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L'Air du Désert Marocain (2005)
by Tauer

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L'Air du Désert Marocain information

Year of Launch2005
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 1107 votes)

People and companies

HouseTauer
PerfumerAndy Tauer

About L'Air du Désert Marocain

L'Air du Désert 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 Désert Marocain fragrance notes

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

Reviews of L'Air du Désert Marocain

Andy Tauer has re-released this as a solid perfume, and this new form presents an opportunity to revisit what is one of the truly iconic niche fragrances.

There's not much to say about L'Air du Désert Marocain that hasn't already been said: a dry, spicy, smoky scent with a vetiver/ambergris base that evokes sweeping desert winds. It's still distinctive even if it has its descendants, because it still doesn't really have a "mainstream" parallel. There are niche descendants out there--Eight & Bob Nuit de Megeve being one of the more recent ones I've sampled--but none of them do this quite as well.

It's perfectly balanced, and in solid form it's now more wearable and seductive than it's been before: less of a bracing shout than a gentle emanation.

Au Coeur du Désert, its extrait-form flanker, adds some depth and softness; it's the Encre Noire a L'Extreme to L'Air's Encre Noire.
11th April, 2020
A good fragrance for the right person.

This, like all of the Tauer fragrances that I've sampled, is of high quality, and the attention to detail and craftsmanship that Andy Tauer invests in his line is quite evident.

The initial sniff upon application is a vetiver-y incense with a faint, soft powdery undertone to it, thanks to the rock rose and jasmine. Then, in a similar vein to Encens et Lavande (1996) by Serge Lutens, the volume increases significantly as the powdery aura dissipates a bit and the incense and vetiver ramp up. Forewarning: Don't overapply this. Spray, then give it a few minutes.

My issue with this is that although the materials are top quality, the vetiver, incense and ambergris make this an extremely dry perfume, one that almost "burns" the nostrils a bit, much as the desert air does. Now, for all intents and purposes, that's "mission accomplished" and Tauer has produced exactly what the name on the bottle is meant to invoke. But, like Incense Extreme (2008), which Tauer would release three years later, I think this is a terrific scent but one that I don't find to be very wearable. Again, this is based on my preference, and again, this in no way detracts from the quality of this fragrance. Tauer did a fantastic job with this. Although this is listed as unisex, I think this leans way into the masculine side of things. I wouldn't want to smell this on a woman, but that's my opinion.

Overall, a great scent, but one that requires a very specific time and place, and truthfully, I can't really come up with either for myself. Give it a try, though. The craftsmanship and attention to detail warrant that at the very least.

Thumbs up, but not for me.

22nd November, 2019
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United Kingdom
Bought a sample and fell in love with this at the first breath. Incense, heat, airy, dry, gentle, soft, smooth but makes my nose fizz in a wonderful way. In some beautiful way it feels familiar and so sensual.

A full bottle is already on order.

Perfect.
09th August, 2019
A light smoke opening, incense and spice on first application: the scent is very light, very airy. Woody-powdery notes come in the background after 10 minutes, hard to detect at first but become more prominent as time goes on. I'm really not getting much projection: unless I'm actively looking for the scent, I can barely detect its presence. I added extra application to make sure I It does last awhile as a purely skin scent, however: a solid 7-8 hours.

It's more masculine than feminine: enjoyable and well blended, but it lacks any projection on my skin. Very expensive, for me it's not worth it but I could see wearing it on cooler spring days. The cedar and vetiver basenotes are very good, a delicate spiciness: but there isn't enough, for me, to justify a full bottle purchase.

6/10
06th March, 2019
It reads to me as incense, which is not my favorite but it is beautifully blended. Something clear and almost citrusy, but in a dry not sweet way. This all comes in with a swell of cedar that feels like the center. A small sharp pinching of what I think is the jasmine sneaks in here as well. Definitely invokes imagery of a desert. Projected well, with clear wafts for about 4 hours. Eight hours in and I can't smell anything on my sweatshirt, but is present as a skin scent. . Faint incense, dry vetiver. and amber, in that order. Had a moment when smelling my arm that made me pause, like harps strumming when going a cartoon goes into a dream sequence. It feels like art. Should really be tried by everyone who likes fragrances.
31st January, 2019
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

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