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Tai Winds (1972)
by Avon


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Year of Launch1972
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Tai Winds is a masculine fragrance by Avon. The scent was launched in 1972

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Tai Winds was Avon's attempt at a Jade East or Hai Karate, just almost a decade late when these kind of oriental-themed fougères were sliding downmarket. It's what one gets if they take the elements that made Brut by Faberge such a hit and built upon it to something superior (yes, this is better than the iconic Brut (1963); you can hate me later but read on). Imagine if you will, a barbershop fougère like the aforementioned Brut with that classic powdery base and sweet lavender, but then jacked up with a big fat tonka note that's way richer than Brut ever could muster with heavier oakmoss, and amplified into a rich, warm projection beast with vanilla, musk, and something green that is likely sage. The stuff is just so strong, yet comforting, it's one of the most lush vanillic barbershop scents I have ever encountered, and even though this was very late to that party, it outclasses most of it's competition save maybe the niche barbershop stuff that would come out decades later. Avon Tai Winds is a serious contender for 2nd place after the classic Clubman Pinaud for a great after shave too, out-pacing both Brut and Canoe in a fell stroke with voluminous base notes. Granted, Jade East (1963) was more green and Hai Karate (1967) more shrill, but even if this were reformulated and re-released by Avon (which never re-releases ANYTHING once discontinued anymore like they used to), it would still be superior and more relevant now than it's more popular competition from that era, simply due to it's construction. It could easily be the brawny Clubman Pinaud-meets-Pour Un Homme de Caron (1934) that you never knew you needed in your life, but once you taste, you'll never be rid of, ever.

The bottle itself is gorgeous and really reminds me of something from Planet Vulcan, and it most certainly could have been a prop on the set of Star Trek, and maybe in Spock's personal quarters. Secondly, it could also have been an item of interest from an old exploitation Kung-Fu movie, the kind of artifact the hero is trying to recover in order to bring honor to his Dojo. Having to undo the straps before unscrewing the cap even gives it an extra mystical allure that makes it seem more special than it is, and I admit this sentiment is part of the endearment one gets using it. Don't worry, they're elastic and even after nearly 50 years, they're plenty pliable for use. Tai Winds almost has that smooth, steely sense of control that Spock usually has, with the true power it possesses bubbling underneath with the wisps of that green accord and the other herbals that swirl about and climb out of the vanilla/musk/powder mire which has trapped them. It's one of the very rare examples of Avon not just trying to make a "me-too" to a popular designer fragrance or fragrance trope, but actually surpass what it's inspired from in almost every conceivable way. I am dead serious that with the right retro marketing, and bringing back the original bottle design, this could be a real-life "Sex Panther" cologne that would sell in oodles just for it's personification of the genteel and confidant early 70's man.

We're talking about a potential "Pabst Blue-Ribbon Beer" kind of comeback fragrance if there ever was one, because it's not just the boldest and smoothest of the oriental-themed fougères I've smelled, but also among the best-blended, just nearly 10 years late to the game it was trying to play. It's mystique and bold nature is every bit as delivered as the packaging and box promises. I admit the name "Tai Winds" made me laugh, because I thought to myself "what kind of corny crap do they think they're trying to pull naming a cologne something this audacious?" It sounds like something out of that aforementioned Kung-Fu movie, but little did I find out until I was actually wearing the stuff (which felt like breaking an ancient seal after having the stuff sit untouched for 45+ years), that it wasn't bragging. This stuff literally is like a wind. I will admit that if you hate old-school scents or barbershop anything, then just as in the movie from which the "Sex Panther" cologne originates, you'd probably want to hose me down in a back alley once I dab this stuff on, but you're gonna have to catch me first. Tai Winds is nothing short brute force barbershop with a green twist: this is 60's fougère cheese delivered a decade late in an unexpectedly refined manner, both excusing it's lateness and making it ironically more timeless in smell than the sum of it's parts and unforgivably shmaltzy packaging would allow, by being biggest boy on the playground.
By the way, the after shave is almost equally as rich and long-lived as the cologne. Amazing stuff.
02nd September, 2017 (last edited: 19th February, 2018)
Very musky with some citrus at the opening and some spiciness at the heart, but basically musk from beginning to end.
Discontinued and practically hard to find nowadays.
My flacon is a Rolls-Royce, but it comes in a variety of flacons.
19th July, 2015
Tai Winds was a lovely man's fragrance, composed of citrus, musk and subtle spice notes. It some ways it was similar to Kouros, but it was more subtle and gentle.

Sad that it's been discontined.
29th March, 2010

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