Notes: rose, woody notes, and resins.
When I first started this blog way back in 2012 (yes, all the way back in 2012!) Andy Tauer was *the* perfumer to get into. He had all the buzz, and well-deserved. I wasn’t really drawn to the independent perfumery scene at the time though. I wanted to explore Guerlain, Chanel, and high-end niche houses like Serge Lutens. Now that it’s 2019, I’ve had plenty of time to explore designer scents and I’m ready to embrace independent perfumers. Tauerville is like a fashion diffusion line, in that it’s the more affordable and approachable line of Tauer Perfumes. That doesn’t mean lower quality though, as I discovered with Rose Flash.
Rose Flash opens with a blooming jammy rose. There’s a touch of orange citrus, which feels like orange marmalade to me. It’s textured, it’s pretty, and rose is definitely the star. I haven’t always gotten along with rose soliflores and rose-centric perfumes in general. Part of the reason I chose Rose Flash was to challenge myself to make this scent work. There aren’t many other notes for me to cling to and distract from the rose. Fortunately, I love the rose here, so I don’t mind the lack of distraction!
There are some woody notes that become more apparent as the composition develops. This helps to anchor the rose and balance that huge blooming opening. The resinous notes come through a little stronger than the woods for me, which is lovely. The rose becomes dry as it wears, almost like a dry red wine. This blends beautifully with the resinous notes of the base.
The really remarkable thing about Rose Flash is that it’s an extrait de parfum, and it has the longevity to prove it. I can easily get 12 hours of wear time from this. If I wear it in the evening or to bed, it’s still quite noticeable the next morning. The sillage is heavy here, particularly during the first two hours of wear. And this one is easy to over spray. I apply one spritz on each wrist and that’s it! I personally wouldn’t wear this to work or the doctor’s office. I prefer it for myself in the evenings just because the rose is so rich, but I’m sure there are people who like this as their every day rose scent.
If Andy Tauer can make me finally embrace rose scents, he can probably do pretty much anything! I have more Tauer samples on the way, this time directly from Tauer Perfumes. It’s always nice to support the actual brands and perfumers when possible, and it is one of my 2019 resolutions to support independent artisans! Thankfully, independent perfumers are much more on-board with samples than the mainstream designer brands, so it’s possible to support the indie houses without having to do the dreaded blind buy.
The info on notes is from Fragrantica.
I took the photo of my Rose Flash sample with a print of Botticelli’s Primavera panel painting.