Andy Tauer • Lonestar Memories • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||61%|
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I want to love this more, but the birch tar lends an almost plastic wintergreen-resin smoke note that jars a bit. Too bad, the overall execution is interesting, but that plastic smoke edge doesn't work on me. Pass.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Green
While working as a newspaper reporter in a small town in Arizona, I went with a group of Native Americans to see their native burial place in the desert sand, and the power plant that had been built nearby. They wanted me to write about their years-long legal battle to get an apology from the power company for desecrating their holy land…
While walking to the spot, one of them tore off a piece of the bushes that grow so abundantly in the Mohave Desert, and rubbed it between his fingers to release the aroma as he held it up to my nose.
I had known that smell for years while growing up in the southwest, and it came out especially after heavy rains on warm August days when the aroma filled the air and mixed in with the smell of dirt. But that was the first time I realized where the smell came from – when the Indian showed me the bush and spoke of its healing qualities.
Now I live in Europe, where the winters are cold and the smells are different, but the aroma of the creosote is one of the things I miss the most (besides good guacamole and cheap used books) about my life in the US. It’s what I look forward to when I visit my parents every year for the holidays, and I always take a hike in the mountains during the first several days that I’m back to breathe it in.
This year I even brought back a few branches back to Europe, pressed between the sheets of a moleskin notebook. When the winter days here got too harsh, I would open the notebook and rub a few leaves between my fingers to transport me back to a place where the days were long and snow was a tourist attraction. But I could never manage to get much aroma out, as the leaves were dry and months-old.
Lonestar Memories captures that smell of the creosote bush beautifully – it still evokes Arizona for me but also adds other notes (smoke, leather, jasmine) to make the composition less literal of the place and more poetic. Now I can release that smell anytime and remember what was my home for so many years, and my family, when I can’t always be there.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Normal, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
This has to be the most intense masculine of all time, an absolutely wonderful scent that has the uncanny ability to conjure up exactly the image in the title....
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Medium Hair: Silver, Wavy Eyes: Blue
My review is based on a sample, not a full bottle. Therefore, maybe some ingredients were missing/off because all I'm able to smell is a tire shop. 100% without a doubt - brand new tires. I must admit though - it is somewhat intriguing, and I find myself sniffing it repeatedly out of curiosity. I like the smell of new tires, just as I like the smell of gasoline, magic markers and rubber cement - but they are definitely not building blocks in a fragrance, nor do I ever want to smell like them.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Fine Eyes: Green
Very strange that on my skin this frag reveals not even half of the notes listed!
To me, this is a very incensey-woody-smokey frag.
To be very honest, the first 10 minutes are very difficult for me, as I get a smoked cheese note that is prevalent (i swear, it's exaclt like "Ricotta affumicata" a smoked ricotta we use to have here in the north of Italy!!) and quite unpleasant.
Mind you, I love smoked cheese, but I don't aim to smell like one, I have a social life! :o)
past those dreadful first 10 minutes, a lovely woody, earthy accords emerges. The smoke is still aside and very present. To me, it's very incensey too (I know incense is not listed, but it's very similar to the Matthew Williamson incese I own). Then I get some fresh menthol note -another one not listed.
What I do not smell at all are the flowers or herbs: jasmine? geranium? sage? carrot? I get none of those.
Besides this consideration, Lonestar Memories is a very well constructed frag, smoky, leathery (again, leather ia not mentioned in the notes) with a powedery ambery drydown, soft and very pleasant. It is marketed for a man, but I see very well a lady wearing it, as it's rich and woody.
Not very longlasting (i get a max of 3 hours wear) but a compliment getter.
A must try.
notes as per Osmoz:
top note Geranium, Carrot seed, Clary sage
middle note Birchtar, Cistus, Jasmine, Cedar wood
base note Myrrh, Tonka, Vetiver, Sandalwood
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
Notes: geranium, carrot seed, clary sage, birch tar, cistus, jasmine, cedar wood, myrrh, tonka, vetiver and sandalwood.
