I am a big Tauer fan, as regular readers may have noticed. There are very few gaps in my Tauer sample collection, and now, thanks to Andy, I have everything.
I was recently sent a sample of Cologne du Maghreb by Andy Tauer himself. He knows, and I know that just because the sample is free doesn’t mean I have to like it. Thankfully, (and luckily, as I hate being rude) Cologne du Maghreb is wonderful. In fact it’s about time there was a full time cologne on the Tauer books ( Maghreb made a temporary cameo in 2010) as there are florals, chypres, spices and well, let’s face it, he can do things with a Rose you never thought possible.
Firstly, it’s important to say that Maghreb is made of all natural materials. Secondly, it’s cologne. I’m saying this because it is not the same as other Tauer scents. Longevity is not the same, and the refreshing opening tang is unapologetically botanical and zesty. On his blog, Andy suggests a tip for longevity: spray chest liberally and add a cotton shirt or top. The cotton will retain the scent all day as the skin heats up and burns off the scent, as hot skin does with colognes.
The balance of characteristic Tauer Bergamot and the seemingly freshly grated lemon zest is so exhilarating that I want every room in my house to smell like this all year round. It’s stunning.
Then it smells more grown up, as if you should wear it to an expensive gentleman’s club. There is something about it that suggests an Oriental, but the spice is so elusive, it’s almost like a fleeting clue. Nevertheless, this hint of exotic heat helps to set this apart from your usual colognes.
After half an hour it fades a little more, leaving traces of lemon zest and the kind of lavender you only get when you pick a bud and rub it together in your hand. It’s that heady, almost vodka-like fresh lavender smell that would be in HD if you could see it on TV.
Add a bit of bitter into the mix: it’s clary sage- used (in my opinion) so disastrously in LUSH’s Gorilla perfume Euphoria that it almost put me off for life, but used with a light hand here. All this fades after it blooms, leaving a memory on skin after around say, two hours.
In fact an odd thing happened after that. My skin smelled like my skin, but kind of stronger and sweeter, a bit like a sweet fern. I was sniffing for ages, wondering what it was until I realised the scent was only in the places where I had sprayed Cologne du Maghreb. It was like overheated skin, a faint hint of herbs and a lick of honey, and then finally, it went away altogether.
Spray liberally and often and soak it up with clothing or a scarf. The bottle is different, the juice is pale green, and the experience is a tangent away from the usual fourteen hour longevity of a Tauer EDP. As a cologne, it is in a different league from other colognes and I heartily recommend it. As for male or female? Pah! Great on everyone.
There is an excellent review over on the lovely Lucas’s site ChemistInTheBottle from where I cheekily nicked the top photo.