Here are three perfumes I tested in the past few weeks and couldn’t love at all . Sometimes there is no other solution than to scrub (and scrub and scrub, because did you ever try to get rid of a Tauer?)… I don’t want to offend anyone, these are my personal opinions only, and tastes are different…
Tauer Tableau de Parfums Miriam:
This is supposed to be similar in feel to the wonderful SSS Nostalgie, but on me, it is decidedly not. The drydown might be great, I wouldn’t know. I had to scrub it off every time I tried (and I won’t anymore), because the topnotes just make my skin crawl. It is such an unpleasant aldehydic fizz that is so pervasive my nose starts to quiver and tremble. Miriam is not for me and that was a huge disappointment indeed.
Miriam was created by Andy Tauer and includes notes of fresh citrus accord, geranium, violet blossom, rose, jasmine, ylang, violet leaf, lavender, vanilla, orris root and sandalwood.
Guerlain Floral Romantique:
Wow, such a perfume coming from the esteemed House of Guerlain as a part of an exclusive collection, takes some cheek. This is the most generic white floral to ever come from Guerlain, but it can be found by the dozen in other mainstream houses for a tenth of the price. It is one thing whether I like that perfume or not, but another, for Guerlain to sell something so unimaginative and repetitive, as an exclusive offering for a steep price. If I didn’t know and love so many other fragrances from Guerlain that I truly love, I would be very, very concerned about the future of this house. Catering to the masses is not the way to stay on top. Because – hello? this is a luxury business. The price alone does not luxury make.
Floral Romantique includes notes of mandarin, petitgrain, ambrette seeds, yerba mate, carnation, jasmine, lily, tiare flower, ylang-ylang, cedarwood, smoked tea, benzoin, chestnut and was created by Thierry Wasser.
Histoires de Parfums 1969:
Coffee in a perfumes makes me queasy. It was the same with Bond N°9 New Haarlem, and it is the same here. Maybe that is because I am an absolute wimp who never drinks coffee either… 1969 is a mess on me, an overthrown cafeteria cart, where coffee and juices and snacks are all jumbled together and clamor for attention. Wearing it makes me crave a cleanse and a zen meditation session. The spirit of chaos that the year symbolizes has been captured perfectly though.
1969 was created by Gerard Ghislain and includes notes of fruit of the sun, peach, rose, white flowers, cardamom, clove, patchouli, chocolate, coffee and white musk.
What are your recent scrubber discoveries? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!