Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tauer Perfumes- Noontide Petals (and sample giveaway)


As hard to believe as it is from looking at the piles of snow outside, tomorrow is the first day of spring. There  are daffodil  stems trying to emerge underneath the icy layers and probably also hyacinths, if the squirrels haven't dug them all up. Tonight I'm ignoring the forecast for more snow on Thursday and focus on all that's light and bright. Like Noontide Petals by Tauer Perfumes.

A new Tauer perfume is a major event in our fragrant community. In Noontide Petals perfumer Andy Tauer has created a link between his nostalgic Tableau de Parfums series and the main Tauer Perfumes line. The reference point is the very early part of the 20th century, more particularly the Roaring 20s. Art Deco aesthetics in visual arts, architecture, and of course-- in perfumery. The 1920s brought us some of the most beautiful and famous perfume classics (Chanel No.5, anyone?), many of them owing their unique formulas to the use of aldehydes that make them sparkle and shine. In his press release for Noontide Petals, Andy Tauer speaks of "turning on the light in a dim room". I'll go a step further and say that the uplifting effect goes beyond the room: it's our mood and spirit that are getting elevated as winter malaise is chased away.



 Both Loretta and especially Miriam saw a generous use of aldehydes that infuse the flower absolutes. Noontide Petals takes another step in this direction as it greets us with a big bouquet- first large yellow and red blossoms, then the light filters in brighter and stronger. All of a sudden you find yourself surrounded with lush and heady white flowers that are pure sensuality. They sweep you of your feet.

The dry-down is all luxury and glam.  It's darker and heavier than you would guess from the exuberant opening that rushes at you. There's sweetness that keeps the fantasy aspect of Noontide Petals while precious woods ground it and lend the fragrance an incredible elegance out of a fashionable 1920s salon. You can picture yourself going out on a Paris adventure the kind Owen Wilson's character had in Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris. You're already wearing the right perfume for it.



Notes: bergamot, aldehydes, geranium, rose, ylang-ylang, tuberose, jasmine, patchouli, frankincense, vanilla, sandalwood, iris, styrax, vetiver.

Don't miss Elena's review of Noontide Petals on Perfume Shrine.

Now for the sweepstakes: I have three extra samples to give away. You need to: a) be a US resident, and b) tell us what's your favorite floral perfume. Do leave a name (you don't need to have an account or list an email address, but a way to easily identify you will make my life slightly easier).

This review was based on an advanced sample Andy Tauer was kind enough to send. Noontide Petals will launch in the US in the second half of April, and will be available in some parts of Europe in late May. Price will be around $125 $US or 95 Euro for 50 ml  EDT.

Artwork:
Erte- Printemps
Tamara de Lempicka- High Summer, 1928
Erte- Coquette

59 comments:

  1. I don't have a favorite floral yet but as of late the frangipani and cherry notes of Kenzo Amour have been a favorite :)

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  2. My favorite floral perfume is Tauer's Le Maroc pour Elle my name is Chase and my email is chasefairfax@gmail.com thank you!

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  3. I love my rose fragrances. The best dominant rose fragrance I would say is Le Labo Baie Rose 26. Thank you and Mr. Tauer for the giveaway. Sounds lovely.

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  4. Favorite floral currently is Chanel Beige. Feels so grown up and lady like.

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  5. Please enter me in the draw. No perfumista can choose just one (at least without conditional clauses: "In the month of March," "If I am wearing lavender") My current favorite florals are Christian Dior's Grand Bal and YSL Paris.
    --April

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  6. My favorite floral would have to be Nicolai's Odalisque, a wonderful lily of the valley with a touch of dirtiness. I'm so looking forward to Noontide Petals. I love what Andy does with aldehydes. Miriam was a gem.

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  7. my favorite floral fragrance is ungaro pour homme..though it doesnt qualify as a strictly floral fragrance but its still a masculine rose..i am based in US

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  8. This sounds so gorgeous and tempting! I loved Miriam and its nod to classic perfumes, and if this one leans that way, that makes me happy. Florals are usually not my favorite perfume genre, since I gravitate to woods, spices and incense, but this time of year I do enjoy spritzing Chamade. Thanks for the draw opportunity! (And I do live in the US.)

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  9. I LOVE floral aldehydes and floral greens. They are always on my top priority list and this makes it so difficult to pick just one! If I were forced to do this hard choice out of my most favorites: Chamade, Deneuve and Chanel No 19 (vintage of course), I think Chamade would be the winner.
    Yulia

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  10. Current floral obsession is Annick Goutal, Le Jasmine, but this sounds delicious. Thanks for providing the info..and possibly a sample! Hurray!

