WHAT I SMELL: Miriam’s opening is comprised of sweet bergamot and light aldehydes which are quickly met with warmed geranium. Immediately, Miriam feels old school with a distinctive make-up, lipstick and violet laced presence. I was expecting the opening to be lighter and more powdery. Instead, it’s a smooth almost honeyed mix of florals accentuated at first by violet, but then with rose and jasmine. Suprisingly restrained, the perfume provides an aura of self-assuredness and strength, while maintaining its femininity. Even though it feels nostalgic, there’s nothing sweet or innocent in the perfume. After around 10 minutes, a deeper projection of sandalwood and what feels like a tinge of civet, continues to bring a more woody confidence to this beautiful perfume. After 20 minutes, Miriam begins to project. The warmth of the opening, moves toward a dry and powdery mix of lavender and orris root. In fact, when sniffed, the dryness pulls the wet out of my throat and nose. In the end, you’re left with a powdered puff of violet laced haze of a perfume. And even though there’s a quiet confidence in Miriam that is all woman, there’s no messing with this in control no-nonsense beauty.
From the Tableau de Parfums website:
Miriam references the heady, diffusive fragrances of the thirties and forties. It is vintage in spirit but with a contemporary character. A fragrance constructed in the tradition of classic perfumery, Miriam is the kind of fragrance they don’t make much anymore.
Notes: bergamot, sweet orange, geranium, violet blossom, rose, jasmine, ylang, violet leaf, lavender, vanilla, orris root, sandalwood.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: A 1940’s Joan Crawford; in-between all woman and all out dame.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE MIRIAM: nostalgic, confident, captivating
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT MIRIAM: Bonkers About Perfume, EauMG, Persolaise
BOTTOM LINE: The sample has been sitting on my office desk for a few days now and when I walk in the room, the fragrance lingers within the confines of the room. It reminds me of my mother when I was a child when I would walk in my parents bedroom and I could still smell the powder and the lipstick from the evening before. Miriam is like a lovely dream from the past. Recently I reviewed Chanel’s Misia which has a similar makeup vibe; Miriam is much more my cup of tea.
- Bone Rating: 4.5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Floral Aldehyde
- Nose: Andy Tauer
- Classification: Feminine
- Expense: $165 for 50 ml Eau de Parfum and $40 for 7 ml purse spray (I love that option!)
March 18, 2015 at 5:55 am
A great review Mr Hound! I have samples of all three of the Tableau de Parfums range and Miriam is far and away my favourite of the three. You have described it perfectly. It smells like dressing tables! Very beautiful and very feminine. I reviewed it last year and have also reviewed Ingrid but not Loretta yet I think.
Thank you for a lovely review.
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March 18, 2015 at 6:06 am
Samantha – how nice to see you. I really like this. For some reason I was expecting it to be way over the top, but it’s beautiful in it’s control. Actually, it’s probably too feminine for even me, but I think it might make for a nice room diffuser!
March 19, 2015 at 5:22 am
I knew you’d get more out of it than I did. On me it was powder on steroids. I felt like I was sticking my head in a bucket of baby powder and inhaling. I wanted that cosmetic vibe that everyone else got. I’m happy it works for you.
March 19, 2015 at 5:53 am
Thank you so much for the giftie. It really is a love. Like with many of Andy’s perfumes though, a light touch is probably in your best interest. xooxxo
March 19, 2015 at 6:39 am
I actually did try a light touch and it was still bad. It even irritated my throat like I had swallowed powder. Nope, this one is not for me at any dosage.
March 21, 2015 at 2:42 am
I read your review and cannot believe we smelled the same perfume! I’m not talking about liking or disliking it but actually notes/qualities you’re describing. I don’t smell any sweetness in Miriam. It starts with what I describe to myself as green bitterness. It warms up a little as it develops and I remember thinking that it smelled good – just not the type of perfume I’d like to wear. Now I’m curious to try it again. I need to dig out my sample.
March 21, 2015 at 6:41 am
Miriam may morph differently on everybody’s skin…you saw that all that Poodle got out of this was heaps of dry powder. I will say that the sweet opening only lasted for probably less than a minute. If I was not reviewing, which means that I am sniffing from the first second, i may have not noted that cause it moved toward the middle notes quickly. All I know is that i like it. 🙂