Monday, May 31, 2010

Tauer Vetiver dance review and a virtual picnic

When the generous and enormously talented perfumer Andy Tauer was kind enough to send me samples of all his fragrances—and an adorable sample set to give away (details soon)—I was thrilled. I was especially thrilled to find a sample of his Vetiver Dance within one of the adorable embossed tins, for as you may know, I adore vetiver, and any fragrance with vetiver in the name is pretty exciting for me.
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SO, I did what any self-respecting perfume-loving bon vivant would on a sunny Memorial Day weekend. I spritzed on Vetiver Dance and went on a picnic, prophesying that a vetiver fragrance would go well with a sunny day down by the river. I was right!

Vetiver Dance opens up with a bouquet of pepper, rose, and citrus—Grapefruit, yes, I can detect that..and stays fruity for quite a while. This makes it go very well with the gin and tonics my beloved had the foresight to pack in our picnic basket!
In fact, this fragrance played very well with all the food we enjoyed on our little tartan picnic blanket—cold herbed chicken salad with lemon, kalamata olives, pan-roasted almonds, a light romaine salad, gummy raspberries and blackberries, dark chocolate, Armenian cheese, and apples—all seemed to agree with the gentle wafting scent of the Vetiver dance. In particular, the aroma of the crushed grasses under our blanket and the lemony herbaceousness of the chicken salad seemed natural complements to the warm grassy aura of the EDT.
2010-05-29 16.02.22 (My darling, post picnic repast, ready to do some serious reading in the sun)
After we ate everything all up, like two little bears, we decided to just lie out in the dappled shade under the spreading branches of two large river-loving trees, and just read to our hearts’ content.
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I am the proud owner of a brand new Sony reader, which I adore, since I can read all my favorite novels for free from Project Gutenberg, so I cracked it out and started reading a book I can’t believe I didn’t read as a child—The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame. I couldn’t have chosen a more perfect story for this beautiful afternoon by the river.
2010-05-29 18.04.29 (my e-book, ever convenient.)

As I read of the little river rat and his friend Mole, and their adventures on a river much like the one near which we were camped, the Vetiver Dance became even more of a friend. The tonka bean at the base of the composition kept any sharpness at bay, and the whole thing stayed sweetish and elegant. As I read of the warm summer day on the river, and Rat and Mole on their boat, the grassy, almost wet notes of the fragrance came out, and I imagined I too was sculling along the river.
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  As the friends entered the earthy domain of Badger in a later chapter, the dark earthy qualities of the vetiver, along with the classic Tauer incense and balsamic notes, came to the forefront, and I was no longer rowing under an open summer sky, but in a cozy earthen home before a roaring hearth, nursing an imaginary brandy.
 This vetiver is not like many other vetivers, in that Tauer chooses to bring out different and unusual aspects of that noble grassy root. In his hands, if becomes an ever-shifting, yes, dance of floral, smoke, and green depths, but always retains a certain sweetness of character that is quite unlike other craggy vetivers, which don’t try so hard to make friends.
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It was a perfect reflection of the landscape in which I found myself, I realized. I began to imagine each aspect of the perfume as part of the river meadow. The resinous parts of the fragrance became the majestic trees. The vetiver? Well, it was the grass and the undergrowth all around me, with a bit of swamp thrown in—there was a lovely little wetlands in the meadow as well, full of VERY tall yellow water-irises  
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(See how tall they were? Almost up to my eyes!)
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The roses in the fragrance were matched by these powerfully indolic and fruity smelling wild rosebushes, with their proliferation of blossoms. My beloved said it was too much scent, but I was in HEAVEN!
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The citrus was the gin-and-tonic, and the lemon chicken salad. The ambergris, lurking at the base, was the salt on my skin.
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the thick sweetness permeating the whole fragrance became, in my sinaesthetic mind,  the shining river, floating through the landscape like a dream of great loveliness and joy.
I felt at one with myself, with my love, with the summer afternoon, with the river and the flowers, with the fragrance on my warm skin, kissed by the sun. I put flowers in my hair, feeling like a woodland nymph.2010-05-29 17.14.59
We read, walked, kissed, smiled, and sat in silence, enjoying this perfect day.
Drunk with such joy, even the sluglike snails on the leaves, dangerously close to our food and our bodies, seemed like friends, lovely in their very existence.  
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Others’ reviews of Vetiver Dance:

sorcery of scent
notes from the ledge
roxana Illuminated perfume
perfume da rosa negra
perfume shrine
grain de musc

all pics mine except the one of Badger, which comes from the Project Gutenberg site.

The Wind in the Willows Household Essentials ML-2660 Woven-Willow Square-Shaped 4-Person Picnic-Basket Set The Moveable Feast - A Picnic Cookbook for All Seasons


  1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Your blog is absolutely divine! I just read your profile. You sound very interesting like a true Renaissance courtier!

  2. PS. the only Vetiver that I relate to a fragrance is Creed's Vetiver - the smell is so classy! I shall find out about yout Vetiver Dance. Thanks for recommendation.

  3. Dear Dilettante, The feeling's mutual, certainly.

    I will send you my sample of Vetiver Dance if you are interested. Just email me your address, and I'll have it in the mail tomorrow.

    Let's keep in touch!

  4. Looks like a lovely day out! Great photos. I've just started enjoying vetiver - it's lovely. Looking forward to hearing more about your Andy Tauer giveaway too.

  5. Bravo to this lovely review and your sweet pictures truly make me long for in the Pacific Northwest we are way overdue for some of the sun - dappled green glory you enjoyed, it's pouring rain still and I have my fire goin'! I'm jealous girl! And as for Andy's creations , I've been too busy busy whorin' around other samples to give them a go- But after reading this , I will soon. Be well.

  6. MyPerfumeLife: yes, the Tauer sample case giveaway is right around the corner!! I am very excited.

    Tamara, Thanks for the kind words! I know how it can be out in the PN; I used to live right on the border of it, in Missoula, MT, and it often seemed like it rained all the time, or was at least overcast. But it is supposed to be like that here in Ithaca, in Upstate NY, but this spring has been weird--no rain to speak of. It's a bit creepy.

    I have another sample of the Vetiver Dance floating around that you could have if you want it. Just say the word.

  7. Whoaah. Can I just tell you that you are the first person ever to offer me a sample?
    I am touched. I mean thank you for that , really.I have been reading all these perfume blogs and commenting them and loving every second of it for a year but you just made my day (night?) I'm lurking in thee a.m. ha - Thank you!
    My email is

  8. Wow! What a lovely day - I am so jealous. Great perfume (I still haven't tried Vetiver Dance but what I've tried from the Tauer line makes me think it must be great), fine food, great company and reading. Is there a better way to spend time? :)

  9. Ines, You are right--I don't think there's a better way in the world to spend time. Picnics are the BEST! I love them and wish I could picnic everyday. Alas, it's raining today (I shoudn't say alas, though, since it's been such a dry spring and my flowers need the moisture)

    Glad to be of service ;) I will make a little goody bag and send it out posehaste. I sent you an email, so we can correspond further...

  10. Lovely Pictures! I'm usually not one who likes big, earthy vetiver notes in perfumes, so Andy's Vetiver Dance is very special. I just love the fresh spicy greeness that projects from this scent. It's among my top 3 favorites from Andy.

  11. What a great review style. Thank you for sharing your experience of Vetiver was my special gift to myself this Spring and I love it! Please enter me for the draw!

  12. Thanks, Presch! It was a wonderful day...I'll have to do it again sometime soon (the picnic, that is)

    Yours, LBV


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