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  11. This sounds wonderful. I could use a pick me up! Thank you!

    Civet

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  12. Good Morning and thanks for the draw....I am a big Andy fan and hope to try this one as soon as possible. I love most florals, especially rose and jasmine. Among my faves are Lutens A la Nuit and Malle's Une Rose.

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  13. Fave floral?? TOOOOO many to think clearly!! Andy`s Homages, Chloe original, Goutal, Caron...:-) Thank you for your NICE blog - & the contest!!

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  14. I love aldehydes, I love Tauer... I have high hopes for this one! I have more beloved floral perfumes than I can count, but my favorite is Chanel No. 22. Thanks for the giveaway!

    - kscott

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  15. Thanks for the draw!
    My favorite floral perfume is Attar de Roses by Keiko Mecheri.

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  16. I Iove me a new Tauer launch.
    I still swoon over Mythique by PdR and Annick Goutal Passion is lovely.

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  17. There is nothing like a draw for a fabulous sounding perfume to bring us lurkers out of the woodwork! I totally missed the perfumes with women's names he did to celebrate different movies, right? They all sound great to me, including this one, as I have been appreciating florals for the last year or so, but have always loved Vega......not sure if it is in more in the aldehedic vein than a floral..........I particularly like Bruno Acampora's Blu and Aftlier's Parfum Prive............I will be in the US in a couple of weeks so I can qualify for the draw AND be the first commenter due to the time dif! Thanks!

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  18. I do live in the US. My favorite floral... a tricky one for me. My wife likes all kinds of florals, from Chelsea Flowers to Rose Chypree. But for myself it's a little harder; does Iris Bleu Gris count as a floral? I like dark roses too, such as Black Aoud and the Ormond Jayne Ta'if Rose (the latter is still on my wish list for a FB).

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  19. What a lovely opportunity, thank you.
    The dry down sounds wonderful after such a
    sparkling, lush opening.
    I love the Bal A Versailles bomb.

    Cheryl

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  20. I am a US resident. It's difficult to pick a favorite floral. My SOTD is Purdistance I which is beauitful, but if I had to pick one big white flower floral I'd select Michael by Michael Kors. SL's Un Lys would be be second. I am very eager to try Noontide Petals, while reading your review I was imaginng several scenes from Midnight in Paris (even before I read the end of the review)!!!

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  21. I'm dying to try Andy's Noontide Petals! My favorite floral fragrance (currently) is Ralph Lauren Safari (I also love Floris Edwardian Bouquet). I live in the US, and call me Queen Cupcake. Thanks for the nice draw!

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  22. Would love to try the new Tauer. I'm not usually a classic floral kind of girl but I like Chanel No 5 Eau Premiere.
    --Heather

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  23. Right now, my favorite floral is Jour d'Hermes. It feels especially bright and sunny after winter.

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  24. You are making this sound deliriously good! I'm looking forward to trying this, as I'm a big fan of Andy's work. In fact, I think my very favorite floral is Zeta.

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  25. I'm so happy that Andy has a new scent! Thanks for the chance to try it. :)
    My favorite florals are from SSS- Voile de Violette, Velvet Roses, Rose Musc.
    I'm on a real rose kick after my patchouli fest this winter.

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  26. Excited to hear about this one and I do live in the U.S. Favorite floral fragrances include Silences, Jessica McClintock, Chamade, and many in the sample set from SSS. Thanks, Tamara, for the reminder. I have a new appreciation for rose scents. Thanks!

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  27. Thanks for the draw! My favorite floral is Gardenia Passion by AG!

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  28. Forced to choose and rank and break my own tie - the first runner-up is FM's "Lys Mediterranee" but the winner (by a nostril) is Parfums DelRae "Amoureuse," which surprises even me b/c it's more feminine than I'm generally comfortable with. Still, it's intoxicating.

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  29. My favorite florals for spring are Monyette and Kai.

    Tara

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  30. Chanel No 22 is my fave! Aldehydes are my friend. :)

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  31. I am excited to hear that Andy Tauer has a new fragrance. Lately, I can't get enough of Le Parfum de Therese and Rubj. -Jenna

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  32. I'm a US resident, and I *think* it qualifies as a floral, though it's slightly patch heavy, but I adore Maison Francis Kurkdjian's Lumiere Noire Pour Femme.

    Fun!

    -Squirrely

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  33. I am in the US
    My favorite floral perfume is Frangipani by OJ. It is my golden lover and I often come back to it in the Spring and it just makes me happy. I think Grand Bal would be in close second place

    -wefadetogray-

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  34. Loving right now Jo Malone Red Roses, Serge Lutens Un Lys and L''Artisan La Haie Fleurie. Thanks for your blog,
    Moke Hill Melinda

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  35. I'm in california, my favorite floral is Ubar.
    -Dzingly-

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  36. I love Puredistance Opardu! Thanks for the chance!

