Monday, May 23, 2011

Zeta - experiencing more than can be described

I do wish that I wouldn't so very often start reviews by saying I can't really describe a perfume I'm reviewing as I lack words. :) I mean, that kind of defeats the purpose of reviews.

But still, I want to give you my thoughts even if they cannot prepare you for the experience.
That is one thing I can say about Tauer perfumes, no matter how many reviews you read and you think you have an idea, usually it's not even close. And I mean that in the best possible way.

I grew up with a linden tree in my yard, and I still adore that smell. But so far, all the linden perfumes I smelled just didn't work for me. Yes, the linden note was unmistakeable but it came across as shrill and just not what I could wear.

Luckily, this is not the case with Zeta. But then again, Zeta isn't really a linden soliflore perfume. It's more the softest whiff of linden you would catch on a coldish spring morning before the blooms reach their full scenting power with the sun beating down on them. Which is the part where I get confused because upon first sniff, I am reminded of summery freshness in the guise of sparkling lemonade and barest whiff of sun creams on a breeze ( can't help it if ylang always conjures that for me). Absolutely smile-inducing. :) And then there is the thought of linden trees in the early morning.

But at least the scenery passing by my nose is wonderful. I'm also not the only one thinking along the lines of two seasons as you can see from Tarleisio's review.

There is just one little thing I need to add. I get a little dirtiness from Zeta and I see Tarleisio is talking about honey but I don't see it listed as a note (except as part of a rose). But it would definitely fit that little teaser in there.

Notes: bright chord of lemon and bergamot with a sweet orange note, ylang, orange blossom absolute and steam distilled neroli, Linden blossom, honey yellow rose, orris root, Mysore sandalwood, vanilla.

Bottom line is - you have to experience it and see for yourself where it takes you. I, go along for a ride through scent memories that hold no everyday stress and make me smile and relax.



Notes by: http://www.tauerperfumes.com/
Pic by: http://www.opg.mturic.net/

17 comments:

  1. Zeta sounds wonderful and I hope to try it very soon. Have you tried Mandy Aftel's Honey Blossom? It seems similar to this, it's astoundingly beautiful.

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  2. Carrie, I hope you try it soon too. Unfortunately no Honey Blossom for me yet but I hope I'll get around to trying M. Aftel's work soon.

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  4. Don't worry about feeling you don't have the words to describe this one - you absolutely do, and I want to try it even more now! This could turn out to be my favourite Tauer of all...

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  5. I am in equal parts curious and wary of this newest Tauer, I wish I knew why. Maybe because I hope and want this to be perfect, so I don't want to try it in case I get disappointed? I don't have such qualms normally, but here...strange.
    Don't worry about lacking words, you don't! Every review can only be a fraction of the sensual impression of a perfume, so much gets lost in translation from nose to brain to words. But what comes out of your translation process is still great to read, even if you think it is not complete. :)

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  6. Thank you Vanessa.
    Hopefully this time I'll be able to comment on my own blog! (for some reason, blogger won't sign me in)
    Anyway, I don't know if you have a favourite Tauer so far, but from what I imagine your taste in perfume is like, this one might be close.

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  7. Birgit, thank you for those kind words. :)
    I always wish I could translate as you put it, my impressions into words but when I read them, I seem to fail. Oh well, just as long as I get to write and I do love that.
    Hmmm, interesting that you are wary. Do you have a favourite Tauer? I also ordered in my sample pack Vetiver Dance and I adore it. Hopefully, I'll be reviewing that one soon. :)

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  8. Ines, you did an absolutely splendid job of describing Zeta, and take it from me - that's no small feat, since it seems to hover somewhere...just beyond the words we have to describe it, like some teasing chimaera! ;-) I do know what it's like when the words are just not..enough, or not quite enough for what you're trying to say! Happens to me all the time! :)

    Favorite Tauer? (having tried all of three...) It's a tie - I can't decide between Incense Extrème and Orange Star, which is so gorgeous, not even I can review it the way it deserves!

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  9. My favorite Tauers are Incense Extreme and Incense Rosé. But they all of the Tauers are so strong, they demand all day commitment which is hard for me to do on most days, I am fickle, what can I say? :)

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  10. Thank you Tarleisio - yes, it does hover somewhere where words can't properly reach it. :)
    Btw, I only tried Incense Extreme yesterday and I love it! I'm so glad I ordered it with my Zeta sample - it's the most refreshing incense I ever tried (and I never thought I would be applying refreshing to that notes)...

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  11. B, I only tried Incense Rose yesterday with the Extreme one, and I prefer the Extreme although Rose is good too. I can't believe it took me so long to get to these 3 (I'm including Vetiver Dance as well) because they are now among my Tauer favorites - L'Air dDM will always be up there too.

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  12. Of course. :) It's in my bag.

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  13. Zeta sounds gorgeous! I love the name too, it's so...I don't know, I just like saying it!

    I'd like a "smile-inducing" perfume, so I have to try this!

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  14. JOanElaine, I couldn't agree more about the name! :D I love it too.
    And the perfume of course - let me know if it's going to be smile-inducing for you too.

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  15. I was very impressed with Zeta too, and I totally agree that it presents its blossoms as though they're a slight distance away, just out of reach.

    By the way, it's quite different from Honey Blossom, which is much thicker and heavier.

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  16. Persolaise, the more I read about Honey Blossom, the more I want to try it. It sounds wonderful - I don't mind thick and heavy in my perfumes (quite the contrary).
    Thanks for stopping by. :)

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