Lonestar Memories by Tauer Perfumes

Year: 2006

Notes: carrot seed, clary sage, geranium, rose, jasmine, cistus, myrrh, birch tar, Texan cedar, vetiver, patchouli, tonka bean, vanilla, sandalwood

Comment: Lonestar Memories is part of the Classics Collection

As a leather fragrance, as well as an artistic concept, Lonestar Memories simply fails to succeed. Expanses of desolate and dusty landscapes, nocturnal campfires, chewed tobacco, and tanned leather are certainly not the olfactory images that one associates with it. Instead, one is held to ransom by a mixture of birch tar, barbecue smoke, burnt rubber, pine disinfectant, petrol fumes and metal grease.

It starts out as dark, pungent, dry and undeniably masculine, with more tar and smoke than actual leather. As it mellows out, more woods become discernible, with a sweetness from the cistus lingering in the background. But the birch tar smokiness persists and a slightly creamy drydown, consisting of a sweet latex myrrh accord, is anything but beguiling.

For an Eau de Toilette, it's surprisingly bold and tenacious but is more interesting than inviting. It's completely unwearable and one fails to discover any redeeming qualities in the composition. It also smells unfinished, with the glaring deficit of a prominent and genuine leather note being its Achilles' heel.

Yes, it's challenging (and even avant-garde) but this most definitely isn't how one wishes to smell.