Andy Tauer L’Air Du Desert Marocain: At Last We Meet


I’ve seen perfumistas on many a board sing the praises of L’Air du Desert Marocain. I was curious to try a sample, but not curious enough to buy a full bottle. I remember all too well my eager foray into the equally revered Ambre Sultan by Serge Lutens, only to dislike it quite violently.

 L’Air du Desert Marocain was quite the opposite, however. I’ve heard a lot about it. I’ve seen it around (in my friend’s scent stash at least) , and finally, today my wrist met the spray. It’s no coincidence that the immediate adjectives that come to mind are ecclesiastical: Divine and Heavenly were the first words that entered my head. This is a close relative to my beloved Comme Des Garcons Series 3 Incense:Avignon, the ultimate scent of Catholicism, with authentic guilt inducing price tag.

What Tauer has produced however, is less linear that CDG Avignon and more complex.  L’Air Du Desert Marocain has several layers and even after a first spray , has a lovely faded grandeur about it. It smells like a background smell. It’s not harsh or loud. If you met me right now you would ask me how Evensong went ( I would be infused with the smoke of incense), but probably not think I was wearing a scent at all.

Top notes are Caraway, Coriander and Petitgrain, but I must confess, all I get is incense and a whiff of hay. Middle notes include Rosehip and Jasmine, but I get no flowers at all. Base notes include Vetiver, which  is used beautifully and sparingly to add a grassy leather note, as well as Amber, which is also warmly noticeable, and Cedar, which I don’t detect at all.

This is the perfect Christmas Eve scent, and therefore totally out of step with today’s sunny weather. However, I am going out this evening, so all bets are off and I’ll wear what I like. And what I like is this. If there’s any left on my skin on Sunday, then even better. It smells like Sunday morning anyway.

Like CDG Avignon, this is playing hard to get in the UK, although samples and full bottles are available online from UK suppliers Les Senteurs.  I adore the smell of church incense, and I adore this. It would smell incredible on a man too, but if I did manage to get hold of a bottle, I can’t see me sharing it.


8 thoughts on “Andy Tauer L’Air Du Desert Marocain: At Last We Meet”

  1. Dearest Iscent
    A Papish Perfume eh?
    The Dandy’s a fan of these Roman rituals, Comme des Garcons’ Man 2 is another that always makes me think of church.
    Despite it’s desperate unavailability on these shores… though I’m wondering if Les Senteurs do it, I will seek this one down to give it a go.
    Thank you as ever for your reports from the front line and do have a splendid night out. I’m off to play tennis in the fading evening nearly sunshine.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    1. Dear Mr Dandy

      Yes I am rather partial to a Papish perfume. I can report that longevity was remarkable. I could still smell it this morning thirteen hours later.

      I hope you won your game of Tennis!

      Your friend

  2. I’ve just checked, Dandy, and Les Scenteurs do indeed stock L’Air du Desert Marocain, as well as the lovely Andy Tauer’s other fragrances. Indeed, they had a photo on Facebook just the other day, showing Andy popping into the shop to see them. This makes is sound like Andy is my BFF, but actually it’s because I follow his blog – shameless plug, I know, but he is such a sweet man, honestly. He has an advent calendar on his blog every year and sends out special soap that he makes. He’s only ‘gone pro’ recently, as he was an industrial chemist (I think) who made perfumes as a hobby and sold them through his friend’s bookshop in Zurich. (It’s a lovely bookshop, I’ve been there several times.) I am totally bowled over that thanks to the internet and perfume forums and blogs, he has become world-famous as a niche perfumer and has created a wonderful range of scents that are utterly different to what is on offer in the mainstream at the moment, yet are still classically beautiful and very wearable.

    L’Air du Desert Marocain is the one perfume that always works for me. Regardless of temperature, humidity, formality or casualness, it always comes through and makes me feel calm and centred yet happy. It is, of course, in my personal top ten, and I am incredibly biased about it. 🙂

    I’m so glad you liked it too IScent. 🙂

    1. ah Wordbird! What a wonderful and informative post! I love that the brand began in a bookshop. How adorable is that? And lucky you to have been there. Your post has made me love Andy Tauer even more! He is so bloody talented. I adored L’Air du Desert Marocain. Even though niche scents are often on the luxe side of pricey, the longevity of this was thirteen hours for two sprays, and the quality was superb. You really do get what you pay for. Excellent on every count.

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