Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tauer Perfumes- Une Rose Chypree (and a giveaway)


Today's article about the woes of the perfume industry from the NY Times, The Hunt for That Genie in a Bottle, was very aptly timed, as far as I'm concerned. The big companies and industry leaders are busy soul-searching and naval-gazing, trying to understand where they went wrong (most of us actually have an answer or two, including what they can do with some of their bottled dreck). While they ponder how to win back our hearts, the independent perfumers have been doing things right for a while now.

Quoted in the article, Veronique Gabai-Pinsky, president of Aramis and the Designer Fragrance division of Estée Lauder, said: “We have to make sure what we bring to market is meaningful and relevant”. Ms. Gabai-Pinsky is right, of course, and I highly recommend that she gets herself a sample (or two or three) of Andy Tauer's work, especially his new perfume, Un Rose Chyprée, because this is exactly the kind of emotional, meaningful and luxurious fragrance so sorely missed on the shelves of mainstream stores.

Part of a new series, Mémorables, and a new concept: smaller bottles of the highest quality juice, Un Rose Chyprée is uncompromising in its intention to capture your heart and take you someplace wonderful. It's a real perfume and doesn't try to pretend otherwise. It will make you smell like you know what you're doing, the way perfumes of yore used to be.

Andy Tauer has taken one of the classic structures, the chypre (an accord built on a base of oakmoss and labdanum and topped with bergamot), and gave it a new life. Chypre lovers will be thrilled to find their old, elegant acquaintance here. But it's also a modern perfume that feels very much alive, young without being juvenile, and hopelessly romantic.

If you've smelled Tauer's Incense Rose, you're already familiar with the uplifting, radiant clementine note. Here it's the perfect accompaniment to the roses, making them appealing even to someone who rarely wears rose well (that would be me, though I've never met a Tauer rose I didn't like). Technically speaking, Une Rose Chypree is an elaborate study of rose: The absolute and the steam distilled essential oil. A 15 ml Rose chyprée bottle contains one pound of fresh rose petals. Emotionally speaking, this roses are full of beauty and longing.

An interesting aspect of Une Rose Chypree is how while the perfume opens up and develops on skin, both the juicy citrus and the opulent rose are constantly present. From the spicy heart to the distinct Tauerade base, the metaphoric brushstrokes in a rich but slightly sheer orange color, are always there.

Another wonderful trait of the perfume is its strength and tenacity. One spray scents me for the day (or evening. It's a wonderful date night fragrance). When I wear it, it's big and feminine. A tiny half a spray on my husband's skin is just as beautiful, only quiet and withdrawn, with a more pronounced oakmoss note. In both cases, it has that feeling of a real luxury item, handmade by an artist who knows and loves his craft and respects his customers. It simply doesn't get any better than this.

And now for the giveaway:Thanks to Andy's generosity, I have two samples to give away. If you're interested, please say so in the comments. The one and only condition is that you haven't won a sample of this very perfume through any of the other blogs that offered it. The winners will be announced by the end of next week.

Une Rose Chypree($75 for 15 ml) will be available July 1st from Luckyscent.com (Scent Bar in L.A.). They currently accept pre-orders for bottles and samples. If you live in Europe you might want to order directly from tauerperfumes.com or check the site for distribution in your country. The samples and bottle I received were a gift from Andy.
Art: Rose Closeup by Declan McCullagh

52 comments:

  1. Thanks, Gaia, for the opportunity to enter the draw. Not having a US address has excluded me from the other blogs offering this, so I really appreciate your global view! I am quite intrigued by this scent and can't wait to smell it (sooner or later).

    Mary

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  2. I love giveaways. And I love oak moss. Count me in!

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  3. I have a sample of this so I won't throw my hat in the ring, but it's a great scent. Really great. Like up there with Mitsouko great.

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  4. And as an answer to something the article brings up about young people and scents, the biggest hit in decades of gift giving to my teenage godchild was a bottle of Bandit.

    Just because they are growing up in the era of Eau de Eau doesn't mean they can't get the real stuff.

    So, should I give her Fracas this year?

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  5. great review! count me in, please :)

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  6. I would love to try this perfume! Thanks :)

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  7. This sounds wonderful! Please enter me in the draw.
    (I'm another non-US person, though, I hope that's ok...)

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  8. Hi Gaia, would love to sample Andy's latest. I've been reading so much about it on the blogs that I can't wait to try it! Thanks to you and Andy for the offer.

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  9. I've meant to order a sample since this appeared. Would love to try it.

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  10. I would love to try this perfume. :) thanks so much.

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  11. Please consider me, I'm dying to try this one! I love rose scents in general and most of Andy's scents in particular and can't wait for this one to become available.

    Calypso

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  12. I've been lusting after this for a while. Please aff me to the list.

    Sarah Elizabeth

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  13. Count me in! I've never even smelled a Tauer perfume, but would LOVE to! :)

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  14. Please enter me in the drawing--I feel like I'm one of the few people who has NOT won some of this!

