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    Default L'Air Du Desert Marocain (Review) by Noirdrakkar

    I have another review for all of you today. I'm going to start a discussion on another niche fragrance. One of the best parts of going on the fragrance journey is to sample fragrances. And I hope my reviews help you come to a decision on what to sample, what to buy and what to avoid. For those who don't know, I have specific standards for reviewing and rating fragrances. Oh, and what I write is purely my opinion, and not fact that is set in stone. Thanks in advance for reading.

    Today's fragrance is L'Air Du Desert Marocain by Tauer Perfumes


    For those who don't know, Andy Tauer is an independent perfumer (who sells his perfumes at MIN New York). His perfume line received a lot of respect from the fragrance community after his fragrance L'Air Du Desert Marocain (LDDM, in short) was hyped by the community on the forums, social networks and youtube.

    Is this fragrance as good as it was made out to be or is it a classic example of a fragrance that is victim of over-hyping?

    Scent 4/5

    This scent is spicy, aromatic, floral (with rose) with a woody base. Far from a clean smell, but an intentionally dirty smell. Tauer envisioned the winds of a Morrocan desert blowing toward him as he stands at a terrace, and below, a town with several bakeries creating a pleasant smell of baked goods traveling across the air.

    This fragrance is warm and dry, redolent of a desert night. It's dirty and dusty, smells like soil and sand, but that's the point of the fragrance. It's a desert. That's part of the atmosphere. Dirty not as in putrid, but rather as describing of nature.

    I feel that the amber note is overpronounced, and in the drydown there is a strong vetiver note, where vetiver completely takes over. While the amber note is quality, and the vetiver note is one of the best vetiver notes I ever smelled, both of those heavy notes lack accompaniment, so of all notes, they stand out the most. I usually prefer notes like amber and vetiver to be part of a fragrance, but not the main parts. Yes, there is ambergris in the drydown, but it's subtle.

    However, through most of the longevity of LDDM, a vanilla note is present and it is a quality vanilla note, along with a few other sweet spices that give it a gourmand vibe. This, in my opinion, is what prevented this fragrance from becoming stale and too focused. It supplemented what the fragrance didn't have. The vanilla note is by far, this fragrance's greatest strength. It smoothened an otherwise sharp and shrill fragrance. Best of all, it used vanilla the right way. It used a very small (but readily detectable) amount of it, instead of using vanilla as a crutch like some fragrances do.

    The notes transition excellently and it shows the amount of time and dedication Tauer put into perfecting this.

    Originality 4.5/5

    While I cringe at many of the fragrances that claim to envision a certain atmosphere just to promote sales, but this one actually does. It takes you to an entirely different world. It's very easy for me to imagine exactly what Tauer described, watching a small town on a terrace at night with the wind of the desert in the distance pushing toward you. This is more than a scent to be packed and bottled. It's a portrait, and it's a painting.

    Sure, there are fragrances out there that use the notes in this, but not with this structure and organization. It's not something so bizarre that it's completely different from anything ever made, but the small details show a meticulous effort to make this something that is still significantly different than most of the stuff out there.

    Versatility 2/5

    This is Desert Marocain's greatest weakness. This is harder to wear during warmer weather. The high projection will be too shrill for some people to handle. I definitely don't think this is tame enough to wear during work (but if you do, wear very little of it). The average consumer could very well find this too unconventional. I don't think the younger generation, 15 to 25, will appreciate this one (though I'm in my early 20's and I appreciate it).

    People around you may not appreciate this as much as you do, especially the ones that prefer fresh, fruity, aquatic and safe colognes. This fragrance does give a dirty soil and rock vibe which will turn people off. And it would be easy for some people to see this fragrance as smelling like a cheap incense stick. If you are looking to wear a dirty unclean woody masculine scent, this definitely is much better than most of the designers out there.

    Most people, maybe 99% of people, won't take notice of the detail and sophistication that went into this. This stuff is very masculine and would have had a greater home in the 70's and 80's. But in the end, this isn't a fragrance like maybe Armani Code that a young guy could wear to get compliments from women. It's a fragrance that you wear because you like it. It's more of a fragrance you want to smell than smell like. You wear it because you appreciate it, and not to please people around you. This is not to say it will offend a lot of people (as long as you don't spray too much).

    To me, it's not something I would wear daily (and I'm guessing that many of you probably wouldn't wear this daily either), but I would wear it when I'm in the mood for it. And when I'm in the mood for it, I love it. Even having the atomizer by my side to smell and it elevates my mood. Smelling the atomizer is pleasurable, but wearing it is an entirely different thing.