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  37. i love aldhehydes, and this sounds lovely, so i'd love to try it. thanks for doing the drawing!

    cheers!
    minette

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  38. I am a US resident, and my favorite floral perfume is Caron's Aimez-Moi.
    ~ Fleurdelys

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  39. My favorite floral is Chanel 22. My second favorite is also Chanel 22. In fact, it's pretty much my answer for any 'favorite floral' question. I would love to have another favorite floral, and I have high hopes for Noontide Petals! And I live in the US.

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  40. I'm so happy that Andy Tauer has a new release. He's an amazing perfumer! My favorite florals are white ones and among those I'd say it's a three-way split: Carnal Flower; Beyond Love; and Tubereuse Criminelle. I kind of like tuberose, I guess....

    -- Cristine

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  41. I love many florals, but Guy Laroche's Fidji has always had a special place in my heart. I live in the US, and am really looking forward to this new perfume of Andy's. Thanks for the draw.
    FearsMice

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  42. just realized i didn't answer b.) my favorite floral perfume. let's just say farouche by nina ricci. i love so many florals it's difficult to pick just one. farouche has everything i love in a perfume.

    cheers,
    minette

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  43. My all-time favorite is Fracas--though I haven't worn it for quite a while.

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  44. I would never wear it, but I have to say Fracas as well..

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  45. My favorite floral is Jo Malone Orange Blossom

    Cynthia.Richardson@azbar.org

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  46. Hi. Thanks for the draw!
    My favorite florals right now are L'Artisan La Chasse Aux Papillons and Chanel 31 Rue Cambon. I am also loving Marni right now, but I am not sure it qualifies as a floral.

    Nicole

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  47. My favorite floral is Osmanthe Yunnan.

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  48. I've been wearing Jo Malone rose for a week now. And I'd love to win this sample! ellen dot byrne at me dot com

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  49. I'm always excited to try a new Tauer scent. I still haven't found my HG floral but I do really like Chantecaille Frangipane. Thanks for the draw.
    Sujaan

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  50. I have way too many favorite florals! If I must choose, I guess it would have to be Joy (rather than AG Rose Absolue because it can be categorized a soliflore). The laundry list of follow-ups would begin at Apres l'Ondee, Chanel 22, Chants d'Aromes, and go on, and on, and on...
    I live in the US, and would love a chance to try this!

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  51. Hi.....my favorite floral is Ramon Monegal Impossible Iris. It's irresistible! I live in the US.
    Karen from Seattle

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  52. Hi...favorite floral...difficult, and often changing...right now, perhaps Tubereuse Criminelle. I live in the US, and would be so happy to try this! Thank you for the draw!

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  53. I am still looking for my favorite floral -- ones I like a lot are Serge Lutens Fleur d'Oranger and Tubereuse Criminelle. I am very behind in exploring new releases. Thanks for the draw. RH from US.

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  54. Hi! Nobody does florals like Annick Goutal, and Quel Amour! is so beautiful. The smell is peony, which I love love love. I don't wear florals all year long, but this one is so precious to me that I find myself hoarding it. Thanks for the opportunity to win Noontide Petals sample, and BTW, your blog has completely opened my world. And as Sammy Davis, Jr. would say, "And I mean that, babe." :-) ~Christina in Austin

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  55. Oh Noontide Petals sounds lovely! So many beautiful florals to choose from (and florals aren't even really my thing), but for today I would have to say Fracas because it's my wedding day perfume and also because I happen to be wearing it today. Thank you!! Summer H.

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  56. I have yet to sniff a single Andy Tauer! Hmmm... today I am wearing Annick Goutal's Quel Amour... Hard to say if it is my favorite floral, but it cheered me up while waiting in several long lines... I was holding a pile of files in stuffy rooms but the Quel Amour transported me up up and away... Ann

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  57. Please enter me into the draw.
    I love floral perfumes and it's hard to name just one but if I have to, I'll go with one of my most recent favorites - Impossible Iris by Ramon Monegal.

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  58. Hi I'd love to be entered in the drawing.Thanks!
    Favorite floral..Ummmm...one of them is Ralph Lauren Safari,I have MANY MANY fragrant loves though so it's reallllllly hard to say the absolute top favorite.I live in the US . Jennifer Smith/bookwyrmsmith

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  59. Thank you to all who participated! The draw is now closed, winners will be announced later tonight.

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