L'Air du Désert Marocain by Tauer Perfumes

Year: 2005

Notes: bergamot, lemon, petitgrain bigarade, coriander, cumin, Bourbon geranium, jasmine, rock rose, birch tar, cedar, vetiver, patchouli, vanilla, amber, oakmoss

Comment: L'Air du Désert Marocain is part of the Classics Collection

L'Air du Désert Marocain is an undeniably evocative creation, which successfully conveys the warm, exotic and contemplative characteristics of the Maghreb desert.

With a multi-faceted and paradoxical nature, it's both sweet and dry, resinous but also smooth, earthy and yet almost ethereal, and complex but very versatile. It starts off zesty, creamy and slightly herbaceous before the resinous, smoky and woody aspects rapidly grow in prominence. These mélange of accords are both exquisite and intoxicating, with superb blending that's remarkably seamless. Collectively, these notes weave a spicy and rich tapestry of sensual balsamic sweetness, constantly beguiling and flirting with one's olfactory senses.

With a subtle moist undercurrent, courtesy of a vetiver accord, its sillage is sufficient and yet not overpowering. However, its lasting power is very impressive (at least eight hours) and develops into a skin scent, which gently simmers on the skin over a lengthy period of time. As an Eau de Toilette Intense, one could also be forgiven for assuming its performance is more akin to a respectable Eau de Parfum.

L'Air du Désert Marocain is an astonishing oriental that's very Lutens-esque and is, to one's nose, superior to Serge Lutens' syrupy sweet rendition of the same theme, Chergui. It's nothing short of a modern masterpiece and still remains Andy Tauer's greatest olfactory achievement to date.