Rêverie au Jardin by Tauer Perfumes

Year: 2007

Notes: bergamot, fir balm, galbanum, high altitude mountain lavender from France, rose, orris, ambrette seed, frankincense, cedar, vetiver, tonka bean, vanilla, oakmoss, sandalwood, ambergris

Comment: Rêverie au Jardin is part of the Classics Collection

Rêverie au Jardin is anything but a green, refreshing or herbaceous-lavender offering. In fact, one couldn't detect much galbanum at all. Instead, the composition is demure, powdery and sweet, with a slight smokiness from a short-lived frankincense accord.

The supposed star note is evident but it remains mostly indistinguishable – often requiring assistance from the iris to flesh it out, whilst smothered by a translucent candy-like sweetness. Intermittently, the rose overwhelms with its piercing metallic shrieks, but the lavender and iris eventually regain control. As the vanilla emerges, all the constitutes are soon in complete unison with no specific note prevailing. Mainly comprised of woods, vanilla and ambergris, the drydown is nothing more than a smooth gentle purr.

With minimum sillage and good longevity, it's more of an aromatic-lavender, which would appeal to those who found Serge Lutens' Gris Clair too ashy for their tastes. While this is a commendable creation, one would have preferred a greater presence from both the lavender and galbanum, as well as better projection.