    Projection 4.5/5

    The projection on this is very loud at the opening, one of the strongest out there. So, you should probably wait a little while before leaving the house after you apply this. The projection is very loud for an hour, but after an hour, it gets softer and smoother, but still projects very well. 6 or 7 hours in and still projects just like it did during the 2nd and 3rd hour. For this reason, you only need to spray once or twice and that's all you need for the day. I don't recommend spraying 3 or more, unless your skin is very bad at projecting scents.

    Longevity 5/5

    This gets excellent marks on longevity, and it develops well throughout it. It's very interesting to analyze how it changes over time. This lasts over 10 hours. If you spray at 8AM, it will likely take until 6PM until it starts getting close to the skin and slowly fades away. This means once you decide to wear LDDM for the day, you can't wear anything else.

    Value 4/5

    You are paying $120 for 50ml. Yes, there are some designer fragrances that I feel are better for 2/3 the price, but compared to many niche fragrance, this is cheap. Most niche fragrances are $150+ (many of them in the $200-300 range). And this fragrance is not only a good value because it's relatively cheap. It's not just good for the price, but it's quality juice regardless of the price.

    The ML to price ratio is ideal. Tauer could have included 100ml and charged $200+ for it, but he knew that many people are on a budget and people with big collections may never need more than 50ml of any fragrance. Even if it were $200+, it would still compete very well in that range as it already surpasses a number of fragrances in that range.

    Is this worth buying? It depends. If you are someone who doesn't want to own a lot of fragrances, but just wants something that's versatile that people the people around them will love, I can't say this is a must-buy. But if you are working on a big collection, already have versatile scents (maybe, you've grown bored of many of them) and you want to give it something that it doesn't already have, then this is a great value.

    Overall Rating: 4/5
    (on a niche scale; not an average)

    This is not for conventional minds or people who want to stay on the safe side. This is for people with broad minds who want to expand beyond their comfort zone. This fragrance is essentially what niche is, to challenge you with something bold, daring and original, where many of the designer fragrances may have started to bore you. Many people who are non-Basenoters won't understand the artistic value of this masterpeice, and they won't care for it. And that's too damn bad for them because LDDM is a fragrance that will find a great place in the homes of many people who do relish a challenge.

    LDDM is a masterpeice. It's a work of art that would rather sacrifice some utility than destroy the purity of it's concept. Any flaws this fragrance has isn't a mistake in design, but rather a natural consequence of such bold vision and artistic dedication.

    Verdict: I highly recommend you sample this.

    And, now , I turn this over to you.

    I really enjoyed this one.

    What are your opinions on this fragrance (and this review)?

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    Default Re: L'Air Du Desert Marocain (Review) by Noirdrakkar

    Thank you for your wonderful review of this amazing fragrance. I like the way you have broken down your review to different categories. Easy to follow and very helpful.

    Does this fragrance remind you a little of L'air de Rien by Miller Harris? I find the latter a more skankier version of LDDM.

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    Default Re: L'Air Du Desert Marocain (Review) by Noirdrakkar

    I never tried that one.

    And thanks for the positive feedback.

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    Default Re: L'Air Du Desert Marocain (Review) by Noirdrakkar

    Have to stop over in SOHO in NYC and check this one out. Been saying that for a few weeks about this frag. Thanks for the info bro!

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    Default Re: L'Air Du Desert Marocain (Review) by Noirdrakkar

    I am also a fan of LDDM. I wore it for days when I first acquired it. The drydown is just bit sweet for me these days but I am still a huge fan of LDDM and especially Mr. Tauer's work in general.

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    Thank you noirdrakkar for your detailed review. I agree that this is a masterpiece. I also get a heavy dose of patchouli and benzoin in this. Do you agree or did it seem different to you?
    Interesting, in spite of its harsh (to some) and loud opening, LDDM is one of the most introspective and evocative scents to me. I have it in its original packaging and I treasure it in my wardrobe.

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    Default Re: L'Air Du Desert Marocain (Review) by Noirdrakkar

    I think you said it perfectly when you summed it up as;

    Quote Originally Posted by noirdrakkar View Post
    LDDM is a masterpeice. It's a work of art that would rather sacrifice some utility than destroy the purity of it's concept. Any flaws this fragrance has isn't a mistake in design, but rather a natural consequence of such bold vision and artistic dedication.
    A fantastic fragrance, and a great review. Good job!

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    i like your review its good info. i want to try this but some comments have turned me off, just like the one you mentioned about not being something you can wear to often. I actually think that depends on the person you are and the kinds of notes you prefer. i think this one is not for me from what i keep reading and reviews like yours are very helpful. it would be interesting if someone on the forum actually wears this often. thanks for the review.
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    Default Re: L'Air Du Desert Marocain (Review) by Noirdrakkar

    Quote Originally Posted by Renaissance_Man View Post
    Thank you noirdrakkar for your detailed review. I agree that this is a masterpiece. I also get a heavy dose of patchouli and benzoin in this. Do you agree or did it seem different to you?
    Interesting, in spite of its harsh (to some) and loud opening, LDDM is one of the most introspective and evocative scents to me. I have it in its original packaging and I treasure it in my wardrobe.
    Actually, as I smell my arm now, I do get some patchouli now that you mention it.

