod last week) the interview on CBC Radio’s The Current with Denyse Beaulieu, author of The Perfume Lover, the website Graindemusc.blogspot.com, and the inspiration behind L’Artisan’s Seville a L’Aube. It’s well worth a listen, as Denyse talks EU regulations, perfume history and much more. Oh, and it opens with a sniffing party scene where you’ll hear Kay and Gwen! Check out Denyse’s post about it, with a link to the radio clip itself. 

Interested in sampling Seville a L’Aube? It’s amaaaaazing! And Gwen and Kay have it on offer.