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L'Air du Desert Marocain (2005)
by Tauer

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L'Air du Desert Marocain information

Year of Launch2005
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 1044 votes)

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HouseTauer
PerfumerAndy Tauer

About L'Air du Desert Marocain

L'Air du Desert Marocain is a shared / unisex perfume by Tauer. The scent was launched in 2005 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Andy Tauer

L'Air du Desert Marocain fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of L'Air du Desert Marocain

L'Air du Desert Marocain (2005) is the second perfume from one-man-house Tauer, composed like all of them are, by Andy Tauer himself. This STEM professional/IT guy-turned perfumer started off doing fragrances like this as a hobby, using the hand weighing and mixing of ingredients, although I don't believe he hand-mascerates, tinktures, or infuses everything as Creed claim to do. Regardless, L'Air du Desert Marocain is a prime example of "back to the old ways" perfume when only Lords and Ladies could afford bespoke commissioned fragrances while everyone else subsisted on the occasional bath water, but brought into modern times and batch-produced for public purchase. L'Air du Desert Marocain is one of Tauer's most popular fragrances, and the one that really put Tauer on the map as a perfume brand, allowing Andy to "quit his day job" and focus on perfume as a career. The scent of L'Air du Desert Marocain is decidely masculine even if it is sold as a unisex creation, so no doubt most of this praise comes from guys who dig it's spicy, smoky, and dry trail befitting its name. Tauer also presents a tremendous value in the artisinal niche world in that his scents are rarely single-market or limited under the standard Tauer label.

The scent of L'Air du Desert Marocain opens with a lot of coriander, a real challenge for people who like but don't love the note. There's also a virile hit of cumin that fades into the mix and some subtle but sharp petitgrain in the top that floats around, but L'Air du Desert Marocain doesn't "announce itself" with a ton of bergamot, grapefruit, or other citrus. This make application a bit tricky as the scent does that quiet-to-loud reverse dry down I've noted in several other fragrances where the middle or base begins diffusing before the claimed top notes due to variance in ingredient density, so take some time getting to know L'Air du Desert Marocain before hosing yourself. Cistus labdanum aka Rockrose is the majority heart note here, coming in before the spices of the top, then joined by a pale jasmine that fades like the cumin before that very smoky vetiver takes hold. The drydown is similar to Guerlain Jicky (1889) in that there is just an umbrella of notes that collapse into the base, and by the time that collapse occurs, we're swimming in dry ambergris, vetiver smoke, and cedar sprinkled with cistus and coriander. This is an eau de parfum, so expect closer wear that lasts all day, especially in the lack of effusive top notes. L'Air du Desert Marocain also feel best used in formal or business settings in fall or winter. Just because this stuff smells like a desert, it doesn't mean for you to wear it in one, or on a hot humid day.

Fans of smoky vetiver masculine classics like Jacomo de Jacomo (1980), Roger & Gallet Open (1985), or Aramis Havana (1994) will find a lot to love with L'Air du Desert Marocain, as this is like a "next level" fragrance in terms of intensity compared to them. Cistus and coriander replace the boozy or mossy characteristics of those older scents, which might be a deal breaker as mentioned above, but anyone wanting to smell like they smoked a hookah before jumping on a camel to take a journey along the ancient Spice Road will utterly fall in love with L'Air du Desert Marocain. Pentagon bottles for Tauer are notoriously wonky so be warned if you're diving in for a full purchase, but there are fixes if your cap gets stuck or doesn't stay. This is a definite thumbs up for me, but as a huge fan of labadnum and vetiver, I already have a lot of choices in this vein both new and vintage, so reaching for L'Air du Desert Marocain wouldn't happen often for me, especially at the niche price point. Had I discovered this before any of the others, my allegiances might skew differently, so hats off to Andy Tauer for proving far more valuable crafting olfactive gems than lines of Javascript. Luckily, he also works his ass off to meet demand, so there's little fear of scalpers buying up stock and flipping it with an extra zero on the price tag. Good stuff!
14th December, 2018
Stardate 20181030:

Amber is a very versatile note in fragrance. It is used as fixative. Add it to vanilla and you get an oriental. It also adds warmth and/or a shimmering glow to the composition.
In all these application, Amber adds sweetness to the composition. Dry Amber is not something I have seen.
LADDM changed that. Somehow Andy made the Amber dry. And I guess that is where the Desert comes from in the name.
The addition of soft spices evokes image of a souk in a desert. Name is apt and fragrance amazing.
30th October, 2018
Wow. This one is really impressive. I describe it as a very sweet, dry and spicy fragrance that lasts all day. I blindly purchased half an oz after reading all of the good things on here and I'm really glad I did.
17th October, 2018
The Dog by Francisco Goya
02nd October, 2018
It's not the desert
But mirages of cities
That enchant me so.

These wooden antiques
No age is asked or given
Lest question vanish.

Fair perfumed ladies
Laughing over the next dune
At sure oasis.

Some sweet confection
Warm in a breezy window
There in the distance.

Just let me be there
Long enough to remember
To return to here.
07th September, 2018
Sweet and spiced beginning. The cumin nearly kills it for me, as it gives this a rubber tire smell. After the cumin recedes the rest of this fragrance is divine. the jasmine smells sweet to me. My usual fave type of scent in a warm, amberish, dry, patchy-type, and woody base. However, I enjoy Au Coeur du Desert much more.
16th August, 2018

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