Tauer Perfumes Sotto La Luna Gardenia ~ perfume review

Tauer Perfumes Sotta La Luna Gardenia, label

There are a few flowers that should arguably never appear in the name of a perfume. Jasmine doesn’t matter so much — you can call a fragrance Jasmin de Nuit or Jasminora or Ikat Jasmine or whatever and it’s no big deal if it’s something other than a realistic jasmine soliflore — after all, there are plenty of realistic jasmine soliflores already. If you’re developing a new jasmine fragrance, going for interesting over realistic might be the better approach.

Magnolia is more problematic. The smell, in nature, is incredible, yet really lovely (and realistic) magnolia soliflores are as hard to find as leprechauns. Some perfumistas will automatically resent a fragrance called Magnolia-something-or-another that doesn’t, in fact, smell much like magnolias. Gardenia, ditto. The first thing a perfumista wants to know is: does it really smell like gardenia? And if the answer is yes, the next question is: for how long? Gardenia perfumes that smell like real gardenia for more than say, 10 or 15 minutes, are rare indeed…

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Up for grabs: Tauer Perfumes Rose Flash

Tauer Perfumes Rose Flash

What is it: a 10 ml Extrait de Parfum roll-on of Tauer Perfumes Rose Flash. I rolled some onto a blotter so I could smell it, but it is otherwise unused.

How do I get it: For a chance to win, leave a comment on the website telling me either a) your favorite fragrance from Tauer Perfumes, or b) your favorite rose fragrance or c) something else you’ve been dying to post in a comment.

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I am very privileged

Because... I sometimes feel very lonely the way I do things. And because I feel that my kind is dying out. I am almost 100% vertically integrated, which means I produce, I pack, I ship, I send emails, I communicate, I pay the bills. Another reason why I sometimes feel like a fossil: the way I compose. When I follow some 'industry insider' talk that trickles down to Facebook, and I learn about the frightening details of some perfumes being created with a pressure on price that makes it virtually impossible to create something outstanding, I often find myself baffled. [...] Finally, let me say this straight: I admire deeply - very deeply - every perfumer who manages to emerge from a '$75 per kilo' brief and create something nice-smelling. I am very privileged.

— Andy Tauer of Tauer Perfumes, explaining why he feels like a fossil, in part 2 of a 3 part interview with Persolaise (here's part 1 and part 3).