Larger Than Life – Tauer Perfumes Carillon Pour Un Ange

I have a sample of Carillon Pour Un Ange, and I have had it for quite some time now. I never had the time or the impetus to try it, since I was saving it for spring, wanting to work through all my cold weather perfumes first. Then, craving something greener, more spring-like, I happened upon my sample. Thank the Lord!

And Andy Tauer.

I should have known, it is a Tauer perfume after all, and from experience I can say: Andy doesn´t do anything by halves when it comes to his creations. And a half-measure this is decidedly not…

Carillon Pour Un Ange is the perfumers take on lily of the valley (notes include rose, ylang ylang, lilac, green lily of the valley accord, jasmine, leather, ambergris, moss and woods) such an innocent, little flower with such power as we know since the late, I mean original, Diorissimo.

In Tauer´s hands lily of the valley becomes larger than life. A glorious hyper-muguet that combines innocence with knowing entirely too much, shyness with boldness, white, green and black, it is all in there and it smells great to boot 😉

Opening with a burst of GREEN, Carillon soon heralds in the sweet, angelic whiteness of lily of the valley, from stem to petal, adding the black, wet soil for good measure. The muguet accord sits comfortably on the now already famous base, and it is – in best Tauer fashion – here to stay. After twelve hours I still smell traces on my arm.

It is unmistakably assertive and self-assured, but at the same time elegant and tender and simply lovely. It doesn´t need to scream to command attention, but does it by simply entering the room, if it were a woman, that is a kind I would like to be.

Until I am there, I let Carillon Pour Un Ange speak for me and earn the compliments.

Carillon is at the moment only available for pre-sale directly at, 15ml Eau de Parfum riche, not yet in the gorgeous flacon, but it is slated to become part of the Hommage line in the red bottle. Samples are also available at Andy´s site. As I have heard it is to be launched early in 2011, when exactly I don´t know. (I just hope it is soon, because it is my favorite Tauer to date and I really want the pretty bottle, since I am shallow and obsessive-compulsively wanting this to go together with my other Tauer bottle ;))

I highly recommend to try this if you have the chance. As for putting the “spring back in my step” after this already long and cold and grey winter – it succeeds perfectly.

I see the world through green-tinted glasses. 🙂

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19 Responses to Larger Than Life – Tauer Perfumes Carillon Pour Un Ange

  1. Andy Tauer is fabulous. I’m almost tempted to buy his sample set as I’ve tested relatively few of his fragrances but read so many great things about so many of them.

  2. deeHowe says:

    Soon, a Tauer sample set will be in my possession, bwah, ha ha ha!

    … it’s early in Oregon.

    Thanks for the review—this sounds delightful! 😉

  3. Victoria says:

    Andy is a very talented perfumer, and I love his Lonestar Memories. After I mentioned it in the Financial Mag piece, several people wrote to me saying that they have tried it and they love how unique and memorable it is (and different from other masculine fragrances!) Which is all true, and something I completely agree with.
    I have not tried Carillon, but it sounds very interesting, and now it is on my Luckyscent order list! Thank you, darling, once again for inspiring me to explore something new…. 🙂

    • Olfactoria says:

      I am glad I got to something before you 😉 Seriously though, I’m glad that I piqued your interest, I’m certain this will be a perfume you could love. Hopefully we get to read your take soon.

  4. Tara says:

    I tried Lonestar Memories and L’Air du Desert Morrocain but found them a little “too much” for me to wear, though I admire them both greatly. Andy Tauer is so talented and his fragrances are obviously such high quality and well done I hope there is one for me – eager to try Une Rose Chypree in particular. I tried to order the sample set from his website but sadly they don’t ship to the UK 😦

    • Olfactoria says:

      The two you mention I think of as ‘Andy’s Masculines’ and they are not my cup of tea either. But there are others that are perfect, Une Rose Chypree, Incense Rose, Incense Extreme, Un Rose Vermeille and Carillon are my favorites (i find them most ‘feminine’ too). Les Senteurs have Tauer Perfumes, not the sample set though 😦

  5. Tarleisio says:

    I have yet to try Carillon – one of these days, should I ever win the lottery, I’ll just go to Andy Tauer’s website and order one of everything, just to be safe..:D

    Usually, lily-of-the-valley has too many…frilly, girlie, ultra-femme associations in my mind for me to truly appreciate it. I can see what made Diorissimo so great of course, but my inner tomboy starts rebelling somewhere, and I’m just not…feeling it!

    Of course, you had to stop me in my tracks my uttering the Open Sesame…Green! Hello! Am I there yet?

    No, but give me a moment, and I will be!

  6. Marina says:

    Definitely larger then life! And even such a cold (beautifully cold, to me) flower Andy managed to infuse with his trademark sumptuous warmth.

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  12. Birgit – I know you’re not a huge LOTV fan, but…try Heeley’s Ophelia! I have tried Carillon Pour Un Ange and it’s opening was WAY too much fuzzy green moss for me. Wow, it was so tannic (though I appreciated the artistry of it). I usually find LOTV compositions too sweet and thin – too screechingly “High C” for me to wear, BUT – Heeley’s Ophelia, though not technically a LOTV frag – I think it captures the feeling of Diorissimo quite compellingly. The opening is still a little high/thin/sweet for me – but it really does turn out to be lovely, interesting aquatic/dewy-white-fresh-spring-innocent-floral. Whenever it comes time to do a spring round up again, I’d love to hear what you think of it. 🙂

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