Whilst applying this fragrance I smelled a whiff of leather, but on my skin the opening is very different. On a bed of sweet notes I smell a bitter and a smoky note. These two notes mellow into an aromatic accord in which the sage and carrot seed prevail. Close to the skin, however, I still smell the bitterness of the birch tar. As the fragrance progresses the main accord gets fresher, almost mentholated, but still maintains its smoky, woody base. I agree with the opinion of this being a fragrance which mimics arid wilderness; the fresh accord could be interpreted as a desert flower blooming in the distance. The dry down is characterized by the tonka bean, it is very soft and sweet. Lasts for more than 6 hours on my skin.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Very Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
I didn't like this much at first. I was expecting leather and got campfire smoke and then sweet spices. Yet I kept returning to my sample and am now deeply in love. The notes in this one never disappear, they simply switch places. Damp campfire smoke which it opens with, may not be to everyone's liking, but the sweet, refined ambery spiciness that underlies it and eventually, supersedes it make for a bewitching combination that I've not smelled the likes of. Don't get much leather myself and would love it if I did. This has moderate sillage but great lasting power. The drydown is sublime and lingers for a good 12 hours on me. Only comes in 50 ml, but I think it would last a very long time. Very, very well done.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
Cant stand this, find it overwhelmingly strong and harsh - think its the oakmoss and leather notes as well as the 'heavy dose of tar' which is i think a signature ingredient in A. Tauers perfumes-, this combined with very perfumey notes..yikes, to me this is headache inducing and makes me literally gag.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
If, as Tania wozzername says, the smell of bacon frying is the most attractive to men, then this is the one! The bacon is heavily smoked and I think it has fallen into the ashes at some point - but what the hell?
EDIT My daughter told it smelled like a hospital ward. I sold it - couldn't get over the association, it began to smell like hospitals to me too.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Lonestar Memories was one of the first niche scents I tried, and it was my greatest disappointment. I was so intrigued by the descriptions, because I have major desert nostalgia and am always looking for something that can capture the scent of the desert. But I was overwhelmed by its heavy dose of tar. Yes, there were other lovely notes in there, but the effect was like smelling desert air wafting over a strip of newly-laid asphalt.
I tried it again more than a year later, after developing a love for leather scents of all kinds, and now I'm able to really enjoy it. It is smoky and dry, but with a lovely brightness to it. I still think that the decision to overdose on birchtar is questionable, and makes this scent more of a curiosity than a classic. If he toned it down and released a "Lonestar Lite" it would be wildly popular, if less challenging. Anyway, this fragrance is certainly manlier than most men I know, but I do think it's wearable. Women who find it too much should try layering it with a vanilla scent; I sprayed some LMDV Madagascar over it and it smelled phenomenal.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Opening notes smell of sage and jasmine…like when the rugged cowboy just happens upon a little border town in the midst of the parched Texas terrain. It quickly settles down into a heart of warm, tarred sandalwood, not unlike the scent of dry leaves and branches at the Grand Canyon in the midst of a summer drought. This warmth and vague, dreamy bitterness is cooled and softened by the lingering scent of jasmine. The heart notes are surprisingly clean, just a hint soapy on me, but still a very dry, clean, warm scent that isn’t at all unpleasant. Finally, as many have described, the cleanness and warmth is then “roughed up” a bit with the birchtar and cedar, adding a bit of texture—much like burlap—to the mix. The drydown gets a hint of smoke and gains a leathery feel, retaining quite a bit of the birchtar from before. The sweet seems to steal away like a senorita in the night, leaving behind a warm, masculine fragrance. I’d much prefer to smell this on a man (a cowboy, please), snuggled next to a warm campfire on a cool Western summer evening.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
One of my HG for sure.I already own that cause after i sample it last Christmas it SCREAMED my name.I really dont care for a serious review here,after all the other muers write beautiful reviews on this.After all this is not for me the memories of a lone wild man of the west(although i would hug them all if they smell like that)for me this is the scent of the most fascinating and sexy woman in the world.It's an exquisitily rich woody,a touch herbal but mostly resinous,very distinctive with the most lively leather accord that i've ever encountered.And men seems to lust over it.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Blue
Lonestar Memories, well I’ll be hornswoggled. If that ain’t a smell to rustle up some memories in an old timer like me. Faberge’s West, why yes, that’s the one that comes to mind…I can see that tall brown bottle clear as a Texas prairie dog. And they tell me this new un’s made by some son of a gun in Switzerland, or some such place. Now if that ain’t the darndest thing.