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  15. Thanks for the opportunity, Gaia, for two lucky people to get a free sample of another Andy Tauer olfactory wonder. He really does know how to create magic. Please add me to the drawing. Thanks again for being so on top of things.

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  16. This was a lovely review of a perfume that I've heard so much about. Can you please enter me in the giveaway.

    Janell

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  17. I love your blog. Please count me in for the sample giveaway.

    Liz
    Austin, TX

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  18. Please enter me in the drawing. What an excellent post!

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  19. oooh- i'm dying to try this! sounds so lovely. please enter me in your contest. ;)

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  20. please enter me for the giveaway. i'm a rose person and this sounds very mysterious and interesting . thanks for the opportunity and also to andy for this giveaway . sharon mason

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  21. Please enter me in the drawing, thanks!

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  22. He produces one of my favorite scents, Reverie au jardin. I'd love to be in your drawing, especially in light of your review.

    Mavourneen

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  23. I'm so curious about this scent now... I would love to win a sample!
    (also a non-US reader)

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  24. great review :) i never found a rose perfuem that would sit well on me, but i keep searching

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  25. Thank you for the giveaway...Please enter me!!!

    VanessasSecret4 at aol dot com

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  26. Wonderful review!

    Don't enter me, as I just tried it today - all I want to say is: OMG it is fabulous! I cannot unglue my nose from my arm.... :-D

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  27. Oh your post is making me want to smell this. I love Incense Rose and would love to try the Chypree.
    Thanks for your generosity.
    Michelle

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  28. Thanks for your review of Un Rose Chypree, I'd really like to smell it; not many roses work well for me but this one sounds just right.

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  29. Oh please, oh please pick me !! I have become a rose fan because of FM's Une Rose and Andy's Incense Rose. I missed out on other give aways, but hope this time I will be the lucky one. Take pity on me, and help me to continue to improve the air around me in our home state!! fingers crossed, and good vibes from a fellow Jersey Girl

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  30. I'd love to try this - anything Andy produces is going to be interesting.

    Thank you for doing this, Gaia.

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  31. I'd love to enter your giveaway. Thanks

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  32. I would love to be able to try this. Please enter me in this giveaway.

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  33. Oh my! Chypre parfums are my very favorite style...please enter me in the draw and thanks!
    Chris G

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  34. I love the sounds of this intriquing creation! Please include me in the drawing.

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  35. Ooh! I'd love this! I'm somewhat new to niche perfume and would love to try a Tauer scent-- thus far, my favorite houses are PdN and Hermes

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  36. Can I please be included for the giveaway? :) It would be lovely to wear this scent.
    Thank you.

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  37. That sounds beautiful. I'd love to try it.

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  38. I wonder if its too late for me to enter? I'd love to try this, roses are an old favorite of mine. Good luck to everyone, though, as it seems we're all salivating over it! :D

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  39. Incense Rose is lovely. Please enter me in the draw.

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  40. Great Post. I would love to try rhis perfume.
    Thank you Gaia
    Maria M

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  41. From your description, it sounds divine. I'll try my luck in the giveaway thanks so much for this.

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  42. Hi! I would love a sample, I have never smelled this one. I love his L'air du Desert, so I'm sure he does chypre wonderfully.
    fountaingirl (at) gmail (dot) com

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  43. Please enter me in the draw, too. I have sampled almost all other Tauer fragrances (all except Orris) and my favourite is his Lonestar Memories and Incense Rose - of which I have a full bottle. I'd be so happy to sample Un Rose Chypree.
    Thanks!

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  44. maitreyi1978@yahoo.comJune 14, 2009 8:48 PM

    I really want to try this.

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  45. please count me in, gaia! i am really excited about this scent.

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  46. o thank you for this giveaway. i would soo love to have this perfume. it was be my first! i never had a perfume before, only sprays.

    sorry i picked the anoymous because i don't have a google account.

    my name is Mina and my email is m_park25@msn.com

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  47. kathemc(at)gmail(dot)comJune 15, 2009 10:40 PM

    Wow, would love to win!

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  48. I'm a little late, but please enter me as well!

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  49. I've been dying to try this one...please enter my name--or rather my pseudonym--in the draw!

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  50. I would love to sample this perfume. I love Andy's work!

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  51. I'm not someone who gets lost on the computer, but I've been reading your stuff on scents for two hours now and I feel like I've found a tribe I belong with or something. I stumbled here while I was looking for Givenchy's Indecence because neither my mother or I can find any on the shelves. Is it an awful taboo to where what your mother does? Did Freud write about this? But I don't want Indecence for summer anymore. I rode my bike today and remembered wearing tea rose oil when I was 13. Then I wore Anais Anais for summer, and vanilla out of the spice rack during my teenage winters after reading Jitterbug Perfume. I want to try the Taure Perfumes and start a new era for myself. Have you read the chapter on modern perfumeries in the book 'Delux: How luxury lost its' lustre'?

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