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Photos from An Evening with Andy Tauer

Andy Tauer stopped by Fumerie on November 18th to debut his newest fragrance, Hyacinth and a Mechanic, and to chat with his Portland-area fans. Over the course of the evening, he discussed the modest beginnings of the Tauer line, the release of his now-iconic fragrance L'Air du Désert Marocain, his overnight success and the impact of Tania Sanchez's 5-star review in Perfumes: The A-Z Guide.

One of the most exciting parts of the evening was the unveiling of Andy's newest fragrance, Hyacinth and a Mechanic. The fragrance is a daring combination of hyacinth, lilac, muguet, leather and petroleum and presented as a 100 ml eau de toilette. Hyacinth and a Mechanic is the first release of a new collection, Tauerville: Stories. Andy released the fragrance specifically for the event and currently has no plans to offer the scent as a regular part of his line.

Attendees were also afforded the unique opportunity to purchase Andy's vaulted fragrances that are normally available only in Switzerland or through the Tauer website.

You can check out photos of the event below. We would like to extend a special thank you to Kat Butler who was kind enough to document the event for us.

Exploring Ancient Resins

The second installment of our Notes series took place on Tuesday, July 19 and focused on ancient resins and balsams. These materials have been used in perfumery since antiquity and continue to enjoy widespread use in fragrances today. In an hour-long event hosted by Nicole Amzallag-Divine, attendees were afforded the opportunity to familiarize themselves with frankincense, myrrh, cistus labdanum and benzoin. Nicole discussed the history of these materials and their various applications over the years.

The attendees sample the various raw materials and record their impressions.

Smelling strips were dipped in diluted samples of various raw materials and placed in monclins, devices designed to provide the most accurate portrait of a scent.

Nicole describes frankincense resin is harvested from shrubs as an attendee samples the raw material.

Attendees engage with Nicole and Fumerie owner Tracy Tsefalas.

Nicole discusses the modern applications of frankincense and passes around smelling strips imbued with the aroma of fragrances that make use of the material.

An overview of the bar at Fumerie during the Ancient Resins event.

A view from behind the bar; in the foreground you can see the featured fragrances with smelling strips lined up and ready to be passed around to attendees.

Nicole takes questions from attendees.

In the foreground attendees record their impressions while Tracy and Nicole look on.

Fragrance Swap Recap

Fumerie Parfumerie hosted its first Fragrance Swap on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. The turnout was amazing and we had over one hundred fragrances available for swap. Everyone had a great time and walked away with something new. Check out these photos of the event snapped by Kat Butler and feel free to comment below.

Burak & André

Briana & Nicole

Jon

Burak & Andrea (Front), Joseph (Back)

Tracy & André

Tracy & Nicole (Front), Briana, Burak, Brett, Nancy (Back)

Nancy & Sam (Front), Rachel (Back)

André & Tracy

The bar was filled to the brim

Ann & Andrea

Andrea & Nicole

E & Sam

Tracy & Nicole

Andrea, CC, Nancy & Briana (Front), André & Tracy (Back)

Briana, Joseph & Stephen

Rachel & Nacy (Front), Sam & Ann (Middle), Nicole, Briana, Stephen (Back)

Rachel, Nicole, Tracy & André (L-R)

Burak, Stephen & Jon

A Photo Recap of An Evening With Josh Meyer

Josh Meyer, the man behind Imaginary Authors, visited Fumerie Parfumerie this Thursday to describe the creation of his latest fragrance Every Storm A Serenade and host a Q&A session for a crowd of guests. Among other things, Josh discussed his creative process, his early scent memories and his love for animalic perfumes.

Josh brought in the four main accords present in Every Storm A Serenade (Calone, Ambroxan, Spruce & Eucalyptus and Vetiver) and attendees were given the opportunity to smell the isolated accords as Josh explained the role of each piece as a part of the whole.

Attendees also submitted questions for Josh in advance and also asked impromptu questions during the course of the event. For me, the highlight of the night was Josh's particularly poignant response to a question about fragrance chemistry, remarking that the work of a perfumer could more easily be likened to that of a painter than a chemist.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to Josh for taking time out of his busy schedule to participate in what we hope will be the first of many guest appearances at Fumerie. For those of you who were unable to attend, Kat Butler took some wonderful shots of the event. Please feel free to comment below about the event or your favorite imaginary authors fragrances.

All photos by Kat Butler.