    Benzoin is like vanilla, right? If so, then yeah, a vanilla note.

    Quote Originally Posted by Partario View Post
    I think you said it perfectly when you summed it up as;

    ...

    A fantastic fragrance, and a great review. Good job!
    Thanks. Yeah, I italicized that part to put more emphasis on that part.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stayclose View Post
    i like your review its good info. i want to try this but some comments have turned me off, just like the one you mentioned about not being something you can wear to often. I actually think that depends on the person you are and the kinds of notes you prefer. i think this one is not for me from what i keep reading and reviews like yours are very helpful. it would be interesting if someone on the forum actually wears this often. thanks for the review.
    Yeah, the versatility is something you can work around by spraying at certain parts of your body, trying it in different weather conditions, etc. But IMO, it's more of a fragrance to smell than it is one to wear. It's worth sampling and trying a decant of, but blind buying a full bottle, no.

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    Default Re: L'Air Du Desert Marocain (Review) by Noirdrakkar

    Yes, benzoin and vanilla can smell alike in their sweetness although benzoin to me is more ambery and can be powdery. I don't doubt that they're used in conjunction with each other.

    Those who would like to try a "more wearable" LDDM, might want to sample L'Homme Sage by Divine. It's a different take but the similarities are there--including in the price LOL. Many reviewers state this as well. I found it to be more understated but still the same introspective vibe worthy of its title.

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    Default Re: L'Air Du Desert Marocain (Review) by Noirdrakkar

    This just makes me sad that I will never get to experience this fragrance. All it is to me is a disgusting amber bomb, and I had such high hopes.

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    Default Re: L'Air Du Desert Marocain (Review) by Noirdrakkar

    yeah compass rose. my criticism of this fragrance was that the amber note was too strong in the drydown.

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    Default Re: L'Air Du Desert Marocain (Review) by Noirdrakkar

    I think it's a very nice fragrance.

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    Default Re: L'Air Du Desert Marocain (Review) by Noirdrakkar

    Quote Originally Posted by noirdrakkar View Post
    yeah compass rose. my criticism of this fragrance was that the amber note was too strong in the drydown.
    At least you got the other things. All I got was amber, and when I tried it on my skin, I got amber multiplied x1000 hide the children.

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    I enjoyed your review very much as well as your choice of fragrances to review.

    Much appreciated and keep up the good work.

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    Default Re: L'Air Du Desert Marocain (Review) by Noirdrakkar

    Excellent, thorough review. Sounds like a *really* interesting frag.

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    Default Re: L'Air Du Desert Marocain (Review) by Noirdrakkar

    I had 5mls of this which has almost run out and am considering a FB purchase, I got the whole spice accord and was great to be wearing in the cooler months. I believe a light spray can accommodate the warmer weather but its definitely not shy on the projection or longevity
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    Default Re: L'Air Du Desert Marocain (Review) by Noirdrakkar

    Great review, Noirdrakkar. I have a small decant of LDDM and I'm buying a bottle soon, it's an excellent fragrance.

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    Default Re: L'Air Du Desert Marocain (Review) by Noirdrakkar

    Really nice review. I can tell you put a lot of time into writing it, and I think the way you review fragrances is good because it can appeal to someone with relatively little fragrance experience as well as those who've been around the block. I think ultimately, if you can shorten your reviews to one paragraph in length, you'll have more success with your audience. I don't mind reading a lengthy review, but I think most people are looking for something concise. Foetidus and Alfarom, two of my favorite reviewers on Basenotes, somehow manage to write great reviews which rarely exceed more than one paragraph. I'm trying to work on this myself, and I've found it's actually more difficult than writing a review of several paragraphs. I think this will come after time, and understanding what's worth explaining and what's not, and what can be said in less words. But that's not a criticism of you or your writing--what you're doing is good--and it will get better--it's just something I've noticed about the best reviews and reviewers--they're almost always concise.

    I thought what you mentioned about the vanilla note was an interesting point. It's not just the amber that makes LDDM sweet--the amber adds dimension and a thick texture to it--combined with the vanilla, it evokes a sweetness that persists. I hadn't really thought about that before, but sitting here smelling it, I can see what you mean. I also believe the blending of coriander and petitgrain is what makes this fragrance tick, especially for the first couple of hours.


    But I disagree with your comment about wearing LDDM in warm weather.

