Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Lonestar Revisited


One of the first steps in becoming a perfumista is learning a simple rule: "Wear what you love and ignore the label", and it applies to both men and women. Still, just like I have yet to meet the man who'd want to wear Fracas, there are a couple of ultra masculine fragrances that tend to scare the ladies away. Yatagan by Caron is one of those, waving its sword and stinking up a perfect storm. Lonestar Memories from Tauer Perfumes is another, with its cowboy, prairie and campfire imagery.

The Blond has been wearing Lonestar for months now, to my great delight (his review is here). And here's my dirty little secret: I wear it, too. And on hot summer days, no less.

It's all about skin chemistry. On him, the smoky and leathery notes are dominant, with the Lapsang Suchon aroma that lingers throughout its wear and very masculine air. On me, the smoke is faint and vanishes within minutes, taking with it the old, distressed leather saddle. What's left is very surprising: A collection of dry and clean incense notes, from mildly floral to seductive but gentle woods, something resinous (must be the cistus) and an unexpected minty aroma.

The other unconventional aspect is the fact that all of the perfumes from Andy Tauer's line, save for the beautiful and airy Reverie, are considered to be cold weather fragrances. Leather, incense, smoke and dry woods aren't exactly what you'd expect to find in a summery scent. However, I find the clean and dry notes to be very wearable on a hot day. So much so, that I actually crave it. It's oddly satisfying and refreshing, though I'd probably not take my chances with it when it's not only hot but also humid and hazy. Even I have to draw the line somewhere.

Image: Lonestar Lust by Caleb Luke Lin

3 comments:

  1. Once the initial blast exits, I'm left with a heart-breaking sweetness and softness...

    It's so beautiful, it makes me want to cry.

    The Blond must smell awfully fetching in it [that lovely Taurus man of yours !]...

    Kisses to you both !

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  2. That's funny, I wrote a post on summer scents today and recommended Lonestar Memories! I have a little on my arm right now and the tar note (dominant on me, but a sweetened tar) feels very summery to me. I definitely think it's a summer perfume - shivering cowboys in a snowstorm doesn't seem right - and I think the hot and dry L'air du desert is great for summer too.

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