Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tauer Cologne du Maghreb review

Italo-French connection.

Cologne du Maghreb

Every Tauer's scent has the characteristic specific to Andy Tauer, the creator behind the brand and that is the molecular or "chemical" feeling in his creations. The one must not forget that he is a chemist by profession, after all. This is the only perfume that doesn't have similar atmosphere since it is a bit different because it is made by naturals only.

However, Cologne du Maghreb has other characteristic and that is the hesperidic feeling of scent dispersing. That is very characteristic for citrus scents but especially for grapefruit because of its group and Cologne du Maghreb has very beautiful grapefruit note. It seems to me that Andy Tauer takes a lot of inspiration from the Maghreb countries and Cologne is definitively his mildest creation so far, actually, a bit like himself. Cologne du Maghreb has the least of spices and dry woods of all his oriental inspirations but that is completely understandable because of the nature of cologne which is by tradition envigorating scent. Napoleon Bonaparte was using up to 60 little bottles of original Cologne from Cologne (Koln) because it stimulated his spirit after every battle and a prostitute. Don't worry, Cologne du Maghreb is a polite Cologne based on citruses and herbs. However, it is very difficult to connect it to Maghreb area because I can't detect anything from there on my skin at least. 

 Initial burst of citruses is the only part of the perfume that will give you thrill and produce tingles. It opens with a bomb of zesty citruses like lime, orange flower, neroli and especially grapefruit. I would say that grapefruit is in the fore of the whole composition. The combination of those fresh notes forms a smell that is typically Italian for me - the smell of sweet Limoncello! You can't get anything more Italian than that! I think that Italian 'nona' (grandmother dedicated to cuisine) would be astonished by this scent because it is almost eatable like a syrup they are using in a cuisine. When I was little we always had bottles of Limoncello for our guests because it was a booze and it was refreshing at a same time. That is the scent mainstream perfumery tried to copy because every Italian man would wear it. Citrus opening is how Italian 'dude' smelled like during the 90ies. After the burst of freshness, there is creamy clary sage, lavander and vetiver. It is like two-faced perfume, first one is more aggresive and second one is peacefull and romantic like a French. Clary sage and lavander are absolutely 'French' scents because they are both growing in Aix-en-Provence and they are cultivated there for the needs of perfume industry. Therefore, that is why I said Italo-French connection, inside is nothing that is connected to Maghreb countries. The perfume is as smooth as Italian dandy and gentle as the French lover.

The perfume starts promising but after the zesty citrus notes, there is nothing to be expected because it becomes a shadow on your skin. Tiny traces of creamy florals and woods are left to be found by decoding where you have put it. It is like a hatchback car - you have the front part, windshield, roof and then nothing, it is cut off, there is no trunk. I think that Andy Tauer has much more better scents than this one, especially with oriental notes, like for example L'Air du Desert Marocain. 

Juraj, BL'eauOG

Impression: Good
Type: Cologne
Main notes: Lime, grapefruit, vetiver, clary sage, lavander
Note: Starts promising but ending is invisible  


  1. I actually love this perfume. It's very invigorating, refreshing and it packs a kick of positive energy - I don't need anything more from a summer cologne

    1. Hey dear Lucas! :) I know, I have read your post about it :) I dislike it unfortunately. I think it lacks finishing - the initial burst of citruses is amazing but after that I can't feel anything, no emotions, just silence...