The Tauer PentaChord series contains three perfumes. These perfumes contain 5 ingredients each. These are Tauer’s “simplified” creations.
I was hesitate to try the PentaChords since “simplified” rarely gets my attention. I’m so over the “one molecule” gimmick in the perfume world (Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume, Escentric Molecules, etc). Samples of these have ended up in my hands. Surprisingly, Verdant is not simple. Not simple at all.
Verdant is weird. When I first smell it, I get mint, crushed ivy leaves, smoky vetiver and ripe raspberries. All at once it’s aquatic, green, smoky and fruity. And because it’s minty, smoke, tobacco, I am reminded of menthol cigarettes. And menthol cigarettes reminds me of my younger days and hanging out with drag queens. The scent is cold, green, bleach-like, and sickly sweet. The base is more menthol ciggies with a dry, chemical amber.
When I wear Verdant, I’m always paranoid that people think I smell like a menthol ciggarette smoker that tried to cover it up with Bath and Body Works Sun-Ripened Raspberry body spray. Because I’m pretty certain that is what I smell like.
I don’t like it. But, I dislike minty and cool fragrances 90% of the time. Some people may find this brisk and refreshing. It reminds me of swishing my mouth with Listerine. It hurts but it’s refreshing. But, because it hurts, I rarely use it.
Notes listed include ivy, earth, leather, smoke, tobacco and amber. PERFUMER – Andy Tauer
Verdant is an odd one and I haven’t sniffed anything else like it. Try it if you like minty fragrances. Or if you like perfumes like CdG Play Green, L’Artisan Parfumeur Tea for Two, Malle Geranium Pour Monsieur, Cartier Pasha, and/or Guerlain Homme. I say Verdant is unisex. And it probably works best in warmer, humid climates.
Verdant has above average projection and longevity for an EDP and this is labeled EDT. This is the longest wearing “cool and minty” fragrance that I know of.
The 1.7 oz bottle of Verdant retails for $150 at MiN NY.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – I wish I could sum it up for you. The best I can do is aquatic, green, minty, smoky, fruity. I am not a fan at all. It wears like menthol ciggies, mouth wash breath and raspberry body spray on me.
Tauer Pentachord Verdant was featured in my Perfume Matching Game – June Edition.
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*Sample given to me by perfume pal, Brian. Product pic from MiN.