Incense Rosé by Andy Tauer is the first Tauer perfume I fell in love with. Tauer fragrances and I have a complicated relationship, but more on that this afternoon, when I will devote an entire post to my experiences with Andy’s creations.
Incense Rosé is stunning. On first contact, it captivates me, it stays with me and it is a scent that does not only evoke an image in my mind, or a memory, no, it tells an entire story. It is rich, complex without being complicated, and deep, while at the same time remaining light and eminently wearable. Contrary to some other Tauers it is not so potent as to knock you over with good intentions, but seems to be more restrained and sparer, than what one is used to from the perfumer.
Notes include clementine, bergamot, cardamom, rose, castor, orris root, frankincense, cedar wood, myrrh, patchouli, vetiver. It is almost linear, not a wild rollercoaster of development, which suits me just fine.
I was of the opinion not to like incense. It always struck me as too masculine, too though, too smoky and harsh. Boy, was I wrong.
Incense Rosé walks me through a forest. I wander through the deep woods, pine needles crunching underfoot, breathing in deeply the fresh air, that is still heavy shortly after a rainstorm. The trees surrounding me are dense and a deep, deep green, only occasionally a ray of sunlight penetrates, and when it does, it illuminates the whole forest with white, shimmering light.
Suddenly a ray of light falls on a rose. A dark pink rose, incongruently growing on a bed of moss and pine needles. All alone in the woods stands this rose, strong, unbowed by the recent rainstorm, still wet, but fully in bloom, drinking up the sunlight. I can see it in great detail, the softness of the petals can be almost felt, as well as the pricking of the thorns. An oddity, how it lives there, in the middle of a forest, but admired and revered by all who see it.
This story was there in my head, perfectly formed in the instant of smelling Incense Rosé for the first time. It moves me, that a perfume can be so perfect, such a work of art, such an intricately woven flying carpet ready to carry anyone who smells it off into its universe. (After writing this review I went to the Tauer website to look up the concentration and size info, when I saw the description by Andy of “a thick, flying oriental carpet”. I swear, I did not see that description before, but I think that I came up with it too, just shows how well Andy transports his ideas in his perfumes!)
I cannot wear it every day, it is something special, to be worn with thought, to be chosen with care and deliberation, to be treated with respect and reverence.
It is available in 50ml Eau de Parfum.