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L'Air des Alpes Suisses (2019)
by Tauer

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L'Air des Alpes Suisses information

Year of Launch2019
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 21 votes)

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About L'Air des Alpes Suisses

L'Air des Alpes Suisses is a shared / unisex perfume by Tauer. The scent was launched in 2019

L'Air des Alpes Suisses fragrance notes

Reviews of L'Air des Alpes Suisses

Interesting stuff. Feels more like art as a perfume than most things I've smelled. If I ignore the marketing, it smells like evergreens subdued with soapiness and something vegetal or medicinal. That last part is what throws me off here..there's a certain unpleasantness (to me) that's very faint. Almost like the smell of new rubber gloves. Again, that part is very minor and the majority of this scent leans toward airy, soapy evergreens.

I go back and forth on how much of this smells natural vs not. That's probably the difference in smelling up close vs in the air, as it smells much nicer in the air, jumping off your skin rather than right up next to skin.

Unisex for sure, doesn't lean either way for me. Again, due to its "art as perfume" nature, that would make sense that it seems more like a recreation of something one smells in the world rather than an idea of something a man or woman "should" smell like.

Projection is fine. Anything beyond 3-4 sprays might get loud. I get about 6-7 hours of noticeable scent.
03rd May, 2020
I liked this straight away, the freshness and the spiciness. The particular type of lavandacious freshness recalls a mens classic from 40 years ago, Shulton's Blue Stratos, which is still obtainable. The ad line was "captures the freshness and freedom of the windswept sky".

It also reminds me of Speick, a classic German toilet soap again loosely based on lavender.

I suppose it could even be compared to a fresher and greener version of Tabac Original, another classic German mens fragrance from the 1950's.

Whilst on the subject of comparisons, the holy grail alpine fragrance for me will always be Roger and Gallet's Verlande, (the name being an anagram of lavender). This was another mens line, discontinued 40 or 50 years ago, which mixed fine lavender with high altitude alpine aromas, to very good effect.

I would be interested to know to what extent Tauer was aiming for a genuine reconstruction of alpine flower notes (which could be done by headspace) and to what extent it is a fantasy concept.
11th March, 2020 (last edited: 28th April, 2020)
A long overdue sampling of one of the latest releases from Tauer Perfumes, the 2019 L’Air des Alpes Suisses, which unsurprisingly translates to “The Air of the Swiss Alps,” a fresh spicy aromatic fragrance that I instantly liked when smelling it Perfumology for the first time some months ago.

My first reaction was that LADAS smelled like a spicy variation to Creed Himalaya, with mixed citruses and woods, complemented by a variety of spices, none too overwhelming but pleasantly accenting. The main standout notes to me are lavender, lemon, ambergris, birch, lily, rosewood, and nutmeg, with a handful of others. It’s a complex composition but the result is pleasant and fairly easy to wear, a year-round jack-of-all-trades that has freshness but not to the point of being bland or generic.

I conclude that while Andy is not reinventing the wheel with these, it’s nonetheless a special twist on a familiar fresh spicy DNA that he makes his own, highly wearable and enjoyable and a bottle I’ll seriously need to consider buying.

It comes in EDT concentration but feels like a comfortably moderate performer, not too airy nor pulling a disappearing act like many freshies, but certainly not as dense or rich as say, a Profumuma Roma fresh offering, with its high oil content.

I don’t believe it’s in stock currently at Perfumology but other US boutiques like Luckyscent and Tigerlily carry it at its retail pricing of $135 for 50ml, in line with house’s pricing for most fragrances.

8 out of 10
10th February, 2020
I had high hopes for this, but to be completely honest with you I didn't enjoy it. I bought Swiss Alps because I was looking for something exceptionally crisp, fresh, and chilly...like the mountain air I'd expect to encounter there. But with the exception of a fir and pine accord, there was little to be found in that upper, airy, cool and crisp register. The fragrance felt kind of heavy...soggy. And because of the heaviness its smell just sort of hangs there. After a while it gets annoying. T I'm not sure why tonka was used here--it's not a note I associate with high, bracing altitudes, and paired with orchid and lily, things move in another extraneous direction I'd prefer to avoid. Silver Mountain Water, Humiecki & Graef Eau Radieuse...these fragrances convey the cold, invigorating air that might surround a tall mountain. L'Air du Alpes Suisse does not. Unfortunately, this was just a mediocre release by Tauer, and I definitely caution against buying it blindly. This was one particular scent that I really just wanted to get off of myself quickly. Sample first. Final rating: 5/10
31st December, 2019
L'Air des Alps is an old fashioned spice, woods and powder scent that reminds me of barbershop fragrances from the 1960's. It smells good and I like spice woods scents and I smile when this goes on. My only criticism is that the tonka powdery aspect, which is a big element, is a little too bold especially in warmer weather when it dominates and blooms.

This fragrance is full of resinous woods with pine needles, fir woods, birch wood and rosewood and these are balanced evenly with spice aromatics of thyme, basil, nutmeg and lavender. The light florals of lily and orchid adds a gentle airy element that keeps the spices aloft with the powder and woods. L'Air des Alpes Suisses is unisex and smells like a traditional alpine meadow aromatic cologne that you might find hiding inside back of grandpas clothing chest. I have given this a neutral rating because compared to the stellar originality and quality of other Tauer fragrances, this one seems average at best - 2.5 of 5 stars is how I see it. This L'Air is a very nice old fashioned spice barbershop scent that is nice to smell even though it is not a head turner.
15th November, 2019 (last edited: 09th May, 2020)

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