Thumbs Way Up. Likely my favourite Tauer. What he does (that some do not like) in creating a soft and most natural embodiment of nature (this floral accord) and then adding the sparkle and fizz of modern (synthetic) approaches to incense and aldehydes is on gorgeous display here.
And, contrary to another review here, I find this to me incredibly masculine. This effervescent floral is, in fact, far more green than white and is one seriously invigorating beauty from start 'till its long (and tenacious) finish. On my second bottle, and continuing to rake in the compliments whenever I spray this stuff.
"Carillon Pour Un Ange" classified as a unisex fragrance but it's completely feminine to my nose. I don't see anything masculine here.
The opening of this fragrance is a semi fresh, semi sweet green grassy aroma mixed with soft floral notes that smells very pleasant and inoffensive.
As time passes while the scent keeps that fresh green grassy feeling, the floral part gets stronger gradually and push the scent more and more toward feminine side.
In the mid beside this fresh grassy floral aroma I can smell a little bit of woods as well but they are way in the background and they can't help the scent from being feminine.
In the base the scent stays almost the same but now it has a soft musky feeling too.
It's a safe and very pleasant scent but definitely suitable for women not men!
Projection is strong and longevity is average on my skin. I'm getting around 4-5 hours.
Genre: Green Floral
Notes: Rose, ylang-ylang, lilac, lily-of-the-valley, jasmine, leather, ambergris, moss, woods.
Carillon pour un Ange opens on a smiling, dewy green arrangement of wet grass, lilac, and muguet (lily-of-the-valley) top notes. It’s as sunny and evocative of spring as anything I’ve smelled of late. While a strange and stale wet cardboard note distracts me when I sniff Carillon pour un Ange very closely, Tauer for the most part escapes the harsh, chemical, air freshener trap that endangers all lilac and muguet reconstructions. The weird little off note subsides over an hour or so of wear, as a nicely rounded and surprisingly fresh accord of leather, moss, and green jasmine emerges to support the floral notes. The effect is of a crisp, off-dry green chypre rendered unusually bright and transparent, as Givenchy III or Chamade might, were they slimmed down to fit in skinny jeans.
I wonder if the woody drydown includes vetiver, as there are hints of licorice and brine that I associate with certain vetivers (think Sel de Vetiver, Cuir Pleine Fleur, or Fleurs de Sel,) peeping out here and there among base notes. While Carillon pour un Ange is more than adequately potent, it never shouts, and the scent endures on the skin for several hours. The green notes, moss, and leather render Carillon pour un Ange unusually versatile and gender neutral for something that purports to be a muguet soliflore, and I could imagine it as a spring and summer staple in many a fragrance wardrobe.
Carillon pour un Ange is at the same time photorealistic and completely abstract as it evokes solifloral muguet and lilac, in a presence you nearly can touch it - at least until you feel the monstrous subjacent forces: Carefully examined under some olfactory magnifying glass, its strikingly earthy-green feel of crushed tulip stems, soil and the flowers of early spring might just as well be a brew of mushrooms, indolic white flowers, seawater, algae, decomposing duffy forest floor, scallops, rotting wood, brightened with a big dose of high-quality amber materials. All these contradictory notes are brought together in perfect harmony, dense and of a sheer raw beauty. Both highly synthetic and naturalistic in its appearance. Truly a piece of art. Heavenly for some, for others satanic, even disgusting. Carillon pour un Ange projects like a beast, keeps its floral top notes for hours and hours and ends up as a beautiful woody-oriental skin scent. Fingers crossed that things like this won`t be destroyed beyond repair with some upcoming frangrance regulatory.
Enchanting and a little bit naughty
A stunning interpretation of lily of the valley. I've never found anything like it. The innocent naivety we associate with this flower has been given a unique twist at Mr. Tauer's hands. She is a slightly devilish angel, and all the more interesting for it, too.
Soft floral notes (lilac and ylang ylang being most prominent on me, with a whiff of rose mixed in)open up quickly. Feminine and enchanting. After about 40 minutes the lily of the valley begins to appear, along with sweet jasmine and some soft woody notes. Smooth and luscious, with a hint of leather appearing now and again which is what makes this fragrance so unique for its type. Leather and lily of the valley; who would've guessed it could work so well?
The dry down is equally beautiful, a smooth ambery finish with the wood notes continuing to develop and evolve.
Wonderful longevity (12 hours) and good sillage. Probably too floral to please most men, this definitely leans toward the feminine. A wonderful spring/summer scent, but also has enough presence to work well in cooler weather. Very beautiful and possessing its own unique character. What a job, Andy!
Pros: Unique take on Lily of Valley; long lasting