Faberge’s West for Men bit the dust back in the 1970’s, but had a similar scent if you leave out the birch tar. It was done up in more ostentatious cowboy-style packaging, and made a welcome alternative to Brut at the time. Both fragrances share some points in common in the basenotes.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
It's going to be love or hate; this is a scent that you will probably not be "on the fence" about. For me, it's love. This scent has completely knocked me over! It is leather that SMOULDERS. I love the way the intensity builds up after I apply it. The other notes in this scent are exceedingly important, for they make it so much more than just another well-done leather scent (as in Etro Gomma, or DSH Erotica, both so very well executed, yet ultimately uncompelling). But though they give great character to this fragrance, and are crucial to the way the fragrance develops on the skin, I do not find myself thinking about them individually. This perfume is so masterfully crafted that it goes far beyond the olfactory, right straight for the heart. Odd notes like birchtar, clary sage and carrot seed become feelings of excitement and discovery-- of discovering a strange new world. Myhrr and sandalwood offer a more familiar enchantment. Tonka and vetivir evoke dusty twilight.All in all, it is a very powerful, dramatic, evocative leather scent that burns with passion! By the way, it is potent and longlasting, and completely unsweet, yet I insist that it still retains a special sort of tenderness. How can a perfume that is so DIRTY be so elegant? Bottom line: Andy Tauer is impressing the hell out of me!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Apparently Andy Tauer's scents don't agree with my chemistry.
Such a shame! They are so interesting, exotic, powerful... all things I like in a scent. Then once on my skin they become stinky and strange.
Lonestar Memories smell of tyres or burned rubber. Not nice.
From a distance it smells good, when I put my nose close to my wrist it smells tyres! It's quite frustrating!
Age: Unknown Skin: Combination Hair: Other Eyes: Brown
Something kept me from sampling this until now. I loved L'Air du Desert Marocain. Even though the notes in this fragrance are very appealing to me, something did not grab me about it enough to even sample it--Now that I read the reviews, I think perhaps it was the cheesy name. This perfume captures luxury and comfort and it is too innocuous to be a cowboy (I am in agreement with the other ladies). Nonetheless, it is a beautiful and smoky leather. Andy Tauer's perfumes are best left for the confident and grown up women to wear. Just like his other creations, this isn't for girl who wants to smell like cupcakes or chocolate. Up until now, my favorite leather was Bandit. This has taken its place. I am in love and ready for long-time commitment! The fragrance opens with smoky leather (not tar a la Le Labo Patchouli) note. The dry down is woody and ambery with a hint of jasmine and a bit of tar. The myrrh in the dry down is similar to the one in Les Nereides Opoponax. LOVE!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I was completely surprised by this - it's so much more than a plain leather fragrance! LM begins with a sensual, deep, smoky leather scent layered with an herbal/vegetal note. As it dries down, deep, rich wood notes emerge, followed by jasmine (the same rich, deep jasmine as in Le Maroc pour Elle) and a sweet, ambery, tar-like drydown. I also smell coffee grinds and myrrh deep into the drydown. There is a sweet, dry, resinous accord in the base that recalls Tauer's previous scents, especially L'Air du Desert Marocain.
I tend not to like leather fragrances, but I find this one to be more interesting than most scents of its kind. Like Le Maroc pour Elle and L'Air du Desert Marocain, it also beautifully evokes an exotic world and a lifestyle I only know from books or films. Andy Tauer is the only perfumer besides Serge Lutens who can do that for me. I hope he never gives up on perfume-making. Available from TauerPerfumes for $65. Notes: Geranium, Carrot seed, Clary sage, Birchtar, Cistus, Jasmine, Cedar wood, Myrrh, Tonka, Vetiver, Sandalwood.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Black Eyes: Black
Why fight it? Andy Tauer should have just called this "Eau de Brokeback" and handed out samples of it at movie theaters. But that would have been too cheesy for such a well-composed perfume that evokes that Western pioneering spirit, I guess.