This April Tauer Perfumes fronted by perfumer Andy Tauer will launch a new perfume which is represented in the line-up by No. 14. It’s named Noontide Petals and is a first new scent from mr Tauer in a couple of years. I feel lucky and honored that Andy offered me to sample Noontide Petals before it will be officially available on-site. No. 14 is accompanied by art deco illustration, see it here.
In the opening Noontide Petals carries a bright smell of tart and exhilarating bergamot. It’s really juicy – bitter tones swirl with slightly sour and sweet flavors like in some kind of an unknown dance. This citric vortex is totally uplifting and positively crazy. Just surrender to this feeling and you’ll be in a happy spin, smiling and laughing. Within next few minutes sparkling and fizzy aldehydes enter the scene and that’s when the real fun with Noontide Petals begins! Not a chance these aldehydes are wimpy, it’s the very opposite. The aldehydic vibe is prominent and full-bodied. It vibrates, oscillates – one moment it gears towards clean, the other time it becomes more fatty and saturated. Aldehydes take over the scent for more than half an hour making Noontide Petals smell luxurious and playful. Then a little bit of bourbon geranium tones the opening down.
When aldehydes calm down some other notes come forth to play and please your nose. Heart notes of Noontide Petals are vivid ones. Jasmine flowers diffuse an elegant and chic aroma that is topped with a creamy cloud of ylang-ylang. Thanks to ylang the smell is almost desserty and kind if jammy, think of jasmine jam. One of the heart notes is a rose. It’s very subtle and restrained, bringing just a delicate rosy blush to Noontide Petals. Tuberose is practically invisible here (at least to my nose).
After few hours Noontide Petals reaches it’s beautiful and mellow base. Light vanillic smell introduces cosy and safe feeling while iris embraces you with its soft petals. Styrax brings more balmy and resinous character slightly touching a border where light gourmands live peacefuly. 6 hours from the moment of applying Noontide Petals is still noticeable and most hidden notes become available. It’s not about transparent patchouli, not about frankincense or vetiver. It’s about sandalwood, almost-not-woody, rather creamy, polished to the highest shine.
While creating Noontide Petals Andy Tauer had an idea in his head. He wanted to create a perfume that would make people think about light, about luminosity. And that’s exactly what Noontide Petals is. When I smell it I picture rays of light going in different directions, reflecting from mirrors and nearby objects, finally being so diffused that the light is scattered all over the room. Just look at the illustration I linked in first paragraph – beams of light shining up and down, that’s what it shows.
Andy Tauer No. 14 Noontide Petals has an excellent sillage and its longevity is beyond gorgeous. I could easily notice the scent on my skin even after 10 hours of wearing it. Sure it became weaker with time but I didn’t have to sniff my wrist like crazy to detect it. Just a light waft near it allowed me to inhale its molecules. This fragrance will be available as eau de toilette in bottles containing 50 mls of this precious juice. You know that I’m more of an aldehyde fan and much less of a jasmine fan but I’ll tell you something straight. This stuff is simply awesome. You should try it! No! You must try it, it’s beyond amazing! You’ll be shocked how good Noontide Petals is. Good job mr Tauer! Chemist in the Bottle approves with 6 platinum stars.
Noontide Petals contains 30% of natural extracts in the total fragrance. Geranium, bergamot, ylang, rose, jasmine, tuberose, patchouli, styrax, frankincense and sandalwood give total 10 of natural essences, each of them is present in concentrations above 1%. I believe you’re gonna love it!
note: sample thanks to Andy Tauer, all photos are my own.