Vetiver Dance 07 by Andy Tauer for Tauer Perfumes 2008


Post by Portia


One of my mates Natalie from Another Perfume Blog (now defunct sadly) gave me a manufacturers sample of this one. I like vetiver very much and especially its many uses to hold land together and leech toxins from water. To be hgonest I’m a little surprised that it’s not being used more to help clean up the world’s waterways. Add to that the many amazing facets that perfumers can find through it, from green grass through to smoky oil and you have a versatile beauty.

Vetiver Dance 07 by Tauer Perfumes 2008

Vetiver Dance 07 by Andy Tauer

07 Vetiver Dance Tauer Perfumes FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Grapefruit oil, black pepper accords, green clary sage
Heart: Bulgarian rose, lily of the valley, Java vetiver oil
Base: Cedar, ambergris, tonka beans, citrus

Oily, bittersweet and green. Vetiver Dance opens in high style, large and flamboyant, a sheet of iced green water in the midday sun. A joyful blend between the shock and fun, caught between breathless disbelief and awaiting the bodies readjustment. The pepper is dry and also ginger-ish and the much hoped for lily of the valley punch way smoother and less provoking than expected.

When the vetiver gets a chance to shine it has the soft wetness of freshly mown grass and the dry rasp of punka fans. I’m surprised that chocolate isn’t a named note because my nose reads the fabulous creamy explosion of a warm, nutty Lindor ball. I wonder if it’s the tonka?

Then later Vetiver Dance warms right through while still maintaining its green-ness. I don’t know how it’s managed but warm and spicy bakery underpins the green woodsiness of the heart, like an unusual Asian taste meld that is surprising yet once you realise that this IS the taste you can relax into it and enjoy the two speed flavour ride. Do you remember your first sweet & sour dish?


07 Vetiver Dance Tauer Perfumes FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Vetiver Dance is beautiful. The thing is I find it very hard to place in my head someone who would wear it as their regular scent. Ultimately very unisex, not confrontational but slightly unorthodox, interesting through the whole lifespan and not like other vetivers. My thought is that it’s too quirky for mainstream but would a perfumista reach for it? I’d like to read from you if it is something in your collection and you wear it a lot. There is something more-ish about it, I’ve been wearing it for the last couple of days and will wear it again tonight for dinner, that will be the end of my juice. Then let’s see if I want to buy a 15ml in my next Tauer Explorer Set.

Been out for dinner with no respritz, so over 12 hours later and I’m still softly fragrant with a sweet/green rasp. Vetiver Dance sits close but is still gorgeous. I have no other vetiver scent in  y waerdrobe with this kind of tenacity…….

Further reading: Non Blonde and Sorcery of Scent
IndieScents has $130/50ml
Tauer Explorer Set 3 x 15ml with FREE world shipping
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $4/.5ml

What is your Tauer, or your vetiver?
Portia xx


9 thoughts on “Vetiver Dance 07 by Andy Tauer for Tauer Perfumes 2008

  1. Delightful Andy Tauer gave me a bottle of this just before it debuted, and I loved it and love it, though I only have a few mls left. Your review does it justice, thank you! I never really could figure out how to describe it and it’s a polarizing perfume as well. I think it’s startling and amazing.
    BTW,I also grow vetiver, and have tried to get people here interested in it, because where I live will be under water in less than a generation due to sea level rise, and vetiver cleans the water and also holds it at bay. But so far, people just call me Cassandra….


    • Poor Cassandra,
      Destined to never be believed. What a terrible curse.

      Masha, I think we will be under water too. Soon it will be time to buy a mountain eerie.
      Portia xx


  2. Tauer is amazing. My favorite Tauer is LADDM and Une Rose de Kandahar. I hope Tauer keeps creating for long time. My favorite vetiver may be Grey Vetiver by TF because Vetiver as a stand alone note is not one of my favorites and TF is a sparkling version though Guerlain vintage vetiver and Carven original vetiver creations are the landmark ones


    • Fazal,
      Nice to see you. Andy is a special talent, I totally agree. Even his ability to engage the community is one of a kind.
      Portia xx


      • “Even his ability to engage the community is one of a kind.” Could not agree more with this part! Whenever I buy something from him, he often sends me private FB message which is amazing example of his customer service.


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