    In fact, I find that it's best during the summer. It brings out the dry, dusty desert quality of it which is wonderful in the hot, dry sun. I'd say 75% of the time I wear LDDM is in June, July, and August. And I'm not one of those guys that wears AMen or TV in the summer either, I'm very seasonal in my choices.

    I would also probably rate LDDM a 4.5/5. Other than GIT and MI, it was my first niche. Then I got Invasion Barbare. And then Uomo by Lorenzo Villoresi. Man...what a streak. I haven't had that good of a roll in a while!

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    Default Re: L'Air Du Desert Marocain (Review) by Noirdrakkar

    L'air is one of the few fragrances that I initially found shocking in a good way. It has an airiness to it without being light. To my nose, it smells like nothing else and is both evocative and mysterious without being difficult or overly challenging. It's a pleasure to wear.

    It is one of the few scents where I didn't hesitate to whip out my credit card.

    I don't understand calling it a masterpiece yet only giving it 4 stars. What can be better than a masterpiece? I totally agree about it being a masterpiece though. It is, without a doubt, a work of art. If ever I have the opportunity to meet Andy Tauer, I will shake his hand and thank him for creating it.

    I'd give it a 5/5 in all categories excluding versatility... but I also think less versatility can lead to more compelling (and, thus, better) scents. In fact, I believe that's a truism beyond fragrance. The jack of all trades is often the master of none. Taking away points for a lack of versatility is like saying "Well Bob, I hired you to be a software designer, and at that job, you're the best, but I have to take away credit from your overall performance because you'd be a terrible doctor."
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    Default Re: L'Air Du Desert Marocain (Review) by Noirdrakkar

    That was a fantastic review! I agree with almost everything except the part about the amber being over-pronounced. But then, I'm an amber fiend.
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    Default Re: L'Air Du Desert Marocain (Review) by Noirdrakkar

    Such a shame Tauer Perfumes don't ship to the UK and as normal UK prices are atleast 30% more than prices from Tauer directly.

    Happy to buy a sample of Tauer for somebody willing to forward me a bottle from France. Cheers

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    Default Re: L'Air Du Desert Marocain (Review) by Noirdrakkar

    I hope to purchase LdDM this year, but I have not yet smelled it. I loved your very detailed review, as well as your writing style and review format. Thanks Noirdrakkar

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    Default Re: L'Air Du Desert Marocain (Review) by Noirdrakkar

    wearing it as SOTD, loving it each time i wear it.

    It's a modern masterpiece, and will always be in my collection.
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    Default Re: L'Air Du Desert Marocain (Review) by Noirdrakkar

    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post

    I'd give it a 5/5 in all categories excluding versatility... but I also think less versatility can lead to more compelling (and, thus, better) scents. In fact, I believe that's a truism beyond fragrance. The jack of all trades is often the master of none. Taking away points for a lack of versatility is like saying "Well Bob, I hired you to be a software designer, and at that job, you're the best, but I have to take away credit from your overall performance because you'd be a terrible doctor."
    Haha, brilliant! I totally agree.

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    Default Re: L'Air Du Desert Marocain (Review) by Noirdrakkar

    I would be giddy if you could do a review on Tauer's Une Rose Vermeille. I bought it to spray a single shot to my chest to enhance Charles Street.
    My Warm Weather Lineup: Royal Mayfair, Roja Dove Enigma, Xerjoff Nio, L'humaniste, Jardin d' Amalfi, Pure White Cologne, Bergamot 22, Jubilation XXV, CHAMBRE NOIRE, Chanel Edition Blanche, CH MEN, Scent Of Peace, DHS, AVENTUS, GIT, VIW, MI.
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    Great review. This has me thinking about pulling the trigger on another decant.
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    Default Re: L'Air Du Desert Marocain (Review) by Noirdrakkar

    I enjoy this fragrance every once in a while. Sometimes I almost hate it though. It's a very love/hate scent for me.
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    Default Re: L'Air Du Desert Marocain (Review) by Noirdrakkar

    No two ways about it, LADDM has been one of the most discussed niche fragrances on this site, and for good reasons too. I loved it from the first time I smelled it.

    Plus, I had the good fortune to spend some time with Andy in an informal setting, totally out of nowhere one day, half way around the world from his home. What a swell guy, and the sort of fellow who's efforts you'd naturally want to support.

    So yep, I recently picked up one of the original square bottles of this stuff.

    Like many people here, I don't necessarily buy things with the thought that I'll ever really be draining the bottle, and even if that turns out to be the case with this one, I still doubt that I will ever regret my purchase.

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    Default Re: L'Air Du Desert Marocain (Review) by Noirdrakkar

    my wedding scent! i actually had a morroccan friend who co-signed and said this smells exactly like his home country

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